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Step-by-step Claw (photo heavy)

J. Neilson Dec 5, 2006

  1. J. Neilson

    J. Neilson Caught in the Mosh Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    One of my customers asked for some in-progress pix while I made his knife. I thought I'd share them here as well...

    8 1/2" Hunting Claw blade forged out of 1 1/4" JD5160 round stock.
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    The blade after profiling, thermal cycles and heat-treating along with handle supplies.
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    Blade ground down to 800 grit on my KMG.
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    Blade finish started and guard set.
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    Final finish and hamon line etched.
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    Handle assembly started.
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    Handle set to blade.
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    Handle roughed out.
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    All done but, the polishing.
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    Finished piece as set and ready to go to the mountains of Japan!
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    Here are the specs-
    This Big Claw actually has a slightly smaller blade coming in at 8 1/2" of forged 5160JD steel with a lightly etched hamon line on a hand-rubbed finish. The guard is nickle-silver and the pins/lanyard liner are stainless steel. The handle itself is burgundy Micarta with a throat of black Micarta,
    copper and black spacers.
     
  2. wes

    wes Mephistopheles Super Moderator Brigade Member

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    J,

    Very impressive. Thanks for the photo series.
     
  3. Soup_Monger

    Soup_Monger Should be a custom title here

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    Mesmerising!

    I stared at those photos for a long time, your knives have so much character and warmth in them.

    Thanks for sorting out the photos of the process, from stock to sale.

    I'm off to look at your website again. :jdwink2:

    All the best J.
     
  4. Nowicki

    Nowicki knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    As Always.....Vary Nice.

    Larry
     
  5. Mr.LaBella

    Mr.LaBella ←The № 1 Devil→ Administrator

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    way cool J. Very impressive.:madaddy: :chuck:
     
  6. Stabber

    Stabber Stabber's Steel Connection Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Cool piece J, Great pics!!!:spin:
     
  7. Honch0

    Honch0 head honcho

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    Very impressive to say the least:spin:
     
  8. HorizonSon

    HorizonSon Enormous member

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    Hubbada - hubbada!!!:thefinger
     
  9. Bladewolf

    Bladewolf Sheepleologist

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    :iagree: That's one sexy knife...
     
  10. J. Neilson

    J. Neilson Caught in the Mosh Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Thanks for all the kind words guys.

    Here's a similar piece with a 9 3/4" blade I just finished for a fella who apparently fell off the face of the planet...guess I'll be taking this one to the show this weekend.
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  11. Spufnik

    Spufnik Total devotee

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    Ya shure do make sum purddy stuff up in dem dar hills sir :devilzeek
     
  12. GODDESS OF VENGEANCE

    GODDESS OF VENGEANCE Crazy Bitch Lady Devil Super Moderator

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    :iagree: :thumbsup: Great Work J.:wes:
     
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  13. Clydetz

    Clydetz Forever straight and true Brigade Member

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    Really like the use of copper for the spacers and is that giraffe bone slabs on the 2nd Claw?
     
  14. txkaratedude

    txkaratedude Dewey Cocks Brigade Member

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    Great looking knife!! Looks like it'd chop 2x4's like butter. You should try it in a cutting competition.
     
  15. J. Neilson

    J. Neilson Caught in the Mosh Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Giraffe bone it is. Here are the specs...

    Here is our "Big" Hunting Claw in a full tang version. The 9 3/4" blade of 5160 has a tapered tang and a hand-rubbed finish (14 1/2" overall length). The blade has a slight convex grind and a bevel on the spine. The guard is nickle-silver. The handle scales are stabilized Giraffe bone with black liners, stainless steel handle bolts & lanyard liner. The knife comes with a full "basket-weave" blade sheath.

    This pattern is a great chopper. If the ABS hadn't suspended cutting contests at the Hammer-Ins it most likely would have been my next competition cutter. As it is, the knives I've used for contests have always had some recurve to the blades.
     
  16. Rcbalt2

    Rcbalt2 Enormous member

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    That is nothing short of amazing. Your work is one of the reasons I'm afreai to start delving into the world of custom knives. As it is I spend most of my money on production knives. I'd be bankrupt trying to afford all the customs I would want.
     
  17. Steel Rat

    Steel Rat Little member

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    I love these progress pics, thanks! Knife looks very nice too, I like that blade shape. :chuck:
     
  18. mack1

    mack1 Resident Bastid

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    Wow!!! Can't say more than that!:devilzeek :devilzeek :devilzeek :devilzeek :devilzeek :devilzeek
     
  19. cardoso5fr

    cardoso5fr knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Very nice picture.
     
  20. sc_barker

    sc_barker knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Awesome knife J!

    great step by step too.
     

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