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Working on my JS knives

stephanfowler Jan 12, 2011

  1. stephanfowler

    stephanfowler knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Sneak peak of the knives I intend to finish as candidates for my J.S. stamp.

    On the far right is the 1 1/4" round bar of W2 that they all came off of, Started as a 36" bar, and I have 13 1/2" left

    Two bowies,
    two fighters,
    one chef,
    one camp,
    and one hunter.
    Now to start grinding

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    Got these rough ground and normalized last night,
    I'll finish my pre HT grind tonight and may even HT tonight

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  2. Stabber

    Stabber Stabber's Steel Connection Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    :devilzeekNice! Will that Integral be one of the Test knives:madaddy: Good Luck[​IMG]
     
  3. stephanfowler

    stephanfowler knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    yep, that will be a 8 1/2" French pattern Chefs knife.
    in W2 with a crazy Hamon, probably blackwood handle.

    gonna be pretty sweet I think
     
  4. stephanfowler

    stephanfowler knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    I had really intending to start these last Aug. here I am in Jan thinking I REALLY need to get a move on.

    the reason I chickened out last year from testing is that I hadn't had time to get all of my knives critiqued by MS. and the one's I had looked at had issues that needed fixing, which made me to worried that the ones that hadn't been looked at had issues.

    In the end when I had the knives at Blade that I would have submitted I had them looked over and all but one would have been just fine. but that one would have killed me.

    I am very pleased that I decided to wait, but I could have finished that one a little earlier, had it looked at, fixed the issue, and tested just fine.


    this year I am determined not to make that mistake again. I will have this batch done in time to take to several MS and get input. I'm going to build them all such that I can break them down with out destroying the knife (bed the tang in epoxy, lightly superglue pins in place, take down nuts, etc) so that when an MS points out something I can fix it without starting over. Because they WILL find something to point out.
     
  5. infobound1

    infobound1 Jay to the Dee, Y'All!

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    The Grinds are looking awesome Stephen! Best of luck with them!:devil1:
     
  6. stephanfowler

    stephanfowler knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    working on the first one.

    it's going to be a straight forward camp knife. blade is just a teensy bit over 10"

    First I polish it on the belt grinder up to 600G

    I start with a 36G Blaze belt, then an 80G Blaze, then a 400G Norax, then the 600G cork

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    I like to fit the guard before I do any hand finishing, saves me from having to go back and fix scratches.

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    Here I've finished hand polishing, you can kind of see the Hamon but I will etch it lightly to bring out some contrast.
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    like this.
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  7. cornnutt

    cornnutt Knife Junkie Brigade Member

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    Thats freakin' cool....:thumbsup:
     
  8. stephanfowler

    stephanfowler knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    This knife is going to be a single guard, Re-Curve camp knife, similar to my Springer Mountain profile.


    I just love the way a good satin looks on a knife with Hamon, don't you


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    This hasn't been etched in any way, just a 400G satin.
     
  9. Buffalohump

    Buffalohump Off the reservation

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    Looks like an awesome set dude. We're pulling for ya......
     
  10. stephanfowler

    stephanfowler knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Working on the guard for the other big bowie.

    I decided to be a little bit fancier with this one

    I did a really rough scribe of the pattern so that I could lay out the ricasso and blade size and make sure it would all work
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    after I got the guard blank fitting nicely on the tang I marked out the actual knife centerline (which is almost NEVER the bar centerline when you do these by hand) so I could align the template.

    Here the pattern is glued down with super glue
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    All shaped out, what do you think???
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    Other side
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  11. cornnutt

    cornnutt Knife Junkie Brigade Member

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    That looks killer.....:devilzeek: Keep 'em comin'....
     
  12. Mr.LaBella

    Mr.LaBella ←The № 1 Devil→ Administrator

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    Looking good, Sir.
     
  13. Snapper

    Snapper President of the 51st state! Brigade Member

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    Coming along great stephan...keep up the great work.
     
  14. RoadFish

    RoadFish Cathar Knight

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    Nice work. Thanks for sharing.
     
  15. Iceman

    Iceman GI-NORMOUS member

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    Well?

    It's been almost a month.............

    :devil1:
     
  16. Mr.LaBella

    Mr.LaBella ←The № 1 Devil→ Administrator

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    Or two!:bwah:
     
  17. stephanfowler

    stephanfowler knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    turmoil and trouble.

    my day job is driving me up a frickin wall and I'm thinking it's about time to move on up to fulltime knifemaker.

    working on business plans and health insurance issues today.
    If all goes well I will be full time by the end of march.

    we shall see
     
  18. stephanfowler

    stephanfowler knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    as soon as I can find time to take pictures I'll get em up here.

    I finished 2 last weekend and have a third about 80% right now.

    3 others are just waiting to be polished and handled.
     
  19. Judy Schmitt

    Judy Schmitt Too many handles too little time Lady Devil

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    I'm looking forward to seeing how they turned out!!
     

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