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Tonight's blade [Mar. 8th, 2012|11:02 pm]
Doug Ayen
A cow-orker is moving on to greener pastures (well, Microsoft), and since he's the guy who always helped me out when I was running the NOC, the field engineer who always had his shit together, his fibers pre-run, his plan matching mine, and who at 3am would put up with my having to go figure out why the maintenance is going wrong, I decided to make him a knife.

Nothing special from my point of view -- s30v instead of homemade ancient steel, a short drop-point hunter with a gut hook instead of a foot-long tanto, or a pizza wheel, or a kukri. Satin finish, not mirror or textured. I fudged the heat-treat a bit, I just used a protective coating instead of tool wrap for the heat treat, but I don't think there's any decarb.

The handle is just a cord wrap, except I used multimode fiber instead. Hey, *I* think it's cool.

From a block of steel to final blade, about 2 hours, plus another hour of finish work. Not bad.

And, yes, I took pics:



Knife undergoing heat-treatment


Knife cooling down in vise



Before handle wrap





Side A final






Side B final


One last note: as I commented to a friend online, this is *why* I do the exotic steels, hand polishing, and so on. After working on the nigh-impossible, or at least the improbable, stuff like this is easy. And fun.
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Comments:
[User Picture]From: tamidon
2012-03-09 04:29 am (UTC)
that looks very nice
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[User Picture]From: dcseain
2012-03-09 04:49 am (UTC)
Handsome piece.
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[User Picture]From: scliff
2012-03-09 10:07 am (UTC)
That is one vicious-looking (and beautiful!) blade.
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