Honest Hunter’s

February 9, 2017

Its time to start a new project!

This year I will be working on stock removal hunting style knives. The first batch of twelve will be what I call “Honest Hunter’s, because honestly that’s what they are 🙂

These first prototype’s will be cut from Aldo Bruno’s 1084 1/4″ bar stock, profiled, shaped and heat treated in house. The handles will be carved from good old g-10 and they will have 3/16” Corby Bolts.

I will be posting progress pictures along the way.

Enjoy,

 

Bobby

 

 

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Check out the sleek profile in the two pictures above

 

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All of the blades have been sprayed with layout fluid to ensure precise alignment of holes

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At this point I use my vertical height marking gauge to layout the center point of each blade. This will help ensure consistency on all of my bevel grinds.

 

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Note: I mark two lines approximately .030 apart, because that’s how thick I want the blade to be prior to heat treating.  

 

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The weight reduction holes are all laid out

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Now all of those holes are drilled out

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Consistency is key, once a template is created … transfer punches are used to replicate exact hole locations.

Note: I lay the template over each blank and clamp her tight. 

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Ready for the grinder

 

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Plunging right into it 🙂

 

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Moving right along with the bevels

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Hollowing out the tangs for additional weight reduction

 

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Ready to be normalized … all that drilling and grinding has disrupted the carbon and other molecules … normalizing the blades will help ensure a successful heat treat.

Basically, I heat the blades to 1550 degrees and let them cool at room temperature until all of the color disappears and they are basically grayish black in color. I’ll do this twice. Then I’ll do it again with a slightly lower temperature, 1425 degrees to be exact.

 

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Sable & Cooper (aka the shop dogs) guarding the blades prior to normalization.

 

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Gotta love the Pargon Kiln

 

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Cooling down at room temp between cycles

 

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After the final normalizing cycle … the blades are heated past critical and quenched using my limiter plate for consistency.

 

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Now it relaxation time. Light up the finger lamps, get a little snack while the Pargon Kiln tempers the blades to around 59-61 RC.

 

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Time to finish grind these bad boys.

 

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Almost ready for some G-10 and Corby Bolts

 

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Sweet little Hunter’s coming to life.

 

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Wrap up the blades to protect them during handle work

 

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G-10 Scales all ready to go

 

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Making Dust … always wear your respirator!

 

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Add some Corby Bolts

 

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Breakfast in the Shop

 

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Man that bacon smells good!

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Shop Dogs … Cooper (14 years old) & Sable (15 years old)

 

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All Epoxied Up!

 

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Off the grinder and ready for a little hand work before headed to my father-in-law Paul Wittle for sheaths.

 

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September 29, 2016

Gents Bowie in 1084 and Curly Maple

Sheath by my Father-in-Law Paul Wittle

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South West Silhouette

July 4, 2016

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Gents Bowie

July 4, 2016

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Franquette Bowie

August 9, 2013

 

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This Bowie is long and slender. It curves and feels wonderful in your hand. a 10” blade with hand carved furniture and rounded off with one of Paul’s fabulous hand stitched sheaths!

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October 7, 2012

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2010 Archery Contest Knife

August 22, 2010

Hi Everyone,

Below you will find pictures of the 2010 Archery Contest Knife…A.K.A. “The Camp Beast”. I call her the camp beast cause she’s a big old Bowie, Fighter styled camp blade that can handle most any choir around. Specs are as follows:

10″ blade of 5160 triple tempered

walnut handle with cold blue fittings and checkered spacer

O.A.L. is 15 1/2″

Thanks for looking,

Bob

New Old Dagger

August 21, 2010

Hi Everyone,

Here is a few photos of a re-furbished dagger hope you like?

Below: What She looked like before

Cracked handle with lots of old brass

Fake through pins

Wood and Brass spacers

Re-profiled blade, slowly ground to keep the temper

All the new pieces

Forged and filed eagle claw guard, with African Blackwood and Black Poisonwood.

Hand Turned pommel nut and carved butt

All done with matching sheath!