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Almost done with my WAKI....preview pic

Discussion in 'Swamp Rat Knives' started by norcalblacktail, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. MRpink


    Sep 17, 2007
    that satin finish is looking good, when I left, the finish was still rough, but now it looks like a real LE.
  2. alaus


    Nov 11, 2007

    I thought it was differentially heat treated
  3. resinguy

    resinguy Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    A temper line can be subtle unless the blade gets an etch to accent it.
  4. MustardMan


    Mar 14, 2009
    Differential heat treating can also be done without a hamon - the transition between the two different hardnesses can be gradual, rather than the sharp transition that gives you a hamon.
  5. sleevefullofaces


    May 29, 2009

    LOL! There probably wouldn't be a better way to learn than that!
  6. iamtoast


    Jun 18, 2008
    Very very nice looking. Please post another pic when you are done and have re-placed the scales onto it. What grinder/sander are you using? It seems like it would take forever by hand but I, unfortunately, have more time than money and very few power tools.
  7. rover

    rover Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 9, 2004
    Looks great. I'll probably do something similar after mine is sufficiently beaten.
  8. Tiny86


    Mar 21, 2007
    Norcal, are you for hire??
  9. iamtoast


    Jun 18, 2008
    Tiny86 has a good question.
  10. norcalblacktail


    Jan 17, 2008
    Depends what you need.

    I am using a Kalamazoo 1SM 1 X 42.
  11. resinguy

    resinguy Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    I did a Ruck Kensai by hand, but was not willing to put the time in to make it look really good. I settled for a working finish, what I call a gheto satin. :rolleyes:


    The Harbor Freight 1x30 is only $40, http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=2485

    You can do a pretty good job with it, but the 1x42 is certainly better.


  12. iamtoast


    Jun 18, 2008
    Wow the INFImples are quite noticable on your ruck. I agree with the rustic looks, pretty neat looking. The Ruck is one of my favorite designs and likely another beautiful Busse I will not be able to afford.
  13. resinguy

    resinguy Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Get a Waki, then. 95% of the performance of INFI, same warranty, and the Waki is still affordable.
  14. iamtoast


    Jun 18, 2008
    Have one. I guess I could modify it to be like-a-Ruck but it will not be-a-Ruck. Both are great blades and I would love to have both but I do not see it happening. Great job on yours though.
  15. norcalblacktail


    Jan 17, 2008
    Putting on the handles today. Will try and get pics up later.
  16. Tiny86


    Mar 21, 2007
    WE ARE WAITING!:grumpy:
  17. iamtoast


    Jun 18, 2008
    YEAH, what he said.
  18. daybreaker


    Jul 2, 2009
    I'm super excited to see how this turns out!
  19. norcalblacktail


    Jan 17, 2008
    Heres a quick pic that I took before it got all dirty. Ill take some better pics when I clean it up.

    Last edited: Mar 4, 2010
  20. azwelke

    azwelke azwelke.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 12, 2007
    Nice work. You won't need the LE.:D

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