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Compact Hunting Knife and a few other pics

Post by Lin Rhea » Tue Sep 01, 2009 2:50 pm

OK, I need to break the ice. I make knives and thought I'd show you one. This is one I make pretty regular. I forged the blade from 1084 high carbon steel and the rest is Amber Stag and stainless. The blade is 3 inches with an overall length of 7 1/8 inch. Lin
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Post by TradRag » Tue Sep 01, 2009 2:55 pm

Very Nice Sir! I love antler/stag and bone handles! That is great looking.
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Post by Okie » Tue Sep 01, 2009 3:24 pm

Love it Lin. Show us some more :P .
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Post by Lin Rhea » Tue Sep 01, 2009 3:40 pm

Thanks. Here is another that is a step larger and has Ironwood for the handle wood. Thanks, Lin
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Another with Mahogany Stag and my damascus.
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Post by Greywolf » Tue Sep 01, 2009 4:03 pm

What is your heat source?
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Post by Lin Rhea » Tue Sep 01, 2009 4:44 pm

Greywolf,
I use blacksmith coal, but also have a gas forge that I use a lot. Sometimes me and the boys get out and crank up the coal just for some fun and to smell the smoke. Lin
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Post by Greywolf » Tue Sep 01, 2009 5:47 pm

Oh Boy !!....that would bring the fire department here a runnin big time.........What a nice toy !!!!
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Post by Dana Holman » Wed Sep 02, 2009 7:49 am

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Post by VT Surf-N-Turf » Wed Sep 02, 2009 7:52 am

Nice work. Looks like you get a lot of fun and satisfaction making 'em.
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Post by Lin Rhea » Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:20 am

Dana,
I'm sorry, but I dont have any good photos of my gas forge. It has a chamber of 12 inch pipe about 20 inches long. Mine is horizontal. The squirrel cage blower supplies the air and the propane injects through a needle valve. Very simple setup. I think Don Fogg has a picture of one on his site. Only difference, mine is horizontal. Lin

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Post by Okie » Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:47 am

Holy crap... That is awesome. How'd you do the barbwire on the blade?
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Post by Lin Rhea » Sat Sep 05, 2009 8:12 am

I painted a "resist" onto the blade with an artist's paintbrush and etched the damascus blade. Then I cleaned the resist off with actetone. The blade must be completely sanded before any of this is done to have the image remain clean.

The story behind this knife. This knife was to be a gift to the farmer who owned the land where my friend hunted. My friend picked up a plow point from one of the fields on that land. I cut up the plowpoint and used it in the layering on the damascus to make the knife a little more meaningful to the farmer. I also used Walnut for the handle, because the farm hold several Walnut trees. The Barbed wire is just to add a little "farm" touch to it. Lin

I flatted and annealed the point and made two slices legthways and cut a total of four pieces to add to my billet.
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Post by Okie » Sun Sep 06, 2009 8:50 pm

WOW!!! You are a true artist. Thanks for sharing.
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Post by brian1 » Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:10 am

Thanks for posting different pics of hunting knives . I really enjoyed seeing the pics.

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Post by T.O. » Fri Jan 29, 2010 3:49 pm

good looking stuff

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Post by Seneca Archer » Fri Feb 05, 2010 7:07 pm

Really magnificant work LR.

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Post by kerryb » Fri Feb 05, 2010 7:32 pm

beautiful work.

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What breeds are the best squirrel hunting dogs? I have a rat terrier that is a great squirrel dog. He trees squirrels better than any other I have ever seen. He is the envy of all my hunting buds, and some of them are asking for a puppy by him. So I am considering breeding him to produce excellent hunting dogs. What type of breed would be a good choice for mating my dog? What are some other breeds that are known for their squirrel hunting prowess?
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Post by Firstarrow » Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:23 am

Incredible work Lynn!
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Post by JMartin » Sun Feb 28, 2010 1:07 am

Man-O-man Lin...you make beautiful knives, and hatchets!

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Post by DwarvenChef » Sun Feb 28, 2010 7:13 am

You have some great looking knives there :) How much do you like working with Kitchen Knives? :)

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Post by Bowman » Sun Feb 28, 2010 7:36 am

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Post by Lin Rhea » Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:27 am

Thanks guys. I have not made many kitchen knives, but will someday I'm sure. Lin

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Post by dwarriors » Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:14 am

Is coal your heat source? I think so.

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Post by Sneakon » Wed Jan 26, 2011 3:34 pm

Wow! That Peeler Bend Hunter is as good as it could get for me.
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Post by Lin Rhea » Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:05 pm

Thanks. I have been busy and am just checking back in. I'm sorry I've been away so long.

I use coal and gas equally. Where I work, I get to use caol a lot and am learning to like it. I'm finding that some coal is better than others. Most of my welding is done with a gas forge. Lin

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Post by Oklahoma Leatherman » Fri Feb 04, 2011 9:52 pm

Lin,
Any good information you can steer me too for forge welding? I would love to give a Damascus blade a try and have a small coal forge and plenty of coal, but I lack the knowledge to do it. I once got my metal red hot (probably a little overheated), sprinkled Borax between two pieces then took it to my anvil. Didn't take too many blows before the whole thing shot off like the 4th of July! Needless to say that was my last attempt at forge welding.

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Post by andrex » Thu Feb 10, 2011 5:50 am

Lin Rhea wrote:OK, I need to break the ice. I make knives and thought I'd show you one. This is one I make pretty regular. I forged the blade from 1084 high carbon steel and the rest is Amber Stag and stainless. The blade is 3 inches with an overall length of 7 1/8 inch. Lin
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This knife is good looks very durable one. Do you have an images of hunting knives?
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Post by Lin Rhea » Tue Feb 15, 2011 3:06 pm

Thanks andrex.

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If it shoots sparks your too hot. Just bring it up to a dull red, then flux. If it has scaled, brush it off first then flux, then back in the fire to bring it on up to welding temps. That is bright orange, but dont go by color as much as the flux's behavior. If the flux is dancing around pretty good, it's ready. You cant dilly dally. You have to have all of your moves planned or you will lose the heat. The first weld is by just bumping the halves together, preferably with a bigger hammer starting in the center of the contact area to drive out the flux and impurities. Just bumping, not smacking it. Bump it together and immediately brush and flux, then back into the fire. The second weld is similar, but usually you can start lightly hammering the welds seams and refining the edges of the weld. Take your time ,but hurry, if you know what I mean. Plan it out, make two or more welding heats, before trying to actually move much metal.
I would watch some welds being done on youtube and get an idea of the timing and such. I hope this helps. Lin

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Post by Oklahoma Leatherman » Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:28 am

Thank you Lin. That helps me out a lot! I'll be sure to check for some youtube videos and give it a go again. Thank you for all your suggestions and help.

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