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About jarguello

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  • Location
    Longmont, CO
  • Interests
    Just about anything that requires working with my hands. Bamboo rod making, knife making.
  • Occupation
    Network Operations Supervisor
  1. My dentist is good friends with Todd Helton (1st baseman for the Colorado Rockies) although he owns several of my custom Bamboo flyrods he wanted to give Todd a 'one of a kind' knife. Well as we all know I'm by far not the best knife maker but I told him I would give it a whirl. Here's what I came up with, I hope he likes it. Knife in hand stiched sheath, notice it's left handed, a personal touch since Todd is a southpaw! Hand forged pattern welded blade (banding straps and bandsaw blades, nickle silver guard and pomel cap, and purple heart for the handle (Rockies colors purple and black) This view shows the blade detail better Engraving by Jeff Graham (sorry for the poor pic Jeff) Thanks for looking Joe E. Arguello
  2. Nice, I really like that! Good job
  3. To get the brand etched I use the Wayne Goddard method of etching with salt water and DC power. I use an old computer power supply as you need 'clean' DC power and add a pinch of salt to about a tablespoon of distilled water. You need some wax (50% beeswax and 50% parrifin) to form a light film on the area of the blade, I simply use a small spatula, or putty knife and put a small piece of wax on it, heat it up with an alcohol lamp and quickly smear the wax on the blade. Now use a scribe with a slightly rounded end to scratch your logo through the wax. Now you put a drop or two of salt water to make a puddle big enough to completely cover your 'brand' Take one lead from the power supply (test and use the leads that are 6 v)and take the positive lead and clip it to the blade, take the negative lead and clip it to a q tip that has been soaked in salt water. Now you need to make some type of a holder to hold that q tip so that it just touches the puddle of salt water and turn on the power. In about 5 minutes maybe a little longer the salt water and DC power will etch your logo into the blade. Three things ---- 1) You can make a holder for the q tip end by bending a coat hanger or some thing like that. 2) Make sure that the clip that is on the q tip is on the cotton part and makeing contact with the salt water soaked cotton part. 3) What I use to connect the lead to the knife and q tip are some small test leads that are 2 wires with allagator clips on each side. Like miniture jumper cables! Hope this helps Joe
  4. Thanks guys, I'm glad everyone likes it. I can't wait to go chop something with it. No Crocodiles in Colorado! Chris, To thread the tang I simply but carefully ground the end to get it round, then I put it in a vise and used a die to thread it. You can also silver solder a bolt to the end of the tang. Just grove the end of the tang fit a bolt with the head cut off and solder it on. Hope this helps. Joe
  5. Well, I finally finished my Dundee knife, It's really cool and anyone that will take a look at it has nothing but good thing to say about it. Although most of the guys at work are not into knives they still appreceate the wrokmanship, which if I say so myself isn't bad! Take a look and see what you think. I hand stiched the sheath using faux crockidile from Tandy's also notice my brand etched near the guard if you can make it out. Now you can understand my avatar! Thanks for your interest and all comments and constructive criticisms are welcome. Joe
  6. Many years ago I used to have a business recycling R-12 from cars that had been in a collision. Anyway one of the owners of a business that I went to had what looked like a hocky puck that was made out of solid steel, it was a paper weight on his desk. One day I picked it up and asked him "what is this?" He went on to tell me that he was a helecopter mechanic in a former life and that he was on site of the Exon Veldez wreck, he said that it was a plug that had been drilled out at the end of a crack in the hull (or some related part) to stop it from cracking any more prior to welding in an effort to minimize damage! This is the first thing that came to mind when I read your post. That would have been a cool piece of material to make a knife out of! Joe
  7. Well, I got a chance to do a bit more on my Dundee Knife. I'm getting close here, I need to do a bit more polishing (few scratches here and there) and I need to make the sheath. I hand rubbed the blade to 600 grit. what do you guys think? Thanks for looking, Joe
  8. Well, I have been triple tempering my Crockidile Dundee knife and I decided that while I was waiting I should put some of the blades that I had ready together. This is a cable damascus knife that I am calling my avacado knife.....Don't ask!!!!!!!!! My photography leaves a lot to be desired, but you can see the patern and the tempering line. Thanks for looking. Joe
  9. Remember a magnet is your friend, heat until a magnet wont stick to the blade anymore, heat just a bit more and then quench. Hope this helps. Joe
  10. Well Here's an update, this is what I have gotten done with my limited time? Here I started fitting the handle and making the guard. I ground the end of the tang just enough to thread it. Here is the tang after it has been threaded. Ready for the threaded pomel cap. And here is the completed knife in the rough. I will now dissasemble it, temper the blade, polish everything up and make a sheath. Stay tuned. I am pretty happy with the way this is turning out. Thanks for your interest and comments of support. Joe
  11. Well had to shovel some more snow this morning, but I got time to rough grind my blade. Here is a pic of the first rough grind, looks real good, nice and straight, just a little more touch up and I can heat treat. I have a nice piece of Desert Ironwood for the handle! Maybe a little brass for the guard and pomel huh? Maybe an allagator hide hand sewn sheath? This is just too much fun!
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