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Mike Davis
10-10-2011, 10:19 PM
So...we took turns manning the press yesterday(Mostly Randy Jr.) and made a pretty good size billet of damascus. Mario and I split the billet of HHH damascus and Salty was gracious enough to allow me to copy the profile of one of his suji's. I am not sure which one it was(He called it the gold standard in suji's). Earlier today i profiled the blade, The plan for the handle is a split wa but in a stick tang. I will need to use a spacer between the scales, but it will have a full ferrule with a full ferrule spacer. I am using some really incredible musk ox horn for the full handle scales, but unsure of the spacer between and the ferrule. I thought about some really light stabilized koa i have and maybe some sort of dark stabilized wood for the ferrule. I might get some mammoth tooth or use some more damascus for the ferrule spacer....What do you guys think? I need some options. Anyway...here is the start of the blade, i will get some more pictures tonight after i HT it and re etch to see the pattern
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/2011-10-10_16-58-30_382.jpg

Thoughts? Opinions? Critiques? Comments?

sachem allison
10-10-2011, 10:32 PM
it is gorgeous! I'm glad you had fun.

HHH Knives
10-10-2011, 11:15 PM
Nice, Your not messing around are ya??!!?!

Looking forward to seeing this WIP and the finished knife.

tk59
10-11-2011, 01:45 AM
hmm. musta been the 270 Masamoto honyaki...

Mike Davis
10-11-2011, 02:29 AM
That sounds right! Got it heat treated, tempering right now. Came out straight as an arrow! I have good feelings about this one :) This is some super tight pattern stuff, Randy Jr. is a beast! Here is a quick, dirty etch at 120 grit. Cant wait to get this one finished.....I think i will dream of this one lol.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/2011-10-11_01-24-41_879.jpg

WillC
10-11-2011, 05:42 AM
Looks great, very nice choice of profile. Suji's are fun:D

Salty dog
10-11-2011, 07:44 AM
Is that going to be a keeper or seller?

Mike Davis
10-11-2011, 11:26 AM
Unsure of that one. Might sell it to fund buying some more of Randy's damascus lol. Spent about 45 minutes last night laying in a wicked distal taper...I payed attention to your suji...Hoping to rock that profile. If i do sell it, you bet you ass i am using it before i do :D

Mike Davis
10-11-2011, 02:13 PM
What do you guys think about using amboyna burl between the musk ox horn scales? I was also thinking of using damascus for the spacer and for the buttcap with maybe amboyna or african blackwood for the ferrule. I am still undecided so i want to get some opinions/thoughts on this.

HHH Knives
10-11-2011, 02:15 PM
Mike, I think damascus spacer with the African black wood ferrule would be HOT!

sachem allison
10-11-2011, 06:28 PM
Unsure of that one. Might sell it to fund buying some more of Randy's damascus lol. Spent about 45 minutes last night laying in a wicked distal taper...I payed attention to your suji...Hoping to rock that profile. If i do sell it, you bet you ass i am using it before i do :D


Hey, I let you guys use mine it is only fair that I get to use yours. lol:tooth:

Hermes7792
10-11-2011, 06:58 PM
looking forward to seeing this completed!

Mike Davis
10-11-2011, 10:27 PM
Hey, I let you guys use mine it is only fair that I get to use yours. lol:tooth:

BUWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You are going to LOVE those knives! They are stunning! I am heading out to the shop in a few minutes to get some bevels on this bad boy :) I cannot wait for this one to be done....I am going to slice up a whole cow! Not really...can't afford the damn cow.....LOL!

apicius9
10-11-2011, 10:42 PM
Looks great! I have handle with amboyna between 2 white bone scales and a black horn ferrule - I like the color combo. Of course, it will be killer with the musk ox scales instead of the plain horn. Personally, I am leaning more towards less busy handles, especially if they might distract from the beautiful blade. But that comes down to personal taste. In the end, I find that much easier to decide if I have the materials in front of me.

Stefan

Mike Davis
10-12-2011, 06:27 PM
Ok update time. I have the bevel rough ground, 50 grit to about .010 thick edge. After doing dinner with the wife and kid, i plan on getting the blade finished up and etched.
I am trying to do a blended 3 flat/convex. Here is the primary flat grind.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/P1030619.jpg

Here it is ground all the way up to the spine with the secondary bevel.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/P1030623.jpg

And here it is with the 3rd bevel ground in taking the edge to about .010. I will grind the edge to .001 before i lay in the edge bevels.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/P1030639.jpg

Hope to have pictures of it finished up later tonight! Getting super excited about this one!

sachem allison
10-12-2011, 06:49 PM
I love it, I want it and I have no money!

