My first real "batch" WIP

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by Tiiiiiiiim, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. Tiiiiiiiim

    Tiiiiiiiim

    952
    Jun 11, 2010
    Thanks a lot Butch. I can't wait to ypgrade my grinder. I've seen videos of a KMG in action and can just tell it's going to make knife making 10x quicker if nothing else. Someone else here in Australia is going to be making themselves a grinder soon and offered to make me one while they were at it. YES PLEASE!
     
  2. wolffbite

    wolffbite

    May 7, 2010
    Your hand-satin finishes make me drool. What's your secret? ;)
     
  3. Tiiiiiiiim

    Tiiiiiiiim

    952
    Jun 11, 2010
    Thanks Wolffy. I don't know about any secret but I can tell you my method.

    Finish on belt grinder with 120# (as fine as my belts go)
    Hand sand Horizontal with 120# using a block of wood under the paper.
    Hand sand Vertical with 180# -------------------------------------- Making sure I get all the opposite scratches out with each grit.
    Hand sand Horizontal with 240# ----------------------------------From 240# onwards I lubricate with a kerosene + multi-purpose oil mix.
    Hand sand Vertical with 320#
    Hand sand Horizontal with 400#

    and ta da! silky smooth satin finish.
     
  4. wolffbite

    wolffbite

    May 7, 2010
    Thanks for the method tim! I will probably try it soon on my next batch :D
     
  5. Tiiiiiiiim

    Tiiiiiiiim

    952
    Jun 11, 2010
    Got off my butt and sanded another one up. two to go.

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    I really like the blade shape of this one.
     
  6. Tiiiiiiiim

    Tiiiiiiiim

    952
    Jun 11, 2010
    Only one left to sand up.

    This is the only one without tang of distil taper.
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    Then I'm going to drill weight reduction/epoxy pin holes. As well as decide if i want to swedge, filework of do any jumping on them.
     
  7. AWGunS

    AWGunS

    616
    Sep 16, 2006
    Love the Tanto.
     
  8. Tiiiiiiiim

    Tiiiiiiiim

    952
    Jun 11, 2010
    Thanks GunS
     
  9. Tiiiiiiiim

    Tiiiiiiiim

    952
    Jun 11, 2010
    Finally. Last one sanded!~

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    Here they all are

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    Weight reduction/epoxy holes drilled.

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  10. ERIK KNIVES

    ERIK KNIVES

    883
    Aug 17, 2010
    Looking awesome Tim! Hand sanding is hard work but you know how to make it pay off. Great looking blades.

    EA
     
  11. Tiiiiiiiim

    Tiiiiiiiim

    952
    Jun 11, 2010
    Thanks Erik. These should be packaged up and sent out for HT by monday.
     
  12. BMK

    BMK Banned BANNED

    831
    Jan 30, 2011
    Cool thread, very interesting, nice knives. Thanks for chronicling how you guys with opposable thumbs and a couple more IQ points do things.

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  13. Lon Humphrey

    Lon Humphrey

    588
    Nov 14, 2007
    great cant wait to see em finished
     
  14. Tiiiiiiiim

    Tiiiiiiiim

    952
    Jun 11, 2010
    Back from HT.

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  15. Matt Brook

    Matt Brook

    503
    Dec 22, 2009
    Thats a quick turnaround for hills mate! They must be quiet!

    Bruce Barnett treated two D2 blades for me on the weekend. Gee its great to finish a knife on friday and have it hardened and tempered (and RC tested mind you) and ready to go on Sunday morning! Its making me save for a evenheat!
     
  16. Tiiiiiiiim

    Tiiiiiiiim

    952
    Jun 11, 2010
    Yeah, it was pretty quick. I'd love to do my own ht. I'm not that serious yet though.
     
  17. daizee

    daizee KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 30, 2009
    Tiiiim, those look great!

    -Daizee
     
  18. Tiiiiiiiim

    Tiiiiiiiim

    952
    Jun 11, 2010
    Cheers Daizee.

    Two blades sanded up and scales ready to glue. Jarrah and macassar ebony on the big one and some two tone NG rosewood on the smaller.

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  19. bigbcustom

    bigbcustom

    Dec 20, 2005
    Good stuff, a lot of work with all that hand sanding.... It took my fingers a year to recover from Gunsmithing school so I can feel your pain. I really like what you are doing, and thanks for all the pics.
     
  20. Tiiiiiiiim

    Tiiiiiiiim

    952
    Jun 11, 2010
    I'm a furniture makers apprentice so I've got nearly 4 years of hand sanding under my belt. Not much bothers my hands anymore ;)



    Another little update.

    More scales ready for gluing. Red gum on the 3rd. Iron bark on the 4th.


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    One the knives in this batch with go to KITH. I did want to do a folder but I'm not quite up to scratch on the folder making to share yet.
     

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