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Thread: Mil Build W.I.P. thread

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    Mil Build W.I.P. thread

    I thought it might be fun for everyone to show where they're at on this cool project. I'll start... everybody jump in any time, this isn't about "me"!

    Yesterday I spent some time in the shop and got all three of my blanks beveled. As you can see the plunges and profiles still need to be cleaned up. I was feelin' kinda squirrely so I decided to make each one a little different... one with my usual nearly-full flat grind, one with a stout full-convex, and (drum roll please, this is a first for me)... a chisel grind.



    I must say this steel grinds very nicely! It's clean as whistle, too. And the WJ-cut blanks are crisp and clean.
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    Cool, Nice looking grinds!
    God is GOOD, ALL the time!!!

    HHH Knives, Inspired by God, Forged by Fire, Tempered by Water, Grounded by Earth & Guided by the spirit!

    Randy Haas
    http://hhhcustomknives.com


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    Looking good James.
    you jumped right into action !

    Now I have to rethink my whole operation.....you took all the nice grinds. I'll have to muddle through somehow.

    Rudy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rudy Joly View Post
    Now I have to rethink my whole operation.....you took all the nice grinds. I'll have to muddle through somehow
    I have to get right on top of any new project, otherwise it tends to get lost in the haze... It's not like they're copyrighted or anything! I'm sure you'll come up with something

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    Go Get'em James !!! Lookin' good !

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    Looks good James- I'd leave a pic of mine laying untouched on the bench but...
    Had a couple questions as this is my first military build. It may be that we have full creative lisence on these but I want to do the best job possible:
    1. blade finish- I would assume nothing shinier that 320G and that a coating would be better. I was considering parkerizing as Brownell's has a $17 bottle that would work.
    2. I was going to add a cord tube somewhere unless there is some reason not to.
    3. Sheath- I am going to make kydex's - what is best attachment system for soldiers today- tec loc, Molle, etc? (had a soldier tell me he would design one that allowed him to keep a rifle shouldered with one hand and pull knife from a sheath in chest webbing with other hand)
    4. I was going to add some kind of makers mark but not my name which is normally in my logo, unless there is some reason not to add a makers mark.
    5. I was wondering if Randy's design intent of this knife included a top ground swage typical to fighters- this may be maker's discretion but thought would ask.
    Any input appreciated- thanks this is fun.
    Last edited by Ausbrooks; 01-22-2012 at 08:22 PM.
    Ausbrooks Knives, Loveland, CO

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    Hey Ausbrooks , good questions ..
    What I've been doing on some of my 52100 is a Horseradish Mustard finish . Dab it , on let it dry , scrape off when dry , rub a little oil - good to go . Nice and easy to maintain . I do that after a Scotchbrited 400 grit finish .
    A cord tube is great ..
    Mark your finished knife anyway you like , but I would use your name so your Soldier can Brag on ya' .
    Grinds are subjective , we all have a different vision - follow yours that's part of what makes this fun ..

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    Excellent questions, Ausbrooks. I'm thinking of a bead-blasted finish followed by a light etch, to keep glare to a minimum. I haven't decided on thong tubes yet, not sure if a soldier/Marine would have use for that or not. I was planning to use my normal mark; if these knives should be kept "sterile" I'm fine with that, too. As for swedges/false edges, I'm under the impression that it's up to each of us to grind the blade however we think it will be most useful to a grunt who will use it for... whatever comes up in the line of duty. I chose to grind mine pretty stout, leaving the tips fairly thick for rough use.

    What do the rest of you think about these topics?

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    Like Bill said, it's subjecteve.
    In the first build, I was pretty amazed at the different grinds and styles that came about even though everyone used the same blanks to start with. As with the last build, I'm already tweaking the design a little.(no offense intented Randy) As long as you keep the intented purpose in mind....it's a good chance to experiment a little.

    Rudy

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    Good topic! these are some questions I have been thinking about too. For the finish, I will stone wash the blade, but not sure if i will darken it yet. My main concern is the edge. I typically put a convex edge on with my belt grinder. I am concerned that in the field, this style may not be the easiest to maintain. Maybe a straight 20 degree bevel whould be better? what are your thoughts?
    Uncle Billy

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