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  1. Biggin

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    I have had quite a bit of interest in this design and the steel finally came in. So today I am going to start this blade. I am going to post up pics as I go and at the end it will be auctioned off here on BCUSA.

    This one is going to be a beast so stay tuned and feel free to ask questions and leave comments.
     
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    Can't wait to see it progress!
     
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    It all starts with some deer steaks and eggs.
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    Awesome. I will start the bid at $200 just on the sketches alone for the finished product.
     
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    You know it doesn't come with the steaks right? Those are gone. :54:
     
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    As all good days do!
     
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    We start with a piece of clear acrylic to make a template of the picture. This lets me get a good feel for the handle and blade before I cut steel.
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    Now we have our blank and are ready to grind in the bevels and drill holes.
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    I love the idea of using acrylic for your template, give you the look and feel and its easier to keep them from being damaged like paper or card stock. Also, sweet looking knife.
     
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    Bevels cut in to 120 grit. I leave them fairly thick (.0050") because I do quite a bit of grinding post heat treat. Now we drill the pin holes and balance.
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    There are almost as many recipes for heat treat as there are for cookies. I use 11 second quench oil for O1 but that is too slow for 1095. The blue bucket is 6.5 second oil and works better. I also use it for the thicker W2 blades with a hamon.
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    We should probably decide on the handle material. I like the traditional wood look. What would you guys like to see?
     
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    olive wood with black liners and stainless hardware would be my choice. Awesome blade
     
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    OD scales black liners!! Exposed pommel
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    Aaaannnndddd......QUENCH!!!
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    Looking fantastic so far!!!!
     
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    Any handle material ideas?
     
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    Really like the grain of ironwood.
     
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    Desert Ironwood with dark liners would be killer. But you knock them all out of the park so I'm sure it'll be a winner regardless of handle materials.
     
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    Out of the temper oven now. I'll try to get some grinding in this afternoon.
     
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    This looks great! I am a huge fan of your 2 piece scales. Ivory paper in front of any heavy grained wood, with copper or black liners. It appears to be destined for greatness, no matter what is used.
     
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    Back in the shop today after a bomber of a week. Final bevels on after heat treat and edge tested.
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    It seems we all agree on ironwood. I have this nice high contrast piece.
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    That looks really nice. Can't wait to see it covered.
     
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    I had a few things on the bench to finish up. I will be putting it together tomorrow and finishing it up this weekend.
     
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    Excellent. Can't wait to see the final product and ready for the bidding to begin.
     
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    I got the handle glued up last night. I should be finishing up today with the knife. Then the sheath.
     
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    The knife is done. Now for the sheath. IMG_0359.JPG
    A prototype knife calls for an experimental sheath. I brushed the dye on in a diagonal and intermittent pattern that will hopefully make a "grain" look when it's finished.
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    Outstanding!
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    That looks fantastic Ben, nice work!!
     
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    Well, whoever designed that knife never had a sheath in mind. Hahaha. It turned out nice though. I put a snap on it and it is very secure. The "wood grain" on the sheath came out great.
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    Now its time for the auction. Please bid here on this thread. We will let it go till Tuesday at 8pm PCT. Final bid will include shipping in the USA. Bayrat91 has started the bidding @ $200.
     
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    Beautiful work Ben, you have done it again! $225
     
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    Thank you sir.
     
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    Last day to bid on this blade. Auction ends tonight at 8pm PST
     
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    3 hours left in the auction
     
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    Looks like Papa K is our winner. Thanks to everyone for following along.
     
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    I can't wait for it to arrive, thanks Ben.
     
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    Congrats. Great knife from an awesome builder.
     
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