Trailmaster Rescue


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Sam Cade
June 24, 2013, 09:21 PM
Some time ago I rescued a Camillus produced Trailmaster blade from a life of being thrown at a stump.

Poor thing.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=185639&stc=1&d=1372122544

Cleaned up the tang, stuck a couple small bolts through the holes and cast a composite faux-carta billet around it.

This is going to be pretty dusty.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=185640&stc=1&d=1372122745

Squared off.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=185641&stc=1&d=1372123081

I can get the thickness of the grip pretty close with compression in my vise but I have to make the billet huuuuuuuge if I want to have enough material to cut out an integral guard.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=185642&stc=1&d=1372123209


Heh.... I'm getting pretty good at this.

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Sam Cade
June 24, 2013, 09:24 PM
The swirly patterns in the composite make for tricky optical illusions.

Hard to keep things symmetrical sometimes.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=185643&stc=1&d=1372123345

hso
June 24, 2013, 10:28 PM
It LIVES!

Sam Cade
June 24, 2013, 11:10 PM
It LIVES!


Pretty much.

Did it in the middle of a thunderstorm and everything. :D






Got a #2 Mora and a Fallkniven A1 coming up as well as Satans own butcher knife, the Hyde 514.

hso
June 24, 2013, 11:20 PM
You'll have to wear a funny hat and eye patch for that 14" monster.

http://hydestore.s3.amazonaws.com/images_product/68180-retouch-GS.jpg

JShirley
June 25, 2013, 01:11 AM
Did you use the "ugly jeans" for that handle? :D Looks like good work.

Sam Cade
June 25, 2013, 10:34 AM
Did you use the "ugly jeans" for that handle?


I used a pair a brown commercial "bdu" pants that I never wore with a few strips of a black cotton sweatshirt for seasoning.

As soon as I get done with my late morning coffee I am heading to the shop and use the Ugly Pants (note capitals) on your (ever more pointy) 514 kitchen-'chete.



Looks like good work.

It looks damn good at arms length. :D

I'm still having problems with minor cosmetic asymmetries but nothing significant in re. to utility and nothing that cant be fixed by some careful sanding. If I'd slow down and use a belt less aggressive than 60-grit for the last bit I'd probably have less. ;)

Sam1911
June 25, 2013, 10:41 AM
Wow, this is just a heck of a lot of fun to watch! Nice work!

Sam Cade
June 25, 2013, 10:59 AM
Wow, this is just a heck of a lot of fun to watch!

It is more fun that pinning on scales, that is for sure.


The only down side is the unbelievable amount of potentially toxic, flammable dust that it produces.

I had to not only move my work area outside my shop proper, but cobble together a shop-vac powered vacuum hood to use while outside just to see what I am doing.
It also sparked a respirator upgrade. *coff coff* :uhoh:

Sam1911
June 25, 2013, 11:18 AM
I like a powered respirator like Rockler sells. I'm on my second one, though.

'Course, if you can swing it, I'm sure the 3M one that Northern Safety sells is nice. For $600, it should be!

Sam Cade
June 25, 2013, 11:37 AM
This guy?

http://images.rockler.com/rockler/images/20029-02-500.jpg

Exactly the one I bought.




For $600, it should be!


$600 gets ya 1/3rd of the way to a Bader. :evil:

hso
June 25, 2013, 12:55 PM
If you can scrounge a copus blower from a pawn shop you'll be able to just about build a fume bench to work on.

If you're persistent you can find Powered Air Purifying systems for a lot less than that (still hundreds of dollars, just not as many). You'd be surprised the full systems that pop up on ebay that I've bought and "traded" to knife makers.

Something like this is a great opportunity. http://www.ebay.com/itm/3M-RACAL-BREATHE-EASY-PAPR-MASK-TURBO-UNIT-BATTERY-CHARGER-RRPAS-respirator-/251292319203?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a82307de3#ht_2924wt_1328

Sam1911
June 25, 2013, 01:16 PM
Sam -- Yup! That's the one! I need a larger size mask than the one that comes with the kit, but it works pretty well. Just makes the bridge of my nose hurt after a few hours.

hso -- WOW. Now that is indeed quite a deal!

hso
June 25, 2013, 01:42 PM
I keep an eye out for open box, demo, refurb, and used PAPRs. My daughter knew how to inspect, don, and clear a respirator when whe was but a wee thing (and shocked my wife with a practical demonstration of that knowledge and skill when a train derailment across the lake caused them to have to evacuate).

Valkman
June 25, 2013, 07:18 PM
I don't know how you guys can wear that stuff - it gets so hot here that I just wore the white masks that cover the nose and mouth. Couldn't stand the respirator!

lemaymiami
June 25, 2013, 07:25 PM
try spending some time grinding glass in a boat fabrication shop.....

Sam Cade
June 25, 2013, 07:28 PM
try spending some time grinding glass in a boat fabrication shop.....

The thought makes my entire body itch. :uhoh:

hso
June 25, 2013, 10:47 PM
Couldn't stand the respirator!

Don, these are powered respirators instead of negative pressure air purifying respirators. You don't have to suck air through them, the blower pushed clean air into the mask as long as the battery has juice.

Valkman
June 26, 2013, 12:27 AM
Nice!

Texan Scott
June 26, 2013, 03:46 AM
Lemay, just the thought of glassing a simple plywood canoe makes me itch. Ugh.

highorder
June 26, 2013, 07:48 AM
I know I'm late to the party, but where can I find more information on the faux-carta process? I've recently reassembled my knifemaking tools and I like the idea of one piece handles on working blades.

Great looking work btw!

JShirley
June 26, 2013, 08:15 AM
Look at recent threads Sam Cade has started in this forum.

highorder
June 26, 2013, 08:41 AM
Having just done that, I'm headed to procure some resin today!

Now to find the proper cloth...

JShirley
June 26, 2013, 08:49 AM
Old military surplus, jeans, or flannel shirts would probably be good choices. I wish I could find a bunch of the Desert Storm night camo cheap...

Sam Cade
June 26, 2013, 10:38 AM
I wish I could find a bunch of the Desert Storm night camo cheap...

I think I have a couple of those parka shells laying around.

JShirley
June 26, 2013, 11:05 AM
I've been wanting to use that stuff on a handle for a couple of years! :)

Sam Cade
June 26, 2013, 11:36 AM
I've been wanting to use that stuff on a handle for a couple of years! :)

We can make it happen bro!

Deltaboy
June 26, 2013, 12:41 PM
Good Job.

Sam Cade
June 26, 2013, 01:12 PM
Overnight bath in white vinegar to float off the worst of the crud and a stropping.I pronounce this knife ready for service.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=185687&stc=1&d=1372266716



Harumph. Sorry for the washed out pic.

JShirley
June 26, 2013, 01:21 PM
Okay, now you're just teasing me.

Knife looks good.

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