Salty dog
10-12-2011, 07:30 PM
is that the suji? If so did you change the profile? It looks tall.

tk59
10-12-2011, 08:12 PM
Ok update time. I have the bevel rough ground, 50 grit to about .010 thick edge. After doing dinner with the wife and kid, i plan on getting the blade finished up and etched.
I am trying to do a blended 3 flat/convex. Here is the primary flat grind...
Hope to have pictures of it finished up later tonight! Getting super excited about this one!
It definitely looks and sounds like a winner. :thumbsup:

Mike Davis
10-12-2011, 08:31 PM
Yes Salty, this is the damascus one. The profile has not changed since i cut it out! I have it cut to the exact profile of your knife. It is just my lack of photography skills. I am really stoked with how this is turning out. I cant wait to get the handle materials, i am going to seriously take my time with the handle....too much money to screw up lol.

HHH Knives
10-13-2011, 09:45 AM
Thats looking great mike, grind turned out awesome, cant wait to see what you decide to use on the handle!
-Randy Jr.

JohnnyChance
10-14-2011, 06:04 AM
Grind sounds nice. Nice photog shots between each bevel being ground too, shows off the convex pretty well. Nicely done. Looking forward to seeing it finished.

Mike Davis
10-14-2011, 10:27 AM
Ok she is finish ground(blade only) up to 240 grit :) 10 inches of distal taper is a pain lol. This thing feels like a feather right now. What is a good weight to shoot for? I will get a few pictures in here in a minute.

Mike Davis
10-14-2011, 11:39 AM
Ok tried to edit and add but i am too slow :P Ok here is it as i am finishing running up the grit scale . This is at a rough 240 grit, and i have belts coming that go up to 2000. I should have them by monday or tuesday...but might just get crazy and do it by hand after this. I plan on taking it to 2000 grit before etching it and a 2500 after etch....Should look pretty good, i hope
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/2011-10-14_10-13-11_663.jpg

And also, Here is my basic plan for the handle. Sorry for the crappy drawing. I am still unsure what to use for the spacer in between the scales. It will have copper spacers on either side of the damascus spacers and also on either side of the middle piece...Does this make any sense?
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/2011-10-14_10-37-43_255.jpg

Hope this is legible. Any thoughts on this are welcome and appreciated.

tk59
10-14-2011, 12:08 PM
I just want to see this thing when you're finished.

Eamon Burke
10-14-2011, 05:51 PM
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/2011-10-14_10-37-43_255.jpg



Holy crap, if I could draw like that, I'd have less hobbies, for sure.

I vote you line the 'spine' with copper, like your notes say--copper, koa, copper. The copper will make a pillar pattern with the perpendicular spacers by the damascus. This is going to be off the chart!

sachem allison
10-14-2011, 06:13 PM
So your going to give that to me for christmas right?

kalaeb
10-14-2011, 06:21 PM
IMO...ANYTHING with copper is better. I can't wait to see how it turns out.

TDj
10-14-2011, 07:22 PM
And also, Here is my basic plan for the handle. Sorry for the crappy drawing. I am still unsure what to use for the spacer in between the scales. It will have copper spacers on either side of the damascus spacers and also on either side of the middle piece...Does this make any sense?
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/2011-10-14_10-37-43_255.jpg

Yea, that's definitely not a "crappy drawing". Pretty impressive.

So, I know that I'm one for some "blinging" handles, but wowzers, this one will surely outbling all the rest. I know that we like copper here, but is there a need for it to flank the damascus spacers when you'll already have some shiny damascus in there? (I do like the idea of copper flanking the koa though).

RRLOVER
10-14-2011, 07:32 PM
Yea, that's definitely not a "crappy drawing". Pretty impressive.

So, I know that I'm one for some "blinging" handles, but wowzers, this one will surely outbling all the rest. I know that we like copper here, but is there a need for it to flank the damascus spacers when you'll already have some shiny damascus in there? (I do like the idea of copper flanking the koa though).

You have no idea how blingy....that horn he has is insane.I was expecting he could draw,it would be hard to do his profession without those skills.

wenus2
10-14-2011, 07:54 PM
Looks awesome Mike.
That handle is VERY ambitious, I bet it comes together great.

