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In-progress: A set of matched bowies by Matt Roberts..

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Greetings all,

I got word recently that my order with Matt was on deck, and was even more pleased to see that Matt decided to add the in-progress pics to his web site.

This order started out as a big-bowie / hunter set, then progressed to a matched set of duelling bowies, and has now evolved into a matched pair with dissimilar styles, but similar dimensions and handle materials. Clear? Don't worry, it will be.

I encourage those interested to chek out the full pics and detailed descriptions on Matt's site by

clicking here: http://www.robertsknives.com/BowieSetConstruction.html

The following represents but a sampling of what you will find there:

Getting to the point:

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Forging about 80% complete:

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Drawing out the tang:

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Beginning the annealing cycles:

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Profiling the ricasso and tang:

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Fireproof pants????

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Profiled blade:

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Roger
 
This is one of those kick back and enjoy threads
Thanks!
 
I really dig in-progress threads as well,thanks Roger and Matt. :thumbup:

Doug
 
Some pics of the blade as it progresses through the grinding process:

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Flattening the ricasso on a disc grinder:

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Ready to shape the ricasso. It is marked to the appropriate length, and excess material removed. Shoulders are left slightly radiused.

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Musn't forget the maker's mark:

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Ready for heat treat:

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Roger
 
This is good stuff. I like Matt's descriptions on the site link. Very explanatory combined with the photos. There sure is a lot of extra work in forging knives. Nice job, Matt.

Can't wait to see the handle construction... :thumbup: ;)

Coop
 
Great pics....Im always amazed at what can be accomplished by forging. These pics of the process are fantastic...thanks for taking the time...and I cant wait to see the completed knife. :)

Bj
 
Coop - thanks for the reminder that the full story and pics are to be found on Matt's site here: http://www.robertsknives.com/BowieSetConstruction.html

It really reads as step by step tutorial and is extremely informative. I suspect Matt may have more time in the pics, text and web updates than in the knives themselves - I am indeed grateful.

Here are some more, with comments from Matt in bold.

Here is a shot of the blade directly out of heat treat. The black residue
on the blade is a compound made by Brownells that creates a barrier
between the steel and the air, this prevent oxidation and decarb. The
residue washes off with warm water.


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The blade here has been ground to 220 grit, and Matt has begun to convex the edge:

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Plunge lines and taper have been established:

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Here are two shots showing the hardening line. On these two pieces I
wanted to showcase both types of styles I like to work in; hardening lines
and hamon. It is possible to create a very dramatic transition line without
using clay. As this piece is polished the hardening line will present itself
further. So far the line appears to be very hamon-like, this has been
typical for my HT process on w2.


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Roger
 
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