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W.I.P. watch and learn process of making a knife "Imwilson's san mia wharnie"

Discussion in 'Backwoods & KFU Custom Handmade Knives' started by bacustomknives, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. bacustomknives

    bacustomknives FULL THROTTLE / FULLTIME KNIFE MAKER Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 3, 2008
    OK GUYS THERE HASNT BEEN A WIP THREAD ON THE FORUM YET SO I DECIDED TO DO ONE TODAY ON IMWILSON'S ORDER, THESE ARE THE STEP BY STEP PHOTOS OF HOW I MAKE MY KNIVES,I FREE HAND AND HARDLY EVER DRAW OUT PATTERNS I GO BY LOOKS AND FEEL SO THATS WHY YOU DONT SEE ANY LINES DRAWN ON THE BILLET OF SAN MIA,WATCH YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE A RAW FORGED BILLET OF W2 AND 203E MADE INTO A KNIFE,FOR MY CREWS VEIWING PLEASURE, HERE WE GO

    I KNOW FOR MOST WTF IS THAT, WELL THATS THE SAN MIA BILLET NOT VERY PRETTY HUH?? WELL JUST IMAGINE WHAT I GO THREW ON EACH KNIFE,IT ISNT EASY TO BE CHEESY

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    PROFILING NO PATTERN DRAWN,THIS IS HOW U GET ONE OF PEICES

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    STARTING MY GRIND

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    IM ROUGH GROUND NOW DABBED ACID ON THE BLADE TO FIND MY PATTREN OF 203E ON THE BLADE

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    NOW IM READY TO PUT THE BLADE IN THE FORGE TO BRING IT UP TO PROPER TEMP TO TAKE A QUICK BATH IN MY QUENCH OIL TO HARDEN IT,IMAGINE HOW FUN THIS WAS HOLDING IT WITH ONE HAND AN TAKING PICS WITH THE OTHER???

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    STRAIGHT OUT OF THE FORGE INTO THE QUENCH TANK

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    NOW I PERSONALLY REGRIND MY BLADE UP TO 1000 GRIT BEFORE I PUT IT IN THE TEMPER OVEN TO SEE IF I HAVE ANY CRACKS OR DEFECT FROM THE QUENCH CYCLE,AND SAVES ME THE TROUBLE OF HAVING BAKED ON OIL I HAVE TO CLEAN AFTER THE TEMPER
    BLING!!

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    NOW INTO THE OVEN WE GO FOR 2 CYCLES OF TEMPERING AT 400 DEGREES FOR 1HR EACH I LIKE A STRAW TO GOLD LOOK ON MY BLADES MAKES THEM RIGHT!

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    WERE OUT OF THE OVEN AFTER AIR COOLING

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    NOW I GIVE THE BLADE A GOOD HARD BUFF AND CLEAN IT UP WITH GLASS CLEANER AND HEAD FOR AN ACID BATH FOR A CPL MINS

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    NOW I HAND RUB THE BLADE UNDER WATER TO REMOVE THE EXCESS ACID THE GIVE IT A SOFT BUFF WITH WAX TO SHOW ITS PATTERN

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    NOW WERE READY FOR SCALES WILSON WANTED SOME DYED MAPLE BURL SO THATS WHAT HE GOT IM GLUED UP ON ONE SIDE AND READY TO DRILL HOLES AND APPLY THE OTHER SIDE

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    NOW I START PROFILING THE SCALES WITH A 60 GRIT BELT,THEN I START HAND SANDING FROM 120 TO 1500 GRIT THEN PUT THE SPIT SHINE ON!!
    2 DIFFRENT BUFFS THEN A WAX COAT,PICS DO IT KNOW JUSTICE GUYS

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    WELL AFTER ALL THAT HERES THE FINNISHED PRODUCT PICS DO IT NO JUSTICE ILL TRY GET SOME OUTDOOR PICS TOMMOROW
    LANYARD AND BEAD WILL BE ADDED, 8 3/8 OAL WITH A 3 3/4" BLADE

