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Raymond Richard
11-23-2009, 11:04 AM
A week ago last Saturday I was at a birthday party for my son. While I was at the party I talked with Eric who's the brother of my son's wife. Turns out he's the company safety man for a rebar construction outfit here in the northwest. All the years I worked construction I always felt like robots could be made and trained to do various tasks on a construction site. The company he works for is called R'2 D'2. Unfortunately the company just has a robotic name and still runs on man power. I started telling Eric about the knives I made out of rebar and I got around to asking him if he could get his hands on some 1" bar and he told me that wouldn't be a problem. Friday evening he came out to the shop with several pieces of brand new rebar for me. First thing I asked him was where it was made. I was really expecting to hear it was made somewhere overseas. To my surprise he tells me it was made in McMinville, Oregon. About 50 miles west of where I live. That alone was enough to make me smile. I did some spark checking and it looked real similar to what I had used in the past. I cut off a 4" piece of 7/8" bar and by the time I made the first strike with the hammer I knew it was good steel. :D

Here's some pictures I took along the way.

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_1782.JPG

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_1784.JPG

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_1789.JPG

Eli Gautreaux
11-23-2009, 11:29 AM
That's real good news Ray!

Does he have any 2" bar :D

Raymond Richard
11-23-2009, 11:45 AM
That's real good news Ray!

Does he have any 2" bar :D

Actually there was some bigger bar but I have no interest in it right at this time. I did just get an idea while answering this. :D I look back to a few years ago and I remember seeing some 3" bar on one job. That could become a post anvil pretty easy.

Raymond Richard
11-23-2009, 04:27 PM
I was almost going to leave this blade forge finished but I decided to try claying the blade and wanted to see if it made any difference. I sure can't find any thing but I'm happy with it the way it turned out.

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_1801.JPG

stabber
11-23-2009, 04:32 PM
Very nice Ray!! Free steel is good. My buddy Indian George gave us a leaf spring set, Now my friend that works for a mechanic says he can get me more:bud:

Stuart Willis
11-23-2009, 05:05 PM
It hard to beat free steel when it is good stuff. Nice knife.

Raymond Richard
11-25-2009, 08:27 PM
I bought some fiber glass camo spreaders a few years ago at the local military surplus store that I thought would make good scales. This is my first try with them.

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_1808.JPG

Eli Gautreaux
11-26-2009, 07:19 AM
That looks good Ray, different for you, but real nice. I see you left the tang exposed, that's not to avoid shrinkage with that handle material, so what did you have in mind?

Was the material easy to work with?

Raymond Richard
11-26-2009, 09:44 AM
That looks good Ray, different for you, but real nice. I see you left the tang exposed, that's not to avoid shrinkage with that handle material, so what did you have in mind?

Was the material easy to work with?

Eli, You know that fiberglass is affected by everything under the son. I need to just leave full tangs alone.

mofretwell
11-26-2009, 01:38 PM
Ray, I love this rebar dagger. The exposed tang is great. 2thumbs

For viewers who may have not seen your other rebar dagger, here are three pics:

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/RebarFighter-1.jpg

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/RebarFighter-2.jpg

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/RebarFighter-3.jpg

mofretwell
11-26-2009, 01:39 PM
How did you heat treat the new dagger's blade? Did you edge harden or do a full blade quench?

Raymond Richard
11-26-2009, 02:01 PM
How did you heat treat the new dagger's blade? Did you edge harden or do a full blade quench?

Marvin, I put clay on the center of the blade and quenched straight in water. Basically the whole blade hardened. If you notice on the last picture there's a light spot. Everything down from there got hard.

You sure like that shinny piece of rebar. That's one I wish I would have held onto. Now if I only remember how I made them look that good.

Been thinking of turning this most recent dagger into a through tang. It just doesn't look like something I made.

Eli Gautreaux
11-26-2009, 03:39 PM
Ray, I love this rebar dagger. The exposed tang is great. 2thumbs

For viewers who may have not seen your other rebar dagger, here are three pics:

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/RebarFighter-1.jpg

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/RebarFighter-2.jpg

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/RebarFighter-3.jpg




Wow, that really impressive!

Raymond Richard
11-29-2009, 11:31 AM
Here's a modification I made on the dagger.

http://www.hawknknives.com/forums/IMG_1816.JPG

Eli Gautreaux
11-29-2009, 02:39 PM
Okay, that'll definitely be more "RAY".

What about a c-guard?

Raymond Richard
11-29-2009, 04:11 PM
Okay, that'll definitely be more "RAY".

What about a c-guard?

Eli, C-guard did enter my mind. It could happen. :D