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Old June 19, 2014, 12:32 PM   #26
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Sweet!
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Old June 19, 2014, 11:15 PM   #27
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New knife finished tonight

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Old June 19, 2014, 11:22 PM   #28
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How long are the handles on your knives? I like a full 5" handle.

Oh, and I like that very much!
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Old June 19, 2014, 11:31 PM   #29
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Thanks Valkman I like how this one came out. Especially because it is my first leather sheath. I think it came pretty good for a first one.

I make handle lengths on different sizes. Typically they are 4.5" like this one. Though its easy enough to make handles bigger.
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Old June 19, 2014, 11:32 PM   #30
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That's your first sheath? VERY well done.
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Old June 19, 2014, 11:38 PM   #31
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Yep first one ever. The leather finally came in the mail today. Thanks again for the compliment. I am pretty hard on myself so its good to know that I am on the right track.
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Old June 20, 2014, 07:52 PM   #32
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I would be very interested in buying one, or probably two of your knives. Very nice work.
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Old June 20, 2014, 08:55 PM   #33
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Old June 21, 2014, 11:42 PM   #34
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Same profile as the last one but with more character.

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Old June 21, 2014, 11:49 PM   #35
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Looking good.
Burl?

I like that the edges of the scales are softened.
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Old June 21, 2014, 11:50 PM   #36
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I rounded the edges way more than usual for a more comfortable feel. I used redwood burl and black paper micarta.
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Old June 22, 2014, 01:11 AM   #37
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Fantastic work!
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Old June 22, 2014, 09:13 AM   #38
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Thank you. I am proud of this one.
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Old June 22, 2014, 09:58 AM   #39
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That is stunning.
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Old June 23, 2014, 03:58 PM   #40
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New profile I am trying out. Inspiration comes from different knives I have seen floating aroud the web.

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Old June 23, 2014, 06:47 PM   #41
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Looks very nice!
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Old June 23, 2014, 08:42 PM   #42
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All ground out and ready for clay for tomorrows heat treat.

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Old June 23, 2014, 08:51 PM   #43
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What grit do you take it down to before HT?
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Old June 23, 2014, 09:11 PM   #44
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I take it to 80 usually. Most people take it to a higher grit but since I will need to thin it up alot post heat treat it would take forever to do at say 320-400.

So to take the edge down faster I just take it from 80 on up to 220 once the edge is at the thickness I want. Then hand sand.
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Old June 23, 2014, 09:14 PM   #45
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I'd guess thats somewhere around 80 grit +20.
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Old June 23, 2014, 09:16 PM   #46
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Old June 23, 2014, 09:42 PM   #47
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I take it to 80 usually. Most people take it to a higher grit but since I will need to thin it up alot post heat treat it would take forever to do at say 320-400.
I go to 600 usually now. My high thin asymetric grinds in particular don't respond well to stress risers from coarse finishes.

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36 to 80 on the grinder.

80 grit on a vised palm sander to set Pre-HT edge thickness and get out scratches.
Then 80-120-320-600 on the palm sander.

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Then hand sand.
I haven't hand sanded a blade since June 6. It is marvelous.
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Old June 23, 2014, 09:44 PM   #48
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Since I have a hamon on most every blade hand sanding is mandatory.
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Old June 23, 2014, 10:36 PM   #49
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Don't be too impressed. I just spent 3 days with 18 kids, 14 bladesmiths and their forges, anvils, and various hammers, tongs and files, and a KMG and TW 90 grinder looking at a lot of forged, ground to HT, ground to finish knives (~3x18~75 knives) that I deburred and final sharpened by hand.
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Old June 23, 2014, 10:44 PM   #50
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I love my kmg, but would like to see a tw 90. They look nice
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