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One
04-05-2010, 01:59 PM
Hey Ray, here's this thing I've been telling you about...

Chuck (AKA Wild Rose), and I have an order for another one something similar to this.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v453/taigoo/On%20The%20Bench%202008/TheRipper1-3.jpg

http://www.taigooknives.com/Gallery%20-%20WildGoo%20Knives%20and%20Sheaths/slides/WildGoo-007_Knife_Sheath_1.html

http://www.taigooknives.com/Gallery%20-%20WildGoo%20Knives%20and%20Sheaths/slides/WildGoo-007_Knife_Sheath_2.html

The blade is forged integral from ¾ round 5160, with a “Jumping edge“. The handle is a piece of nice hard, dark, dense trunk stock from a local Staghorn Cholla.

… “Jumping cactus knife” for short.

Here’s what I have so far…

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v453/taigoo/On%20The%20Bench%202009/On%20The%20Bench%202010/aaa022.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v453/taigoo/On%20The%20Bench%202009/On%20The%20Bench%202010/aaa029.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v453/taigoo/On%20The%20Bench%202009/On%20The%20Bench%202010/aaa030.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v453/taigoo/On%20The%20Bench%202009/On%20The%20Bench%202010/aaa033.jpg

Eli Gautreaux
04-05-2010, 02:06 PM
That is wild looking and gorgeous!

Raymond Richard
04-05-2010, 02:39 PM
Tai, Now I know what you were doing when you drank that gallon of beer. Cool Knife! Thanks for posting a picture of it! What did you finally end up using to fill in the voids of stagehorn cholla?

One
04-05-2010, 02:49 PM
Ray, I sealed it from the inside using "epoxy paste",.. not sure what I'll do on the outside yet,... might just leave it open. I'm not sure what yet? I haven't thought that far. It’s a prime piece of cholla so I don’t want to alter it too much.

Raymond Richard
04-05-2010, 03:52 PM
Ray, I sealed it from the inside using "epoxy paste",.. not sure what I'll do on the outside yet,... might just leave it open. I'm not sure what yet? I haven't thought that far. It’s a prime piece of cholla so I don’t want to alter it too much.

Was that some of the Cholla you cut green and seasoned yourself? Looks like you have a coat of shellac on it already.

One
04-05-2010, 06:04 PM
Ray, yes. It’s some of that stuff I had sitting out in my shop. It’s not shellaced yet. The heartwood from the trunk stock is just much darker and harder than the branch stock. It looks and feels about like walnut… the nicest piece I've seen so far.

Raymond Richard
04-05-2010, 06:24 PM
Ray, yes. It’s some of that stuff I had sitting out in my shop. It’s not shellaced yet. The heartwood from the trunk stock is just much darker and harder than the branch stock. It looks and feels about like walnut… the nicest piece I've seen so far.

Tai, From what I'm seeing from the photo I think you ought to finish it the way it is. Will the stuff you gave Chuck and I be dark like yours?

One
04-05-2010, 07:17 PM
Ray, I might end up filling the outside with natural wood rosin (pinon pine rosin) like the first one, but more for "form and sanitation" than stability.

The branch stock I gave you guys is more like the first one, a bit lighter in color, but it can be stained or colored in various ways.

BossDog
04-05-2010, 10:01 PM
keep posting yours here Tai, I always enjoy seeing what you are up to..

Raymond Richard
04-06-2010, 01:46 PM
keep posting yours here Tai, I always enjoy seeing what you are up to..

Tracy, Tai's main problem lately is he has turned into a businessman. Nice to see him making something besides money. :D He's one maker at least to me that I have always gotten inspiration from. Every piece of Tai's work has a certain uniqueness that I really enjoy seeing.

One
04-06-2010, 02:19 PM
Thanks guys! :)

I worked on an idea for the back end a little this morning. I wanted to try something reminiscent of a Staghorn cactus bud.

The actual flower buds are edible,… though I haven‘t quite figured out how to prepare them yet.

It’s just some quick cold punching (a bit of drilling, dreaming and reaming) on the end of a round copper bar with a round punch… might use it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v453/taigoo/On%20The%20Bench%202009/On%20The%20Bench%202010/aaa037.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v453/taigoo/On%20The%20Bench%202009/On%20The%20Bench%202010/aaa038.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v453/taigoo/On%20The%20Bench%202009/On%20The%20Bench%202010/aaa043.jpg

Raymond Richard
04-06-2010, 02:44 PM
This is exactly what I expected. :D

Don Carlos Andrade
04-07-2010, 10:42 AM
That one looks real sweet Tai. I especially like the end-cap you are working on for it. Looking forward to seeing how this one looks with all the handle details in place.

I pondered on the process of forging a blade like that as I woke up this morning........
I know I got the bug when I find myself falling asleep and waking up thinking of forging blades. :)

That Cholla is some tough stuff. I'll have to find some next time I'm out that way. I can see from the end-grain shot just how dense it is. That is a particularly nice piece of it on this knife.

