Discussion in 'Park Swan - Wild Knife & Tool' started by Park Swan, Jan 9, 2019.
Oh boy ........ getting excited !!
Me too! I have one in blue TeroTuff on deck. Right @Park Swan ?
You know it!
This is what our V3 step file looks like finalized.
After the profile-cutting tool paths were programmed, we altered the file to make it easier to program the bevel toolpath parallel with the top of the hawk and going all the way down the beard. We also made the file .050" thicker so the cuts would extend cleanly from the bevel to the flat on the .25" actual axes.
Some magic I don't understand
Fresh slab of S7. Gorgeous.
Handle holes and lightening cuts done first, then used as clamps, clearing the way for profile cutting.
Edge up to make bevel cuts. Check out the finish on that profile.
Yummy, yummy S7 steel. Looks like they will have a nice forward balance to them.
Like my small one, but bigger.
There were some chatter issues at the end of cutting that had to be worked out. The piece is only .030" at the edge. Those curves at the bit will be removed in hand shaping and finishing.
Fun to watch the progress!
Just picked these blanks up and WOW. The quality of the work is fantastic, as I knew it would be. The machining on the flats isn't perfectly consistent but it's fine enough that any number of finishes can be applied by hand, I'm OK with that. The important part is the tooled finish on the profiles. One of the difficulties of my design is that the lightening cuts are integral, but it's a huge waste of time to hand finish the inside of those cuts. It normally doesn't matter at all, but it's nice to know that when I sell a para-cord wrapped hawk, if you take off the paracord, for whatever reason, it's clean and neat all the way through. I used to have to do those interior edges by hand. Yikes.
Are.... they ready yet? ;p
Sending them to Peter's for heat treat next week along with the 1095 mini hawks and some knives I've had around forever.
Coming along nicely! I am excited about this hawk.. Very nice indeed!!!
Oh, I forgot to mention, my buddy informed me that the S7 was coming in close to .300", that's what was available so that's what they ordered. I decided to leave a little more thickness than usual since the material was there. That means these will be closer to .300 than .25", so they will be about 1/8lb heavier but considerably more indestructible. I can't wait to beat on these.
In other news, it just occurred to me that it'd be cool to number the hawks in this batch. Who knows how many hawks and knives I'll make in the future, these might be more special as time goes on.
I think I'll also denote the steel choice, along with my maker's mark. I'm trying to figure out where to put all the stamps, but I'll try to post a shot tonight or tomorrow.
Looking forward to this blue beast of mine. What colors of kydex have you got?
Only black at the moment, but I must admit to being excited by all the new kydex colors and prints available. I thunk woodland camo would be cool, but of course we would all lose that.
Part of me thinks that kydex colors that match with the handle materials could be cool. Matching with contrasting colors or patterns could be nice also.
Lots of options could match well with blue handles, for example.
Orange imo, orange kydex... you'll never lose your sheath again lol.
Orange is cool. And also has a very utilitarian look that says "this is a tool."