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Blog series by AJM updated 03-10-2013 08:22 PM 12 parts 15085 reads 29 comments total

Part 1: 5 Knives part 1

09-14-2012 11:12 AM by AJM | 3 comments »

Part 1 The knives arrived.. this is my first blog and i thought it should be a useful one.I am making 5 knives I have a photo of the materials i will use in the first few. I will try and take a lot of pictures to explain what i am doing, so first picture is gathering equipment . As you can see it is chaos.. I have epoxy, tap and die (spelling) set files 3.5mm drill shiny bolsters. 2 carbon 3 stainles steal blanks. a few thin slices of curly birch some apple wood and elk horn. 1...

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Part 2: Planning planning planning.

09-14-2012 06:17 PM by AJM | 0 comments »

I am starting with the 8cm stainless steal blade. I have a few pictures so you can see how the different spacer sizes look.Last week I was given a Hägg branch. (Prunus Padus – Bird Cherry) I was plesantly surprised on the colour and its nice and strong, you can see my trade mark bands saw burn marks.. Bolster. 22m wide I am showing you the colour here again so you can visualise the knife before it drilled, filed and glued. apple wood spacerwider spacerthin elk spacer ...

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Part 3: Preparing the blanks

09-15-2012 09:14 AM by AJM | 3 comments »

Here are a few photo’s of how i prepared 2 of the blanks although the stainless steal blank broke the m6 die.hopefully i have a solution to this and it will no longer be an issue on the other 2 ss blanks.With the carbon blade i die’d the end first to fit an m6 nut. i use this to help keep the knife clamped together. I have heard stories of the epoxy lasting a few years and the knife then simply putting it . fall apart. i feel the nut at the end is a good way of helping this...

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Part 4: handle and colouring

09-16-2012 06:05 PM by AJM | 0 comments »

Hopefully by this time tomorrow i will have a series of pictures of materials for the handle. Tomorrow i will be asking for votes or opinions on the materials for making the first knife.I will try and limit the choices but i thought it would be fun to share the project. (only got 20 mins in the workshop today)

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Part 5: Your Decision... Pick a handle..

09-17-2012 04:15 PM by AJM | 4 comments »

I would like a simple comment please. Pick A Pic. I did not take a photo of bird cherry 2 but you can pick this as well. Each layer will have a strip of black leather between it like the first picture. Pictures did not come out to well but i hope you get the idea on how they would look. A large piece of bird cherry has been selected for the butt. All fellow members of Lumberjocks have to do is decide over the next day or so what design they would like to see incorporated in to th...

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Part 6: Winter is leaving Finland

02-27-2013 05:58 PM by AJM | 3 comments »

After .. light flooding a shoulder injury.. glasses .. -32..3 foot of snow.. I finally have a workshop sort of warm enough to work in.. so i went to woodwork i town and started on the handles. Did some shaping in my home workshop. Some one kindly posted me some sections of wood.. I used the purple heart and the colour is great!! Here is the start of the first knife which will be all mine!! so the materials involved are Bird Cherry – Curly Birch – Purple Heart – Elk ho...

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Part 7: I went to the woods.

03-01-2013 12:57 PM by AJM | 4 comments »

Finland is famous for woods and my mother in law has a small one 13.5 hectare and her brother has about 20 hectares. I was helping take some trees for fire wood and I noticed some brown dots in the birch. I know this does not make it the much fabled curly birch I would like to get for knife handles. But for free and saving it from the fire.Well it makes me feel happy and in 8 months time it could quite well be used for some handles.It is now split and off the floor and in the barn t...

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Part 8: -9 Shaping Sanding.

03-03-2013 06:57 PM by AJM | 1 comment »

-9in the workshop so speed was the key today…. Tweaked my belt sander and started to cut the shapes in to the knife handle this is for a right hander. I was quite pleased with the shaping so i thought I would try a quick hand sander rub down to take some edges out. This went well. So out came the 120 grit and a frantic rub around. I was starting to be really happy.. 600 grit.. over enthusiasium.. dropped back to 400 grit now this really did work some wonders.. ...

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Part 9: Some times it's cold... Then it snows..

03-04-2013 08:40 PM by AJM | 2 comments »

So i unveiled my knife handle this morning.. The curly birch was glowing.. the purple heart lookes splendid.. i think i will leave the bird cherry to a picture. After all a picture is worth 1000 words.. (swear ones) I guess the apple wood peg split it.. I knew i should have fitted it earlier..-21 but sunny…. So like the weather this morning i take a negative and go for a positive.. I can do an article on rehandling/renewing a damaged knife. After a bad start to the day with the k...

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Part 10: A knife for Kaj

03-05-2013 07:57 PM by AJM | 2 comments »

Kaj has supplied with a lot of wood to help me with my knife making and turning.This handle uses more traditional materials. He saw the knife with the Purple Heart and liked the colour.Birch Bark spacers, Thin strips of elk horn. Masur Birch for the handle. Measure, Mark, Drill, File to fit.Each piece. The masur Birch handle are 2 angled bores like—> \ |Before gluing with epoxy I layed the materials out in order of gluing. The whole process took about 2 hours.

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Part 11: Shaping and more shaping..

03-06-2013 06:24 PM by AJM | 2 comments »

In varying stages of finish.. there are some rough shapes.. smooth shapes.. then I took it to Kaj. Marked where he wanted the thumb points. I have used the rough belt sander.. a runover with a hand sander.. 120 grit for 20 mins hand sanding..Quick hits with the rough belt, quick buzz with hand sander. 120 for 10 mins on the thum notches. 400 grit on the knife for 15 mins.I gave it a rub with tung oil.I will wire wool it tomorrow and another coat. Thanks for looking.

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Part 12: Pink wood... yup..

03-10-2013 08:22 PM by AJM | 5 comments »

now what wood is this….syren.. in swedish? most of it is rotted but what colours !! Busy day involving chainsaws, skidoos and -18 to -7 I have some lovely fresh birch wood.. A fall off a skidoo.. a camera that goes on strike after 3 hours of not doing anything in minus temperatures.. phone joined in too..More pictures tomorrow..

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