Let's make a Mikov

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Re: Let's make a Mikov

Postby butch » Wed Mar 25, 2009 8:57 pm

if you did I sent it by mistake,I was supposed to send a leverletto kit. :oops: if thats the case its not a big deal,as long as I know where it went,dont want the boys getting ahold of them :shock:
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Re: Let's make a Mikov

Postby cleancut » Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:40 pm

eastcoastsniper:
You got it going on man :!: :!: :!: :!: , very nice I look forward to your next one.
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Re: Let's make a Mikov

Postby Chrisadamley » Thu Mar 26, 2009 3:13 am

im actually really glad he showed the step by step of the file work...I was having a hard time finding good tutorials on how to do stuff like that.

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Re: Let's make a Mikov

Postby eastcoastsniper » Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:29 am

Here is a step by step drawing of filework similar to the what I made for the mikov. This shows a slight angle for the first cut, where I went in straight.
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Justin....Do you still have that filework link I sent you a while back?

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Re: Let's make a Mikov

Postby eastcoastsniper » Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:34 am

Here are step by step close ups of the thorn and vine filework .
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http://beknivessite2.homestead.com/vinefilework.html
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This is really quite easy to do. The whole process takes less than an hour..

Give it a try :)

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Re: Let's make a Mikov

Postby eastcoastsniper » Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:01 pm

The moment we've been waiting for. Let's put it together!

We'll start with the top scale pins. Simply slide them in.
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file off the pins and leave about 1/16" showing on the underside. Give them a few taps with a small jewelers hammer. Make sure the round part of the pin is resting on your anvil when you tap it, otherwise you may damage the scales you've worked so hard on. If there is still excess showing, file off a little more and tap again until flush with the liner. The pin holes are tapered on the bottom side. When you tap the pins, they will spread out, filing in the tapered area and securing the scales to the liner. When you finish securing the pins, sand or file flush to the liner. Even a small piece protruding could prevent the blade from functioning properly.
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Here's a pic of the jewelers hammer.
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You can find them on ebay, or here.
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http://www.contenti.com/products/hammers/260-490.html
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Next, locate the pivot pin and taper it slightly on the belt sander. This pin is very tight and difficult to install without a slight taper.
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Line up the pivot pin and give it a few taps until it's about 3/4 of the way in.
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Locate the blade. Put a drop of lubricating oil on your finger and rub it on both sides of the blade at the pivot hole. Set the blade on the scale.
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Slide the two 3/32 pins through the scales.
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Slide the other scale on! It's starting to look pretty nice now. Note the spring has not been installed yet.
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Slide the spring in from the rear. Some kits have two thin springs. The assembly is the same. Here is a video showing how to remove and install the spring.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTY_tTLrm1k
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The spring is now properly installed.
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Next, snip or file off the excess on the two 3/32 pins. Leave a little more than 1/16 on each side.
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Using your jewelers hammer, start tapping the 3/32 pins making sure the other side is resting on the anvil. Tap downward and outward beveling and tightening. This takes a little practice, but, you'll get the hang of it. Or, you can just tap both sides until tight and sand flush with the belt sander and re-finish the scales. Or, you can finish them off with a pin spinner. This is a neat homemade device I bought on the SD auction site that spreads out, and rounds off the pin heads at the same time.
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Here is an excellent video of the peening process. I would recommend using a smaller hammer though!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vihhWXSbPQY
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Next, we do the same as described above with the pivot pin. If you decide to peen the pivot pin, sometimes a flat end counter sink tool works well to get into that tight space. If you decide to try that, It's best to have a friend steady the knife while you work on it. I used my pin spinner. I like the results!
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Now I'm going to give it a quick polish (metal and wood) with 4000 grit cloth and put another coat of minwax on it and she'll be ready for presentation.
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I'll post the finished knife this afternoon. Please ask any questions or add your comments :)

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Re: Let's make a Mikov

Postby Springmesser » Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:14 pm

eastcoastsniper wrote:Here are step by step close ups of the thorn and vine filework .
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http://beknivessite2.homestead.com/vinefilework.html
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This is really quite easy to do. The whole process takes less than an hour..

Give it a try :)


I would like a junk piece to learn on...would not want to mangle a kit.

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Re: Let's make a Mikov

Postby Springmesser » Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:27 pm

When you tap the pins, they will spread out, filing in the tapered area


LLs don't have that nice feature....you got to drill it out a little yourself...makes it so the pins still hold tight when filed flat. :)

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Re: Let's make a Mikov

Postby Springmesser » Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:32 pm

I like the single spring better...my kits have 2 thin springs.

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Re: Let's make a Mikov

Postby flytyer46 » Thu Mar 26, 2009 5:29 pm

Wonderful post! I have a mikov kit waiting on some scale material. This thread
is a great tool for us non experts. And I stress the NON!

Thanks

Tim

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Re: Let's make a Mikov

Postby eastcoastsniper » Thu Mar 26, 2009 5:49 pm

Thanks for all the comments guys,

We just made a Mikov and here she is.....
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This should be an ongoing thread. If you have tips or tricks you come up with, make sure to contribute to this post. If you add a picture, just make sure it's someplace that won't get deleted...EVER!!

I had fun making this one and I hope everyone learned some tricks and tips. Get in touch with HDC, buy a kit and make a cool knife.

Make sure and post a picture when you finish....We like pic's

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Re: Let's make a Mikov

Postby butch » Thu Mar 26, 2009 6:00 pm

This should be an ongoing thread. If you have tips or tricks you come up with, make sure to contribute to this post. If you add a picture, just make sure it's someplace that won't get deleted...EVER!!


I agree,I think this is definitley worthy of being a sticky. 8)
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Re: Let's make a Mikov

Postby j.a.c. » Thu Mar 26, 2009 6:02 pm

Great job on the knife and tutorial. Now if we can get one of the Mods to make it a sticky ,
It will be easily found for future use and reference.

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Re: Let's make a Mikov

Postby vernfonk » Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:34 pm

Thanks for the tutorial. Well done. I might buy a kit and try one of these for the scales. I like the grain patterns.

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?Offerings_ID=18579&TabSelect=Reviews
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?Offerings_ID=18599&TabSelect=Reviews

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Re: Let's make a Mikov

Postby Springmesser » Fri Mar 27, 2009 1:29 am

Beautiful knife.... :)


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