Note to self....

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Note to self....

Postby Jeffinn » Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:00 pm

Propane torches have a flame that's almost invisible. When soldering bolsters on keep your fingers out of the flame! (Gotta love real life lessons). :D
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Re: Note to self....

Postby john » Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:12 pm

Please be careful!
If it wasn't for the hiss of the pressurized gas coming out of the nozzle you could forget that it's on.
Butane torches burn hotter and just are as dangerous.
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Re: Note to self....

Postby Bill DeShivs » Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:27 pm

You'll remember next time!
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Re: Note to self....

Postby Jeffinn » Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:07 am

Yes, I will.
On the plus side the bolsters are solidly attached.
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Re: Note to self....

Postby john » Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:19 am

Job well done!
Photo?
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Re: Note to self....

Postby Jeffinn » Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:49 am

I'll post some photos when I'm finished with the knife. I'm working on some zebrawood scales for it. It's my first knife repair and while it's far from perfect, it's actually coming along nicely.
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Re: Note to self....

Postby Jeffinn » Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:55 pm

The zebrawood scales were a bust. The grain direction was running across the scale and made them weaker than I would have imagined. Two different sets cracked and broke during testing. If the grain had been running lengthwise I think they would have been stronger. Kind of a shame, I really liked the look of that wood! No problem though, live and learn. I've been working on some canary wood scales that seem much stronger. This is my first auto re-scale and there's a few issues but all in all I'm happy with the result. I'll post some knife pics in the next few days.
Been ordering a few new things to help out with this process. Hoping the next one goes smoother!
More to come!
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Re: Note to self....

Postby sammy the blade » Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:33 am

We can't wait to see what you've done.
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Re: Note to self....

Postby Jeffinn » Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:58 am

Just posted my first effort in Blade Pictures.
It was quite the learning experience. I took the knife apart numerous times trying to get the button to work correctly. Then a few more times trying to get a wood that was hard enough to hold up to the stress of pressing the button. Then I had some problems with the finish, the poly got weird on me and I had to start over. I cut some of the scales too thin, then I cut one of the scales to thick (when compared to the other one). I think I re-pinned this knife five or six different times before I got it where it was acceptable. Just when I thought it was right, I noticed that one of the bolsters was bent. It looked like someone threw the knife against a brick wall and bent one of the bolster wings in. I took the knife apart and straightened the bolster and noticed that the brass liner was gouged because of the bolster. I polished up the liner and it seems alright. All in all, I learned alot and had some fun!


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