16 Nov

Upswept hunter update!

Here’s a few pictures of the San Mai upswept I’ve been working on, took a few custom orders this past week so personal stuff I want to do has to take a back seat to the stuff I have to do. lol Tomorrow though, I’ll finalize the handle and get to etch the blade. Update 11/24/15, the finished blade is up and ready for sale.

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12 Nov

San Mai skinner, part 2

Well, it’s quitting time here at the shop, the Sun’s gone down, there’s an ice cold refreshing beer on the bench and the coal forge is dying out. So heres a few pictures of the progress on this skinner. Some of you might remember this profile shape from the Jack Daniels Skinner I had up here a week or two ago – well, it’s proven to be popular. I spent some time earlier going back and forth with my photos and dimensions and made a template, which is something I don’t typically do, but I’ve got two outstanding orders for this blade already and a third inquiry so I figured I should have something to reference on hand. 🙂 Oh, and since the first had Jack Daniels oak for the handle, I’m affectionately naming this model the Tennessee Skinner.. wow, look at that, I have a model!

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12 Nov

San Mai skinner in progress.

This is a skinner in progress for a user over at Blade Forums. Started with two pieces of 15N20 and a length of 1084. Cleaned, tacked, forge welded and lastly drawn out. Next step will be rough forging the blade.

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05 Nov

San Mai Upswept Hunter in progress

This is one of this weeks knife projects. 1084 & 15N20 san mai upswept hunter. Here’s some pictures of the blade through different stages of development. This is not a commission, just a blade I felt like making, when finished this blade will be available here in the store unless someone lays a claim to it before I finish it. 🙂 UPDATED 11/16 with a new post. Update 11/24/15, the finished blade is up and ready for sale.

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This is the beginning of the billet, tacked and ready to weld under the press.

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After my forging, this is the blade once it’s been profiled and rough ground.

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After heat treating, the blade is taken to a higher polish.

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A close up of the blade prior to acid etching.

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Several baths in acid with 1200 grit sanding in between.

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The bright portion of the blade is the nickel steel alloy, while the dark steel is 1084.

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A close up of the final etched blade. Tomorrow I’ll work on the handle and ferrul.