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« on: April 11, 2007, 02:43:44 PM »

Here's a little Stag Belt Knife I forged down from heavy 5160 stock. It has a full convex grind and hand-rubbed finish.
Full Take-down construction with polished and deeply etched, file-worked Wrought Iron.
Mirror polish on the Sambar Stag handle.


     

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When the last elk vanishes from the hills,
When the last buffalo falls on the plains,
I will hunt mice for I am a hunter and I must have my freedom.
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2007, 02:48:52 PM »

a great looking knife, good steel,,,nice lines.

I have a question about the "full take down" term?
Does this mean you designed the handle to be taken apart?
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2007, 07:01:22 PM »

Karl,
 
You make some really fine knives.  I like the wroght iron for the guard.  I dont know if you can take a picture closer up of it, but i sure would like to see one.  I cant really see the etch on it, but kinda, my computer aint state of the art.  You just keep posting, cause i sure like looking.

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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2007, 05:51:24 AM »

a great looking knife, good steel,,,nice lines.

I have a question about the "full take down" term?
Does this mean you designed the handle to be taken apart?


Here's a little more complex one disassembled:
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When the last elk vanishes from the hills,
When the last buffalo falls on the plains,
I will hunt mice for I am a hunter and I must have my freedom.
Chief Joseph, Nez Perce
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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2007, 05:52:03 AM »

Karl,
 
You make some really fine knives.  I like the wroght iron for the guard.  I dont know if you can take a picture closer up of it, but i sure would like to see one.  I cant really see the etch on it, but kinda, my computer aint state of the art.  You just keep posting, cause i sure like looking.

blue skies


I'll get a few closeups later today - keep lookin'!
 
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When the last elk vanishes from the hills,
When the last buffalo falls on the plains,
I will hunt mice for I am a hunter and I must have my freedom.
Chief Joseph, Nez Perce
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« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2007, 06:18:27 AM »

Wrought Iron Close-up:
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When the last buffalo falls on the plains,
I will hunt mice for I am a hunter and I must have my freedom.
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« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2007, 07:48:35 AM »

    Karl, you've put a lot of thought into this idea. Inspiration must come from clean country living. I'm a country boy at heart at least, and I was thinking how a 'feller' could swap handles on your blade from the "backwoods-rough-and-ready" to the "Sunday-go-to-meeting look". Thanks for inspiring us all.         Clay   
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« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2007, 07:35:02 PM »

Thnaks for posting the wrought iron pictures Karl.  I can see the etching in these and that really looks cool.
On kinda the same note, I got some wrought iron from a knife supplier, it is in anchor links.  I cut it and forge flattened it.  Either i got it too hot or somthing, but its real.....kinda junky.  It dosent look anything like the stuff you have there.  I bought a couple of bars of some wrought the other weekend at batson's.  It came out of an old factory that was being torn down and this stuff looks really great.  I dont know much about it, but it looks much more refined. I think im going to cut off a chunk, and upset it to make it bigger, so that i can try some as guard material. 
Do you etch it in radio shack etchant?

thanks in advance

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« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2007, 05:05:51 AM »

Yes, I use Radio Shack FeCl.
To get the best etch on wrought, (as well as Damascus) you need to take it to FULL POLISH! I mean, like a mirror.
You need to remove ALL scratches along the way - 220 - 400 - 800 - 1200 - 1500 or 2000 then buff to a mirror.
Get Clean!
then I put in 3:1 FeCl. Dip and clean off. Soak for about 30-45 minutes and clean off the oxides about every 10 minutes so that the FeCl can keep eating away at the iron. If you leave the oxides on there as they build up, it creates a barrier between the metal and the etchant. I wipe it completely off with 0000 as I go.
Neutralize in whatever you have. I use a Phosphate cleaner.
I also clean with a Water Displacing Oil that I use after hot bluing.
Oil it up good with some Break Free.
Good luck!
I don't know if I'd upset it or not. Maybe try, but you'll probably split the wrought "grain". If you try, make sure you forge it HOT!!! YellowHot!!
There are a few "grades" of wrought iron. I'm thinking chain link may be one of the lowest grades.
WI used in architecture like builings or bridges were probably the highest and cleanest grades because it had to meet certain spec/criterea. I was led to believe that the Iron used for the connective strands in bridges was the highest and cleanest grade. That's what I have.
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When the last elk vanishes from the hills,
When the last buffalo falls on the plains,
I will hunt mice for I am a hunter and I must have my freedom.
Chief Joseph, Nez Perce
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« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2007, 05:32:59 AM »

You are good!  Shocked

Saludos

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