Project: Gambler

CPE_Knives

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This one has been claimed.

The blade is 0.275" CPM154 and is full height hollow ground with a 12" wheel. My intention is to make this as light, balanced and fast as possible.

I have not decided on all the details but I am leaning towards stainless guard and pommel with a grade 5 titanium spacer in front of the guard. I lean towards black G10 for the handle to go along with the stainless theme. But I also have been thinking about black ebony maybe with a mammoth ivory inlay. For the sheath I am thinking carved leather with a thumb break should rig to carry under a jacket.

Progress so far

USING A HEIGHT GAUGE TO LAYOUT THE PINS (The height gauge is the most useful layout tool followed by calipers in my opinion.)
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USING AN OPTICAL CENTER PUNCH TO MARK THE HOLES
(This is another tool that is extremely useful for layout. It keeps the holes lined up much better than a standard punch.)
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ROUGH GROUND TO 60 GRIT LEFT THICK FOR HEAT TREATMENT
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Are you open to claims? Or would you rather wait to post it for sale once done? Because this is something I’d love to get my hands on!
Sure I am open to claims. I wanted to build it either way but even better if it has a home to go to. Send me an email cpeknives@gmail.com and we can talk about details.
 
Had a chance to heat treat last night everything went well and came out straight. Now I will finish grind. The grind will go all the way up.

The blade profile should perform very well. The hollow grind is deeper behind the flat part of the edge and thicker as the blade curves. There will also be plenty of thickness at the tip with a clip that goes almost to the end. I expect it is going to be a good slicer and chopper. I will chop some 2x4s to test it out before I do any work on the handle.

The measurements are about 1/4" from the edge.

Its at 60 grit now and rough shaped. I will take it to 400 grit on the grinder. I think I will hand sand this one before its finished.


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I hear Kenny Rogers singing, but see "Yancy Derringer" on a riverboat...

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This is a pattern I much admire.
 
I hear Kenny Rogers singing, but see "Yancy Derringer" on a riverboat...

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This is a pattern I much admire.
Thank you. I think the shoulder rig is going to really put it over the top. I have settled on the ebony and am going to try and learn checkering wood. That would be a cool look.
 
Another gambler update. The finish grinding is done. Its almost at 240grit.

Did some test chopping twisting the blade out of the board to make sure the hollow is not too thin. Everything works great it eats even without the finished edge on it.

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There is still plenty of meat at the tip
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Weight is down to 9.42 ounces the blade is 7 inches
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Here it is outside with half the handle on. Still very rough but its coming together.

The balance is working out well. It should be right around the guard

The plan is
1. Stainless pins in the ancient bog oak
2. Copper pins in the stainless pommel.
3. The handle will remain flat on the side with a well defined angle bevel on the edges.
4. The center between the pins on the bog oak will be checkered.
5. The center between the pins on the pommel will get the same texture as the guard.

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