View Full Version : Folder Build - Damascus and Mammoth

Les George
08-28-2009, 05:56 PM
So I am working on a couple folders with some pretty cool materials. Chad Nichols Stainless Damascus and Mammoth Ivory. Some of the Damscus is "wildone" pattern and some of it is "ladder.com."

You'll have to wait till later to see what is what!

The liner lock one has some of Chad's mosaics for bolsters and the bolstered frame lock will have some of Mr. Burch's "trash can" damascus.

I'll try to take pics as I work though, I am pretty good about forgetting to do things like that so time will tell.

Enjoy the pics and let me know if there are any questions or comments.

Laying things out and planning the work....



Nice little pic of my 2 piece stop pin arrangement....

I just got done with the ball and detents. Next I'll grind the locks and then grind the bevels in the blades.

That is for tomorrow though, today I am all done! :cool:

08-28-2009, 06:03 PM
Those are coming along nice

but there still alittle more daylight

today I am all done! :cool:

Les George
08-28-2009, 06:05 PM
I know but there is no work after the Carne Asada I just ate.... Man I love the food here! :D:D

08-28-2009, 06:11 PM
I know but there is no work after the Carne Asada I just ate....

I'll send you another lunch box... fill it up and send me some:p

Les George
08-28-2009, 06:16 PM
I'd do it for ya, but I don't recommend opening that box after UPS has had it....

You should bring those fancy rifles down here and we can shoot and eat! :D

Les George
08-28-2009, 06:37 PM
Back to the knives... The "trashcan" damascus


Les George
08-29-2009, 10:54 AM
Ruff grinding the blades this morning!




Grinding the lock faces then starting to polish out the blades. I leave the locks alittle tight then come back and tweak them in after I etch the blades. Leaves a little margin for the materials the etch will remove.

It doesnt take much to screw things up in this part of the knife! :(



You can start to see the patterns once I start to polish it out.


John Barker
08-29-2009, 09:44 PM
Good stuff Les. Can't wait to see them all finished. I like that really dark mammoth you had in the pics.

Les George
08-30-2009, 08:06 AM
Thanks John, when you gonna build yours? :D

John Barker
08-31-2009, 06:58 AM
Don't remind me. I plan to get a mill in January and I still need to finish converting my surface grinder over to belts. I have some models that Jonesy has helped me with.

Les George
08-31-2009, 12:34 PM
tick, tock.............. :D:D:D

Les George
08-31-2009, 06:36 PM
OK, not much to show for today's work...

I got the titanium all ruff contoured and started working on the finer points of the blending and contour of the frames.

Here are 3 of the frames, one all ruffed in, one half way and one still square


Parts all layed out...



I love these little plastic boxes, they keep everything nice and organized.


More to follow! :)

09-01-2009, 01:48 AM
Looking great bud.

Les George
09-04-2009, 03:38 PM
OK, so I didnt get pics of a few steps... :)

I got the frames, finished, bead blasted and tumbled.

Then I got the blades etched, marked and now all I have to do is sharpen them and do the final assembly and they are outta here!








Les George
09-04-2009, 03:40 PM
I still have some work to do on the liner lock one. I have to take the bolster to school and work it on the Bridgeport a little.






09-05-2009, 12:12 PM
I,m enjoying this thread,thanks for posting it !

John Barker
09-06-2009, 02:14 PM
Get to work Les! Put down the Bud Light and get to work!

09-06-2009, 07:50 PM
Looking good. I can't wait to see more!!

Les George
09-06-2009, 08:16 PM
Thanks, I should be able to finish up the bolstered framelock tomorrow. :D

09-07-2009, 02:39 AM
Nice bud,.. That mammoth one is going to be avery beautiful knife.

** Hey, Im a Lead Dog it says,.. guess the view will change now :)

Mike Kammer
09-07-2009, 10:59 AM
Thanks, I should be able to finish up the bolstered framelock tomorrow. :D

Les George
09-07-2009, 11:00 AM
I just have to clean it up and take pics now ;)

Les George
09-07-2009, 12:53 PM
http://KnifeDogs.com/gallery/files/1/8/510.jpg (http://KnifeDogs.com/gallery/showimage.php?i=102&c=4)





Mike Kammer
09-07-2009, 01:30 PM

Les George
09-07-2009, 01:54 PM

John Barker
09-07-2009, 03:55 PM
Those look great Les. Execellent work.

