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Finnman
05-21-2009, 05:03 AM
I just got EnZo trapper knifemaking kit from finnish knifeshow in Fiskars, Finland.
Itīs 95mm blade and scandigrind from D2 steel.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3387/3545980600_840fc8fafc_o.jpg
Parts: nicely skeletonized fulltang blade (for better balance), curly birch handle slabs with red fiber, brass corby rivets and leather sheath.

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Parts combined together, but not glued yet

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Parts combined together, but not glued yet

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Very accurate and even grind, top quality!

Today I glued handleslabs with epoxy and fastened corby rivets.

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Handle slabs glued with Epoxy

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Handle slabs glued with Epoxy


..Work continues tomorrow..

bmatt
05-21-2009, 06:08 AM
Looks good, FM. I'll do a little write up about the show, including pictures, very soon.

Old School
05-21-2009, 12:07 PM
Good show Finnman. I have the trapper with 01 and green micarta handle. I liked the hands on of putting in together and shaping the handles but I like using it more. I've beat mine through all kinds of would and use it about every day and it does great. I have not yet done any damage to the edge. As I mentioned in another post, be careful of the sheath after you carry it for a short time. Mine got sloppy loose. Hopefully yours won't do that. Looking forward to the end result...

crookedknife
05-21-2009, 12:37 PM
[QUOTE=Finnman;22183]I just got EnZo trapper knifemaking kit from finnish knifeshow in Fiskars, Finland.
Itīs 95mm blade and scandigrind from D2 steel.

Good choice FM. There aren't many high quality kit knives on the market, but I don't know of any high-dollar custom knife that can out perform the D2 Enzo - top quality gear. Looks like a beautiful piece of handle wood you have there too.---If the sheath does loosen, try gluing a really thin piece of leather inside the handle section of the sheath. Also, I should have a detailed sheath making tutorial posted within a week or so if you would like to try your own from scratch.

Finnman
05-21-2009, 12:56 PM
I was first considering green linen micarta, but then I had good opportunity to choose most nice looking birch burl from many variety...

Raptor
05-21-2009, 01:13 PM
Good decision Finnman on the micarta, I built another Enzo knife last year with black canvas Micarta.
The handle is certainly strong and will never break, but it was a pain in the a**e to file and shape, very dirty and far too hard.
Also the handle lacks a lot of tactile grip. I never have 100% confidence with the grip especially when my hands are wet.
See pictures.

Old School
05-21-2009, 02:41 PM
I was first considering green linen micarta, but then I had good opportunity to choose most nice looking birch burl from many variety...

Good choice on the handles. That is some good looking burl. I agree with Raptor that the micarta feels a little slick but the more I use it the better it gets.

ArmoredSheepdog
05-21-2009, 05:52 PM
I like the profile on the blade, not too dissimiliar from the skookum or woodlore is it?

Finnman
06-01-2009, 07:08 AM
finally work continues:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3649/3585346248_29792e3f25_o.jpg
Sanding tools to smooth the handle.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3350/3585346334_c38f2309d2_o.jpg
Then I need to polish those brass rivets...

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...and I did it with this setup.

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It works, but makes handle dirty and itīs difficult to wash away. Anyone have better option for this??

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Then I want to test blade already before I have treated handle with anything.
And it works very fine on dry pine.

Finnman
06-01-2009, 07:09 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3629/3585347502_3b4f48eb15_o.jpg
Then itīs time to test it against my two favorite folders by carving very hard dry juniper. And it really excels.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3404/3585347200_7a9af8e515_o.jpg
I also tried batoning with it...works well, but...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3389/3584541651_dcb2f1c883_o.jpg
...during carving juniper and batoning I found downsides of delicate and hard D2 blade and managed to get nasty nick...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3591/3585347710_c2776b96a9_o.jpg
Then I honed nick of 90 degrees against the edge.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3561/3585401716_555c7d63cd_o.jpg
After that started long proces to get blade back into sharpness and noticed that it was actually quite uneven. After 1+ hours of work it could shave


Next step is to treat handle with Danish Oil I just bought for the purpose.

bmatt
06-01-2009, 07:31 AM
Looks like you're making good progress, FM. Good job on the handle and blade. Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

Iz
06-01-2009, 12:34 PM
Looking good, Fin.
For polishing your pins, this is what I'd do: Tape the handle up with blue masking tape, try to go around the pins as best you can. Cut off any tape covering the pins with an exacto knife, then polish carefully. It should leave you with polished pins and a clean handle.
Later,
Iz

Finnman
06-01-2009, 12:49 PM
Thanks for the tip bindlestitch, that could be good idea. I have done with it already and it will be my rough user not drawer queen, so I think it does not matter that much at the end.

