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Been Awhile... Hello JK Family!

Discussion in 'JK Handmade Knives' started by heefageLA, Sep 10, 2019 at 1:27 PM.

  1. heefageLA

    heefageLA Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 2, 2015
    Well, its been a long few years since I been around these parts. Im glad to see everything is up and still going. Way to keep the ball rolling John!

    I have a BIG Pecan tree being cut down as we speak. I have so many ideas for what to use this tree for. Book shelves, Coffee tables, Work benches, Teacher's podium for my wife... and of course, KNIFE HANDLES!

    I have several different knives in mind all covered in Pecan. Im willing to ship any of you good folks some slabs as well if you want any.

    Hey John, how big of a knife can you heat treat? I really would like a Viking Seax made. Not as long as a sword, but not short as a "knife" either... What do you think?

    Ive kind of lost track of all the different models. I know the Seax is on the list and also a Muddy Camp. Ill have to look around for awhile and see what else catches my eye.

    Below are some pics of the little guy I have to cut down. Its really a bitter sweet moment. I remember climbing this tree when I was just a little kid. My whole life this tree has been there providing shade for the house and yard while also pecans for cooking and selling. Ive made probably thousands of dollars collecting pecans from this one tree. It has to come down though. Even though the leaves are green the tree is still dead. This summer it has been dropping huge limbs that shouldnt be falling down. Ive had two different Arborist come and both say the tree has to go. Its so big that if it fell on the house it would crush my entire home and probably kill somebody.

    The base is 4 1/2 ft thick and goes up nearly 20 ft before it starts to split into branches. Even some of the branches are 30 ft long and straight enough to get really great lumber from.

    Anyway, before I get choked up again, its great to see this place still rolling. Its a great bunch of guys that hang out here!

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  2. JK Knives

    JK Knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 6, 2001
    Hello Heath, long time! The longest I can do is about 13” overall. I’m not even sure what a Viking Seax looks like.
    That’s one big tree!
    Good to see you here again.
     
  3. heefageLA

    heefageLA Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 2, 2015
    Something kind of like this. The cutting edge on the long end. Most are made with pommels, but I think you could come up with something as type of counter weight since the blade is so long.

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    Heres another one that is more of a knife than a sword...


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  4. JK Knives

    JK Knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 6, 2001
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  5. JK Knives

    JK Knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 6, 2001
    I found this one
     
  6. B JACKSON

    B JACKSON

    Sep 19, 2012
    That's a tree! Shame it's life has run but happens to everything I guess. Save me a piece to make a knife handle and maybe some 1911 grips! We will have the tree "live on" that way.
     
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  7. heefageLA

    heefageLA Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 2, 2015
    Yes Sir. You got it. There is a local wood guy with two kilns that I can dry the wood in. It may be a few months before its dry on my end, but I can ship it still wet to if you want.

    I feel bad about cutting it down, but I had to ask myself, "Would you rather have a shade tree or would you rather have a family and a home?"
     
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  8. heefageLA

    heefageLA Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 2, 2015

    That looks good. I want mine more 'stabby' and less like a clever. With 13 inches as my guide im going to draw something up and show it to you. We have several months to go before the wood is ready.
     
  9. GotSteel

    GotSteel Basic Member Basic Member

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    Mar 1, 2016
    That is a nice tree (thanks for sharing), too bad it has to go.
     
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  10. JK Knives

    JK Knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 6, 2001
    Just a heads up, on large knives the only grind I do is a saber grind, similar to the Element, but higher.
     
  11. heefageLA

    heefageLA Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 2, 2015
    That will be fine. The thicker spin would allow for safer chopping. That fine tip on the end really scares me, but damnit, I want a Seax!
     
  12. heefageLA

    heefageLA Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 2, 2015

    Ill be getting a knife or two for my dad to, since he's spent more time under the tree than I have... You're getting a heck of a deal from me cutting this old pecan down!
     
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  13. JK Knives

    JK Knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 6, 2001
    I actually made a knife with that blade shape years ago, but it was only a 5” blade. Posted it for sale, finally sold it at one of my gatherings at the shop after a few months.
     
  14. rdrogers

    rdrogers Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 19, 2010
    What up @heefageLA? I still use the whisky stones you made me all the time.
    You should cut the base of that tree into rounds and make tables. Folks pay big bucks for that sort of thing.
     
  15. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Cool tree, and you will get some good material to use for all kinds of projects. I like the idea of a 5-7 inch seax for a utility knife or side arm.
     
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  16. 3fifty7

    3fifty7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 24, 2016
    Welcome back!
    I have a small box of spalted pecan drying right now from a tree that fell on our property, need to get it sent of to K&G soon.
     
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  17. bikerector

    bikerector Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 16, 2016
    I was thinking a similar thing the past couple months as I like wharncliffes and straight edges are just a lot easier for me to sharpen. The bottom one in this photo is pretty neato.
     
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  18. heefageLA

    heefageLA Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 2, 2015
    Progress so far. They will be done by the end of the day.


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  19. RayseM

    RayseM Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    I'd be sad too - what a great beauty. Still, you did what needed to be done and some of this history will be passed on with cool products. Welcome back, BTW :thumbsup:

    Cheers, Ray
     
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  20. ty_higg

    ty_higg KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 16, 2011
    that is a big ole tree! But it will also make some beautiful wood for handles and whatever else you can think of. Keep a portion of the stump and seal it and you can have a table people would pay 1000 plus for.
     
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