Fighter WIP

Discussion in 'Hammer & Tongs' started by Phillip Patton, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. Phillip Patton

    Phillip Patton KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 25, 2005
    Next the webbing is removed with a file. The clamp is to keep the spacers from "screaming" at me.

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    Opening the slot up:

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    When the spacers slide all the way up the tang, it's time make the slot in the handle block. First I draw the shape of the handle:

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    Then cut the end to the correct angle and draw on the tang location:

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    Those lines are transferred to the end of the block:

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  2. Phillip Patton

    Phillip Patton KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 25, 2005
    A center line is drawn, and the holes center punched:

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    The block is clamped in the drill press, lining up the block so the drill is parallel to the side of the slot:

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    This is done with both sides, then the material in between is removed. I use a brad point drill for most of it, since they tend to wander less.


    The slot was a bit undersized, so I removed material with drills and files until it fit.

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    Then I make sure the spacers are flat and straight, and the end of the block is square to the guard. If the handle butts up to the spacers, leaving no gaps anywhere, it's ready to glue. After degreasing everything.

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    I use slow set epoxy, and rubber bands to apply pressure:

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  3. Mack

    Mack Expert Ultracrepidarian Platinum Member

    Aug 19, 2007
    I hope people from all corners of this forum take a look at this. It really shows the work you put into your craft.
    I'm in awe.
     
  4. Phillip Patton

    Phillip Patton KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 25, 2005
    Thanks, Mac! Wait 'til you see the finished pictures. ;) And it is finished now, but I won't post the final pics until the customer has seen them.


    Next step is cutting out the handle shape with the bandsaw:

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    Then refining the shape with the 1" wheel:

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    Then locating and drilling the pin hole:

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    Gluing the pin in with CA:

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  5. Phillip Patton

    Phillip Patton KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 25, 2005
    Now I switch to the 10" wheel with a fresh 50 grit belt. What I'm doing here is grinding the handle material down flush with the guard, and then making a straight line from the guard to the butt, which results in a wedge shape:

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    Then I dish out the lower part of the handle:

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    Now I switch back to the 1" wheel and round off all the corners:

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  6. Phillip Patton

    Phillip Patton KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 25, 2005
    Then I go over it with the wheels and flat platen with 240 grit and 400 grit. When I'm happy with the curves and lines, then I switch to a 240 grit scalloped belt to remove the ridges left by the wheels. Then I go over it again with 400 grit, and then 600. Here it is at 600:

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    At this point, I buff the inside curves of the guard lugs:

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    Then I go over the sides of the guard with a slack 600 grit belt, to remove any shine it might have gotten from the buffing.


    Then I buff the rest of the handle, avoiding the guard and spacers:

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    And that's all the in process pictures. I'll post final pics as soon as I hear from the customer. In the meantime, does anyone have any questions?
     
  7. NickWheeler

    NickWheeler

    Dec 3, 1999

    I was just thinking about how I need to remember this damn subforum!!! :foot:

    In my opinion, this should be in the center of ShopTalk!!! (not criticizing Phillip for that, as he's following the new rules).


    Great stuff Phillip!!! :thumbup: :cool: :)


    Thanks for taking the time and effort to share this. I sure know it adds a lot of extra time to the job!!!


    BTW- Did you move? It looks like the same shop you were in before...?
     
  8. Phillip Patton

    Phillip Patton KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 25, 2005
    OK, here's the finished pictures:

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  9. Mack

    Mack Expert Ultracrepidarian Platinum Member

    Aug 19, 2007
    Oh my.:eek:
    That is spectacular.
     
  10. Salem Straub

    Salem Straub

    Oct 20, 2008
    That steel is every bit as amazing as I expected. Great work, Phillip!:cool:
     
  11. AddictedToGear

    AddictedToGear

    Aug 28, 2013
    Great WIP photos, extensive. Thanks for sharing it can be very beneficial. So gorgeous.
     
  12. carbonsteel928

    carbonsteel928

    696
    Feb 15, 2010
    Astonishing! Thank you for taking the time to do this.
     
  13. Melvin-Purvis

    Melvin-Purvis Not a Registered User Staff Member Super Mod

    Jan 14, 2001
    So very impressed!
     
  14. 338375

    338375

    Nov 4, 2006
    Simply amazing. The amount of work that goes into making a knife like that is incredible...
     
  15. gudspelr

    gudspelr

    449
    Jul 1, 2013

    Thanks very much for the info. I may have to try and make one for my grinder. And thanks for all the info you have put in this thread-I always learn from threads like this one :thumbup:


    Jeremy
     
  16. tryppyr

    tryppyr

    Feb 5, 2010
    Simply gorgeous. Thanks for showing us the details. I learned a couple of things along the way (and some will tell you that's a hard thing to do to me).
     
  17. Willie71

    Willie71 Warren J. Krywko. Part Time Knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 23, 2013
    Wow, thank you for this. My next skill to learn in Damascus, and I am trying to absorb as much as I can.

    Warren
     
  18. JMJones

    JMJones

    912
    Jul 14, 2010
    Thanks for the wip. That pattern is awesome. I have been checking back all week to see it.
     
  19. lastbrunneng

    lastbrunneng

    202
    Mar 5, 2014
    Phillip, thank you very much for sharing. Not only is the knife beautiful but the process is very informative.
    Question: when scribing your edge line how do you measure and set the scribe?
    Thank you.
     
  20. Shawn Hatcher

    Shawn Hatcher

    Nov 25, 2003
    Truly inspiratonal, Phillip. Thank you for taking the time and bringing us along for the build! :thumbup:
     

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