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Steven Janik
03-12-2011, 02:25 PM
A gentleman named David Oberle contacted Knifedogs.com looking for someone to help him modify a Kabar replica. Mr. Oberle is a Vietnam War vet and wanted his medical corps insignia incorporated in the handle of this knife that can later be passed down to his family.

I removed the rubber grip and am building a new handle with black paper micarta.

So here's a little WIP to follow along.

http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=21495&d=1299960472

http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=21497&d=1299960473

Here I start to cut the old rubber handle away.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=21494&d=1299960470

The grip is removed and the tang is cleaned up.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=21493&d=1299960469

I slit some micarta to make a thin piece to inlay the insignia into. This will all be glued back to together later.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=21496&d=1299960472

The insignia is laid out and measured.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=21502&d=1299960529

Pilot holes for the cutout.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=21499&d=1299960526

Cutting out on scroll saw.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=21498&d=1299960525

Rough cut out complete.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=21501&d=1299960528

MORE TO COME......







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Steven Janik
03-12-2011, 02:32 PM
Kabar Refurb continued..

Some diamond files and a little elbow grease and side one is inset.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=21505&d=1299961693

Second insignia on opposite side.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=21503&d=1299961691

Both veneers with inset insignias ready to glue up to handle block.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=21504&d=1299961692





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HHH Knives
03-12-2011, 03:42 PM
Nice! Looks good so far!

murphda2
03-12-2011, 05:00 PM
Lookin good Steve.

JAWilliams
03-12-2011, 05:54 PM
Can't wait to see it finished.

Carey Quinn
03-12-2011, 07:47 PM
Looks good Steve. Thanks for showing us how to do that kind of thing.

Carey

Pieter
03-13-2011, 04:05 AM
Looking good so far Steve.

Ernie Swanson
03-13-2011, 07:46 AM
Awesome job so far Steve. :)

RodneyJ
03-13-2011, 09:48 PM
Looks good Steve I enjoy seeing your WIP's thanks for taking the time to show us how these things are done
God Bless,
Rodney

Steven Janik
03-29-2011, 07:51 PM
Finally got a chance to get back to this one.
All the handle pieces are laminated back together to make a nifty little packet. I added some red spacers to break up the black micarta a little.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=22135&d=1301445749

Did some rough freehand grinding to get an idea of the final shape. I always draw patterns, cut them out, study them, ask the wife what she thinks then walk to the grinder and start chipping away til it looks and feels about right.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=22133&d=1301445746

http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=22136&d=1301445749

Roughing out the butt end to fit the existing pommel.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=22134&d=1301445748





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Steven Janik
03-29-2011, 08:01 PM
Final stages. I got the insignias set in place with epoxy. A little (alot) of rubby rubby shine shine and the finish is coming along. I also took the guard and pommel and stripped and polished them.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=22140&d=1301446385

http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=22137&d=1301446382

http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=22138&d=1301446383

Final step was a couple coats of satin poly to keep the insigs from tarnishing later.
http://knifedogs.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=22139&d=1301446384

All in all I'm pleased with the outcome.
I think the owner can display it proudly.

Thanks for looking,
Steve

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Billy Helton
03-30-2011, 05:34 AM
That looks great steve thanks for the wip

Keith Willis
03-31-2011, 04:52 AM
Looks good Steve,
I can see,he will be very pleased.

God bless,Keith

Ernie Swanson
03-31-2011, 08:08 PM
Awesome Steve, Thanks for sharing this with us!!

BossDog
03-31-2011, 09:36 PM
that came out pretty nice. the inlay's really came good Steve..

BruceM
04-03-2011, 09:28 PM
Wow, what a transformation! Great WIP Steve as always.
Bruce

ironarmknives
04-30-2011, 04:12 PM
Wow nice work, even nicer to a expert combat medic like myself good work steve

bootstrap
06-10-2011, 09:25 AM
every good medic needs a good shank haha. thats great work Steve!

roy
06-10-2011, 04:56 PM
i hope i will that great of job .thanks for the pics.

roy

maxcutter03
06-18-2011, 09:08 AM
Really nice touch Steven!

Tom Militano
06-18-2011, 04:14 PM
Nice job. I'll bet he'll be proud of that knife.