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Zirc and Dama WIP (that could be yours)

dsanti Jul 22, 2014

  1. dsanti

    dsanti knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    UPDATE:It's Over

    Hosted on my Instagram (http://instagram.com/santiagoknives), if you're interested in owning this bali please check out the first picture on this completed knife. The instruction will be written in the comments.
    I'll be accepting email bids so one doesn't have to join anything to play.

    Zirc handles, Ceramic IKBS, Damasteel blade with Damasteel floating latch and spacer. Blade is a recurve hawk tanto.

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    Hey guys, I'll be posting a WIP of this Dama and Zirc bali I'm making for an AUCTION on my Instagram (http://instagram.com/santiagoknives). I don't have all the auction info yet but I'll post all you need to know when the time has come, later this week to give you guys a ballpark. Until then enjoy the on going WIP.
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    Marking the cuts
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    I cut them in 2s for the surface grinder
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    Reamed and ready for the hole pattern
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    spot holes drilled to 1/8 and tapped. I like to tap the holes as early into the process as possible because of how easy it is to break taps. I use a #44 through hole and a #48 hole for the thread with 2-56 screws. It also helps to have a fixture when tapping.
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    Holes to 3/16
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    Hogging the taper
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    Time to radius the ends
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    The blade is drilled to 1/8, 11/64, then reamed undersized to .1865 then lapped to the pivots exact diameter. Each pivot is custom fit to its hole. All holes are drilled after I surface grind making sure everything is parallel.
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    Not sure if you guys know or not but I have a degree in graphic design and I use Illustrator to print out blade shapes. I mostly just use the tang area for a guide to fit the zen pins. Most of the time I'll cut the blade profile off after the tang is fitted and draw it on. No 2 blades are exactly alike because of this.
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    the blade and handles are roughly profiled and I'll be fine tuning the tang are now. Spacers are also ready to be profiled. I don't really touch the latch until the end of fitting.
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    shaping the ears with a little jig
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    they clear on to the tangs
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    still very rough but I'm too tired for the final fit
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    handles are also fully profiled
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    I'll also be using AKS pivots from now on. They are press fit and have a 6-64 thread instead of the normal 6-32. The higher thread count allows the user to finely adjust the pivot with greater sensitivity to the pressure making the perfect fit.
    6-32 left, 6-64 right
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    The entire shop. Not much but it gets the job done.
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    I also found a stray cat outside, looks like I have a new shop cat!
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    :devilcorn: More throughout the night:devilcorn:
     
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  2. DeepSkyyz

    DeepSkyyz Skyy'z the limit JDBA Official Member

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    Ohoho :madaddy: sounds like a good combo
     
  3. 42flipper

    42flipper JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    Sweetness.... Subscribed!!:thumbsup:
     
  4. Chris Daigle

    Chris Daigle Half fast

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    I love Damasteel. :thumbsup:
     
  5. jjhamilton

    jjhamilton JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    Oh my goodness!!!
     
  6. Mpsecare

    Mpsecare Owl Man

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    Thanks for sharing David!

    Everyone loves your WIP and you have become a favorite maker quite quickly.

    :owl:
     
  7. MTXCraze

    MTXCraze I flip therefore I am JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    :devilcorn::devilcorn::popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::devilcorn::devilcorn:
     
  8. Andy T

    Andy T Gentle Giant JDBA Official Member

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    Should be epic.

    Auctions are one way to do things for sure, any chance that you will do a few and just post them up for sale?
     
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  9. senseicharles

    senseicharles JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    Exciting! :devilzeek
     
  10. HotSwat

    HotSwat Huge member

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    I love a good WIP. I'd love to see some of the equipment your using.
     
  11. WyldStyl3

    WyldStyl3 Never gunna give you up JDBA Official Member

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    I love a good WIP! :thumbsup:
     
  12. dsanti

    dsanti knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Thanks guys! I'll just be updating the first post to keep the pictures all together. I'll also get a shop pic for you guys.

    I also plan to have a lottery for you guys soon. Just have a show coming up and no time at the moment.
     
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  13. gfckyrslf

    gfckyrslf JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    Always stoked to see one of your WIP threads

    You do some epic work my good sir

    Can't wait to see how it turns out :devilcorn:
    Keep up the good work :thumbsup:
     
  14. Chris_Himself

    Chris_Himself Bay Area Devil Alliance

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    David you know there are still people from like six months ago hitting me up for one of your knives I sold???

    Keep up the good work dude, I'm happy with what I have from you so far.
     
  15. jjhamilton

    jjhamilton JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    So .....what's the shop kitty's name?
     
  16. VANELLI

    VANELLI JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    Coool. Great wip here, hope you bring us much more.
    Nice mouser, looks like a good one.
     
  17. tx101

    tx101 Stuck in the middle with you JDBA Official Member

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    Dont let Linos see the kitty or he will claim ownership :bwah:
     
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  18. Linos

    Linos baliholickydexbender JDBA Official Member Knife Maker or Craftsman

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  19. dsanti

    dsanti knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Haha no name for the cat yet. decent amount done last night. My laptop shit the bed so a lot of time was used dealing with that. Have to order a new sata cable now. Should have all the fitting done some time this evening. Need sleep now :unintroduced:
     
  20. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE "R" for Adventure JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    Gotta love work logs! :thumbsup:

    What blade style is this one going to have?
     

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