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NO ChoP!
08-12-2013, 05:23 PM
I had a work friend of mine, who happens to be a hobbyist here, cut out and grind the blade. It is 52100 and is hardened to 61 hrc. I drew the profile, based on the KS/ Sab profile. It's a touch taller, has a touch less pointy-ness, and a long, thin western tang. The grind was done especially for me as a lefty. The taper could use a little refinement, but the initial edge has produced great results.

The handle is stabilized redwood burl from Burl Source.
The pins are 3/16" from Jantz?
The saya is curly makore with a black walnut spacer. (it has a cool-color changing figure)

I rounded the choil and spine and mirror polished them.

I'm really pleased so far....
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Von blewitt
08-12-2013, 05:46 PM
That looks awesome Chris. Profile looks spot on. Congratulations on the first , I'm sure it won't be the last.

Mrmnms
08-12-2013, 06:29 PM
That is too freakin cool. I liked it so much, made me laugh. Great job!

Don Nguyen
08-12-2013, 06:47 PM
Dude that is spot on! That is a lot of pins though :biggrin: Great work.

tripleq
08-12-2013, 07:23 PM
Beauty!

The hekler
08-12-2013, 07:50 PM
I love the smooth, clean edges on the handle, even with a couple extra pins it looks good. And damn what a saya, a sure step up from poplar.

NO ChoP!
08-12-2013, 08:16 PM
Thanks everyone for the enthusiastic responses, I really appreciate it!

The idea behind the handle comes from my love for long, slim wa handles; except I suck at doing wa's, and am getting semi-decent at westerns. I am super happy with how it feels in hand; it's exactly what I wanted.

As far as the pins, what can I say...I'm a sucker for mosaics.
I did a rehandle project on an old Pimble Hickory that had a short tang, so I turned it into an integral, using the two original pin holes, and adding two more to the back of the handle to even thing out. I liked the results so much I thought I'd replicate it. I think as long as you keep the rest of the handle simple, it works.

Pensacola Tiger
08-12-2013, 08:23 PM
Nice knife! Is it a 270?

NO ChoP!
08-12-2013, 08:38 PM
It's 255mm on the edge, plus I left a machi-like area, as I wanted to replicate the feeling of a wa in-hand.

48mm at the heel

balance a pinch in front of the heel

225 grams

16" overall

5 3/4" handle

2.45mm at heel/ 2.0mm halfway/ 1.48mm inch from tip

don
08-12-2013, 09:49 PM
Looks great! Narrow western handle can feel really good, and the more exposed neck for a western is a good idea.

knyfeknerd
08-13-2013, 02:22 AM
Way to go Chris!
Looks killer. Especially nice work on the handle. It's also cool that it's lefty-o-centric for you.

marc4pt0
08-13-2013, 09:24 AM
Very groovy man. Hope it performs at Least half as well as it looks!

andre s
08-13-2013, 02:28 PM
sweet looking knife man! good stuff:thumbsup:

Lefty
08-13-2013, 06:01 PM
You're a talented dude! Looks great, Chris!

eaglerock
08-14-2013, 03:45 AM
Great work, looks amazing !!

Bill13
08-15-2013, 05:13 AM
I can not believe that is a first attempt, it really looks professional! How many hours would you guess you have in it?

NO ChoP!
08-15-2013, 10:14 AM
Well, I've done a few handles, and a few dozen sayas, but it's my very first knife that I've designed from the ground up.

I'd say I have three hours in the handle, one hour in the saya, a half hour rounding and polishing everything, and another hour cutting in the initial bevel and polishing it....