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Custom GSO Handles - WIP thread

Discussion in 'Survive! Knives' started by TRfromMT, May 6, 2017.

  1. Silver Needle

    Silver Needle

    Jul 14, 2014
    Great pics! Very artistic.

    I was going to comment on the finish before reading the description. The etching is different than the original finish, but really looks good. Great work!!!!

    What kind of stump did you use for the photo session?
     
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  2. jjweb

    jjweb Gold Member Gold Member

    552
    Nov 20, 2015
    Wow Tony that came out great !! Good job !! Just saw the pic on instagram !!
     
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  3. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    @Silver Needle that's a Russian Olive stump. The city came through where I live and cut down hundreds of them, then painted the stumps with some kind of dark stain. Too bad, really, but they must be some kind of invasive species or they were diseased or something.
     
  4. Methuselah

    Methuselah Gold Member Gold Member

    843
    Feb 7, 2015
    They all look great Tony....:)
     
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  5. Silver Needle

    Silver Needle

    Jul 14, 2014
    That makes sense. I thought it was magical, naturally oily wood. It's really rich looking and is a perfect backdrop for your excellent knives :thumbsup:
     
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  6. XtianAus

    XtianAus Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2016
    That 4.1 is fantastic mate.
    I love how the acid wash compliments those wooden handles. Well done. Your best work yet imho. :thumbsup:
     
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  7. XtianAus

    XtianAus Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2016
    Can the new peen finish be turned in acid etch? Or only the old spec tumbled such as above.

    TRMT, want to buy that 4.1 from your customer and than sell it to me :D:p??
     
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  8. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    HA! The knives in this thread are my personal knives. Not for sale at this time ;)

    I would think the new finish would take the etch as well. The acid would have some affect, I'm sure. I do not really know the finishing process, nor have any direct experience, but I have to think it would work.
     
  9. XtianAus

    XtianAus Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2016
    Ahhh nice man, it is an absolute gorgeous piece. Worthy of a personal knife for sure. Do you work with others as a collaboration (like with your own knife) for your customers too? I'd love to have a knife sent to you some time for a similar setup - acid wash + stabilized scales. :thumbsup:
     
  10. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    ^^I need to simply mention here that I do not have the appropriate level of membership to solicit work in these kinds of threads. While I appreciate the interest (really!), I've been reminded by mods in the past that this is a no-no. Thanks.
     
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  11. XtianAus

    XtianAus Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2016
    Oops! My bad! Well then, great work nonetheless. Keep it up and post more pics :D
     
  12. SonnyJim

    SonnyJim Gold Member Gold Member

    675
    Mar 6, 2012
    Beautiful work Tony! I've got a few slabs of Koa waiting for a project like this, might have to give it a go. Are you using a belt sander to get the contours?

    ~Jim
     
  13. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    Thanks, @SonnyJim!
    Do you have access to facebook? I did a whole writeup on how I do this. There are a lot of tricks, but I'm happy to help anyone through it. I have spent a LOT of time working out the details, and even do things like make my own stepped drill bits and so forth. To answer your question, I use a Porter Cable 3x21 belt sander laying on it's side for about 90% of the shaping. I made a sanding table out of my belt sander and it's suitable for all of the contour sanding.

    Message me if you want to discuss further.
     
  14. Daniel Fairly Knives

    Daniel Fairly Knives Full Time Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 9, 2011
    Thanks Tony! The finished knife came out excellent.

    On the acid etch I garnet blasted the knife first, it helps the etch get more even, darker and hold a bit more. After that about a minute in ferric chloride solution (warm vinegar works too) then a good tumble. The tumble brings it back to the level of the original finish so make sure the knife is scratch free first.
     
  15. Silver Needle

    Silver Needle

    Jul 14, 2014
    Truly outstanding work, sir!

    Did Tony say that this was just a one-time project for you?
     
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  16. Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    Absolutely beautiful work. If you don't mind saying, do you use a horizontal to grind the swedge in that manner?
     
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  17. Daniel Fairly Knives

    Daniel Fairly Knives Full Time Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 9, 2011
    Much appreciated! Yes one time thing, I'm too backlogged at the moment.
     
  18. Daniel Fairly Knives

    Daniel Fairly Knives Full Time Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 9, 2011
    Thanks! 10" wheel, I hang the belt off the edge to form the plunge line.

    I do have a horizontal grinder and probably use it more than my standard KMG... no bevel grinding though, just flats and scales.
     
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  19. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Platinum Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    Shame but glad that you had the time to display and implement your skills on Tony's 2.7 :thumbsup:
     
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  20. Silver Needle

    Silver Needle

    Jul 14, 2014
    With the quality of work you do, I can see why :thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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