My African Knives

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  1. Von Gruff

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    Old school hinge fitting using butt and marking guages to mark in depths and a sharp chisel to cut it out. Next is some locks to cut in then I can put the finish oils on the wood. Still lots to do yet on the boxes with fitting the felt lining getting makers mark done and pinning tags in place. Then it wi be the daunting task of inletting the discs in the knife handles and 1911 gripsets.
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    I've been wondering how you were going to inlet the stocks and handles for some time already. What are your plans for doing it?
     

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    I had a too made that is .1mm under the 18 mm disc dia and will use it to mark the circle tapping and rolling it over the curve then with very fine carving chisels cut a V inside that and go from there to create the depth I need, or that is the plan anyway.
     
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    Finished the hinges today and got a the boxes all sanded then marked and drilled for my makers mark done with the silicon bronze nail heads. Spent a couple of hours making jigs to inlet for the locks but put that asside till another day as I wanted to get a coat of BLO on the boxes to show any sanding misses. I thought I woud make a start on a seperate knife with a blank disc just to prove the method but the tool I had asked the engineers make (to his sugested design) was not up to the job so had to go down (about a 1/2hr away) with a drawing for what I wanted and will pick it up next week.
    This is the boxes with a coat of BLO drying over night. They will get a more protective finish than the BLO later in the finishing stages. To round out the day I got the first inserts covered with the felt so pleased with the progress so far. IMG_20190808_150003.jpg
     

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    Von Gruff, are you planning a test run of your disk inletting technique prior to working on a set of grips and or scales? Inletting a circle on a curved surface could get to be a challenge and or very time consuming. I was wondering if you might not be further ahead with a special tool on your drill press.
     

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    The test run on one of my own knives was what I started yesterday but the tool that was supposed to be hardened was not and the edge crumbled which gouged outside of the designated circle which was why I re-designed it but I dont see any way to do it via the drill press so it will have to be done by hand
     

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    I was thinking about something like a Forstner bit.
     

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    That would cut a flat surface and leave no support under the center of the disc as it went over the curve
     

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    I was assuming the disks were flat, sorry.
     

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    Changed horses for a few hours and finished the insert lining.
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    A show of the knives for the presentation boxes on the coIours they wiII be on. Still have to inlet the discs and do the handIe finishing so this is just a taster pic. Ebony on blue, walnut on green and curly macro on red.

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    And a 7 1/2 inch 12C27 chef knife with curly macro
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    I curly macro similar to curly maple in color?
     

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    No. Maple is cream and macro is gold would be the best way to describe the difference Art. Maple needs something added to get this brightness.
     

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    I got all the discs inletted today. Necessary tools in the optivisor, hole punch with light hammer to mark the outline of the disc, fine carving chisels and small tapping mallet. IMG_20190818_103007.jpg

    outline marked in
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    The edges V cut back


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    Inlet complete

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    And one of the discs sanded flush and ready for handle finish so I can get them re-etched this week. Unfortunately it was not possible to get a perfect curve to the disc without some marking of the surface to cleaning it off and getting it re-etched was the only option.

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