-DON:)

One
04-07-2010, 02:39 PM
I worked on the back end a bit more today,… added a washer and started carving the wood down.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v453/taigoo/On%20The%20Bench%202009/On%20The%20Bench%202010/aaa047.jpg

I also twisted up some wire for a wrapped ferrule, and started taking the wood down in that section. I’m going to fill the voids in that area with epoxy paste before I take it down anymore.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v453/taigoo/On%20The%20Bench%202009/On%20The%20Bench%202010/aaa054.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v453/taigoo/On%20The%20Bench%202009/On%20The%20Bench%202010/aaa057.jpg

Raymond Richard
04-07-2010, 06:39 PM
Tai, When your saying fill the holes up with epoxy paste are they going to be at the same level as the rest of the wood?

Lorien
04-07-2010, 06:46 PM
that knife is a trip! Gonna be pretty cool yo!

Eli Gautreaux
04-08-2010, 07:23 AM
Tai, I really love what you've done with the buttcap, really nice work.

One
04-08-2010, 09:05 AM
Yes Ray. It will make the wrapped ferrule look nicer and be a bit more secure.

One
04-08-2010, 01:34 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v453/taigoo/On%20The%20Bench%202009/On%20The%20Bench%202010/aaa060.jpg

Is this shiv too shanky looking, so far? :)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v453/taigoo/On%20The%20Bench%202009/On%20The%20Bench%202010/aaa068.jpg

Raymond Richard
04-08-2010, 02:29 PM
Tai, I think without the copper wire wrap it does a little bit. I just went back and checked your first post. I think the wire wrap takes the shankiness away.

Don Carlos Andrade
04-09-2010, 11:11 AM
That is Looking sweet Tai!
I think the balance of the twisted copper with the end-cap detail is a natural. As I look at the blade more closely I like how the transition from the integral bolster flows right into the edge bevels....super cool. AND Shanky? Well not in a bad way anyhow.

This one is jumping too much to be just any shank. stogie

-DON:)

One
04-09-2010, 02:46 PM
Getting down to the finishing touches…

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v453/taigoo/On%20The%20Bench%202009/On%20The%20Bench%202010/aaa074.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v453/taigoo/On%20The%20Bench%202009/On%20The%20Bench%202010/aaa079.jpg

Raymond Richard
04-09-2010, 04:04 PM
I sure wasn't expecting to see fluting. Looking good!

Don Carlos Andrade
04-10-2010, 02:34 AM
LovE IT Tai! Looking so darn sweet! The handle is taking on some nice shapes and resonates with the blade real well.

One
04-13-2010, 12:53 PM
Here it is all finished up. It came out to 12 inches OAL. I decided not to fill the large pores in the handle, just sealed it real good with shellac. It was such a nice piece of wood, (even harder than I originally thought),… and there’s just something wicked and mysterious about all those holes.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v453/taigoo/On%20The%20Bench%202009/On%20The%20Bench%202010/aaa102.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v453/taigoo/On%20The%20Bench%202009/On%20The%20Bench%202010/aaa107-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v453/taigoo/On%20The%20Bench%202009/On%20The%20Bench%202010/aaa127.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v453/taigoo/On%20The%20Bench%202009/On%20The%20Bench%202010/aaa096.jpg

Raymond Richard
04-13-2010, 01:06 PM
Tai, I think you did the right thing. I think the holes just add to the whole knife. I just noticed the flut's seem to work out perfectly to the number of holes. Now that's just way cool!

John Barker
04-13-2010, 01:29 PM
That is a gorgeous knife! I bet it delivers a wicked cut too.
-John

One
04-13-2010, 01:40 PM
Thanks!

Ray,

The handle is all mathematically based on the number 5. When this number is multiplied by the number of holes in a row,... it works out to the exact number of lovers I’ve had in my life!

Now that I’ve gotten older though,... the numbers haven’t changed for a long time. If you know what I mean...

In my day, I was quite the lady's man. :)

Raymond Richard
04-13-2010, 03:26 PM
Thanks!

Ray,

The handle is all mathematically based on the number 5. When this number is multiplied by the number of holes in a row,... it works out to the exact number of lovers I’ve had in my life!

Now that I’ve gotten older though,... the numbers haven’t changed for a long time. If you know what I mean...

In my day, I was quite the lady's man. :)

Time to put on the rubber boots. :D

One
04-13-2010, 05:12 PM
Ray,... sometimes I wish I still needed them...

Those days are long gone, and it's probably just as well.

Don Carlos Andrade
04-13-2010, 11:04 PM
That came out SUPER NICE Tai!
A Really interesting piece. I am so glad you did not fill the holes and I agree that they add some mystery to the overall look of the knife.

AWESOME~ :)

-DON:)