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Big Jeffs X-mas knife


Locksmithjoe

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On the tail end of a commissioned piece for a buddy of mine. 

The file knife is a Save Edge farriers file with elk antler handle.

Stock removal with extra tang added for the handle. 

 both guard and butt cap from same piece. 

Blade 7" from tip to guard

Handle 5.5" guard to pommel 

a little more Finnish work and it's to the fire for HT then 2 part epoxy and final peening of tang to secure butt cap.

i made a mistake of rounding off the square end of the tang where the butt cap goes in order to just do one quick drill hole so I had to drill and pin the inside of the but Cap to the antler just in case the glue ever gives way. Chalk it up to a lesson in having a lazy moment .

 

 

 

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Finally finished it! Butt cap is pinned and tang is peened. 

 

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Here's what I have learned on this project. 

Coarser grit and a better belt grinder will make for faster stock removal.

Thanks to a farrier friend with a 36 grit wheel I was able to Finnish on time. 

Make sure its near sharp but not sharp. (Just a little blood) 

Follow your lines 

good file work saves Finnish time

And most of all…    Keep it fun  

 

Almost forgot

adapt with the metal!

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Another happy customer!

letting a blade go is tough. 

Putting time and love into the build, learning every inch of steel and all of its nuances from tip to butt. Lovingly seeing it from raw materials to finished product. 

time to sink my teeth into the next project.

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