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BigCasino

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PostSubject: Re: A "Guess the Project" Mystery   Tue Nov 05, 2013 12:32 am

I need a cheveta and I hear they make them from recycled circular sawblades!
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PostSubject: Re: A "Guess the Project" Mystery   Tue Nov 05, 2013 12:39 am

I thought they were made from the Continental Kit on '57 Chevys.

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PostSubject: Re: A "Guess the Project" Mystery   Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:41 am

thought that was a chevette?
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PostSubject: Re: A "Guess the Project" Mystery   Tue Nov 05, 2013 12:38 pm

A pipe & tobacco travel case!?
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PostSubject: Re: A "Guess the Project" Mystery   Tue Nov 05, 2013 1:03 pm

Hmmm. Drifting away again.

Look, have someone grab you by the neck, and someone else by the top of your head, and then twist hard in opposite directions...til your head looks like a rag with the water being wrung out. There! Now let's poke about through those bits and pieces that fell out onto the table top...must be something clever in there SOMEWHERE!

Try that and see what you come up with. I'm going out to the shop to drill some center holes in some Ironwood and copper for a couple of new knives I'm starting.

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Had another epiphany the other day. Drilling really heavy stock (3/8") for placing a hidden tang is a bitch. Slow going, everything gets super hot from friction, puts a LOT of stress on my compact cordless drills, etc. So I'm out in the shop, having taken all the Lithium-Ion batteries inside against the cold (near freezing at night now) and I want to drill one. Being lazy, instead of trudging all the way inside I look on the hangers around the perimeter of the beams and spot an old hand drill. Hmmm. So I grab it, put a drop of 3in1 oil into each oil port, give it a whirl, put a regular HSS bit in the Chuck, set it atop the piece needing a hole and start cranking. It takes a few adjustments to get everything including me lined up right, but when I do the little bits of metal are literally flying out if the hole. I finished in less time doing it BY HAND than if I'd used a power drill. It must have been super slow rpm's. I know soft annealed metals are supposed to be drilled slow and with firm pressure, but this was crazy, and, it was really interesting as well.

Further testing is called for.

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PostSubject: Re: A "Guess the Project" Mystery   Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:48 pm

It's a Norse spaceship.
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PostSubject: Re: A "Guess the Project" Mystery   Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:33 pm

Color me totally clueless!


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Cheers,

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PostSubject: Re: A "Guess the Project" Mystery   Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:12 pm

Maybe this will help.

It's a DAGGER. Name: Oregon Raindrop.

The blade is hand forged ladder pattern Damascus from 1095 and Nickel Steel from Royal Kinard. The handle is Stabilized Redwood Lace, liners from solid copper sheetstock. I didn't think the handle was quite long enough for either the look or the proper grip, so I extended the liners and wood and ended up inserting a piece of copper tubing crosswise to secure the lanyard. I like the way it turned out...never seen anything like it anywhere. The lanyard is braided Kangaroo leather with stainless steel 'nibs' and a slider from Blacktail Deer antler that sandwich a piece of Morta. Set down into the blade is an Australian Opal Triplet cabochon in a sterling silver bezel. A Triplet is a base layer of thermoplastic resin, a center layer of Opal and a top layer of quartz crystal. Opals are notoriously fragile, but the Triplet structure protects it well. The lanyard acts as a keeper and cinches up under a large domed stud on the face of the sheath. There's also a Barnwood stand that it sits on when not out ridding the world of Zombies, etc.

Thanks for your interest. This was fun!












