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Trailing point hunter with CruforgeV and Micarta

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by Mike Quesenberry, May 17, 2012.

  1. Mike Quesenberry

    Mike Quesenberry

    Jun 2, 2009
    This is a trailing point hunter forged out of CruforgeV. The guard is 416ss and the handle linen Micarta. It has a 5" blade and an OAL 9 7/8". The whole thing is finished with 320 grit and I can't imagine taking the CruforgeV any higher than that. This stuff laughs at sandpaper:grumpy:. This one is going to an avid hunter and I hope he uses the hell out of it. It's a nice change making something that you know is gonna get used. Don't get me wrong, I like to make the fancier stuff, but odds are they will never see blood.
    In the last year or so I've learned a lot about the finer points of edge and tip geometry and how they apply to different types of knives. On a hunter like this there is much more meat behind the tip than what I've produced in the past. The edge is ground to about a .025 thick and then rolled into a zero edge on the disc paying close attention to the tip. The tip is rolled in tighter, maintaining strength, while the rest of the blade has a more gentle convex.

    Hope you like it.


    [​IMG] IMG_5682 by Mike Quesenberry, on Flickr

    [​IMG] IMG_5685 by Mike Quesenberry, on Flickr

    [​IMG] IMG_5681 by Mike Quesenberry, on Flickr

    [​IMG] IMG_5688 by Mike Quesenberry, on Flickr
     
  2. J. Doyle

    J. Doyle Bladesmith/Knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Feb 17, 2008
    Nice hunter Mike. I like that a lot. You make really nice user knives as well as the high end stuff.

    So you're saying that I should abandon the thought of taking the cruforge v hunter I just forged to 800 grit? ;)
     
  3. Karl B. Andersen

    Karl B. Andersen KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 27, 2003
    Great job on the 320 Mike! I've stopped at 220 before.
    You are 100% correct - that Cru V laughs at sandpaper. 400 grit doesn't even scratch it.
    That's a beautiful knife right there and should last the owner a life time of hard use.
     
  4. NickWheeler

    NickWheeler

    Dec 3, 1999
    Love it! That tip geometry is something many, myself included, should study well.

    Anybody wanna buy the bar of this steel I haven't used yet... ;) LOL
     
  5. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    looks excellent! Nice one Mike :)
     
  6. David Sharp

    David Sharp

    954
    May 23, 2008
    Very nice! It reminds me of Nick's Prototype Paranee Fighter; all design, fit, and finish with no fancy stuff. My kind of knife!
     
  7. GRIM 62

    GRIM 62

    Mar 29, 2009
    Excellent,looks like something Mr. Moran would have done!:thumbup::thumbup:
     
  8. EScott

    EScott

    762
    Jan 1, 2010
    Great little knife. That cru-forge is not fun to sand. After Blade last year I told Lydia I would not hand sand it anymore. I makes a great user though.
     
  9. Raymond Richard

    Raymond Richard

    Jun 17, 2001
    Looks like a great user!
     
  10. Aaron Wilburn

    Aaron Wilburn

    106
    Apr 16, 2011
    nice job . I love it when Blood covers my work.
     
  11. jdm61

    jdm61 itinerant metal pounder Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 12, 2005
    Nice knife, sir. Karl, you are referring to the three stroke boogie. Even with the best 400 grit paper, you get three or maybe four strokes with CruForge at any hardness above about 58-59 and then it is like you were using 2000 grit. The stuff knocks the tops off of the grit. I had Mike Barton try sanding a blade just to prove that it wasn't something that I was doing wrong.
     
  12. Mike Quesenberry

    Mike Quesenberry

    Jun 2, 2009
    John, if anybody could get this stuff to an 800 grit finish you could. Though I wouldn't suggest it;).

    Thanks for the kind words, especially the comments about the knife being reminiscent of Moran's and Nick's work.

     
  13. jdm61

    jdm61 itinerant metal pounder Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 12, 2005
    Nick, it is some great steel. The problem is that it does make a whole lot of sense to leave it "soft".QUOTE=NickWheeler;10869451]Love it! That tip geometry is something many, myself included, should study well.

    Anybody wanna buy the bar of this steel I haven't used yet... ;) LOL[/QUOTE]
     
  14. Redsnake1997

    Redsnake1997 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 26, 2005
    I love it! Looks like the perfect all-around hunter to me. I've never had a blade in cru-forge but I read/hear great things about it. Hopefully the new owner will get a lot of use out of this one and post up some pics in the future... :)
     
  15. D lisch

    D lisch KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 27, 2007
    Thats nice Mike I betting you end up making more of them sharp little hunters.
     

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