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Old 24-06-2010, 05:09 PM
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Great thread Ian thanks for taking the time to do it
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Old 24-06-2010, 05:35 PM
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Top Thread Ian, Max will make it a sticky

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Sticky eh? Cheers Bernie, nice one!
Well, here's the next few steps....
The ebony handle is drilled out and then fitted with my high tech cut down rasp.

Next I thread a piece of 5/16" stainless tube and braze it to the stainless butt cap.

The fibre spacers are then cut out and the tang piece is threaded ready to 'dry fit'.

The tang piece is then rivetted to the knife. For this I use a piece of rail track in the vice as it's a lot easier than bending down over the anvil. Especially when your gut is as big as mine.

Next I 'dry fit' the parts to make sure everything goes ok. I like to leave the butt cap spacers oversized so that when the cap is screwed on they fit no matter where they stop turning.

The butt cap is rough shaped to prevent it needing too much shaping when the knife is assembled, as stainless tends to get rather hot.

Next job is getting it glued up. For this I use Araldite precision. I fit the spacers on the front, followed by the handle and then warm the epoxy so it can be poured into the rear of the handle before screwing the cap on. This way I don't get any air pockets.


Cheers for looking.
It's very much appreciated.

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Old 27-06-2010, 10:05 PM
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That is shaping up to be one seriously nice blade Ian.

Appreciate your sharing the end to end process....nice to follow progress

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Next mission is to start rough shaping on the belt grinder. I start at 40 grit and work down to 600.


After the shaping, it's time for a polish and etch. I don't final polish or sharpen until the sheath is done, as it saves cuts and scuffs!
Here's the finished article....








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Great pics Ian!! Awesome job on that San mai billet/knife
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a genuine thing of beauty that

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Old 28-06-2010, 05:12 PM
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Top Thread, and an outstanding Knife, hats off to you Ian, for the A brill Thread and Knife

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Old 28-06-2010, 06:17 PM
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Superb knife.thanks for sharing how you did it
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