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What's going on in your shop? Show us whats going on, and talk a bit about your work!

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by WillSwift, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. seanj

    seanj Gold Member Gold Member

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  2. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    @Cushing H. Knives are in the box. Each number corresponds to a sheath as each sheath is made, fitted and wet molded to a specific knife. There are two other partial boxes too. This batch ended up being 56 knives total:

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    Sheath time. All 56 sheaths were done over a three day period. All cutting and tooling was done on day one and started the construction of the Slotted, Slot and Loop and Horizontal sheaths. Day two was finishing construction on those sheaths and starting construction on the Pancake sheaths, Got to the point that the Pancakes were all sewn and the other sheaths had dried enough that I could finish them.

    Edging a Horizontal sheath. Got cold out there. If ya pay attention ya'll see even the dog is wearing a Carhartt!

    https://www.instagram.com/p/B5t4J2Bpdv4/

    Bout a 14 hour day. Slotted, Slot and Loop and Horizontal sheaths drying on the kitchen counter:

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    Had help with the sewing of the pancakes:

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    Edges rubbed and the finish drying on the first bunch. Pancakes in the background waiting to be wet molded the next morning:

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    Next morning time to wet mold the pancakes:

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    I keep em in the water till they sink:

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    Punch the slots using Thor, a Barry King 4lb poly mallet:

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    Then trim excess:

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    Mold em to the knives:

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    Toss em in the oven for three hours (no really, but kids don't try this at home unless ya read this: https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/pancake-sheaths-and-how-i-go-about-them-pic-heavy.1262927/ seriously, easy to make sheath jerky, if ya don't) and oil em when they get out:

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    Dry overnight and finish them.

    Next morning dang are we starting over? Nuther batch of 50 back from heat on top and more steel on the bottom. Starting in? Nah I'm gonna breathe first and sharpen the chainsaw:

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    First I match up all the knife orders with their sheaths and they are out the door for the Fed Ex girl to pick up. Leaves us 30 for the website:

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    A few of em finished:

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    Before I can take a really deep breath:

    Eight more sheaths, four belts, three rifle scabbards and four holsters to do over the next couple of days. Leaving for the NFR in Vegas on Wednesday. They will be done and shipped by then.
     
  3. Cushing H.

    Cushing H. Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 3, 2019
    Horsewright - still amazed at your variety and productivity!

    a few questions:
    1) You said earlier you do not dye your leather (concerns about dye transfer). How then do you get the differential darkness on some ofthose sheaths?
    2) you oil the sheaths? What oil do you use?
    3) i take it some of those decorations are hand carved (your wife?) as opposed to stamped?

    beautiful work!
     
  4. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Thanks!
    1) Yes I hate dyeing leather. In fact have been bribed with bottles of single malt to do so. Those dark brown sheaths are made from dark brown leather. They are all water buffalo leather that has been drum dyed at the tannery. No dye transfer that way. Interestingly the two on the bottom right are a veg tan water buffalo and the other three are chrome tanned water buffalo overlaid over regular Herman Oak veg tan. The chrome tan has a distinct almost velvety/sude feel to it. Kinda cool. Also on dyeing leather it's my opinion that a dyed sheath has about half the life span of an undyed sheath. This opinion is based on my having made and dyed (before I came of this opinion) thousands of sheaths, used hard, in some of the worst environments on the planet. Apples to apples and oranges to oranges a sheath not dyed but oiled as I describe in the tutorial linked above will last much longer than a dyed sheath. Just so.

    2) I use pure Neatsfoot oil by Fiebings. Don't use the Neatsfoot compound, use the pure. I warm it in a dedicated crock pot and brush it on VERY lightly.

    3) Yes there are four carved sheaths there. One flower carved that the wife did and three oak carved ones that I do. I think why they are referred to as carving is that the first step after laying out the pattern is cutting the lines with a swivel knife. Stamped pretty much thereafter. Here's a little deal I did on oak carving:

    https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/fodderwing-gets-some-new-pants.1658741/#post-18971659

    I always do the oak and she always does the flower carving on everything not just sheaths.
     
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  5. Cushing H.

    Cushing H. Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 3, 2019
    Oh, i understand. Cool. Thank you for the explaination!
     
  6. lanternnate

    lanternnate

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    Nov 5, 2016
    Love the look of that water buffalo leather. The two tone on those side belt sheaths is some very cool extra pizzazz as well. Great stuff as always from you. Thanks for sharing.
     
  7. AVigil

    AVigil Adam Vigil knifemaker working the grind Platinum Member

    Feb 17, 2009


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  8. ashwinearl

    ashwinearl

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    Nov 9, 2006
    8670 / brown richlite mini kwaiken in sheath.
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  9. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Thanks! I use the veg tan water buffalo for the belt loops on those sheaths. I split it down from its 9/10 oz to 6/7 oz.
     
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  10. FredyCro

    FredyCro

    489
    Jan 11, 2019
    Had a short afternoon in workshop after 3 weeks of being busy.. Cleaned up the shop and cut the burly wood I found after river flooding. It is currently drying in my living room. There is even some bonus spalting and it looks like it will be a perfect candidate for DIY dyeing and stabilizing.

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  11. Scaniaman

    Scaniaman

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    Jun 15, 2012
    Finally some time here and there to work on this. Heat treated this weekend and a little bit of grinding after that. Trying to do the "hidden/blended plunge" thing. I think it is working out pretty ok so far. Right now it's A100 gator finished. I think I'll just take it to A45 and call it quits after that.
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  12. Sam Dean

    Sam Dean Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 3, 2012
    Been working on these for a while. Hoping to get them finished up in the next couple weeks. Top 2 are N690 and the bottom four are AEB-L.


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  13. DustinY

    DustinY KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    715
    Dec 29, 2016
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    Almost close to finishing my first knife - tons of mistakes - lots of learning, but it's been great to get to practice every technique that I want to implement on a "starter" knife. Spending loads of hours hand sanding & learning all the techniques, etc has been very rewarding. Just when I thought this guy was done on the show side - I took it in yellow light that showed some micro scratching that hasn't been finished out. Going to go up to 800 grit, sand out all 600 grit scratches, then drop down to 600 for the finishing passes. Should make it easier & mean less finishing strokes on the 600 (do them in combo too, take out all scratches with 800 - do finishing passes - then drop to 600 for final finishing passes).
     
  14. FredyCro

    FredyCro

    489
    Jan 11, 2019
    What did you use to etch your logo? Blade finish looks good!
     
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  15. DustinY

    DustinY KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    715
    Dec 29, 2016
    personalizer plus :)
     
  16. bike4fun919

    bike4fun919

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    May 5, 2014
    12" OAL Bowie almost finished.
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  17. Natlek

    Natlek

    Jun 9, 2015
    Watch this guy ................have several good video clips about stabilizing wood .
     
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  18. ashwinearl

    ashwinearl

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    Nov 9, 2006
    Mini kwaiken in 8670 Carbon steel and Coyote brown G10
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  19. A.McPherson

    A.McPherson KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 27, 2012
    Not really knife related, but I'm over in Korea working at my jeweler friend's workshop.

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    Little ring for the little lady!
     
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  20. FredyCro

    FredyCro

    489
    Jan 11, 2019
    Read and seen a lot until now, but will do. I have a feeling that I am an expert on everything in theory but no shop time :( the chamber is almost done, need to get the fittings. I am going down the fridge compressor route. Wood humidity and soaking time seem to be the 2 most problematic topics. I am going to try to stabilize some known and well seasoned wood first.
     

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