Today I have sanded handle with 400 sandpaper and add two layers of Rustinīs Danish Oil which is fantastic stuff, dries very quickly compared to linseed oil.

http://www.rustins.com.au/rustins/home.html

Two more coating tomorrow and I think itīs ready to use.

Trekon86
06-01-2009, 01:47 PM
Great job Finnman!
Melikes the curly birch...and that Danish oil sounds top-notch:)
PMZ

Finnman
06-01-2009, 01:54 PM
Now it looks like this:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3323/3586439228_c7282685ec_o.jpg

Bushpuukko
06-01-2009, 02:16 PM
Beautiful work Finnman! I am considering getting one in O1 steel. I here thats a decent steel. Take Care, Jeff

Finnman
06-01-2009, 02:34 PM
I think D2 is still very good choice you just have to be more carefull with it. It keeps better edge than O1 since itīs harder RC61 when O1 is RC59.

bmatt
06-01-2009, 03:11 PM
Well done, FM. I like the results. Will you use the sheath it came with?

Rook
06-01-2009, 09:20 PM
Great job Finn, I really like those curly birch scales on that blade!

bradleybuckman
05-25-2010, 12:03 PM
I bought the O1 Trapper with the curly birch scales kit from bensbackwoods.com and decided on the JRE sheath instead of the Enzo sheath. Great deal and pretty quick and simple to put together. My only complaint is that when I went to wet form the sheath, even after wrapping the blade it still rusted and stained although it only spent about an hour in the wet sheath. I cleaned it right afterward, but some of the spots refuse to come off. Has anyone else had this problem with the blades?

samthedog
05-25-2010, 01:05 PM
Hey Finn, I recognise the polishing compound and diamond hones!! We have the same products in Norway although probably at 2x the price :D

Paul.

Dano
05-25-2010, 01:11 PM
No rust issues, but my edge nicks/rolls like the pics really badly. I've switched to the mouse pad/sandpaper sharpening method and had much better results. Mine stained really bad at first, so the last time I had my waterstones out, I polished the flats with the 6000 stone and slurry, followed up with stropping the flats as well. It's not stained since ever.

I have wrapped knives with clear saran wrap before when wet forming with good results.

Pabloturtle
05-25-2010, 01:48 PM
While wet forming a few rawhide inner sheaths for trade knives I used Boeshield T-9 or Butcher Block oil on the blades and then wrapped them in Saran Warp. The blades never rusted even after a couple days in the rawhide.

Finnman
05-25-2010, 02:42 PM
Hey Finn, I recognise the polishing compound and diamond hones!! We have the same products in Norway although probably at 2x the price :D

Paul.

I have also thought that everything is more expensive in Norway than Finland. Last year I made road trip to Lofoten and when compared prices of different products on shops difference is not that much anymore and some stuff even cheaper there.

Scandi-Grind
05-25-2010, 07:46 PM
they are great kits, I have two myself.

One of the reasons I chose O1 over D2 was what you demonstrated

I always wanted a burl version

GreyOne
05-25-2010, 08:06 PM
Finnman, nice knife- that wood looks really pretty !

You and Bmatt better get us a writeup and photos on the whole blade show though. After last years, I am looking forward to seeing this one! :)
Take care, G1

Gills
05-25-2010, 09:04 PM
Very nice knife. i have one that I put the handles on as well.

Finnman
05-26-2010, 05:13 AM
Now have about 1 year experience about EnZo Trapper in D2:

1) D2 is tempered 60-61HRC which is too much for zero-scandi grind. Trapper is strong thick bladed knife, so I wanted it to be general purpose bush-knife not lightly used razor slicer. So I made secondary bevel on it and convexed it. Now it donīt shave hair that easy but edge can stand hard use.

2) Sheath is getting more loose, need to fix that soon.

3) I have thought to get rid of that knife several times cause D2 steel issues, but have found it very useful, strong and well designed and balanced knife that I still keep carrying and using it.

4) It really offers very good value for money and when I have build it myself from the kit it also gives strong sentimental value and some unique elements.

Finnman
05-26-2010, 05:17 AM
Finnman, nice knife- that wood looks really pretty !

You and Bmatt better get us a writeup and photos on the whole blade show though. After last years, I am looking forward to seeing this one! :)
Take care, G1


I bought a house with 3000m2 land 6 months ago and this is my first spring there so I have been far too busy constructing / planning / gardening my area.

So I couldnīt attend puukko-days this year. Thereīs international outdoor exhibition in Finland after few weeks where Iīm trying to get. So from there you will get report for sure!

BEARS BUDDY
05-26-2010, 08:08 AM
Makes me wish they would let me have sharp objects!:D

Wanderlust
05-27-2010, 05:36 AM
Very nice! Anyone know where to get one of these kits in the U.S.? Ben's is out of stock.