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lets hope its succesful enough to be repatable !!

might have to go with a small gutting knife in future as everyone seems to want them !!

i will do some bits on the ilistraightion blank i have , im going to change the profile of it and generaly piss about with it but will take piocs they might help you guys !

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yeah ebay is the one . you will need to split it in half and grind it flat so you can fit it either side of the tang .

jigged camel bone looks just like antler and its died on the out side with a pattern to look like stag , but they are flat scales so you can fit them easy !!

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If you are having issues finding antler you could try buffalo horn. Seems to be quite a bit of it on ebay.


My blade arrived today so it'll be out with the files and sandpaper later. I have a few ideas for the handle but cant quite make my mind up ;)

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just a tip from when i used to do all mine by hand , you want a single cut file , i used drapers garden files (thats what they call them) old fashioned hard ware stores sell them .

because its sigle cut there is only one set of grooves on it , you can remover the metal much faster and more accuratly . and once the angles look right you can plain the metal with them ,

ok so you have removed the metal and got a basic beval , like this .


now you can clamp it good and tight and plain the metal , to get it flat and clean . like this



when its like that clean and flat , id start with sand paper 120 grit , you looking for uniform scratch pattern , dont go in all directions, pic one and stick at it until every serface it the same , this is important , use a backing for the sand paper allways hard , i wrapp the file in it on every grit !!!

when it looks good every where at 120 , change to 240 this will really show any pitting deep screatechs etc , change your direction again , the exact oposite of the last coures is best, change paper regularly and only use it dry at this stage , good tip halfords sell all the sand paper grade you will ever want very affordably , id say now is the time to think what sort of finnish you want on this knife , if you want mirror go through the grits to 600 wet and dry and polish on a buffing mop (on a drill from halfords or what ever you got) if its very shiny at heat treating the scale has not much to stick to and will come off easy , once heat treated you will not get any scractches out unless your like me a freak and will stand there until its done ha ha .

when its where you want it send it back for heat treating .


just to inspire you guys a few knives i did 100% by hand with fire files and sand paper .

a few options of finish to . the big bugger has 120 grit(polished) on the sides and 1200grit on cutting edge .




and a couple just super shiny all by hand






there just there to inspire you along guys , now is the time to go for that mirror finish id say !!

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That was just what I was lkooking for.


Can't wait for the blank to arrive to get started!!



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just another thought guys your gonna strugle to find pins that correspond exactly to drill bits , ebay sellers are pretty good at measuring the diamiter of pins and drill for you before you buy .

i find steel drill bits to be most accurate (i think because they need to be) for example i bought some "advertised 2mm brass the other week , i asked te seller and they where actualy 2.06mm thick . then i thought ok drills are usualy over sized so went for a steel 2mm drill from B&Qand it came in at 1.96mm sounds nothing but the pins would not fit . so i had to cut them 1/3 to long put them in the drill and spin them with sandpaper wrapped round them , makeshift lathe idea , long story short they fitted with light hammer taps with out splitting the handle material . warning tho pilot with wood drill bits as steal will tear there way out when they break through , unless you back them with non ferrouse metal like alluminium .

its alot of fuss i know .

i will try to do a how to fit handles as soon as i can for anyone that is new to it .

tig and gas welding rods are used by alot of knife makers as pins they come in allsorts of materials to , they im told are usualy accurate with diamiters .

i use a loacl modeling shop for alot of stuff they have sheet brass ally tin , and a huge amount of tubing and pins for making prop shafts for boats etc . worth a try !!


is anyone going for the mirror finish file work etc ?

im enjoying this already nice to get a comunity thing going !

all the best , matt


just one place left fellas


1 seat left


knife comp .

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good man .

there are two blanks sat her , one for waidman i dont think he has paid ?

and one unspoken for .

shall we close the books at 7 places this time ?



i have another set of 10 blanks that i can offer up for the next comp if nayone is intrested ?

little more complicated this time but the metal work is done so it will be handleing in inovative ways !!

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