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Sword polisher with Parkinson's

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Navy joe, Feb 19, 2008.

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  1. Navy joe

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    Hey, that's me!

    Dreary day stuck here at work with nothing to do so I sluffed off my job, wandered down to the metal shop that is really my home and made a knife out of roundstock. Guessing 4xxx series by the looks of it. I now have a 4" skinner blank that will be given handle scales eventually. Think I'll poke around the property and see what interesting maple burl I can find. This is my second blade, the first was a 10"+ that I made out of a piece of a really large allen wrench. It only took to probably a Rc50-52, this one is much better. (Dulled a cheap file, cut by a good one, goes lick for lick with the edge on my entirely too hard Strider-Buck folder.)

    It's rudimentary, torch, scrap metal, hammer, belt sander, pneumatic hand sander, and my diamond dressing stones. The blade is semi-polished now and has lifted most of my leg hair. You can see the temper line from my differential heat treat too. :D Poked myself once, cut myself twice already, is therapy always this painful?
     
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    I do that shaving in the shower with no mirror, so it sounds about right to me.

    *grin*
     
  3. Valkman

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    The way you're doing is a real way to learn making knives, that's for sure! I made exactly one knife by hand and bought a grinder. :)

    Temper lines are good, cutting yourself bad but it'll happen. I use the thumbnail test and save my hair!
     
  4. Navy joe

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    I don't know about the real way, but I like hitting things with hammers. It's actually in my job description. I think once I'm home I'll get my blacksmithing stuff set up first, let that pay for the more expensive knifemaking stuff. I love looking at your stuff Don, one day you'll teach me how to make a blade.

    Shaving in the shower with a straight razor no doubt, sounds fun...
     
  5. WinchesterAA

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    Question from left field... How would the idea of taking custom knife orders sit with ya'll?

    No one seems to make a knife that I like, but all I want is a one-piece 3.5-4" blade and holes drilled a half inch apart along the handle for a string wrap.
     
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    I bet SM's legs are as smooth as a baby's butt in spite of the nicks.:neener:

    Did you hammer the round stock to a rough blank or grind from round?
     
  7. Navy joe

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    Grinding is cheating. :D I probably removed about 1/2 ounce with the sanders, mainly to knock the scale off and smooth and to get the transition to the grip right. Stock was 3/4 round x 4" I am 90% happy thus far, I wanted to have a little more belly but I guess I should have moved the metal up there. Other than that the only issue is a little waver in the edge, barely discernible. I could correct by sander but the whole edge is sharp by now and it is a gradual shift down the edge. I took it down pretty thin with just the hammer. Had I a proper sander I'd left a lil more and gone for the hollow grind. Gave it a little bath in some phosphoric acid descaling cleaner, not quick enough so I dunked it in Dr Pepper as recomended elsewhere in this forum. Once I get a chance I will polish the blade, then put a patina back on it and find a proper handle. I intend that the handle go past the tang about 1" and turn down a little. No more for now, gotta leave town on the big boat and I think flying this back from Europe would be frowned upon so tonight it goes to my local locker of lonely guns.

    The reason for the blade shape: [​IMG]

    With a Douk-douk as comparison: [​IMG]

    I might make it my kitchen knife too, the Schrade Old timer is doing most of the chores there now. Will post finished pic in you know, a year or two...
     

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    That's a nice shape for a lot of tasks - can't wait to see it done!
     
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    *ahem*

    I need to call hso's daughter and have her beat up her daddy again again I see... *smirk*

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    Navy joe,
    You done good!
    You also worked very hard and put a lot of time and effort into that knife, it shows craftsmanship to me.

    Blade shape will work for a number of tasks...

    Umm, you know, your maple with burl looks different than most, I'd have them trees checked.
    I think yours got some "duct-tape" bugs infesting them or something...*wink*
     
  10. Navy joe

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    No duct tape, :D just the tang was left rough sanded and has watermarks from where it was dipped. I've got lots of hickory scrap left from building my house stairs but I think I need to find something different for this one.
     
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