|Project by RusticJohn||posted 10-03-2012 09:12 PM||3283 views||5 times favorited||6 comments|
Still making knives that suit the type of carving I do. I have been working on a walking stick, covered in Nesuke like faces, since May. It has been necessary to develop new knives as I have progressed to cope with the very fine work. The old ladies face and the tiny one above in Photo 5 are cases in point. The little face is smaller than a thumb nail.
The first two knives from the left have very thin blades, about 0.5 mm, and are made from an old tenon saw. Had to harden and stiffen the steel all without cracking it. The next two are made from an old cut throat razor. The steel needs to be softened a bit to reduce the brittleness. No 5 is sharpened on both faces and is a tidying up tool. Made from an old hand saw blade. The next is a curved knife similar to that found in Canada. Then there is a Japanese style carving chisel made from a file and a tiny scraper made from a concrete nail.
I have made lots of chisels. The ones in the roll are just a few.
The last two photos show parts of the walking stick. Maybe six weeks work left to finish it. I will post the stick when the time comes.
I still have to finish most of the handles but it takes me a while to decide if the tool is good enough for what I need to do. New knives can sometimes need quite a bit of tuning and shaping to get the best from them. They can be too long, not sharp enough, strangely too sharp or an inefficient shape to mention a few problems.