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#1 d3moncow

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 07:37 PM


The design is shamelessly copied from North Coast Knives:

http://www.northcoas...ves_Blades3.htm

 

Credit where credit is due.

The blade is from an old saw blade, heated to red hot and quenched in used motor oil. The wood is pistachio, from an abandoned orchard nearby. It has been spalting for a year now, in damp sawdust and mulch. The spalting didn't penetrate as at as I had expected, but now I know. Three layer CA finish, sanded to 600 with rubbing alcohol. That way, if it does enter the wood, it should evaporate before it can swell the grain.

Please excuse the less-than-phenomenal pictures. ;)

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Showing the spalt pattern and bookmatching.

bear claw knife redo9.jpg

 

In case any of you annoyingly observant people notice  :)  : yes, the bridge around the hole was accidentally worn through while sanding. 

 



#2 flipgun

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 09:44 PM

Looks good. I'd carry that.



#3 Ibojoe

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 05:20 AM

That's one cool looking blade. Nice work!!

#4 mattwalt

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 07:57 AM

cool blade.



#5 Grandpa Pete

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 03:44 PM

I love hand made, practical, tools with personality and soul. Good job....enjoy.

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#6 d3moncow

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 06:16 PM

Looks good. I'd carry that.

Thanks! Unfortunately, the shape of the top of the blade precludes a Kydex sheath, but I have an idea that might work.

 

That's one cool looking blade. Nice work!!

Thank you!

 

cool blade.

Thanks!

 

I love hand made, practical, tools with personality and soul. Good job....enjoy.

GP

 

I do too. I found that I prefer making them to using them, oddly enough. :)






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