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Thread: Moms new AEB-L skinner

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    Moms new AEB-L skinner

    I was asked by my mom to make her a skinner like the Sharpfinger pattern, so like a good child I obliged.

    Started with .110 AEB-L and a cardboard template I set out to make a new to me patterned blade.




    Cut and profile time



    And clean up the lil bit of burs and scale on the steel before sending off to HT



    Drilled the pin holes and sent off to ht and got it and the rest of the blanks back a week later done to a 61rc.



    Cleaned the little bit of decarb off to mark my center line and off to the grinder.
    Here is where Im at and no more pics as of yet.
    Will post more pics later.

    Walt 😆

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    My Dad loved the sharp finger. I'll be watching how these turn out.

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    Andrew the second sharp finger is another modified project running tandem to this one.
    Here is pics during grinding. @60 grit half way mark


    Thanks to Anthony for the little quick made filing jig to make this a clean even grind lines. Yes its cheating a little I know.

    And side B starting grind.

    Last edited by wall e; 11-29-2016 at 10:19 AM.
    Walt 😆

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    Got both sides ground and now am on the most drawn out labor intensive part, hand sanding.
    Went from the 320 belt finish back to the 220 hand sanding and discovered the monkey at the grinder got a bit eager and made a divot next to the plunge lines.

    Important knife being made so of course there is a challenge. Lol
    It is gonna be very repetitive the solution to this learning not to rush a grind.



    The happy yet sad part is there is a scratch that it is literally
    almost at the plunge line.
    During hand sanding this I managed to run out of WD 40 so I used a little mineral oil and its like a slick little dream to hand sand.
    Last edited by wall e; 01-01-2017 at 05:16 PM.
    Walt 😆

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    And now am starting on the 320 grit and thinking that since this will be a working blade I am gonna go for a simple satin sheen and hope to not end up with a gloss reflective again.
    When is enough sanding enough? After one more sheet right?
    Walt 😆

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    Trying to keep this a working blade and did the bevel to 400 then kinda shined the flats a little to 1000. Am going to look at it after work and see what I think of it 24 hrs later.
    Walt 😆

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    I am happy with it at 400 bevel an 1k flats.
    Am now battling myself and the worry wart position of how to do the scales.
    The frustrating thing is I am seriously pondering not using the iron wood at all and using the live oak grampa cut and I put on my nephews knife.
    Another idea is using some salvaged teak I have.
    Oh for the love of god, why must it be such a battle to make a knife I will be happy with the scales on?


    Ironwood










    Slavaged teak


    Uber curly piece of live oak
    Walt 😆

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    Live Oak her dad cut is going on it instead of the Ironwood.
    The uber curly piece is lost in a box in the shop somewhere.
    Walt 😆

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    So I got a good news bad news yesterday mornin. After cutting the block into 2 scales I discovered my saw is on it's last leg.
    Walt 😆

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    Here is the resulting scales from the block pictured above.


    Inside am kinda thinking of making it the out side of the handle so both sides are mirror.
    Is that what book matching is?

    Yes there is a strip of punk that although it adds character is not a good idea on a raw handle.



    Right side


    Left side
    Walt 😆

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