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    ...something I have been working on. A friend asked me to make a kukri (or to be more accurate a kukri-style knife as I make no claim of authenticity) for her husband's birthday. It isn't done yet, but I think it's going to turn out well.

    I need to finish sizing the bolster, re-shape the butt of the handle, epoxy everything together, and then finish it all off with some boiled linseed oil. It might be hard to let go of this one.

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    Blade: 5160 (I think) leaf spring
    Bolster: copper
    Handle: charred maple
    It was in original condition, faded red, well-worn, but nice.
    This was and still is my favorite combination; beautiful, original, and worn.
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    Looks like a fun project! Do you have any progress pics?

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    Did you shape the steel or forge it?? I don't know about knife making, so I'm asking did you make it from scratch?

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    It's forged with some shaping with files and a wee bit on a bench sander. The bench sander is dying (I reckon popping sounds and spitting sparks from the motor is likely a bad sign) so I may finally have an excuse to build a 'proper' grinder.
    It was in original condition, faded red, well-worn, but nice.
    This was and still is my favorite combination; beautiful, original, and worn.
    -Neil Young

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ernie1980 View Post
    Looks like a fun project! Do you have any progress pics?
    Not as many as I'd normally have, but here are some:

    Near the beginning: putting the basic shape on the end of a leaf spring
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    Next to my very cheap crappy kukri that kind of served as a model for the shape
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    Starting to file in a bevel and ricasso
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    The general shape is more or less done, but I needed to forge down the tang
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    Which gave me an excuse to make a wee tool...
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    Which allowed me to get a more or less square drop down to the tang
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    And this is the blade more or less fully shaped after further forging down the tang and then a bunch of filing. After this he tang was narrowed and drilled in a few spots to give the epoxy something to grip to. Hardening was a bit of guesswork as I only had a hunch about the steel. But I think I got it right second time around.
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    BTW my touchmark is a simplified from the initial T (my surname initial) from this page in the book of Kells:
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    The handle is maple, turned then charred. Love the effect of charred maple after linseed oil is applied!
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    It was in original condition, faded red, well-worn, but nice.
    This was and still is my favorite combination; beautiful, original, and worn.
    -Neil Young

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    Very cool. I have wanted one of these for a while now.
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    It sure looks cool. Let us know how it shaves :<0)
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    Cangooner - incredible work! I can see how it would be hard to let it go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10Pups View Post
    It sure looks cool. Let us know how it shaves :<0)
    I don't know... I kind of like my ears where they are...

    But of course I'll try it.
    It was in original condition, faded red, well-worn, but nice.
    This was and still is my favorite combination; beautiful, original, and worn.
    -Neil Young

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    Sorry to hear about your sander, but all electric things operate on magic smoke, and once the magic smoke start escaping it is only a matter of time before all the magic smoke is gone, and it just won't work anymore. I really like using well built machinery, I hope you get yourself a new belt grinder. Nice work.
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