My African Knives

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  1. Von Gruff

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    I am now offering my (wood only at this stage) knife handles with the brass or nickle silver disc inlet for personalised initials etc by the customer. I may look at working through the process for bone and horn at a later date.

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    My knife arrived today and is all I expected it to be. Thank you for the great service.
     

  3. Von Gruff

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    After a great deal of time and expense the box finally arrived with the giraffe bone and impala horn. Much of this is preordered for 7 giraffe bone and three impala horn handled knives but expect to have sufficient left for other orders in the near future. IMG_20190910_151708.jpg IMG_20190910_152836.jpg IMG_20190910_152903.jpg
     

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    Everything finished now so was through to see friends this morning and fitted the grip sets to get some picsl

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    The story and data card to go with the boxes

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    Way to go Garry, they came out beautifully!
    Thank you for taking the time to take us along on the process.
    Cheers,
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    Thank you Cody. It has been an interesting project and one I am happy to add to the knives I offer so will get something on my website over the next few days.
     
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    I decided to cut the giraffe bone (or most of it) today to get enough for the knives that are ordered. All of the bones had one end cut off (to facillitate the process for export) so I marked the bone off in 5 inch lengths and cut them with the metal cutting bandsaw.
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    The knob end still had some of the porpous honeycomb type bone and was not usable but I got 4 good engths from each of the arger bones. One side of all the bones was too thin for the knife handles but may work for pocketknives which I do not do.
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    I have a guage for the other bandsaw that I use for cutting the scale thicknesses so set to (having the apropriate breathing gear on as there is a lot of dust made and floating in the air.
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    I managed to get three pieces plus core waste from the larger bones but just two from the smaller ones.
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    With enough cut for these ones. From the left a Lion knife, 6 Safari knives and a Light Hunter. The last Safari knife (marked on the taped blade is to be this years knife giveaway and will have curve backed buffalo horn bolsters where the rest will be full giraffe bone handles.

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    Having done that and having three of the Light hunters to do with the Impala horn handles I had a serious look at and some research on the usual handles done with this material and many are in fact bone jiged to resemble the horn so I found where the old time horners(those who work with the horn) would heat the horn to near 350F and it would become pliable so I did that and have it clamped flat so will see in the morning how it has reacted to this procedure. The orders are for handles from the horn that Tony had hunted and wanted for his sons so as there was a set of extra horns in the box I cut these first to check the process.
    Cutting the appropriate length from the smaller set
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    Splitting them lengthwise and removing the core which is dried and loose inside.
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    Ready for heating and clamping flat
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    Having some day left before I had to kill and hand one of the sheep I started on a very secial knife for Henry. Fireball damascus Old Western with very rare fancy Swamp Kauri scales (will use carbon fiber pins) and stainless curve backed bolster with the 3 pin mark in brass for a subtle contrast. With the bar being hardened to its final state the waste is removed initially with a cutoff disc on the angle grinder with the finished profile being done on the grinder with frequent dipping in the water bucket.
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    Garry, can't you position the hose from a shop vac. close to this sawing operation to minimize the dust?
     
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    That Old Western in Damascus and Swamp Kauri is going to be one fantastic looking knife. Always great things from you.
     
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    It probably would Art, if I had one that is, and having one would indicate that I cleaned up my shed more than the once or twice a year as has been the case. :whistle::whistle:
     
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    First stage completed sucessfully with only a short crack at the end that will not effect the length needed for a knife handle. There was some springback from the 9mm thick they were clamped (down from about 16mm) to but as this is old and very dry horn I am going to boil it next in black dyed water and re-clamp to fix the thickness needed. It was sugested that I use oil to boil/heat in but my concern is that there may be oil penetration into the horn and conflict with the epoxy


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    A couple of new designs today. I killed one of my sheep for the freezer and two of the knives I use were in need of an update. Without going into the mechanics of sheep killing I needed a slightlu more directable handle and the knife I had been using for dicing the meat after it was boned out was proving unsatisfactory in that it had a wasted portion of the blade in the curve from the flat to the tip. and while the flat portion was good the curve to the tip made it unwieldly so a while back I made a shorter one but this showed the need for a longer flat portion.
    I had wanted to do this for a while and this had prompted me to "get on with it".
    The slaughterman has a 7 inch (1/8 1084) blade that I have made a fraction wider at the heel end and a little fuller in the handle while the dicer has a 7 1/2 in x 1/8 in 12C27 SS blade for a 12 1/2 overall length. It has the slightest edge curve and when ground whould be very nicely balanced for extended use.
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    Finished the profiling of Henry's Old Western, a mini skinner and a hunter skinner
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    I hunted a couple of Impala rams for meat this week and I used the mini skinner, the latest of your creations that I have bought.
    It handled very well and felt comfortable in my hand. I have large hands, but it felt proportionate although it’s the mini version.
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    Thank you Gus. The mini skinner is what I use myself for my skinning of the light bodied animals I put in my own freezer. While it is a smaller knife it is still a good fit in hand for a no cramp use. This is my own mini skinner with the Hunter Skinner for comparrison. IMG_20190106_170846 - Copy.jpg
     
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    Todays heat treat and grinding session gives me a few to handsand and start the bolster and handle process.
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    Made some progress on Henry's knife today and as it has curve backed stainless bolsters I thought to do work in progress posts.
    With the blade ground and handsanded I made a start but will not etch it till next session.
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    First stage is to clamp the blade to the stainless bar and with the drill, mark the first pin hole. The blade is removed and the hole drilled in the bar and the blade returned with a tempory pin in place with the clamp back in place to allw the marking of the second hole. The process is repaeated and then with two pins in place the clamp is no longer needed for the marking of the third hole.
    I have a slice off a 2 inch pipe that is my marking template and in this pic it is placed to show where it will go on the bar for the front of the bolster.
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    I grind the front curve while the bar has some length to it but this advantage goes as the bar gets used up
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    Next step is to cut the remaining two sides of the pattern on the bandsaw.
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    From the bandsaw It goes to the grinder to tidy up the majority of the curves
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    With this one close to shape it is used to repeat the process for the other side of the pair
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    and when the second one is cut out they are held together with the tempory pins for the clean up. Be advised that you WILL get hot fingers doing this.
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    As a pair I concentrate on the front face first and go through the grits and finish with 1000grit hand sand
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