And yes to the pin in the buttcap.

Salty dog
10-14-2011, 08:05 PM
I'm betting you have a winner on your hands.

HHH Knives
10-14-2011, 08:23 PM
Great looking design. Let me know if the package of goodies made it to ya yet. :) I added a few extra pieces of damascus, and Im thinking you may want to use some of it for a butt cap. and, or even in place of the Koa. Whatever you do this one is gona be a winner!

Mike Davis
10-15-2011, 12:34 AM
Hand sanded to 600 grit and going out to attach a tang and get this baby etched! Hopefully the handle materials will be here tomorrow! If they are, i suspect by the weekend, we might see this thing finished! I still need to get a stock of stones....I can only go to 1000 and a buff...still pops hair, but NOTHING like what i watched Salty do....scary!
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/2011-10-14_14-30-06_442.jpg

Also i will do some measurements before i etch it...I have a few spots i want to clean up first....

Mike Davis
10-15-2011, 03:00 AM
Got it etched! Sanded after with 2000 grit...The chatoyance in this blade is incredible!
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/P1030643.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/P1030641.jpg

WillC
10-15-2011, 06:52 AM
Looks great, love the heel shape and nice natural pattern. A forged ladder pattern? or did you cut the fullers?

Mike Davis
10-15-2011, 09:44 AM
Forged ladder/random. I don't exactly remember but i do believe 378 layers? Thanks :D

HHH Knives
10-15-2011, 01:24 PM
Looks great Mike. Really nice pattern and cool profile! Ill be watching this one close!! :)

JohnnyChance
10-16-2011, 01:42 AM
Awesome pattern.

Mike Davis
10-17-2011, 08:44 PM
WOOHOO! Handle materials finally arrived! Time to get rockin on this bad boy!
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/2011-10-17_16-16-51_222-1.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/2011-10-17_16-19-02_944.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/2011-10-17_16-15-49_815.jpg

:D:eek2::razz::pirate1:

Mike Davis
10-17-2011, 11:06 PM
Ok changing this a bit.Was going to use damascus for the spine, The pieces i got were about 3/4 of an inch short, so i am back to some wicked ass Koa. I am also thinking about using Koa for the ferrule and buttcap. Still going to use damascus for the spacers and the copper....But i am thinking of Koa...Just would flow better than Blackwood i think...What do you guys think? Here is the Koa
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/2011-10-17_22-10-00_154.jpg
And a better shot of the Musk Ox horn
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/2011-10-17_16-19-08_466.jpg

Any thoughts?

HHH Knives
10-17-2011, 11:27 PM
Mike, Im sending out a larger piece of damascus for you to use on the handle spine. Should be there by the end of the week. Barring postal delays. lol :)

Seeings how you asked. I would stay with the black wood and use the damascus for the spine and spacers. The Koa and the horn are to similar in color and may not give enough contrast or definition to the amazing handle you designed. :2cents: Im sure that whatever you go with it will be great.

God Bless
Randy

Mike Davis
10-18-2011, 12:44 AM
Randy, Have i ever told you that you are the man!!! If not...well :P I really would love to use the damascus, but the pieces were not big enough. I am stoked! I really cannot wait to finish this one!

JohnnyChance
10-18-2011, 12:51 AM
I think Randy raises a good point in using a darker wood than koa to contrast the musk ox horn. Plus the blackwood isn't as figured, so between the damascus, horn, and wood, it would prevent the knife from being too "busy" looking.

Mike Davis
10-18-2011, 01:16 AM
Yeah, we talked about it on the phone after i posted that. Going back to the blackwood lol....I am so confused!!!! LOL!

Randy Jr
10-18-2011, 09:04 PM
All i know is this thing is gonna be a stunner when you finally decide what the handle is gonna be:lol2: But i agree if you go with blackwood musk ox and damascus it will look exceptional!

Mike Davis
10-18-2011, 09:13 PM
Thanks Randy Jr.! Without you, this wouldn't have happened!

Salty dog
10-18-2011, 09:14 PM
I fit were up to me all handles would be ebony with a shiny spcer.

tk59
10-18-2011, 11:42 PM
Yup. I love the dark handles best.

Mike Davis
10-19-2011, 11:45 AM
Dark yes, ebony....no. I do a have a wa sized piece of ebony though Salty...

