Patch Knife Build Along -Completed!

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    For months now I've been wanting to make a patch knife for myself for this up coming hunting season. Not sure how many hours I've spent trying to find a traditional shape to historical patch knives. My only conclusion is that they came in many shapes and sizes hunters and trappers from long ago used what they had. This was a while ago and I almost forgot about it until @Steven Long aka Hunger for the Pines made a spectacular looking small edc knife check it out on his Instagram page. Anyhow seeing this lit a fire under my rear end and I started drawing a pattern of what I thought would make a good knife. Generally I use convex grinds but for hunting I like full flat grinds with a secondary or saber grinds. So for this knife it will be one of those two depending on how the grinding goes. The steel I'm using is 1/8" 1095 with elk and g10 for the handle.
    Here's the progress from last night I forgot to take a picture after I finished the shape sanding on the belt grinder so I'll get that tonight.
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    My biggest obstacle in this whole build will be trying to cut the elk antler in half evenly. I've only done this once and it was pretty difficult using a hacksaw. Maybe someone with more experience will chime in and lend me some better method.
     
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    If you have a drill press, you can line it up in the vise, and drill small hole along the axis. Then use a hacksaw. The saw should follow the line created by the holes. Then sand it smooth, by placing sand paper on a hard flat surface and run the antler back and fourth over the sand paper.
     
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    Very interesting I'll give this a shot thank you!
     
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    Let us know how it turned out.
    Also; scribe a nice clean line down the axis of the antler and use a drill bit just a hair thicker than the saw blade.
     
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    Bandsaw. Scribe your line then run it through a bandsaw. Then sand it on a hard backed surface. I’ve done this with whitetail antler before.
     
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    That is a awesome project. Man I want to make a knife.
     
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    First shot is where I stopped last night. Firstly tonight I decided to drill some holes to cut the handle weight down a touch since this will be a neck knife. Then I completed the rough grinds on the bevel. After heat treat they will be cleaned up.
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    This looks like a great project. I cant wait to see how the scales turn out. You have me wanting to track down some elk antler myself
     
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    I read somewhere that there is little to no historical evidence for patch knives. They used their belt knife. So, you can make it anyway you want cuz you are writing your own history!
     
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    I like it!! You're inspiring me to give this a try myself.

    I'm not criticizing in any way (because I've never done this before)... But I'm curious about the added handle holes in the second picture. They don't quite look round- did the drill bit pass all the way through the handle? I'm honestly only asking because I'm trying to learn from what you're doing.

    I thought about ordering a strip of 1095, but remembered I have plow pieces from Granddad's tractor shed. If I'm really going to give this a shot, I have material on hand. Although it's no where near the right shape or size yet.
     
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    Either the bits were wobbling when they started or my chuck has a slight bend in it. The holes are drilled through in one pass, on the opposite side they are perfectly round. Look at the 1st and 2nd picture going up you can see it.
     
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    This makes the most sense! Thanks for the info :dblthumb:

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    I didn't have much time last night to work but I did get the heat treating done and ready for the tedious work to begin.
     
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    Looks really good so far-
     
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    Thanks buddy!
     
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    Finished grinds done and ready for the long process of hand sanding.
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    It looks great so far. I am looking forward to seeing the scales on it.
     
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    Hand sanded to 400 and scales cut. Next step is to glue the liners together and to the elk scales.
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    I’ve been following the whole thing and wow it’s gonna look like a really nice knife. Can’t wait to see it finished.
     
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    Earth brown and Forrest green liners glued to the antler.
     
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    Thanks everyone!
     
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    While at Walmart I picked up a thing of blueing for the knife I think it will really make it look nice. Did a sample since I never used it before.
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    First I drilled the holes For the brass pins the I shaped and sanded to 1000 grit on the areas I won’t be able to after glue up.
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    Finally glued everything together and tomorrow I should be able to put the finishing touches on the knife.
     
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    Wow! Love following the progress on this.
     
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    Oh man... I never thought about gluing the liner to the handle material. This makes things so much easier :). Thank you for your thread. Very good looking knive.
     
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    Good job so far! I am anxious to see the final results. It is always a bit stressful, doing the final glue assembly. Nice design.
     
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    Much easier that way I think. And thank you!

    Even though I let whatever I’m glueing set for 24 hours I always use 5 min epoxy, this makes me feel like I’m in a mad rush to get it all together. So I strongly agree with the stressful part.
     
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    As a side note for anyone that doesn’t know (I’m not sure if it’s common knowledge or not) but any areas you don’t want epoxy to stick to coat those areas with PJ.
     
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    If you want to relieve some of that stress, I suggest Gflex 655. This stuf was recommended by some very skilled BCUSA forum members. It has a working time of like 45 minutes. Very strong and heat resistant. I made a knife recently, and the handle got hot enough during the shaping phase, that I could not hold it, yet the Gflex continued to hold. I have used two part epoxies, which released their grip while shaping on the sander. This stuff is a bit more expensive, but I dont plan on using anything else.
    I just told you this, because you are doing some nice work, and I think you will like this product.
     
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    Sounds like some good stuff thank you I’ll check it out!
     
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    This is coming along great ! Looking forward to the final product.
     
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    Profiling and sanding completed onto blueing and sharpening. The elk scales turned out being a good bit thicker than I wanted but they weren't uncomfortable for my hands. Better pics once I get it finished.
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    That looks great!
     
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    Very nice! Please post a picture of the sheath you make for this beauty.
     
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    Thanks!

    Thanks! I will for sure!
     
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    Here is the finished knife all cleaned up and sharpened. I think its going to work great for the intended purpose and I learned a good bit about elk antler for future projects. The super blue worked extremely well and I'm pleased with the results.
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    I really like that! Looks great!
     
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    looking very nice
     
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    Looks good!
     
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    Very well done on designing the knife. Like the lines one.
     
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    Ya done extry good lad. :dblthumb: Nuff said. joe
     
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    That came out great! How does it feel in the hand?
     
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    I knew it was going to be good!
    Instead, it is great!
     
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