Les George
09-07-2009, 04:04 PM
Thanks man! I have to put the lock side bolster to the mill to relieve a place for the lock bar to go, or it will be a fixed blade!

Once I do that, I just have to finish shaping the handles and pics will follow... :)

Les George
09-09-2009, 07:47 PM
I got a little more work done on this last one.

I tried something a little different with the bolsters. I etched them, and then heat colored them. I was trying to match the mammoth as much as possible and I think it turned out pretty well!



09-09-2009, 08:20 PM
Awesome pictures of AWESOME knives!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you very much for the WIP!

Les George
09-10-2009, 03:01 PM
closer yet.........



Mike Kammer
09-10-2009, 03:34 PM
I like what you did with the bolsters Les. With that mastodon, that knife is the Beauty and the Beast!

Les George
09-10-2009, 03:36 PM
Thanks Mike, something special going out in the mail for you tomorrow! ;)

09-10-2009, 05:22 PM
What about mine George??


Les George
09-16-2009, 08:15 PM








All set now! :)

Allen Elishewitz
09-16-2009, 09:28 PM
looking good 2thumbs2thumbs

09-16-2009, 09:38 PM
Beautiful build Les. Love it when different damascus patterns are used for the bolsters and blade.

09-16-2009, 10:47 PM
I don't know how I missed this. But WOW!:eek: That is one wicked knife. I could hunt lions and tigers and bears oh my, with it. Thanks for all the pics.

Jeff Pearce
09-16-2009, 10:50 PM
What a beautiful knife. Love the damascus. very nice......2thumbs

Les George
09-17-2009, 04:54 AM
Thanks guys and now that it has been in the house over night, the mammoth lines up with the bolsters again...

That stuff drives me CrAzY!


09-18-2009, 06:43 PM
Ooooh, I LOVE WIP's threads!

And may I say WOW to that incredible, incredible knife!! 2thumbs:D:eek:

09-18-2009, 07:54 PM
That looks fantastic!

Les George
09-18-2009, 08:06 PM
Thanks! :) I wasnt happy with the way the clip was on this knife so I went back and added a 3rd screw to attach it a little better. I really like it now!

I think that clip shape will be how I do things for tip down from now on. :)

That whole knife came out pretty well, all things considered... Hopefully the new owner will like it too!

09-18-2009, 08:29 PM
this is a beautiful knife Les, great job

10-05-2009, 09:20 PM
oh no! 1 DAMN! urock1

Frank Niro
10-10-2009, 01:52 PM
I'm in here kind of late but only becaus I've just joined a few days ago. This is great work without a doubt and when you add the "special" materials they go over the top !!!
Yes the ivory can be a challenge at times to work with and the more beautiful it is the more pain it gives the maker when it provides unexpected problems.
I have worked with ivory that has only been out of the ground for say four to six months. There is a miner who lives in the area. Here is what I do for all ivory I purchase. If it's in chunks, I cut it down to oversized scales. I make no attempt here to even it up. I now place these pieces in a microwave. In my machine I set the time for say 15 seconds. I will then pick up a piece to see how warm it is. It should be better than warm but not hot. Let them cool and start again until you get a time. Now repeat three or four times. Do not fool yourself. Microwaves cook from the inside. I now size the scales more but still not going to the size I expect I can save. This is all done on the bottom and edges with a 60 grit. I take these pieces place them in a sealable jar like one of those spagetti sauce ones , fill it with Min Wax wood hardener, leave the lid off and CAREFULLY bring it up to boiling. Place the lid on tight. leave it for a day or two, open, lay out the pieceson some blotting paper, and in an hour or two, these will be ready to use. No I can't tell you that the pieces are plastisized through or this or that, BUT I can tell you that with some care in the grinding and fitting they do not warp weird. Super thin pieces can be difficult. Use the 60 grit belt when possible to size. Once the scales can be screwed on, leave them that way unless other access is needed. Frank