Mike Davis
10-19-2011, 01:23 PM
WOOHOO!Damascus showed up for the handle today :) I will be doing some layout work before i head to work...Hopefully i will have some good progress shots tonight :)

HHH Knives
10-19-2011, 06:16 PM
WOW, That was fast! Go figure??? the first package, sent PRIORITY MAIL took 5 days. This package sent 1st class was only 2 days. Crazy!!!

I look forward to seeing what you come up with on the handle.

Mike Davis
10-22-2011, 01:55 AM
Ok, finally got the horn cut....Man does this stuff ever STINK! Got almost all the pieces rough cut to shape. This is fun stuff! I can see a LOT of hidden pins in my near future...
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/2011-10-22_00-07-42_554.jpg
Got the damascus dirty etched to see how it would look with the copper and horn...Will be cool when it is final etched!
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/2011-10-22_00-34-33_807.jpg

Hermes7792
10-22-2011, 12:52 PM
Looking good, can't wait to see it finished!

HHH Knives
10-22-2011, 12:55 PM
Awesome Mike!! That material is amazing stuff!! How did you manage to talk me out of that again??? LMAO! I cant wait to see this, I may even have to drive down to really get a look at it.. Because no matter how good this material looks in a photo. Its at least 10X better in hand!

Good luck on the progress. keep us posted!

Mike Davis
10-24-2011, 11:35 AM
Ok, I have been slow going due to having the flu for the last week or so.....But last night i manned up and spent a little while out in the shop. All the pieces are cut(Farther than they are here in the pic) and the rear bolster assembly is glued up(blackwood/copper/damascus/copper) The frame has a tab that interlocks with the rear bolster, locking the assembly together, also includes a total of ten hidden pins per side(6 per scale and 2 running length wise into each bolster)
Here is a mock up, finishing and hopefully profiling today
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/2011-10-24_01-23-33_445.jpg

RRLOVER
10-24-2011, 08:07 PM
That is one bada$$ pimp of a handle.I love it......If I known that horn was for sale I would have grabbed it friday night when Randy showed it to me:slaphead:

Eamon Burke
10-24-2011, 08:16 PM
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/2011-10-24_01-23-33_445.jpg

Whoa. That should be in a cathedral somewhere.

sachem allison
11-11-2011, 09:52 PM
WELL??:waiting::cliffhang::pullhair::begging::cryt issue::feedback::thankyou:

Mike Davis
11-12-2011, 12:28 AM
HAHAHAHAHA!!!! I am actually working on it as i type...It is a damn slow process to do this without ruining everything...I figure if i take it slow...everything will be perfect :)

Andrew H
11-12-2011, 01:04 AM
HAHAHAHAHA!!!! I am actually working on it as i type...It is a damn slow process to do this without ruining everything...I figure if i take it slow...everything will be perfect :)

Good decision, it would be a crime to waste those handle materials... especially the horn.

Salem Straub
11-12-2011, 09:13 PM
Rootin' for ya, Mike. Go big or go home, huh?

Mike Davis
12-04-2011, 10:16 PM
Ok finally i have a little progress to announce. I have the handle in various stages of glue up and am hoping to get it all glued up into one solid piece this weekend. I will try to get some pics up later tonight, so you guys can laugh at what little i have done so far:O

Eamon Burke
12-04-2011, 10:32 PM
It's like a daily thing for me to check the progress of this knife. :bat:

G-rat
12-05-2011, 04:34 AM
Wow! I just looked over this thread for the first time. What a knife man! Don't know how I missed this one. I too will be seriously glued to this thread.

jmforge
12-08-2011, 01:47 PM
Nice work, Mike. How long has that ox horn been drying?

Daniel Fairly
12-10-2011, 11:06 AM
This may turn out to be the coolest kitchen knife ever! Musk Ox and Damascus!!!

Mike Davis
12-10-2011, 11:19 AM
I am hoping so Daniel lol. Joe, the slabs were cut about 2 years ago. They are as dry and stable as they are going to get right now lol. I had my wife brainstorming on this with me and i think we have it figured out...Expect to see this one finished real soon...If not it will drive me insane.

RRLOVER
12-10-2011, 11:27 AM
I can't wait to see this handle done.Mike have you tried shaping the handle in a cold environment,I really like working wood/metal when my garage is below freezing.

