Been a bit busy here lately with fall cleaning, doctor appointments, and such but i have gotten the ceramic tile put on the platen...
And i got a couple bolts under the tile just in case...
Im about 3/4ths of the way done filing the bevel on the 2nd side of knife #2 as well, just need to finish it off between a couple other things i have going on, but i hope to finish it in the next few days... Busy busy.
I been doing a little practicing acid etching (as a finish) with Ferric Chloride as well, Started with 1 part FC to 3 parts water, then tried 1 part FC to 1.5 parts water, I liked the second way better. I use a 0000 steel wool in between dips, dips for around 30 seconds then run under water and clean it up with the steel wool. Did 3 sets of dips and then neutralized with baking soda.
Also got in my new stencils from Tustech. 3 different sizes ranging from 3/8" up to 1/2", i got varying sizes so close together to figure out the smallest i could get it and still maintain the detail.
Havent taken a lot of pictures lately but i will for sure post more pictures as i finish the 2nd knife.
Finished filing the bevel. A little disappointed in myself for making a couple of bonehead mistakes. I used the clamp for something else and when i put it back on the knife wasnt in the same exact spot as before so i went past the plunge line a little and then tried evening it up on the other side.... I also attempted to try a more aggressive file and put some gouges in it that didnt want to come out... And well yea....
Anyways, i made some mistakes, learned some stuff and enjoyed doing it so i guess thats what counts! Its not a beautiful work of art or anything but im guessing when its done it "may" still cut stuff LMAO
Still need to drill the holes in the handle. Then send both knives off to be heat treated.
I got more steel in now so ill be doing a lot of practicing grinding bevels while these are gone to HT, once they are back ill attempt to make some handles for them and put on the final edges.
Thanks everyone for stopping by, giving tips, and showing interest in my journey!
Did a simple mod to a becker BK14 that i have wanted done for ever but finally have what it takes to do it myself. Got it done and now im doing some sharpening and reprofiling.
Here is the simple mod, i basically removed the sharpening notch and guard hump so i could choke up on the blade all the way. I prefer knives i can get my finger up to the edge so i can feel what im cutting while i cut it, and this also gives me more handle room for more grips. Still need to clean it up a bit as well.
Also profiled out that weird looking blade, but that is just to practice grinding bevels on. Ill do both sides back and front, gives me the most practice per piece of steel. Already started working the bevels of it, but after i took the picture.
Then i used the KME diamond kit to take the BK14 from a dull convex to a shaving sharp V, now im working on a scrapivore that had a 22° per side edge, i reprofiled it to 17° per side, im only at 300 grit right now, ill take it to 1500 grit.
Last Edit: Oct 13, 2014 20:13:19 GMT -8 by worldwood
Here are a few pics from HT. T.M.Hunt the guy that made me the mini hatchet was kind enough to volunteer to HT my first 2 knives and was kind enough to also send lots of pictures of the process so i thought id share them.
I liked the above stonewash on the BK14 but wanted to try and get it a little darker before putting a new edge on it. So i sanded the stonewash down a bit (with a drywall sanding sponge, love them things) then re-ethced it with ferric chloride, and did the stonewash again. It did indeed come out a bit better!! Then i put a new edge on it.
Knives are back from HT now, Todd did a great job and really turned them around FAST!!
Now ill start working on the handles and get them finished up!!
Since i dont have any experience making handles im going to start out trying to do the first ones handle out of a cheaper oak hobby board. Depending on how i do with it ill do the 2nd ones handle out of Madagascar ebony.
Last Edit: Oct 20, 2014 18:03:42 GMT -8 by worldwood
Started hand sanding the HT scale off, and practiced cutting out my first set of scales. Figured id get a picture before i keep going with it.
The scale on the right was my first attempt at cutting out a knife scale. And i cut the top finger groove out too deep. Second one on the left i did a better job staying on the lines. I could keep the 2nd one, but i want more practice before i start cutting on more expensive wood so ill do up another set just for the extra practice and if it turns out good ill move on. If not ill keep practicing till i get it right.