||[Mar. 8th, 2012|11:02 pm]
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.
That is one vicious-looking (and beautiful!) blade.