Mike Davis
12-10-2011, 12:06 PM
Yeah...been about 25 degrees in my shop...Honestly seems to make it better lol

Marko Tsourkan
12-10-2011, 12:15 PM
Looks complicated. If horn shrinks, you will have a lot of sharp edge exposed (happens on my handles w/metal spacers all the time during winter months) and second, you got to go very careful shaping that horn so you don't burn it.

Nevertheless, I applaud your effort.

M

kalaeb
12-10-2011, 12:20 PM
Yeah...been about 25 degrees in my shop...Honestly seems to make it better lol

Thats sarcasm, right? Its about 10 degrees in my wood shed I have two space heater cranking and it is still miserable. And January is colder.

RRLOVER
12-10-2011, 01:26 PM
Thats sarcasm, right? Its about 10 degrees in my wood shed I have two space heater cranking and it is still miserable. And January is colder.

I am being serious.I did a Wa with a metal spacer that was just butt jointed.If I tried to shape it in the summer it would have blown apart in thirty seconds.When I shaped it in 28* I could hardly get the metal spacer warm.

Daniel Fairly
12-10-2011, 10:42 PM
I'm sure you will nail it Mike! One day I will work with some Musk Ox horn, it is the coolest stuff.

I hear you on the cold shop, yesterday the high was 6F, not pleasant but my kydex is grinding well!

Keep it up!

sachem allison
12-24-2011, 10:30 PM
WELL??:waiting::cliffhang::pullhair::begging::cryt issue::feedback::thankyou:

Hello!!!!!

sachem allison
02-09-2012, 11:25 PM
anybody home?


WELL??:waiting::cliffhang::pullhair::begging::cryt issue::feedback::thankyou:

Mike Davis
02-11-2012, 12:28 PM
It is getting there...I swear. I work on it inside at night so the materials are not sitting out in my garage.....I promise, as soon as this project i am working on right now is done, i am finishing this one...Wife told me i had to

welshstar
02-12-2012, 03:42 AM
:goodpost::bliss::D

Mike Davis
02-20-2012, 01:49 PM
Ok, i have been slacking on this project. I was unsure of how to get this one to work out, but it is a go again. I have the ferrule assembly drilled and fitted to the blade now and just have a little bit of trimming to do on the horn before final glue up.Took quite a but if work to get this thing all flowing in the right direction, but here are a few pics of where this is at right now. I am heading out to get lunch and groceries( i should NEVER go grocery shopping hungry...extra $100 every time) but plan on getting it all final glued when i get back. I am really hoping to get the handle shaped tonight. I did some regrinding on the blade, to add in a bit more distal taper, but i think i am going to do some more later today.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/2012-02-20_11-51-35_306.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/2012-02-20_11-51-48_923.jpg

Hoping to keep this project rolling along at a good pace...What do you guys think so far?

Mike

PierreRodrigue
02-20-2012, 01:53 PM
Looks good! Have you considered JB Weld? It is tempreature stable to near 600F. Down side is its color. It can be dyed.

Mike Davis
02-20-2012, 02:18 PM
Thanks Pierre!!! That is a great idea....Never thought of that. I am taking it slowly and praying lol

RyanW
02-24-2012, 02:25 AM
Great work Mike, Keeping an eye on this WIP

Mike Davis
03-27-2012, 05:26 PM
Ok so i finally( after much harrassment, ) made some progress on this. I need to etch the spine and spacers, put in the copper corby bolts, fix the swept heel and make the saya and box, but this one is pretty much done(pretty much :) ) Waiting for a bunch of SS damascus blade to come back from HT, so this one is definitely getting finished tonight :)
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/P1030859.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/P1030857.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/P1030853.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/P1030850.jpg

Will get better pics later :)

Deckhand
03-27-2012, 05:39 PM
Looks good!

WildBoar
03-27-2012, 06:00 PM
Wow, you really put a lot of work into that handle. It's beautiful!

Mike Davis
03-27-2012, 09:16 PM
Thanks plan on finishing the baby up tonight:doublethumbsup:

Crothcipt
03-27-2012, 09:19 PM
Talk about a tough looking handle.cool:

kalaeb
03-27-2012, 10:15 PM
Wow, that turned out really well.

HHH Knives
03-27-2012, 10:37 PM
Mike, That is looking awesome brother! Your really putting a whooping on this slicer!!!

mhenry
03-27-2012, 10:45 PM
Beautiful! Mike, that is just awesome work.

Lefty
03-27-2012, 11:05 PM
Great stuff, Mike! Glad to see it is finally done. Even better, it was worth the wait!

