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My rehandle and shield projects (with tutorials)

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by waverave, Aug 24, 2019.

  1. waverave

    waverave Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 7, 2018
    Thanks! Yes as long as I can match the metal type I think I have it down. I picked up a filing block and that was a game changer.
    Sometimes the stainless is a little tricky because you have to match the type of steel or it might not blend. The pile side on this one shows the pin more but the show side came out pretty decent.
     
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  2. CasePeanut

    CasePeanut Gold Member Gold Member

    578
    May 25, 2018
    What is a filing block?
     
  3. waverave

    waverave Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 7, 2018
    It is a really simple jig made with hardened steel so you can do precision file work.
    Here is what it looks like...using it here to do some bolster work without damaging the handle material.
    FilingBlock_02.jpg
    I decided to put some rubber mat on the inside to protect the knife...shown here supported in a vise.
    FilingBlock_01.jpg
     
  4. CasePeanut

    CasePeanut Gold Member Gold Member

    578
    May 25, 2018
    Thank you! Pics are so helpful. I’ve heard that same tool called a file guide. File block makes sense too.
     
  5. Travman

    Travman Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2016
    Darren, those are really attractive shields that I don’t believe I have seen before. Did you design them?
     
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  6. waverave

    waverave Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 7, 2018
    No I got them from a metal fabricator who has several to choose from. Minimum order of 25 though so Ive been splitting orders with @Terdl76 :thumbsup:
     
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  7. waverave

    waverave Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 7, 2018
    While it is very easy to show off success stories...I thought it would be "fun" to show some of my failures. At this point, the failure to success rate is around 10:1 :)
    First of all...wenge wood. No. Just no. ALL CAPS NO. I can't imagine a use for this stuff in the traditional world.
    I'm pulling it all off and starting over.
    RR_wenge.jpg

    Next up, a neat little all-steel Tidioute #15 barehead project. Things were coming along very nicely. I took a lot of time and care to dome the 1/16" NS pins in there without damaging any of the bone. Fit it all together and got the pivot, spring and bottom pins started...looking good.
    GEC_15_blue_bone.jpg

    Then one or two little taps on the spring pin and the whole pile side scale cracked in half.
    GEC_15_blue_bone_failure.jpg

    I noticed the color of the bone was a little off right in that area and turns out there was a tiny little defect in the bone that caused the failure. I must have spent a solid 2-3 hours up until that point making sure I was very careful and delicate with that bone. I used a 1oz hammer. I don't think I actually did anything wrong and it still went right out the window. Patience, above all, is required for this hobby :)

    I got started on a NF #29 project that I've been wanting to work on to showcase all of the skills I've picked up to this point...my final exam of sorts. Blade delete, rehandle, shield inlay, NF trim (polished), double bolsters and a slight notch for easier punch blade access.
    Got it apart no problem (I am really good at taking things apart lol) and got the scales roughly fit. When I was trying to fine tune the fit between the bolsters, I sanded just a hair too much away. And just like that, I had to start over. Barehead configurations are much easier to deal with...two bolsters is really, really difficult to fit.
    After a much needed break from the shop, I returned to start again. This time, I went about it a little differently and got the scales to fit up nicely. Patience. Patience. More patience. I had enough time to get one side shaped but not sure when I'll get a chance to continue with the rest. Hopefully soon! This is the project I had in mind from the very beginning when I started learning how to mod :)
    GEC_29_tortoise_preview.jpg
     
  8. Matt_WY

    Matt_WY Gold Member Gold Member

    559
    Sep 30, 2018
    Good stuff Darren, I’ve enjoyed following along on your progression into this aspect of the hobby.
     
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  9. jwsnyder

    jwsnyder

    125
    Jul 16, 2018
    Darren, I've really enjoyed following this, and look forward to following future updates!
     
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  10. waverave

    waverave Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 7, 2018
    Well...I considered this my final project. I would give myself a B- :) I still have much to learn and it didn't turn out perfect by any means...but I really like it.
    The Northfield #291219HJ
    GEC_29_tortoise_01.jpg
    GEC_29_tortoise_02.jpg
    GEC_29_tortoise_03.jpg
     
  11. CasePeanut

    CasePeanut Gold Member Gold Member

    578
    May 25, 2018
    A+ in my book. that looks amazing
     
  12. RayseM

    RayseM Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    Looks real good to me :thumbsup: Don't beat yourself up :rolleyes:

    Nicely done.

    Ray
     
  13. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    Nice HJ, Darren!!:thumbsup: A worthy project!!:)
     
  14. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    Super!
     
  15. Signalprick

    Signalprick Jason Ritchie - Ritchie Handmade Knives Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 3, 2009
    Looks great Darren! Was it difficult getting the blades back centered with this one? Pinched bolsters look like a PITA to refinish.
     
  16. waverave

    waverave Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 7, 2018
    As long as the knife is centered before taking apart and the geometry wasn't changed during the mod, it should fall back into place. Having said that, it means you have to get the pins installed properly and perfectly straight. I goofed the alignment on several attempts at modding thus far because I incorrectly peened the pivot pin (the spring and liners won't sit flush either in that case).
    The pinched bolsters were relatively painless because I didn't really touch them in the process. They remained polished, for the most part, and I just worked the area below them. If the pinch gets dinged or scratched then yes...for sure it takes some finesse and extra time to get them back in order.
     
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  17. glennbad

    glennbad Knife Moddin' Fool Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 13, 2003
    I like that one. ALOT!
     
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  18. Signalprick

    Signalprick Jason Ritchie - Ritchie Handmade Knives Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 3, 2009
    Have you checked out Thys Meades youtube videos on pivot peening? My last knife was a giant leap forward after I did. I also redid my #25 and it's perfect now.
    20191112_152024.jpg
     
  19. Sacto

    Sacto Basic Member Basic Member

    495
    Jun 27, 2017
    Looks great to me. When you say “final project” do you mean final like putting together all the elements you’ve learned or final like you’re not going to do any more? Looks like you’ve really got a knack for this and it would be a shame to stop now.
     
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  20. waverave

    waverave Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 7, 2018
    Thanks! I meant final project like putting together all the elements I've learned so far :thumbsup: No way I'd stop now...I am vested :)
     

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