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Man Knife 1000 Post Give Away with Work In Progress - Completed WIP and the Winner!!!

Discussion in 'For Sale: Fixed Blades' started by TK Steingass, Aug 28, 2012.

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  1. TK Steingass

    TK Steingass Knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 16, 2010
    Hi Fellas:

    Well, I see that I just broke 1000 posts and I want to thank you for your patronage, kind words, sharing of your knowledge, and friendship. I've received much more than I expected from you - it's been very rewarding and fulfilling. I've decided I'm going to give away a Man Knife because it was my first really popular design which makes it very special to me. All you have to do is post to this thread -eligibility is limited to BF members and knifemakers who have 100 or more posts.....sorry newbies - you have to earn your stripes just like we did!! :) When I have the knife done, I'll use a random number generator and load the numbers corresponding to the post numbers - the number it selects - that person will get the knife. This is going to be on the up and up - no favorites. For those of you unfamiliar with this design, check out my website. It will come with black micarta scales, red liners and black leather sheath. So here's the work in progress:

    We're going to make this beauty out of D-2 = here's the bar from Jantz Supply:

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    Next step was to profile the blade and drill the holes for the rivets and thong tube:

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    Now it's the hollow ground bevels and the flats:

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    With the tang hollow ground and tapered, the thumbs serrations are filed in next.

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    The hollow ground bevels and flats are ground to 220 grit, the holes are chamfered, and it's ready for heat treat in my digitally controlled oven. I'll be checking back in a few days.

    Best regards,

    TK

    8/31

    Hi Fellas: I see a lot of you have thrown in your hat so, here's the final work in progress and the lucky winner announcement at the end. I appreciate all the kind words and I appreciate the privilege of being able to post my work here. Here goes the rest - I didn't put all the steps in so you can PM me if you have any questions.

    I completed the heat treat: Preheat and soak for 5 minutes at 1450, ramp up to 1850 and soak for 45 minutes, plate quench then immediately temper twice at 450 for two hours, twice. This yields a Rc of 59-60.

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    The next step is to work the flats which I take to 220 grit using a ceramic platen on my Burr King.

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    Now it's time to work the hollow grinds to 220. I rough ground the bevels to .040" prior to heat treat. Now, I'm grinding them to .030" after working the flats, making sure the grinds are centered on the knife edge. This picture shows the before on the left, then the after.

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    The finished blade with the micarta being glued to the red liners.

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    Now it's time to drill the micarta scales. Since the tang is tapered, I use a piece of kydex to angle the drilled holes or else the lanyard tube and rivets won't go through. I use the blade as the guide, drill one hole, insert a pin, drill another hole, insert a pin, then drill the final hole. I then outline the blade on the liners to cutout on the bandsaw except for the front of scales that go towards the ricasso.

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    Next I pin the two scales back together with a piece of kydex at the butt between them (tapered tang - remember?!), cut the front curve on the bandsaw then grind the curve on my disc grinder. Finally I buff the front curves together. This can't be done when the scales are on the knife......the scales are then epoxied to the blade handle using the pins to assure the front is in alignment - after the clamps are applied, I drive out the pins or they're in there forever. Then I knurl the lanyard tube with a file, rolling it on a flat surface, coat the surface with epoxy and drive in the tube. Here's the finished curves and the tube:

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    Next both sides are countersunk for the rivets using the same drilling method I showed you before with kydex under the butt of the knife handle. I then install the rivets using red loctite to keep them snug, grind and rough shape the scales with a 60 grit belt, then hit it with a crossing file to get all the edges true to the spine of the handle.

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    Then it's time to hit the handle with 220 grit on a semi slack belt to take out all the file marks.

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    The handle is hand worked to 400 grit in a knife vise, the lanyard tube ID is chamfered then the knife handle is buffed. Since it's a satin finish - I use black heavy cut compound.

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    Now it's time for the maker's mark to be etched to the presentation side - the steel is etched on the bottom of the spine then finally, the knife is sharpened.

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    The finished knife - I'm going to hold off on the sheath until I find out from the lucky winner if he's a lefty or righty.

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    Now for the drawing - I'm going to use a random number generator. Lucky number 13 was selected - tlovesknives is the winner! What'll it be - right or left hand sheath? Congratulations! See you all at 2000 posts.

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    Last edited: Aug 31, 2012
  2. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    Thank you for the opportunity. This is a very generous giveaway.
     
  3. zcd

    zcd

    Jun 6, 2012
    Thats going to be a real beauty, congratulations to whoever wins it
     
  4. crazyengineer

    crazyengineer

    Apr 2, 2011
    I'm in,
    thanks for the opportunity man, it is greatly appreciated.
     
  5. JackHammer

    JackHammer Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 24, 2010
    A magnanamous gesture on your part TK. Almost makes me want to root for the Patriots ------------- I said ALMOST!!!
     
  6. thebrain

    thebrain

    Dec 12, 2007
    Wow I just looked over your website and I have also noticed your work in other venues and I have always like your stuff. Thank you for the chance and I too offer a congratulations to the winner ,I am sure they (or maybe I) will love the knife. A generous giveaway thanks again!
     
  7. TK Steingass

    TK Steingass Knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 16, 2010
    Jack: You are the utmost piece of work!!:thumbup:
     
  8. quint

    quint

    Nov 29, 2011
    Would love to have a chance to win a professionally made knife.
     
  9. socalkid

    socalkid

    217
    Apr 8, 2011
    Hello,

    Thanks for the chance!

    Have a good one,

    Chris
     
  10. Over Kill

    Over Kill Banned BANNED

    733
    Jul 7, 2010
    Looking great! Thanks for the chance at one of those bad boys.
     
  11. Marko3

    Marko3 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 12, 2010
    Well I admire your work so I would love to be included !!
     
  12. Choke

    Choke Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 11, 2010
    You knives are always inspiring man. Thanks for this very generous opportunity and congrats on all you've accomplished here. Cheers.
     
  13. tlovesknives

    tlovesknives Gold Member Gold Member

    994
    Apr 6, 2011
    I've had my eye on your stuff for a while. Would love a chance to own of your pieces. Thanks for the generous opportunity!
     
  14. gga357

    gga357 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2007
    I am in, should be fun to watch and learn.
     
  15. CaneC808

    CaneC808

    177
    Jan 16, 2012
    far and above to cool thank you for the chance
     
  16. jnich67

    jnich67

    459
    Dec 4, 2006
    That is going to be sweet for someone. I admire your work.

    Jordan
     
  17. Matt Markell

    Matt Markell

    846
    May 12, 2012
    Wow, great give away! Thank you for the chance and for the WIP. I loves me some WIP :D
     
  18. woodysone

    woodysone Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    Thanks for the chance to get one of your works of art.
     
  19. essublime

    essublime

    676
    Aug 7, 2011
    Great gesture TK, I always drool over your fine work...and the w.i.p. pics are very cool. Thanks for the opportunity not only to own a fine piece of yours but to see how all the hard work and talent it truly takes for it to all come together.
     
  20. bobo_the_gnu

    bobo_the_gnu Gold Member Gold Member

    201
    Apr 14, 2011
    Wow very generous! I'm in thanks for the chance.
     
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