Ain't She Cute?

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  1. Jim L.

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    I hate waste, especially good blade steel. This cutie was forged from a 3/16 x 1/4 x 4 in. piece of saw mill blade.

    The scrap was produced from a project in progress for another forum member
    Blade edge is 2 3/4 in. from point to ricasso. I plan to use an antler tine for the handle and maybe some hard wood for spacers. We'll see.

    I thought I'd share. Thanks for looking and as always, suggestions and comments are welcome.

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    Especially loving the pic.
     
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    It's so small I can hardly see it :4:
     
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    I'll take it sight unseen! :D
     
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    Now I know where National Geographic gets their photographers.
     
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    I guess it's time for trifocals. joe
     
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  9. Jim L.

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    Sorry, problem fixed.:eek: :rolleyes: :4:.

    Apparently I had a severe cramp between my ears. :54:
     
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    Very nice my friend! :dblthumb: my first thought was a bird a fish knife! Looking forward to seeing the finished deal!
     
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    Great job ol boy. Like always
     
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    I think that's gonna be a nice one young fellar. joe
     
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    Looks like a dang good ruler pocket/ fish knife to me!
     
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    What about handeling it with wood and copper?
     
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    It's a wee bit small, but I'm thinking if you need to flesh out a squirrel or a mouse, she'd proly do a good job.:4:
     
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    I like the idea of a copper bolster (hammered?, hmm..). I'm kinda set on the antler tine and hard wood (walnut, ?).

    The rat tail tang is a bit thin to drill a pin hole, and too short for a through tang where it could be peened over into an end cap. I'd be afraid of strength issues where the tang could open it up like twisting a screw driver.
     
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    Super cool. How to you go about setting the tang into the antler?
     
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    Thanks @Madwell. After setting the bolster and spacers, I'll fit the tang into the tine after I've drilled it to as close a fit as I can. Before the tang gets inserted I'll have "roughed it up" bsfore sanding it down with some 80 grit sand paper. Then I'll cut what will look like "saw teeth" into it that will be oriented to look like it's cutting on the pulling out stroke.

    After everything is fit checked, I'll pull it apart, slather some 2 hour epoxy over each surface. I'll fill the tang hole with an over flow of the epoxy, shmear some more epoxy all over the tang. The thought is to make sure there are no air bubbles that would form voids/weak spots.

    The only failure that I'm aware of with pinless tangs was with J. B. Weld
     
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    Really? I’ve never had a fail from JB weld! I even used it to add a rib to a cut down 12 ga! That was maybe 5 yrs ago and it’s still going strong.
     
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    Bet she’s even nicer after you finish up!
     
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    Could've been my fault from a bad prep. May also have been a void where I couldn't see the bubbles. I don't know.
     
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    No worries, just surprised me! I don’t trust the JB quick, have had that fail.
     
  23. Jim L.

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    I don't blame the JBw at all. The guy I gave the knife to couldn't give a post- mortem on the joint failure. ?
     
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    I thought I'd share a couple more pics of this little project.

    Clean and "polished" before the heat treat.
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    One differential heat treat and temper later with sanding to 600 grit . Haven't been to the buffer yet and you can see a bit of a hamon :).
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    Looking good! Nice forging there, that will be a handy little knife. It's a good sign when the hamon pops even before etching...:dblthumb:
     
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    Looking good, brother!
     
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    Nice work! That's a cool little blade, for sure! I wanna see you gut a trout with it!
     
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    Greetings,

    Nice work @Jim L. I love that fact it is an otherwise waste to the bin item. Good of you to repurpose. The satisfaction you must feel, well done!

    Regards,

    Christos
     
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    I think that will make a dandy knife and Mors Kochanski has shown you can take a tree down with a four-inch Mora knife, so this will likely do the deed also.
    My first moose when I was in my early twenties I gutted, skinned and de-boned with a Case Sod-buster folding knife with about half an inch of the tip broken off and re-shaped. I bet the blade was three inches at most. The strangest thing was the moose didn't seem to mind how small the blade was.
    Jack O'Connor in his Hunting in the Rocky Mountains said a folding knife was all a big game hunter needs and the big "Hunting knives" were an abomination (his words not mine ... no hate mail, please) I used to carry a big Bowie knife everywhere and now I don't like my pants to hang that low.
    I prefer a fixed blade knife of three to five inches because I have had folders close on my fingers while involved in a task they were never meant to do, but I tried anyway...and failed. Since those days long ago locking mechanisms on folders have been improved by leaps and bounds, but in my Curmudgeon mind I still trust a fixed blade for most wilderness tasks.
     
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    Greetings,

    Nice work @Jim L.!

    Always enjoying your postings, interesting projects and detailed explanation with solid advice offered. :dblthumb:

    Very novice at handling knives I am, but threads like this and with all the information provided and the beautiful work done, they make me wanna try working with steel... in the future. :D

    Regards,

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    Whelp, I finally finished this little one. It's set into an antler with copper, bone, and walnut bolsters and copper pins.

    I tried to free hand everything to fit with the antler. I'll leave it to the group to say how well I did.

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    That's beautiful. Nuff said. joe
     
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    Amazing transformation! If that's not a classic bird and trout knife, I don't know what is! Superb choice in handle materials, too.

    That's some very nice work, Jim. Great job!
     
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    I love it. Classy handle materials, looks great, nice size. Ive always preferred smaller, thin blades. That ones a beauty.
     
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    Looks great!!!
     
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    Thanks Guys. I wasn't to sure how that asymetric front guard struck me.
     
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    I love a small knife and that's a beauty. The materials combinations work beautifully.
     
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    Great work my friend.
     
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    Greetings,
    What @central joe said. :)

    Regards,

    Christos
     
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    Top Shelf all the way
     
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    Very nice all around.
     
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    That came out great! Thanks for sharing.
     
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