So here's my latest project. This is an order for a customer. I've been wanting to make a blade like this for years but never had the time to get around to. The original plan for this blade was S7 and micarta, but we decided to go all out and step it up to 3V and Terotuf. Getting to make a sword like this is a dream come true for me and I can't wait to see how it turns out. I apologize in advance for the crappy pictures. My phone doesn't have a very good camera and I don't feel comfortable taking my Mark III 5D into the shop. There will be some good pictures when its finished. It all started with a CAD sketch. Made a few modifications for the customer and then got it cut at the water jet. She has arrived! I came home last friday to a massive piece of .180 CPM 3V waiting for me on my porch. I wasted no time and went straight for the dykem. Also got in a sweet sheet of orange Terotuf. I'f you've never used terotuf, its hands down the best material out there for hard use knives. Its crazy grippy and tougher than G10. Ill be making it a permanent handle option on all my blades. Being the mad man that I am, I decided to hard grind the blade. CPM 3V at 60RC is a bear to grind even in a 5in knife...a 25 inch bevel is a whole new level of pain. So I began chipping away. This thing chewed up and spit out 36 grit Cermaic cubitron belts like they were nothing. I like to scribe in center lines and then set the initial bevel on a 10in wheel with an old belt. Here she is with the bevel set and ready to hit the flat platen. After about two hours of grinding the bevels begin to really take shape. The recurve presents a few challenges but after a few passes I got the motion dow. I had to run my grinder at full speed and use high pressure to remove any steel even with a fresh belt. Definitely won't be hard grinding one of these again. I take the grind to where the balance feels good and then stop. Also, I really need to clean my shop. I promise its not that bad all the time. Ok, its that bad most of the time. But when you get in the zone stuff gets messed up.