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Steven Janik
02-11-2011, 09:08 PM
Got the blade back from heat treat today. This is my falling swedge flat grind and is bead blasted.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20472&d=1297482542
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I use this drilling fixture and stack the scales under the blade and drill everthing thru at once.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20471&d=1297482538

Here I traced out the blade and rough profiled the scales (black paper micarta) and glued and pressed some white vulcanized spacer material to them.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20468&d=1297482525
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I'm using a plug cutter here to cut some biscuits of micarta to plug the bolts later.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20470&d=1297482534


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Steven Janik
02-11-2011, 09:27 PM
I've bored the four plugs I will need and now need to cut them loose.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20479&d=1297484152

Slicing thru the stock will loosen up the plugs.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20477&d=1297484142
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Here's my rough scales with liner, plugs and blade.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20474&d=1297484125

I bolt the two scales together to shape them on belt sander. I do this without the blade because I dont want to hit the steel with a belt because it is already bead blasted and etched at this point.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20475&d=1297484132
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Steven Janik
02-11-2011, 09:37 PM
The scales are bolted together and the profile is shaped out on a belt sander.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20485&d=1297485019
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20483&d=1297485010

Scales are dry fit to both sides of the blade.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20482&d=1297485006

Threaded sleeves are pressed into the tang so the scales can be bolted on.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20481&d=1297485001
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20480&d=1297484996

Scales are glued, bolted and clamped before final sanding.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20484&d=1297485015

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Steven Janik
02-11-2011, 10:53 PM
The micarta plugs I cut earlier are now glued and hammered into the scales to cover the bolts.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20503&d=1297489513

Rough sanded first then hand sanded the handle starts to take shape.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20501&d=1297489504

Sanded scales with one coat of gun oil. Still haven't touched the metal of the blade or tang with anything that will scratch it. Whew!
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20498&d=1297489491
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20500&d=1297489500

Getting started on a black kydex sheath.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20499&d=1297489496
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20502&d=1297489509
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Steven Janik
02-11-2011, 11:03 PM
Heating up the kydex, folding it around the knife and the sheath in the press after cooling.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20510&d=1297490130
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Clamping the botton closed after a little extra heat.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20506&d=1297490112

Laying out the large tekloc clip. I'm setting it up fpr a rightie but it can be easily reversed for a lefty.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20508&d=1297490120
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20511&d=1297490134

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Steven Janik
02-11-2011, 11:10 PM
One the kydex is formed and trimmed the remainig rivets are installed, the tekloc is fit and the knife is final fitted.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20515&d=1297490672
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Steven Janik
02-11-2011, 11:20 PM
I set the bevels and sharpen the knife.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20523&d=1297491136

A simple black papacord lanyard is tied on.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20521&d=1297491127

A good coat of paste wax is applied and buffed off with a soft cloth.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20520&d=1297491123

A couple views of the finished product.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20519&d=1297491118
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20522&d=1297491131

If you look closely here you can see my makers mark applied as a "ghost etch" (Sorry, that ones a secret)
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=20518&d=1297491113

Thanks for looking. I'm sure Murph will find a good home for this one.
Regards,
Steve

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Bennie Lovejoy
02-11-2011, 11:26 PM
I was gonna ask about that etch. The knife looks awesome. Great job.

Steven Janik
02-11-2011, 11:32 PM
I'll get a better pic of the makers mark.

Stew
02-12-2011, 01:43 AM
Very smart Steve!

Keith Willis
02-12-2011, 03:40 AM
Awesome work Steve.I am sure any solider would be proud to receive that.

God bless,Keith

Ernie Swanson
02-12-2011, 05:51 AM
Very Nice Steve, Thanks for all the pics!!

Josh Dabney
02-12-2011, 05:53 AM
Very cool build Steve,

That plug cutter trick is genius !

Love the overall darkness of everything

-Josh

murphda2
02-12-2011, 06:08 AM
That looks awesome Steve.

D.Douglas
02-12-2011, 07:44 AM
Fantastic WIP and knife Steve!

RickGI
02-12-2011, 08:47 AM
That is so sweet, I am sure one of my fellow servicemen will be very happy. Thanks for your support it means alot to us.

Bill T
02-12-2011, 08:55 AM
As always , a Winner Steve !

Pieter
02-12-2011, 10:29 AM
That looks so good well done Steve.

Seapup
02-12-2011, 11:34 AM
You got mad skills bro. Absolutely beautiful work! :35: Nice start on your website also. :thumbup1:

And a big Happy Birthday to you! :happybday:

Denny Eller
02-12-2011, 03:41 PM
Nicely done, Mr. J !! And Happy Birthday to ya once again. Hope you have many more.

john smith
02-13-2011, 09:23 AM
I agree with everyone Great build.
This was a great WIP to follow.

BruceM
02-19-2011, 09:41 PM
Great thread Steve! That's a fine looking knife, really like the grind on this one. You make it all look soooo easy.

BRad704
02-20-2011, 06:39 AM
Great looking knife and I really like the idea of plugging the bolt holes!

h0tr0d
02-20-2011, 11:42 AM
wow, i got a load of new ideas for my own knifemaking from this WIP!!! Great work as always.

John Barker
02-21-2011, 11:35 AM
That came out great!
-John

Eric Poris
02-26-2011, 10:41 PM
Looks like the person taking the photos was drunk or something ;)

Steven Janik
02-27-2011, 07:36 AM
He wasn't drunk, Just overdosed on Taco Bell and Energy Drink.