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Old 05-22-2020, 07:53 PM
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Thought you guys might like to see some of the steps that are performed when making a stock removal knife. I'll put a descriptive sentence under the photos.

This is a bar of 1075 steel with layout blue and the outline of the knife scribed on the blade. Sharp intersections are eliminated by either drilling or filing with a round file.

The knife has been rough ground (grinded) to the desired bevel. the edge is left about the thickness of a dime. If you grind to thin the edge will warp. At this point it's ready for heat treat at about 1525 degrees for 2-3 minutes. This is done in a knife kiln.

Prior to heat treat the spine is clayed up to do differential heat treating and will create a hamon.

After heat treating the clay is knocked off and the residual oil and oxidation is sanded off and then tempered for two cycles at two hours each at four hundred degrees. Then its back to hand sanding to remove all scratches. I took this one to 400 grit, I have gone as high as 800.

Finished hand sanding and blade is washed and dried to remove any oil and or finger prints prior to acid etching.

This is what the clay and acid combination looks like. This one came out pretty good.

Here is the fit up of the elk antler and G10 spacers. Lots of work to get the fit up looking and flowing properly. Blade is taped for protection.
The elk antler is drilled and reamed out to accept the blade and the sequence of the spacer have been numbered and ready for assembly. The end of the tang was sanded to 90 degrees of the butt to allow the steel butt plate to be screwed on. A nut is also used to ensure tight fit up. Components glued up with slow curing epoxy.


Completed assembly and cleaned up as much as possible. Epoxy will cure for 24 hours and then its fit and finish time.

Hope you enjoyed the build as much as I did . Let me know if you have any questions.
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Very nice indeed.

Great job.

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opaul thanks for sharing this build. I do have a question. How do you drill and ream the antler without breaking it? What tools and how do you clamp it? Thanks! JA
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Very nice work!
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opaul thanks for sharing this build. I do have a question. How do you drill and ream the antler without breaking it? What tools and how do you clamp it? Thanks! JA
Essentially I drill the pith from the center of the antler and the void is taken up by steel and epoxy. I use a drill press clamp and secure the antler in that taking care to line it up with the drill bit on the profile. The more curved the antlers the more finesse is needed. I haven’t had any issues with cracking. Once the hole is drilled (sometimes you have to drill from both ends) a broach is used to find tune the fit. Sometimes it goes smoothly sometimes not. This one was pretty straight forward since there was little if any curvature to deal with. I do use a leather pad on the vise jaws.
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What type of glue or epoxy do you use if you don't mind. Thanks Frank
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I use slow setting G Flex epoxy.
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Great post. Keep up the good work!
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Nice work and a fine knife.
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You can make a small scraper (broach)with a couple teeth cut with a dremel out of skinny piece of hardened 1/8 stock. Good saw sized teeth. Then once you have a hole though the handle material use the scraper to make the hole rectangular so the tang slides into it. Better for narrower handles or one you want to make removable. With antler it is easy, hardwoods and ivory takes more work.

Most knife makers also have to make knife making tools.

Nice knife.

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You can make a small scraper (broach)with a couple teeth cut with a dremel out of skinny piece of hardened 1/8 stock. Good saw sized teeth. Then once you have a hole though the handle material use the scraper to make the hole rectangular so the tang slides into it. Better for narrower handles or one you want to make removable. With antler it is easy, hardwoods and ivory takes more work.

Most knife makers also have to make knife making tools.

Nice knife.
Thank you. I ground down a carbide sawz all blade for use as a broach. I do need one that is a little wider.
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Opaul, I bet nobody here would mind if your sig line contained a link to your website or Facebook page, provided, of course, that forum management has no objection.
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Thanks! The knives I post already have homes. I post here because I know most of you, like myself enjoy knives and photos of knives. I honestly have all I can handle in my local area right now.
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Paul—I need to stop using the one I bought from you! It will be like having an original RW Loveless or Randall knife!
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