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Raymond Richard
06-22-2010, 09:45 AM
Its been awhile since my last post. Been trying to come up with some new ideas. I'd get going on something and then just lose interest. This is the first knife I've completed in a month or so. My hand and wrist told me I need to take a different approach other than hand forging so this piece is 100% stock removal. The blade is saw steel that Chuck Brooks had sent me to try out. So far so good with the steel. The blade is 3", used bronze for the fittings, bog oak and osic with birch bark spacers for the handle. Overall its 7".

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Forgot to mention that the back ground for this knife is the bog oak that was used for the handle.

Mike Barton
06-22-2010, 12:42 PM
Nice one Ray.

A real change of direction, I didn't know you were of nordic descent :eek:

I'm wondering what you're going to do for the sheath :confused:

Looks like you've got more than enough of that bog oak to make one for it ;):D

Raymond Richard
06-22-2010, 12:48 PM
Nice one Ray.

A real change of direction, I didn't know you were of nordic descent :eek:

I'm wondering what you're going to do for the sheath :confused:

Looks like you've got more than enough of that bog oak to make one for it ;):D

Mike, I'm wondering what I will do for a sheath also. :D I have also been thinking bog oak. Not sure about the Nordic decent either. My good friend Eric O Bergland has started to rub off on me I guess. Its a nice change. I've got a second blade like this one that I'm going to start putting together today.

Here's a top profile shot:

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James Terrio
06-22-2010, 12:56 PM
Excellent take on a classic design. 2thumbs

Mike Barton
06-22-2010, 01:05 PM
I've got a second blade like this one that I'm going to start putting together today.

Oh Boy!!

Any chance of a WIP thread?
:beg:

Between you and Bruce doing WIP stuff, I literally live on this forum whenever I can.:D

Peter Killgore
06-22-2010, 01:11 PM
Wow that's really quite the direction change. I like it!

Dan Pierson
06-22-2010, 02:19 PM
Sure is a change. I like the result a lot (of course I like the stuff you're tired of too).

A number of scandi sheaths have antler or wood for the bottom part around the blade with a thin leather top extending up around the handle.

Mark Behnke
06-22-2010, 03:59 PM
Looks like it fits well in the hand, very attractive.

Hadn't heard of bog oak so googled it.
Is the wood local to you? ,does it need stain or any finish?

Raymond Richard
06-22-2010, 04:39 PM
Looks like it fits well in the hand, very attractive.

Hadn't heard of bog oak so googled it.
Is the wood local to you? ,does it need stain or any finish?

Mark, I got this piece of wood from Larry who owns Gallery Hardwoods. He told me he had no idea where this piece of wood came from. I'm still working on a story for the wood. As far as the color goes it is this dark on the inside. I didn't change the color of the bog oak or the osic. It was finished off with a coat of linseed oil.

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2438.JPG

John T Wylie Jr.
06-22-2010, 07:25 PM
That is a great looking knife Ray. You always find a way to make simple look elegant.

Eli Gautreaux
06-22-2010, 09:57 PM
Nice Work Ray! Stock removal eh? Next time I'm out I'll need some grinding lessons, you obviously know how to do that too!

Denny Eller
06-22-2010, 10:53 PM
Ray, your talents are never-ending. That handle is just plain awesome.

LR Adkins
06-23-2010, 01:03 PM
Outstanding as usual Ray. That is really interesting wood.

Larry

Chuck Brooks
06-24-2010, 07:36 AM
Ray, you got a nice temper line. I've made a couple out of that saw and I didn't get that to show up, how did you HT? I've got more of that saw if you want more let me know. Are you going to the Boise show? Have a good day TTYL
Chuck

Raymond Richard
06-24-2010, 10:24 AM
Ray, you got a nice temper line. I've made a couple out of that saw and I didn't get that to show up, how did you HT? I've got more of that saw if you want more let me know. Are you going to the Boise show? Have a good day TTYL
Chuck

Chuck, I really don't need anymore steel but thanks for asking. I used my forge to harden up the blades. I used my bs clay mixture and quenched point first into the horse grade mineral oil.

I got the second knife put together. Went with cocabola and deer antler along with the birch bark spacers. New knife is a 1/4" longer than the first one.

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mofretwell
06-24-2010, 07:35 PM
I love these little knives, Ray. 4" handle and 3" blade. A really sexy combination.

I had no idea what bog oak was, so I looked it up on Google. Here's what Wikipedia has to say:
Bog-wood, also known as morta is wood from trees that have been buried in peat bogs and preserved from decay by the acidic and anaerobic bog conditions, sometimes for hundreds or even thousands of years. The wood is usually stained brown by tannins dissolved in the acidic water. Bog-wood represents the early stages in the fossilisation of wood, with further stages ultimately forming lignite and coal over a period of many millions of years. Bog-wood may come from any tree species naturally growing near or in bogs, including oak (Quercus bog oak), pine (Pinus), yew (Taxus), swamp cypress (Taxodium) and kauri (Agathis). Bog-wood is often removed from fields etc and placed in clearance cairns.

Raymond Richard
06-24-2010, 11:12 PM
Marvin, I need to take a picture of the board that I have and post it here. When I got the piece of bog oak I was expecting it to have been sawed off in plank form but it wasn't. Its a piece of wood that was split off of a much larger piece. Then it sat in a bog for quite sometime but it tells me its not all that old because human hands had touched it. I estimate it to be 8000's year old. :D I need to work up a good story to go along with it.

Are you fishing now?

One
06-25-2010, 08:47 AM
Looks great Ray! Nice job. :)

Raymond Richard
06-28-2010, 07:20 PM
Here's a look at the piece of bog oak I have. Its just over 2' long and 8" wide with a thickness than varies up to 1".

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_2445.JPG