Enzo Trapper Elmax FFG Build

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  1. Richinva

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    In our last episode, I had this: An Enzo FFG Trapper blank in Elmax with stainless/brass Loveless bolts, natural brown micarta and oatmeal burlap for outer scales.[​IMG]
    With some encouragement from a forum member, I got off my butt this afternoon and did this: [​IMG]
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    This is what it looks like with one sanded/flattened and one not.
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    Cleaned up and ready to glue with G-Flex.
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    Glued up, waiting to dry for the next step. Hopefully I can finish this before the weekend is done..........
     
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    Great looking build. Right now only 3 out of 4 pics are showing. Being a big Enzo fan I'll be looking forward to the progress. :dblthumb:
     
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    ^^^ There are 5 pics up there. Hopefully, the NSA has deemed these non-classified so that Google Photos can release them to the public domain...........

    Sounds like I should be looking for a new photo hosting site.
     
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    Can't wait to see it finished!
     
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    Nice project. I am a big fan of Enzo knives too. The only steel that I don't have in a Trapper is Elmax. I'll be looking forward to how your build progresses.

    BTW after the crash and burn of photobucket, I ended up using postimage. I never could get google photo or whatever they call it to work right either.
     
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    Looking forward to seeing the final project. You will love the blade. Their Elmax doesn't disappoint!
     
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    ^^^^^ If their O1 is any indication of overall HT quality, etc., I'm sure it will be great. IMO, their O1 is second to none.

    "Someone" on the forum kept showing/bragging about their FFG Elmax, so I had to try one.
     
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    I love the look of the Enzo trapper knives. I'm looking forward to seeing the final product.
     
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    OK, so despite a lot of shovel work in the back yard due to a clogged drain, I managed to get a bit more done this morning: (pay particular attention to the surgical cleanliness of the drill press table)[​IMG]
    One side drilled.
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    Mating them up to grind the front faces and drilling for brass part of bolt.
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    Sunk successfully. Very pleased so far. Now I need to grind the angle I want on the front of the scales. More to follow, hopefully.[​IMG]
    Next installment will be prepping scales, blank, parts, and gluing. Thanks for watching.
     
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    So after a quick stove and microwave install with the s-i-l, got this done. Finished and polished on the noses as it's just too darn hard to get in there post glue-up
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    Richinva, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but only 3 out of the 4 photos are showing now for me. When you first made this post all of the photos displayed fine. Your build is turning out great and have loved following this thread.
     
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    Looking great so far.

    I have put together a few Enzo's and love the trapper. I have one in Elmax but it is Scandi I wish it was a FFG.
     
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    Gotta be a GooglePhotos thing. Hopefully they will 'be back soon'.............

    Thanks for the kind words, appreciate it.
     
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    ^^^Let's hope so.
     
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    I can't see a single photo....
     
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    I can see all of them super weird.

    Great build by the way.
     
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    I can’t see 4/5 pics in your last post, but I can see all the pics in that link.
     
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    Link works!
     
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    That link worked. In that most others seem to have been able to view the photos, I switched from firefox to google chrome and the photos were there.
     
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    As everyone else has already said the photos in your link also work for me.

    Great work and build. :dblthumb:
     
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    Finally got this thing glued up. Air handler replacement project in between. A/C vs a knife, I gotta go with the A/C.............More to follow..............[​IMG]
     
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    Looking good!
    Keep it coming, brother.
     
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    To continue: Managed to get partially shaped before the belt on my 6x48 disintegrated. I could probably finish it up on the little Kalamazoo, but I think I'll wait for the new belt to show up. And when I say disintegrated, I mean there was nothing left but threads, not even a hint of a belt. Wonder if the rest of it got sucked into the dust collector............... I can ponder on the profile in the meantime......and hunt for the belt shards......[​IMG]
     
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    New belt in hand, now to install it and get back to work. belt for sander.jpg
     
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    Enzo 004.jpg Getting there. Rough shaped almost like I want. Note to self: Use thinner liners next time if you want a Coke bottle shape. Enzo 001.jpg Enzo 003.jpg Enzo 002.jpg
     
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    Looking pretty sweet!
     
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    Coming along nicely!
     
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    I know I'm not the only one that struggles with symmetry...........
     
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    That's some really good looking micarta. Gonna be nice!!
     
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    That's bad to the bone.
     
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    OK, 120 grit here. I see a flat spot that I need to fix. Damn a camera that sees better than I do.......... enzo 120 001.jpg enzo 120 002.jpg enzo 120 003.jpg
     
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    Looks really good.
     
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    Looking great!
     
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    I got $250+ just in labor on the scales!! This knife making thing is soooooooooooooooo easy..............
     
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    I just bought the kit that came with scales pre-shaped (to tang profile, not contoured) and contoured it with my Dremel sanding drum and finished sanding by hand. Knocked it out in a couple hours.
     
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    I shoulda driven down to Tarheel Land...............
     
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    I have thought about buying one of those blades but never pulled the trigger as I don't need one right now. Look like they would make a great woods knife though. Good work so far.

    Haha, yes gluing on scales and shaping them is pretty easy. However knife making is not when you forge, grind, and heat treat your own. :rolleyes::D
     
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    My statement was a bit of a tongue in cheek response/statement to an ongoing thread about $250+ knives. While the liner/scale/gluing/etc. is within my wheelhouse, the forging/grinding/HT is certainly not. Most of the knife makers here on BCUSA are true artisans in every sense of the word. When you purchase a knife from them you are buying years of actual blood, sweat and tears, plus all the wisdom and experience that they've gained. That works out to a pretty 'cheap' knife. I support/have supported/will support them both verbally and financially. I like classy, well made stuff, and sometimes that comes with a price tag that may put others off.
     
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    All done, except for a bit of tape residue. It'll do. On to the next one. Hope this wasn't too boring/lame. Thanks for watching!!! IMG_5485.JPG
     
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    Not boring or lame at all. Looks great. Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Wow really nice!!
     
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    Thanks guys. It was fun. Now I need to go beat on it a bit..............
     
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    Come on back and give us a review update after you run it through your paces.
     
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    Pics too!!!
     
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    Batoning with a FFG and a ginormous chunk of pecan for a hammer...............yep, I'll do pics on that for sure.
     
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    It passed it's first test by slicing through a Granny Smith like it was fruit..............:D
     
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