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Forum topic by OldWrangler posted 11-09-2014 06:58 AM 1058 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-09-2014 06:58 AM

Gotta get 9 knives done for Christmas presents to grandkids and grandson-in-law and a friend, all of them serious deer hunters. Knives are good 440 C stainless steel, tempered to 58 Rockwell and razor sharp. Sheaths are being worked on but will be similar to one in photo. They all have to be different like the knife handles and filework

Handles are Deer Antler, Cholla Cactus, Manzanita Burl, Walnut, and African Antelope horn (maybe Ibex). Working now on knives with handles of B & W Ebony, Tulipwood, Marblewood, Granidillo, Spalted Hackberry, and Cocobolo. Those that turn out good get sheaths made. Others have handles removed and another try made. The Ebony handle is nearly finished and looking really good.

File work will be done on all knives this week similar to one shown.

More later.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#1 posted 11-09-2014 09:35 AM

Excellent work. The family should be thrilled.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-09-2014 10:36 AM

I have enough trouble shaping wood, pretty sure I don’t want to try metal.
real nice work, recipients should be thrilled

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 11-09-2014 01:16 PM

Very nice!! I love my cleaning knives. Those will be some good knives for the hunters.
Great work!!

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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#4 posted 11-09-2014 04:10 PM

Wrangler, please forgive my ignorance, but I’m always keen to learn something new. What are the notches on the backs of the blades for ? They seem to look random in spacing but I’m sure it’s specialized.

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#5 posted 11-09-2014 04:24 PM

Extremely nice work on all aspects of it! Those who do NOT appreciate the metal work ; have never tried to do any!

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#6 posted 11-09-2014 10:27 PM

Yonak, your ignorance is forgiven. Most times the notches (called filework) is just to dress up a knife spline. Adds a little sparkle because the light catches all the different facets as the knife is moved. Other than that I can’t see any practical side. I don’t do it to all of my knives. Really good filer work requires a lot of time. It is started with a rat tail file and a triangular one. Once the spacing is set, the filework begins. I use a Dremel to speeds things up. Should be done before sending the knife out for tempering. When it comes back the tang is too hard to cut.

rjR, I think I enjoy doing the sheath work more than the metal work. I can sit in my office with the TV on and cut and lace the leather at my leisure and not be on my feet.

Thanks for all the compliments. I do try to make good knives. I buy premium blanks to start with, I usually try for a mirror finish, and I try to find new ways to do sheaths. No matter how careful I am, there is always some little something wrong with every knife. Can’t seem to get all the bugs out of any knife but they will get beat up in the field so it is OK. They do make nice gifts for hunters. I still have one I made in 1967. Thanks for looking in at my STUFF> George

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