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Steingass LG Boot Knife WIP

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by TK Steingass, Oct 4, 2012.

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  1. TK Steingass

    TK Steingass Knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 16, 2010
    Gentlemen:

    I received an order for my LG Boot Knife and thought I'd do a WIP of it. I guess what pushed me to do it was the enthusiasm shown by SpartanSaint:
    To me, this excitement is what provides me some of the satisfaction I derive from designing and creating knives! So, SpartanSaint, here's a work in progress for your LG Boot Knife. I call it LG because the blade is inspired by Bob Loveless and the handle is inspired by Ron Gaston. Here's the specifications:

    3/16" CPM 3V stock
    HT to Rc 60-62
    8 1/4" OAL
    4" Double hollow ground blade
    400 grit belt satin finish
    Green canvas micarta scales
    Brass furniture
    Tapered tang with red liners
    8-10 oz right hand leather sheath

    Here's the stock material and the pattern:

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    After the blade is ground to profile and the holes drilled, the edges and tang end are marked using a height gage:

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    Next, I roughed in the hollow grinds, hollow ground the handle, then tapered the tang:

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    The next step is to drill the pins in the brass double guard and blade - can't do it after heat treat!!

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    After all the holes are drilled, each hole is chamfered:

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    The rough ground blade is now ready for heat treat in my digitally controlled oven. My recipe is soak at 1250F for five minutes, ramp to 1975F and hold for 30 minutes, plate quench, then triple temper at 1000F three times for two hours each.
    Sweetie pie hates what I'm doing to her electric bill. :eek:

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    Wrapped in stainless foil and ready to put in the oven. At $168 a roll, you can see why knifemakers aren't rich! Later gentlemen.

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    Last edited: Oct 4, 2012
  2. Matt Markell

    Matt Markell

    846
    May 12, 2012
    Looks to be a beauty, subscribing!
     
  3. Mossyhorn

    Mossyhorn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    Truly fascinating. I can't wait to see the rest.
     
  4. Bailey Knives

    Bailey Knives KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2004
    Cool stuff... I love WIP's. Cant wait to see the rest of this.
     
  5. AVigil

    AVigil knifemaker working the grind Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    Love it.

    Keep it coming :)
     
  6. SpartanSaint

    SpartanSaint

    970
    Jun 17, 2010
    This is just incredible! I honestly don't have any other words; I just can't wait for it to be done!
     
  7. pap11y

    pap11y

    Jul 4, 2012
    Very cool :)
     
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