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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2020 2:04 pm 
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Thanks for the detailed reply, though you have sent me off down the rabbit hole of forges now :)

*evil laugh*

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:21 pm 
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Had a really Crap week so far. I can't ride when I'm in a mood (the bike gets thrown in a hedge/river/under a car), but smacking metal about works.

Take an old leaf spring;
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cut some off, weld a bar to it and heat, beat, repeat;

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Once roughly to shape, give it a tickle with the grinder;

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That'll do for tonight.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2020 10:23 pm 
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Really looking forward to this blade !


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2020 10:43 pm 
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Really looking forward to this blade !


This one may be going back in the forge for some more work - not sure the shape is quite right.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2020 1:50 pm 
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Padauk or Bubinga for the handle ?


I always feel some of these handles are too too busy, and it detracts away from the workmanship needed to produce the blade.
African Padauk
https://www.wood-database.com/african-padauk/
Padauk is such a glorious red, almost bloody sometimes.
Bubinga
https://www.wood-database.com/bubinga/

Or what about Purpleheart :D as seen on the Tally Ho boat build.
That would give you a lovely purple hue initially, but as the knife is used over time it will become a very nice nut brown.

All above are hard timbers so will wear slowly.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2020 2:37 pm 
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dyna-ti wrote:
I always feel some of these handles are too too busy, and it detracts away from the workmanship needed to produce the blade.


On the whole, I agree with a few exceptions. A very dull blade can be improved with a special handle, but generally simple aesthetics work better for me. I'm not a huge fan of Damascus steels for the same reasons. All of my handles are based on the feel of them, which gives them a very typical (boring) shape. Weird shaped handles just aren't nice to use.

I'm far from talented at this, so the risk of getting something wrong is very high. That means that I'm trying not to spend any money on fancy materials so as not to be wasteful. The leopard wood (an Australian source) was one a of a few scales I bought last year (not in Australia!!), most of my handles are from reclaimed/recycled sources in the UK and would be destined for the bin/fire.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2020 4:46 pm 
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I've afew bits I can send you. for free obviously
First off is a nice piece of i think oak, air dried if it is the scrap of a gigantic set of gates i did a few year back.
Very ripply . Had it sat on the windowsill the last few months, but when you shape it you'll get the original golden colour.
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Next is a piece of this Bubinga plank( not all of it :wink: )
Probably give you about 2-3 times the average size needed lengthwise :? 200mmx100mmx19mm
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2020 7:55 pm 
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I'll Send you a PM :)


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2020 7:06 pm 
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I love this kind of thread the comeraderie of it gives me a nice warm glow :D :D


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2020 1:10 pm 
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:lol: OMG - nice work and side hobby to MTB’s

What are you going to make out of the disc rotor you can see in one of the pics above .... a throwing star to go with the Katana you could make from a whole leaf spring !

Remind me not to upset you - ever !


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