A Takedown San Mai Kwaiken

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  1. TK Steingass

    TK Steingass Knifemaker - Buckeye Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 16, 2010
    Greetings All,

    I forged this San Mai billet at the New England School of Metalwork class taught by Ben Seward. The handle is wrapped with .021" stainless wire and all the fittings are 410 stainless - the spacers on each side of the handle are coined. The wooden sheath is wrapped with black vegetable tanned bridle leather and the stud is forged to a teardrop shape. Magnets are inlaid into the leather lined wooden sheath to hold the knife securely yet allow for one hand deployment. 10" OAL, 5 1/2" BL. Since it's the first kwaiken I've made, I decided to incorporate takedown construction. All comments welcome.

    V/R,

    TK

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  2. 3fifty7

    3fifty7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 24, 2016
    Very nice.
    What is the San Mai composition?
     
  3. TK Steingass

    TK Steingass Knifemaker - Buckeye Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 16, 2010
    1095 Core - 410 stainless clad
     
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  4. d762nato

    d762nato Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    That's a great looking knife, your doing it all now days. :thumbsup:
     
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  5. Sam Wilson

    Sam Wilson KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 3, 2012
    That's beautiful. I think the wire wrap combined with the San Mai give it a wicked look. Very nicely done! :thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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  6. Dusty One

    Dusty One Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 12, 2004
    Very Nicely Done !
     
  7. Dawkind

    Dawkind Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    That’s superb....love the style.
     
  8. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    ^^^ This was fun!

    It all worked so well together, and his supplied tool unscrewed the lonnnng nut and all the indexed components separated precisely.

    Play with a layout, shoot it again, and then reassemble.

    One part photographer, one part mechanic, three parts COOL! :thumbsup: :D

    Great job, Tim. Thank you for the opportunity.
     
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  9. TK Steingass

    TK Steingass Knifemaker - Buckeye Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 16, 2010
    Thanks for all the kind feedback fellas. :)
     
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  10. R APPLEBY

    R APPLEBY KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 11, 2003
    Nice one Tim
     
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  11. sheathmaker

    sheathmaker Custom Leather Sheaths Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 18, 2005
    Damn!, Tim, that is ultra nice, beautiful, original, and one of the only pieces in that genre I ever thought "man, I wouldn't mind owning that".

    Suffice to say, you did good.....real good.

    Paul
     
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  12. john april

    john april KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 27, 2006
    thats a lot of work ! one to be proud of. :thumbsup:
     
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  13. Ben Seward

    Ben Seward Full-time Bladesmith/Part-time Idiot Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 28, 2012
    Very nice, Tim! The San Mai is from 1095 and 410 stainless though...you couldn't make 15N20 look like that
     
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  14. TK Steingass

    TK Steingass Knifemaker - Buckeye Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 16, 2010
    Thanks Ben for the correction- we call this a “Senior Moment”. :(
     
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  15. joeshredd

    joeshredd

    May 8, 2002
    Awesome on many levels!
    IIRC, the "original" Tanto" was a take-down of sorts.... This is the modern version, and executed just as well as the Japanese masters using the mediums of their times!
    And all's I can come up with is "Awesome!":thumbsup:
     
  16. stew

    stew

    90
    Apr 30, 2002
    Wow!

    Very striking. First time I've seen a tanto done as a takedown in this way and I like it!

    The detail of how the pins are very distinctly laid out to make no mistake when reassembling is smart.
     
  17. Scott Hanson

    Scott Hanson KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 6, 2014
    Great looking knife and sheath Tim, a lot of work went into that piece.
     

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