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Buoy, Junior, & the Bull

Discussion in 'Redmeadow Knives & T.Knotts Knives' started by lessismore, Mar 2, 2018.

  1. lessismore

    lessismore Enjoy Every Sandwich Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 29, 2010
    Title sounds like a bad 80's sitcom doesn't it?

    Top is an S-guard 7" Bowie
    Middle is a single guard Bowie in 6"
    Bottom is a Bullnose in 5"
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    52100 in .17"
    Rough profiled and the shoulders are cut in, thermal cycling next.
     
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  2. mitch4ging

    mitch4ging Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 16, 2015
    Yee-aa Bouy!
    You're killing me, John! How am I going to tell the wife?:(:D

    Looking good!
     
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  3. RayseM

    RayseM Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    Baby Bull in that company. Cool :cool: 3 more to get cited bout. :thumbsup:

    Ray
     
  4. SpyderPhreak

    SpyderPhreak Rocketman for hire Platinum Member

    Apr 13, 2004
    Bow bow....

    Chic.....chic-a chic-a

    Oh.

    Yeah. :cool:

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    This too... :D

     
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  5. protourist

    protourist "Ratis necque navale enavigat" Platinum Member

    Aug 19, 2007
     
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  6. lessismore

    lessismore Enjoy Every Sandwich Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 29, 2010
    Ran thermal cycles from 1650°-1350 in 100° increments with a cool to black in between for grain refinement and to dissolve the carbides in the 52100 from Aldo which comes in a spheroidized state. That allows hardenability and gives me a fine grain size. The thermal cycles are done with the blades wrapped in stainless foil to prevent excessive scaling. I do that stage after profiling. This also anneals the steel even more and makes it easier to work with. I also run a test coupon during thermal cycles to test hardenability and grain size afterwards to verify the results. In this case the test coupon was a template for the Model #2 which out of the quench tested at 64-65RC. A first temper at 375° for 1:45 gave 62-61 RC, and a second temper at 400° gave me a final hardness of 60-61RC. For the Model #2, I'm happy with that result in that size of blade. I may raise the temper temperatures in these larger blades during the temper and drop a point of hardness. With Buoy, Jr. and the Bull now thermal cycled, they were center scribed top and bottom and marked with Redmeadow on the presentation side. The swedge on the Bull was laid in on the grinder and finished by hand, that portion won't see the belt after it's hardened like the rest of the blade will so it's important to get the swedges as close to centered and finished as possible. The swedge on the Bowie is next and then it's main bevel put on. The Jr. will have a very this distal taper and no swedge unless it tells me it needs one afterwards, but I think a clean tapered blade is called for there.

    That is an example of Tl:dr

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  7. mitch4ging

    mitch4ging Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 16, 2015
    That needs a double tap LIKE!
     
  8. Melvin-Purvis

    Melvin-Purvis Not a Registered User Staff Member Super Mod

    Jan 14, 2001
    OK, I tink I gots it...

    Tapir.jpg

    In the distal future, Jr. foresaw a very thin tapir... Right?
     
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  9. lessismore

    lessismore Enjoy Every Sandwich Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 29, 2010
    Egg Zackery!
     
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  10. RayseM

    RayseM Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    Melvin - I spit my coffee on that one. Scuze me while I clean my screen :confused: :D

    And John - I love watching Redmeadow progress. :thumbsup:

    As for double tapping the like, I need to double tap the read to soak it all in - not being as sharp as some others - yet.

    Very cool!

    Ray
     
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  11. protourist

    protourist "Ratis necque navale enavigat" Platinum Member

    Aug 19, 2007
    What a load of bull!

    I really like that load of bull.
     
  12. Scott Hanson

    Scott Hanson KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 6, 2014
    Very cool John, I really like that bull nose you have there, I made a skinner template up similar to that years but have never made a knife with it. Do you have a hardness tester or do you use the files to test your hardness?
     
  13. SpyderPhreak

    SpyderPhreak Rocketman for hire Platinum Member

    Apr 13, 2004
    Definitely NOT tl;dr!!!

    I very much enjoy these WIPs. The details, as above, make all the difference ! :cool:
     
  14. lessismore

    lessismore Enjoy Every Sandwich Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 29, 2010
    Thanks Scott, I really like this bullnose design. I have a bench top hardness tester, worth every penny. I can test after quench and dial in my tempers, its gives a lot of peace of mind. I have hardness files, but that was a waste of money in my opinion. They tell you a five point range at best in my experience. I had blades that were done professionally, that I knew the hardness of, and I couldnt get any consistency with the files, that might have been operator error, but I wouldn't recommend them.
     
  15. lessismore

    lessismore Enjoy Every Sandwich Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 29, 2010
    Very glad to hear that Jared, I try not to bore everyone too bad lol.
     
  16. protourist

    protourist "Ratis necque navale enavigat" Platinum Member

    Aug 19, 2007
    Whattaya looking at for handles on these?
     
  17. lessismore

    lessismore Enjoy Every Sandwich Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 29, 2010
    I was gonna swedge the Bowie next but ground out Junior
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  18. lessismore

    lessismore Enjoy Every Sandwich Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 29, 2010
    Stacked leather, Blackwood, Ivory, Nickel Silver, Bronze, paperstone, richlite, and a bunch of "notsureyet":oops::D
     
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  19. protourist

    protourist "Ratis necque navale enavigat" Platinum Member

    Aug 19, 2007
    Mmmmm, I love leather and blackwood.
     
  20. SpyderPhreak

    SpyderPhreak Rocketman for hire Platinum Member

    Apr 13, 2004
    I
    V
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    Y
    !!!!!

    :eek: :cool:
     
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