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    FINNISHED:thumbup::D
     
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2011
  2. bacustomknives

    bacustomknives FULL THROTTLE / FULLTIME KNIFE MAKER Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 3, 2008
    A good w.i.p thread here guys, a forum first

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    Last edited: Aug 27, 2011
  3. Alan2442

    Alan2442

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    Jan 12, 2011
    looks like you need an assistant to take the photos for you while you work...I will let you know when i am in the area ;)
     
  4. IMWILSON

    IMWILSON Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2011
    Damn, I'm so excited I feel like I did the frist time I was about to get some......well ya'll get the idea. :love-struck: :triumphant:
     
  5. JUST1MOR

    JUST1MOR

    Oct 19, 2010
    Wilson, it's just like Christmas eve and you have peeked around the corner into your grandmother's living room and seen everything, huh . . . . . . :D
    BA did the same thing to me last year when he made my knife, step by step, and it was torture for me watching him make mine and not being able to get my hands on it . . . . . :eek:
    Great looking knife so far, it's amazing what something so ugly can start out to be and be turned into a work of art.
    BA, thanks for doing this once again, really details the steps needed to make a knife the right way.
    Be safe.
     
  6. goinbroke

    goinbroke

    95
    Jun 19, 2011
    Awesome, I Love w.i.p. threads!:thumbup:
     
  7. Gnarly

    Gnarly

    May 12, 2010
    An excellent idea,BA!
     
  8. KFU

    KFU Part Time Knifemaker, Moderator

    Sep 10, 2007
    All that stuff looks vaguely familiar!
     
  9. IMWILSON

    IMWILSON Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2011
    Well, you know what they say " two is one and one is none". IF you can get your favorite features from your favorite knife
    makers while you're at it.......then thats just CAKE!!! :D
     
  10. IMWILSON

    IMWILSON Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2011
    Man, it's already starting to look good. Cant wait to see it finished!!
     
  11. BloodGroove4570

    BloodGroove4570

    Jul 25, 2010
    Nice Bill, i like to see WIP threads,
    makes me want to go heat up the forge, get out sme steel and ring the anvil,
    soon now that its gettin cooler out. :rolleyes:, LOL
     
  12. magnumb

    magnumb

    532
    Jun 26, 2011
    Very, very cool Bill.............:thumbup:. I have wanted to see exactly the process you just showed since I bought my first knife from you. I know there's a bit left to do, but I had no idea how you got from point A to point Z. Still unsure of a few things naturally, but i have a much greater appreciation for what goes into making a knife.

    Thanks!!! I look forward to the remainder of your lesson.........;).
     
  13. Alan2442

    Alan2442

    591
    Jan 12, 2011
    shit...wrong thread
     
  14. Lagrangian

    Lagrangian

    400
    Jun 25, 2011
    @bacustomknives:

    Thanks! So interesting to see picts of how it's done :)
     
  15. bacustomknives

    bacustomknives FULL THROTTLE / FULLTIME KNIFE MAKER Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 3, 2008
    Thanks guys, the pics are only bits and peices of what goes on, its cool to be able to stand back in the shop and visually watch the whole process,pics are just a quick veiw, i think im gonna have riverwarrior come and record a video soon that would be cool i think
     
  16. Riverwarrior

    Riverwarrior Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2010
    Awesome thread Bill:thumbup: :thumbup:
     
  17. gooeytek

    gooeytek

    Jul 12, 2011
    a san mai wharnie was what made me decide to follow your work. beautiful job. i love that blade.
     
  18. magnumb

    magnumb

    532
    Jun 26, 2011
    A video.....!

    Now that would be cool..............:thumbup::thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:.

    Do 'er.....
     
  19. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    looks good!
    thanks for posting.
     
  20. bacustomknives

    bacustomknives FULL THROTTLE / FULLTIME KNIFE MAKER Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 3, 2008
    Thanks guys this one is finnished!
     

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