Rice 2020 WIP

Bruce McLeish

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Dang I was plannin' on you being somewhat old and blind...
I am somewhat old but I can still hold my own at being an old codger that runs a farm and cuts his own firewood! So far this season I've fallen, hauled, cut into rounds, split and stacked 16 cords! AND I can see a bucks tines at 500 yards.
Course , I caint see a thing within two feet without my cheaters !!!
 

MTBob

Well-Known Member
Hey gang! Took a couple of weeks off and went to our place in Colorado - much needed break! Now - back to the grind...

So I have started my draw filing and then went to hand sanding. Learning one thing for sure - ol' Bruce knows what he is talking about - use the brass and keep the files clean! I THINK I am about ready to heat treat this wench of a knife - any thoughts?

Dunno why everyone puts wood and stuff inside the pipe? I attached a small vise head I got in a box of tools from an auction - I can twist and turn in every direction.

Sanding Sticks? Thanks Ed!!

If you don't zoom in - it looks great. Kinda like me - I'm not fat, your too close - at 100 yards I look to weigh a buck 80 - just sayin...
That blade it's looking good, very impressive! And, I like your tool fixtures, creative and functional.
 

Heikki

KNIFE MAKER
I am somewhat old but I can still hold my own at being an old codger that runs a farm and cuts his own firewood! So far this season I've fallen, hauled, cut into rounds, split and stacked 16 cords! AND I can see a bucks tines at 500 yards.
Course , I caint see a thing within two feet without my cheaters !!!
Do you go through 16 cords a season? I grew up heating with wood stove. I miss cutting wood with my father and grandfather, especially in the fall.
 

Greg Rice

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That blade it's looking good, very impressive! And, I like your tool fixtures, creative and functional.
Thank you sir - I am trying to make my best blade. And I love pidlin' with stuff and making it work for me... Appreciate the encouragement!
 

Bruce McLeish

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Do you go through 16 cords a season? I grew up heating with wood stove. I miss cutting wood with my father and grandfather, especially in the fall.
No, typically we use 5/6 cords s season. We have had a bunch of our oldest , biggest pines succumb to bark beetles that killed the trees a d now they've become standing snags. Very dangerous. Gotta get them down before they cause problems. Have about 14 or 15 left to do. Probably won't be this season though.
I enjoy the work, just have other stuff that needs doin ( like Greg's kith knife - I'm sure he'd like it on time ! Then again, he's a newbie - won't even know the difference !)
 

Greg Rice

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Man - finally some time in the garage! This painting the house if for the birds - uggg

So, didn't really like the initial handles - too plain

So I am trying something - here goes nuttin Bruce!

Texas Ebony/Spalted Texas Pecan - Copper spacer double pinned - we shall see

Tried my first etch on one of my original file blades - it was ok - not very deep and black from A/C is a funny joke... Zero luck on the black to come out with an AC etch after the DC - tips?
 

Sean Jones

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Man - finally some time in the garage! This painting the house if for the birds - uggg

So, didn't really like the initial handles - too plain

So I am trying something - here goes nuttin Bruce!

Texas Ebony/Spalted Texas Pecan - Copper spacer double pinned - we shall see

Tried my first etch on one of my original file blades - it was ok - not very deep and black from A/C is a funny joke... Zero luck on the black to come out with an AC etch after the DC - tips?
Looking good!
I've been using bluing to make my etches darker. I don't recall the entire process right now but basically you put the bluing on after etching, wipe off the excess, and then sand lightly to remove any remaining excess.
 

Bruce McLeish

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Man - finally some time in the garage! This painting the house if for the birds - uggg

So, didn't really like the initial handles - too plain

So I am trying something - here goes nuttin Bruce!

Texas Ebony/Spalted Texas Pecan - Copper spacer double pinned - we shall see

Tried my first etch on one of my original file blades - it was ok - not very deep and black from A/C is a funny joke... Zero luck on the black to come out with an AC etch after the DC - tips?
I'm liking the new handle. Keep it up, compadre!
 

Greg Rice

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Looking good!
I've been using bluing to make my etches darker. I don't recall the entire process right now but basically you put the bluing on after etching, wipe off the excess, and then sand lightly to remove any remaining excess.
I thought of paint :rolleyes: but bluing would be better me thinks...
 

Gene Kimmi

KNIFE MAKER
I agree with John. Hidden pins require critical layout, not only in the profile but also any contours you put on the handle.
In a handle layout like yours, I probably wouldn't do hidden pins. I would drill some holes through the copper spacer, which requires the same critical layout, and use a good 2 part epoxy to put them together.
 

Greg Rice

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Cain't ya incorporate the mistake into the design of the knife? Think, Gloria, Think!!!
Make the pins visable? Might be cool
No, I think it will look like a glaring mistake.....with all due respect.

I think biting the bullet and starting over is absolutely the right call.
I agree with John. Hidden pins require critical layout, not only in the profile but also any contours you put on the handle.
In a handle layout like yours, I probably wouldn't do hidden pins. I would drill some holes through the copper spacer, which requires the same critical layout, and use a good 2 part epoxy to put them together.
Wow - thanks for weighing in guys! I learn so much from all of you. As for the handles - I'm a startin' over..

Maybe 'with purpose' (as I believe I recently read on this forum) some pins coming in from the bottom of a handle might look good - but not as a cover up - I really suck at this and need to learn to plan mo' betta... I can use the practice - thanks again for helping an ol' pidler on his journey!
 

Greg Rice

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Back in the shop (garage) last night for a while. Got new scales cut outta my Texas Ebony and Spalted Texas Pecan and got 'em flattened out on my lil ol' piece of granite.


Now - can someone tell me the secret squirrel code for drilling a stupid small hole at a 40* angle through copper - without the stoopid bit walking and breaking? Preferably before I go wheelin' - with my drill press being drug behind my jeep...

 
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