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And a pair of knives I've finished, the sheaths are still in progress: one is a (larger than the necker) drop edge style knife with a horizontal carry sheath.

The other is an ultralight hiker with walnut and black liners to it. it's only .070 thick and weighs 3 ounces. Handy slicer.


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More photos!

Here's a teaser of a project (there's MUCH better images uploading now):

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Another smallish woodsbumming EDC I'm working on:

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And a project we got all finished up today:

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The 15 5/8 inch bladed Leukuchete at 40 and 80 grit, slowly working the handle down.

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The companion is actually not photographed, but will have a matching handle style and be a bit more or a roach belly/puukko hybrid
 
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That leukuchete looks great! I bet it will be a terrific camp tool. Nice work!

Best,

- Mike
 
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Rotte- the companion is gluing up now. :)

probably get the first soak in and waterform sheaths tomorrow.

I've not got photos yet but I went ahead and went crazy on peened tangs this week and have two others ready to go. One is about to glue up- maple handle on an 8 inch leuku blade that's just sweet, another 4.5 inch blade.

First, I have to finish the final tweaks tonight on #300, a shortish walnut scales full tang leuku that's just got the perfect vinegar finish.

Now I need to sell all these out this week so I can get Koyote Girl's toughbook laptop for website work and after boot (she's gonna keep the website sane after she graduates, thankfully)

Brendan: I do the glue up using epoxy and once it's together I give about 5 minutes for the epoxy to set up just a hair, make sure the holes are filled, and then peen it tight while "wet".
 
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sheath projects of late:

A David Farmer blade (this knife ROCKS)-

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A scrapyard (and Koyote Girl desperately, seriously, for real, wants one of these knives) custom sheath job all trimmed up and ready for touch up on the dye and a burnishing and polish job:

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I'm totally stoked we have one of Ariel's knives in the shop- two, actually- for sheath work. the man is a true damascus deity.

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The sheath there is stitched and ready for the first dyeing, then the straps will all be stitched on.

For the smaller gaucho style, we're going with the expedition sheath since the belt hanger is removable and that makes SoB belt carry reasonably easy.
 
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Some of the orders I'm working on. I had to restart one order because the .095 wasn't quite going to cut it on the XL sized alaskan, so I pumped it up to .125 and it feels a lot better. All of these will heat treat in the next 2 days if I can get into the shop for several hours.

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And, finally, 3 recent completions:

Serial Number 300- a hand ground scandi, black walnut burl. Full tang leuku style: 3.75 blade, 3/8 ricasso area (dunno why, but I'm liking those for firesteel strikers lately) and overall 8.25 inches:

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A compact LBK- full fist of handle and a 3.5 inch spearpoint.

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And a rustic osage orange handles utility with a pretty nice satiny vinegar finish. 3 inch blade, 6.75 overall. Purposefully put a lot of character into the handle and sheath.

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New model Alaskan with 1/8 inch 1080. (this one is for an order, but not Mike or Rotte, those photos will come later on this week)

Fantastic hardening and a durable blade with the full differential temper. A bit more mass, though I still think the thinner stock works fine. Not whippy at all, which was going to be a concern for the larger one that's ordered.

edge is at 220 in this photo, with the scales at 80 grit. fine hand finish comes after KG waterforms the sheath this afternoon

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