I trust we've all been having a lovely rut?
Was out with a dear friend of mine just a week or three ago and he says to me, "Ere, would you make a knife for me?" "Course i will mate" says i, "What're you after........?"
Anyway, long story short, he wants a knife for a mate of his 60th birthday, they've stalked together for 40 years and are as tight as you'd expect. For boys of their vintage, i knew straight away what i had to do. Something of a Loveless style hunter.
So i drew this for him:
I was pleased when he said that was exactly the sort of thing he had in mind. After the style we looked at handle materials:
He had a choice of the top 3 sets of scales, 2 of which are desert ironwood, and the middle is Ebony. He's selected the left piece. Doesn't look much in that pic, but it has a lovely rippling dense grain and it'll really come out when finished and polished.
So, after a goodly amount of work i got me a blank filed out:
The notch on the underside is a recess for the bolster to sit in, and now after 4 and a half hours piloting a mates milling machine i have the bolster block slotted and sat nice and snug over the blade:
The block looks wonky in the pics because it is, but the block still needs a lot of material to be removed, and while I'm doing that it all comes true again.
Next thing is to drill out loads of holes in the tang to reduce weight, then go wild with my files and defile it with my usual tang file work. Once that's done, the blade can be heat treated.
Steel is 12c27 Sandvik stainless.
Thanks for looking and as this one progresses i shall post more pics and talk more sh@t.