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Progress report on BF 2012 knife!

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by waynorth, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    This set of pics will either give you sweet dreams or nightmares, depending on your technical leanings!:D
    Either way, it shows you a small part of the work that goes into your Forum knife, and all GEC knives for that matter.
    It's a wonder these guys can make a buck! (Pun intended):D:D
    The pics start from tool steel blocks, fresh from heat treating, and ends with machined dies that punch out the scales for our new pattern!
    I will leave technical questions to those smarter than me, so, please contribute if you are qualified. I do know the machining is by EDM! And that water flows downhill!:rolleyes:
  2. confucius37


    May 18, 2008
    Awesome!! I just got back from vacation and I couldn't think of something better to come back to!

    I have one question though, why do they do heat treating before they cut the die, wouldn't it be easier to heat treat it after it has been cut so that it is easier to cut out?
  3. chevy_racin

    chevy_racin Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2010
    That is awesome. I always thought it was really interesting how a chunk of steel like those can be turned into something so nice. :thumbup:

  4. on_the_edge

    on_the_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2006
    My understanding is that heat treating causes some distortion in the steel. Insofar as the distortion has already occurred prior to being cut with a laser, the end product is much more "consistent" throughout. In other words, the laser eliminates most shape distortion caused by the HT. Also, cutting with a laser creates more stresses on steel than cutting say... by waterjet. Generally speaking, the thinner the steel, the more impacted it will be by laser cutting. I ***think*** that because the steel has been hardened, it is less susceptible to laser processing distortion than its softer "un-heat-treated" counterpart.

    BTW, I am NOT an engineer, but I do play one on TV! :D
  5. 2Dead

    2Dead Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    Really cool!!
  6. brets-ftw


    Sep 11, 2010
    This would be my assumption as well, whenever I cut steel 1/16' or smaller with a plasma cutter it seems to warp a tad if not heat treated prior.
  7. protourist

    protourist Have you ever caught me lying to you before? Platinum Member

    Aug 19, 2007
    Thank you so much for posting this. It is a thread that I have dreamed of.
  8. jujigatame


    Mar 21, 2005
    Thanks for the pics. Very cool to see the steps.
  9. supratentorial


    Dec 19, 2006
    Ahhhhh yahhhh! Gettin' close!

    Cool photos! :thumbup:
  10. Lycosa


    Aug 24, 2007
    This is gonna be good.
  11. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    Well, at least it doesn't sound like you had nightmares!!:)

    It also sounds like a few of you understand the process! Let's hear some more info please!!

    I am assuming they mount the male piece over the female piece, and "punch through" the scale material.
  12. bakerg2g


    Apr 22, 2010
    EDM machine uses a wire with elect. current running through it to make more
    precise cuts. It does better than a laser.. My best friend owns a machine shop and those things are
    expensive.... Makes it easier to make dies and punches. I guess...:confused:



    May 30, 2007
    Awesome picts, and not to hijack charlies thread but final art went to sue @GEC sounds like the 2012 is firing on all cylinders :D
  14. Knife Crazied

    Knife Crazied

    Apr 17, 2009
    Sweet to see pics Charlie. It was a long road this time but it appears to have been worth it. :thumbup:
  15. RevDevil

    RevDevil Super Evil Supermod Staff Member Super Mod

    Nov 9, 2009
    This is full of win in every way.
  16. cnas122

    cnas122 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Deleted because apparently this was taken the wrong way......
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2012
  17. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    My choice to post this, Campbell for interest in the process - not to bump up orders!
  18. Rick

    Rick Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 27, 1998
    Thanks for the update, Charlie!

    That handle profile looks very nicely proportioned. I'll bet they eventually flip it over and make a killer Swayback Jack out of it.
  19. Robert.B


    Apr 17, 2003
    Getting really excited about this one! as a machinist seeing this sort of thing makes me grin...making a die that will eventually be used to create some beautiful knives we can all enjoy.
  20. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    What is so cool about this, is even if you don't get in on the run, GEC will now have the dies to release regular runs in the future.

    I was not in a position to order one (much to my sorrow), and hope in the future to get this pattern (perhaps in burnt stag etc).

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