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Raymond Richard
07-20-2011, 12:13 PM
Its been several years since I have tried a knife using an assbackwards piece of sambar stag for the handle. This one has a 5 1/4" 1084 blade. This is the first blade that I've hand forged since April. It made me feel good to find out I could still do the forging. Wrought iron fittings and a two ply cowhide sheath. 10" overall. If you would like to see some of the photo's from when I was putting this one together please let me know.

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Peter Killgore
07-20-2011, 01:51 PM
Yeah, I'd say you can still forge. : ) Looks great! And I always like seeing pics of how you put it all together...... I usually learn something. : )

Raymond Richard
07-20-2011, 02:38 PM
Peter, I look forward to hearing about your mission trip.

I started taking pictures after I had the stag handled drilled. Its most shots of the fittings changing shape. Most the work on the fittings was done with my belt grinder. A couple band saw cuts. An abrasive wheel on a drill press comes in handy for making the grooves.

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Michael Kemp
07-21-2011, 10:58 AM
Ray - back when you talked to our 5160 Club back in 2010 you mentioned using JB Weld - I'm assuming that you put some in the tang hole when you put the tang through for the final assembly? Does that vary by handle material?

Looks really nice. Love your gentle hamons and the finish texture you get on the wrought iron.

ddavelarsen
07-22-2011, 07:52 AM
Ray I'd love to stand and watch you work. I think I'd learn a lot. Too bad we live so far away, or I'd be that guy who comes over and hangs around until his welcome was worn out, then help you bring in the hay. :D

bluegrass in ga
07-22-2011, 03:48 PM
I really love the quench lines on your blades Ray. I mostly edge quench so almost all my blades have a line on them also. Just recently I started using a quench plate in my tank, the other night I sat a blade on the plate and moved it back and forth to ensure no soft spots due to vapor bubbles and when I cleaned up the blade the H/T line was wavy and not straight. It looked very close to a patterned hamon using satanite. I guess the back and forth motion created little waves and since the blade was sitting steady on the plate the parks 50 just climbed up the blade and created a wavy H/T line. Not sure if this is how you do it, but it looked real similar to your lines and it was a pleasant surprise for me. Always learning something! Thanks Ray! Danny Ray

Denny Eller
07-22-2011, 06:50 PM
I happen to like your assbackwards stag and at our age just about everything is getting a little ackbasswards anyway. Your forging is great, as usual, so don't start using the wrong side of the hammer ackbasswards.

Eli Gautreaux
07-22-2011, 08:46 PM
Nice one Ray, and thanks for the extra pics.

Peter Killgore
08-16-2011, 07:20 PM
Ray, hopefully you got my letter about the trip. It was an amazing time to see God at work!

Thanks for the pics of putting it together! I see a few things I could put into practice but I don't have the use of my right arm for four weeks as of today. Might have a little to do with shoulder surgery.....hm..... By that time, I'll be back in school. Turned out I couldn't finish a single knife this summer. Still learned some stuff from experience though. : )

Raymond Richard
08-17-2011, 08:21 AM
Peter, I wish you a speedy recovery with the shoulder! Glad you got it taken care of and it becomes as good as new. Your to young to be an oldman as a teenager.

Peter Killgore
08-17-2011, 10:36 AM
Thanks, Ray! I'm looking forward to it being better. Sure hurts right now......