On the Bench - April '14 - Koster Knives

Discussion in 'Koster Knives' started by Daniel Koster, Apr 1, 2014.

  1. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    Check here for updates on works-in-progress for Koster Knives, April of 2014


    Here are a few pics of the process I go through to get some G10 handles ready for liners.

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    Cut out at 540rpm on a variable speed bandsaw with a vari-tooth bimetal blade (can cut steel too). Have to cut G10 slowly or else it wears out the blade really fast.

    I bought a cool magnetic base flashlight to move around the shop - you can see it in the pic above. Works great!
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    Lay out the handles on the liner material...turn the saw up to ~3000 and cut away:
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    Flatten on a disc sander first, then on a granite plate for dead-flat inside faces

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    Then I rough up all the to-be-glued surfaces with a sanding sponge and clean it thoroughly with acetone.


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    Mix up a little 5-min epoxy...
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    And clamp everything together firmly-but-gently with some adjustable clamps.

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    Done!
     
  2. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    All glued up:

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    After rough shaping with a slack belt....all handles are smoothed over by hand...the "hard way".

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  3. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    And.....finished!


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  4. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    And here's a prototype of a new knife design I started last year and set down for a while. Hopefully will see the light in the fall.


    Trapper

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  5. zman9mm

    zman9mm

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    Sep 15, 2013
    I was wondering if you were ever going to do a Trapper Dan....is there going to be a Scandi Trapper to go with that ?
     
  6. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    Scandi Trapper - hadn't thought of that one, truthfully. Will give it some consideration.

    My goal with the Trapper was to make the blade light/thin, yet still have a full size handle. So many trapper/bird-n-trout/etc knives have small, undersized, uncomfortable handles.
     
  7. sloth357

    sloth357 Platinum m0f0 Platinum Member

    Jan 5, 2011
    Those are awesome... I like the black scales, and kydex... I'm convinced! Got your email and definitely count me in :)
     
  8. zman9mm

    zman9mm

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    Sep 15, 2013
    I love the trapper idea...can't wait to see if it comes to fruition. Selfishly, that could be one handy knife for me !
     
  9. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    Finally finished up a rehandle job I have been putting off for years.....literally years...

    The owner is a *very* patient guy!!

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  10. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    Sanding the handle by hand - time intensive. Which is why I don't do this kind of work anymore....I could have made 10 knives in the time it took to do this one rehandle. Hahaha :D :p


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  11. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    Putting a chamfer on some lanyard tubing:

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    Laid out some BushMasters with Black Canvas Micarta handles - these are headed to KnivesShipFree.com

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    These Corby bolts are made to my specifications - had to get 1500 at a time. :D

    And you can see I'm trying out some G/flex epoxy from West System. So far, looks great!

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  12. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    BushMasters laid out for glue-up....everything ready to go.

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    And.....

    ...All Done!


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  13. elmsfordlt

    elmsfordlt

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    Feb 8, 2013
    I'm in for the Trapper!
     
  14. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    Sweet - keep your eyes peeled on Facebook/Forum. ;)


    More works in progress pics!

    This is how I lay out my handles to cut on the bandsaw. Variety of handle materials here - G10, Micarta, Cocobolo, Ironwood.

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    BushMasters profiled after glue-up

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    Laying out the next batch of BushMasters for KnivesShipFree - Orange G10

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    Black Canvas Micarta

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    MUCK orders - blades heat-treated, ready to prep for glue-up

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  15. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    Bushcraft orders - variety of handle materials. The stuff "under wraps" is stag - I do that to keep it flat while waiting for glue-up.

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    BushMaster orders - handles cut, ready to start glue-up

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    Nessmuk blades in 3V, Scandi grind. Heat-treated, ready to prep for glue-up

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    Bushcraft blanks - heat-treated and tumbled. Ready to layout

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    Celilo blanks for BushcraftNorthwest - heat-treated and waiting for handle material to arrive from Masecraft.

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  16. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    Grinding blades...

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    Makes for a nice pile of rusty metal dust in the bottom of my quench bucket.

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    YUM !!! :D :p :eek:
     
  17. LilBayDeNoc

    LilBayDeNoc

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    May 31, 2013
    Very cool Dan, thank you for sharing!
     
  18. tjswarbrick

    tjswarbrick

    Mar 31, 2011
    Awesome stuff - thanks for sharing. That Ironwood Bushmaster is going to be sweet!
     
  19. ivan51

    ivan51

    Dec 9, 2003
    Scandi Trapper - hadn't thought of that one, truthfully. Will give it some consideration.

    My goal with the Trapper was to make the blade light/thin, yet still have a full size handle. So many trapper/bird-n-trout/etc knives have small, undersized, uncomfortable handles.

    very true! love the look of yours Dan!
     
  20. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    more progress!

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