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Dude! I Pimped My KLVUK!

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by ndoghouse, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. ndoghouse

    ndoghouse Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 26, 2010
    Recently I picked up No. 3 KLVUK (12/19 DOTD) with the dark Satisal handle and couldnt help but make that beautiful wood shine just like my big Siru!

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    Hope yall like it! I left all the scale intact because its a KLVUK and wanted it to look like it.

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    Spine was completely polished and also the edge up to the scale.

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    The handle came out really nice. It was sanded and rubbed down with BLO. I put many coats on and between each coat I rubbed it in with the palm of my hand until it began to warm from the friction then it would dry out and repeat about fifty more times.

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    I decided to do a little texturing inside the anulo.? (fuller). Ive never done that before so it was kinda scarry at first but I think it came out pretty cool looking. I also textured the flat spot behind the cho but forgot to get a pic of it.

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    Here is a close up of the texturing. I did it with a cutoff wheel on my rotor tool and then sanded it down a bit then polished it some. I wanted it to look like "micro" hammer marks if that makes and sense.
    Hope you dont mind Keshar. I tried to keep some villager to it. This will no doubt be one of my favorites. Enjoy!
     
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2014
  2. Gehazi

    Gehazi

    Jun 30, 2013
    it is a great one ndog and you did it justice , huzzah
     
  3. davidf99

    davidf99 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Sep 27, 2011
    That's a great look. When I saw the last photo I did think you took a micro-hammer to the Sword of Shiva, until I saw your explanation. You made the SoS look like a forged mini-sword.
     
  4. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    I agree that looks great. By the way, isn't that your wife's khukuri?
     
  5. philllll

    philllll Gold Member Gold Member

    May 23, 2013
    Great job ndog, it looks awesome.
     
  6. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    Excellent :)
     
  7. pugs75

    pugs75 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    Dang Dog that looks amazing man, you got some serious skill, the handle looks great and the metal polishing is tops. One hell of a job sir.
     
  8. machinist4life

    machinist4life

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    Dec 21, 2013
    Ndoghouse,
    I can't quite see all the detail, despite the excellent photography. So perhaps you should send that klvuk to me via UPS. So i might better see and feel the true character of that fine kuk, ya know, just for a year or two... = ). Lol , just kiddin. What a fine blade man, you rock !
     
  9. uluapark

    uluapark

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    Aug 10, 2013
    nice job ndog. i am debating how to make my KLVUK handle pop too, linseed or stain,
     
  10. ndoghouse

    ndoghouse Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 26, 2010
    He He!! Actually Steve she got the one before that and the one after but this one is actually mine. She likes them rough so they don't "slip out of her hand" This one was so pretty I had to polish it up fast so she wouldnt take it from me:eek:

    Thanks on the photography! Hey Id send it to ya! I know you would appreciate it! You would have to wait tho. Cant say how long:rolleyes: Any machinist is a friend of mine:thumbup:
     
  11. ndoghouse

    ndoghouse Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 26, 2010
    They are beautiful knives and I think they would all pop with their natural grain. Sometimes when a wood looks bland you can finish it anyway and you might be surprised at all the beauty you find just by exposing it. Might just try to lightly sand it before you do any stain and see if you like it? If you like now then you will surely like it when your done. Start with 220 grit paper and work you way all the way up the paper range till you cant stand it any more and rub it with linseed or tung oil.

     
  12. J W Bensinger

    J W Bensinger

    Mar 26, 2009
    That looks great- the fuller texturing is really slick.
     
  13. Aleous

    Aleous

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    Aug 24, 2013
    Oh my goodness, that is one beautiful KLUVK. I hope to get one eventually and try and get it as beautiful as yours. The blade reminds me of the Finnish Marttiini Condor knife, with the scale left on but still very polished edge. Rock on man.
     
  14. Bawanna

    Bawanna Moderator Moderator

    Dec 19, 2012
    I think Keshar would be very proud. Nicely done.
     
  15. ndoghouse

    ndoghouse Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 26, 2010
    Thanks all for the kind comments. Im glad yall liked it! Just after I started it I had heard that Bura had his part in the development of this blade with the help of Keshar Lal and when I heard that I was reluctant to do anything at all to these blades. Well I already had a plan and was too far into it to stop so it had to be finished.

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  16. blue lander

    blue lander

    Aug 16, 2011
    Very nice... they look finished but not "too finished". You took them just far enough. Bravo!
     
  17. Gehazi

    Gehazi

    Jun 30, 2013
    only idea i have for them as another poster said: send them to me
     
  18. ndoghouse

    ndoghouse Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 26, 2010
    LoL! Id have to send them neckid! They aint got no clothes yet?
     
  19. Bawanna

    Bawanna Moderator Moderator

    Dec 19, 2012
    Send em to Pugs along with an outline of your feet. Maybe he could make ya some moccasins or something. I don't even know my feet are there but they hurt just looking at that last picture.
    Standing in a sliver factory.
     
  20. Jens Schuetz

    Jens Schuetz

    Jun 24, 2013
    Awesome pimping!
    Shows skillz!!
    Can't wait to see more of your projects!!!
     

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