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PostSubject: Re: A "Guess the Project" Mystery   Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:37 pm

A DAGGER huh" Remind me NOT to piss you off Twisted Evil  Think you can get this one past the TSA on your next trip ? Twisted Evil  BTW, that's one beautiful piece of work guy Razz Razz 
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PostSubject: Re: A "Guess the Project" Mystery   Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:38 pm

WOW! Simply stunning. Really, I'm at a loss for words. Truly lovely.
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PostSubject: A "Guess the Project" Mystery   Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:17 am

This must be for that gentleman in NC.  Outstanding,... beautiful work...kinda puts that Randall to shame.
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PostSubject: Re: A "Guess the Project" Mystery   Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:34 am

that thing is gorgeous! what is the reason for no gaurd thingermabob ya know at the bottom of the handle? I don't know if I ever saw a straight knife with out one before besides throwing knives, but it looks nice and stream lined with out it
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PostSubject: Re: A "Guess the Project" Mystery   Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:47 am

A gorgeous blade for sure, you were a dirty rotten tease, the way you were going led me to think it was something you wouldn't ordinarily make, first thing I thought was a dagger but figured it was just too obvious. 5) 
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PostSubject: Re: A "Guess the Project" Mystery   Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:32 am

Who's the lucky guy in NC that it's being sent to? That's right, it's me. BH really put his heart and soul into this beauty. He spent hours upon hours working his magic to produce this lovely piece of art. Just give him a bit of an idea, turn him loose, and he'll work his magic and conjure up something you'll be proud to own. Fantastic! Thanks Dave, you're the man.

AJ
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PostSubject: Re: A "Guess the Project" Mystery   Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:42 am

Dagger you say? I still see a spaceship....alien 
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PostSubject: Re: A "Guess the Project" Mystery   Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:50 am

I was holding out for thurible to be the answer.



This is somewhat low resolution and hard to read. The voice bubble says, "Keep stoking it Father, there is still a guy the the back row who is not wheezing."
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PostSubject: Re: A "Guess the Project" Mystery   Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:15 pm

Thanks all. Very kind words.

Casino -

1. Daggers without guards are very common, and can be more interesting in terms of design challenges. Consider the following...
2. Daggers with guards are designed for open combat, where the guard is used to lock up an opponent's blade or block it and protect one's hand. Both users and targets are combatants.
3. Daggers without guards assume a certain level of skill in the user...and perhaps a more covert use...exhibiting a bladeform less likely to snag on clothing, etc. Here, only the user is aware of the circumstances...in other words, a silent thing. That's the reason they call it 'cloak and dagger'.
4. Daggers without guards ARE rocket shaped. I can't imagine this knife with a guard...from tip to butt there being five seperate forward pointed arrow or "V" shapes...a guard would break that flow up totally.

It's in the details. There's actually a lot going on there to make it right. I haven't even mentioned these aspects to AJ, but here goes. When you put your hand onto the handle you know exactly where you've grasped it due to its tapered and faceted shape. The thumb and index finger terminate in the finger indents, large cutouts on the sides. The blade is left unsharpened nearly an inch and a half at its base. To paraphrase a line from "The Game of Thrones"...this is like a sword, you stick someone with the pointy end and they bleed, a lot. So, it's not a slasher like a Bowie or a Persian...it's a poker, like a Rapier or an Epee.

Aside from all that, there's one thing I want to mention. The copper liner. As I was thinking about the design of this one, bout a month ago, I was playing James Taylor stuff, due to the Carolina connection. One of his newer pieces, "Copperline" stuck with me. Hence the copper liners under the Redwood Lace. I've done this before...and always try to do it over file working. With the metal liners in place, right over the file cut pattern, both above and below it...it mirrors the pattern...reflecting the copper color in the facets cut into the Damascus handle. So you have to hone the steel til it shines and polish and buff the copper...and have it and the wood finished to their exact final dimensions prior to attachment. It's very exacting, but it really, really looks cool...all glinty and facety like a jewel.


Now, one of my next projects (up for grabs, BTW) is a dagger similar to this one, but designed to be made with a guard...and I have a matching one of the same Damascus steel.

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PostSubject: Re: A "Guess the Project" Mystery   Sun Nov 10, 2013 5:17 pm

Wait a second... that's not a spaceship!

Great work, Dave. That is a stunning dagger.
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PostSubject: Re: A "Guess the Project" Mystery   Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:41 am

Absolutely amazing piece of Craftsmanship. WOW
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