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COTS Project Thread

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by cityofthesouth, Nov 6, 2014.

  1. cityofthesouth

    cityofthesouth

    Jan 29, 2014

    For this (if i can remember correctly because it sat around for months after it was a forged blank) I did 3 normalize cycles and then heated it a final time and let it cool with the forge. I did all my grinding in that state then heated it to cherry and quenched it in oil. Blade came out of the quench perfectly straight, even with a pretty thin grind. Then a quick pass on the belt sander to see shiny steel again and slowly heated the spine with a torch until I had an even straw color throughout, cooled in oil. Another swipe on the belt sander and another heat to straw and another cool in oil. I could feel flex when I started grinding the edge on my stones and it ground similarly to any other typical basic carbon steel I've sharpened. File skated on it. I'll do some edge retention testing once it's all finished. Yesterday I got all my leather glued on, the pommel fit and peened in place. All that's left now is to shape the handle - I'm getting excited about it now. Sheath will be a Kydex-leather hybrid.
     
  2. cityofthesouth

    cityofthesouth

    Jan 29, 2014
  3. crbnSteeladdict

    crbnSteeladdict

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    Jul 31, 2017
  4. Miller '72

    Miller '72

    860
    Jul 25, 2017
    I am following your knife build and it is really wicked, amazing.

    Waffles yes, I was thinking some kind of massive smores shish kebab :):thumbsup:
     
  5. cityofthesouth

    cityofthesouth

    Jan 29, 2014
    I didn't tell anyone what you guys said and the people at work looked at that pic and also said smores and pancakes. Haha! It does look good enough to eat.
     
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  6. Miller '72

    Miller '72

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    Jul 25, 2017
    That's Awesome hands down!

    Sounds like you may be on to cornering the market for knives with snacks while hunting and camping;):thumbsup:

    Seriously, I look forward to seeing it as you close in on completion.
     
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  7. cityofthesouth

    cityofthesouth

    Jan 29, 2014
  8. Miller '72

    Miller '72

    860
    Jul 25, 2017
    Absolutely awesome!
    I don't know where to begin.
    To be able to use that and have the joy to sharpen...just damn!

    Thank you for sharing that.
     
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  9. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel

    Feb 11, 2016
    Beautiful :thumbsup:
    I thought of waffles and pancake batter when I saw the before pic.

    Btw I didn't want to steal the thread, but green beatle on YouTube made a knife this year with a real bacon as a handle material and this made me think of it.
    It was the all American knife with an American flag Damascus blade and bacon in resin as a handle material.
     
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  10. Camber

    Camber

    Jul 13, 2011
    I think that turned out fantastic.
     
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  11. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    Looks great! Well done. I love the stacked leather.
     
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  12. 300Six

    300Six

    Aug 29, 2013
    One of the founding members of my deer camp carried a belt knife that his dad (rancher in Montana) made specifically for him when he became a teenager. Like yours it had simple lines. It was made from a file instead of a leaf spring and had a brass guard and elk antler scales. When Dave died 8 years ago at age 80 there was a line-up of younger folks (relatives and hunters) that really wanted that knife. Were they going to use it or were they going to hide it in a 'keepsake' drawer? I don't know what happened to it but in my mind's eye I can still picture Dave effortlessly dressing a deer or cleaning a pickerel in between honing the blade on his weathered Arkansas stone.
    Beautiful job COTS you've created an heirloom!
     
  13. Riz!

    Riz! Gold Member Gold Member

    May 5, 2014
    That knife is awesome. Very nice work
     
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  14. Agent_H

    Agent_H Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Pride in craft, sir!
     
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  15. cityofthesouth

    cityofthesouth

    Jan 29, 2014
    Thank you everyone!!!
     
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  16. Brian Rust

    Brian Rust

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    Nov 14, 2017
    COT where you been brother??
     
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  17. cityofthesouth

    cityofthesouth

    Jan 29, 2014
    Falling down on the job I'm afraid. I still check in most days to see the projects and hit the like buttons. But I do have a handle project in progress right now so I'll be posting that in here sometime in the near future. I stay perpetually busy but lately it just hasn't been axe/tool related stuff.
     
  18. Brian Rust

    Brian Rust

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    Nov 14, 2017
    I understand that man. Life happens right. I just enjoy this thread of yours and thought I would touch base! Look forward to seeing more of your handy work!
     
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  19. cityofthesouth

    cityofthesouth

    Jan 29, 2014
    I appreciate that. I've actually bugged JB a couple times when I see something juicy, and snooped around ebay off and on because I still have the itch for an axe project .... I'm just looking for THE ONE you know what I mean?
     

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