Funny, I need to add this - I remember where I was when I saw the first petty you posted here. I thought, "this guy gets it"! Thanks for making me look smart...to myself....

sachem allison
03-27-2012, 11:59 PM
Thanks plan on finishing the baby up tonight:doublethumbsup:

finally!

stereo.pete
03-28-2012, 12:13 AM
Beautiful work Mike!

Burl Source
03-28-2012, 12:09 PM
Very cool knife Mike.

Mike Davis
03-28-2012, 02:45 PM
Thanks guys :) I do have a performance question. This handle is pretty heavy with everything in/on it. The balance point is right where the blade comes out of the handle. Aside from a bit of reshaping the handle, is it super important for a suji to be blade heavy/ weight forward for it to perform properly? I still want to thin the blade just a touch, cutting performance is first and foremost. What do you guys think?

Twistington
03-28-2012, 03:00 PM
"#=!"#%= i just had some seizures... WOW! :hatsoff:

WillC
03-28-2012, 03:54 PM
Well done Mike, really nice, all that work on the handle payed off:biggrin:

RRLOVER
03-28-2012, 11:27 PM
LOVE IT!!!!

mr drinky
03-29-2012, 12:14 AM
A little voice inside of me told me that I shouldn't open this thread. It was right.

That horn handle is AMAZING. The i-beam on top doesn't exactly do it for me, but the colors, spacers, and horn are just beautiful together. And I haven't even mentioned the blade...

Great work.

k.

Mike Davis
03-30-2012, 12:26 AM
Thanks guys. I am sending this one out to Coop for some pics next week. I really need to jam on a saya for it...I have some cool plans for that :) I will get some pictures up when i start on it tomorrow. I have some awesome Walnut the Mark sent me, i think i might use that, to keep the theme of the dark....And maybe a small inlay :) One question for you guys...Witha saya, i also thought about doing a leather sheath to boot...Whatcha think?

sachem allison
03-30-2012, 02:31 AM
leather is always cool, sometimes you just want to grab and go.and not worry about messing up a really nice saya.

Mike Davis
03-30-2012, 11:25 AM
Well, it would have both. I drew out a sheath designfor it last night, going to window in some stingray skin behind some tooled leather. Should be pretty cool, if i don't screw up lol.

tk59
03-30-2012, 11:56 AM
Thanks guys :) I do have a performance question. This handle is pretty heavy with everything in/on it. The balance point is right where the blade comes out of the handle. Aside from a bit of reshaping the handle, is it super important for a suji to be blade heavy/ weight forward for it to perform properly? I still want to thin the blade just a touch, cutting performance is first and foremost. What do you guys think?If it was me, I'd grind some weight off the handle, shorten it a bit and thin only near the edge so you don't lose anymore mass. I've used a couple of handle heavy suji's and I wasn't thrilled about them.

Mike Davis
03-30-2012, 03:00 PM
Thanks TK. I just might do that, handle is pretty long as it is, 154 mm And dimensions are as follows(for now) Height at heel:23.2mm, width at heel: 21.4mm, Height at butt: 26.05mm, Width at butt 21.35. So it appears that i have a little bit of shaping to do lol. Handle weighs a whopping 176 grams right now, with the blade only coming in at 181 grams..... I suppose that needs to change to get the handle a bit under the blade. Maybe i will lose 6-7mm on length, easy to trim the buttcap lol. And also thin the front of the handle out to about 19 ish mm. Hopefully i can drop 25-30 grams off of it.

sachem allison
03-30-2012, 03:29 PM
Well, it would have both. I drew out a sheath designfor it last night, going to window in some stingray skin behind some tooled leather. Should be pretty cool, if i don't screw up lol.

both is always better. I like the idea alot can't wait to see it.

RRLOVER
03-31-2012, 10:11 AM
What brand epoxy did you use to hold so many different materials together?

Mike Davis
03-31-2012, 12:14 PM
I used 60 minute loctite, and JB weld. The blade is not attached yet, but i will use acraglas to hold that in. With the way everything interlocks, it is like a puzzle. Once the blade is mounted and the corbies are put in, it will be next to impossible for anything to move. Engineering the handle construction was what took me so long to finish it lol.

Mike Davis
04-02-2012, 10:32 AM
I am hoping to have the handle reshaped and completely finished today. Corbies are ready to go, and handle is partially reshaped. Thinking i need to take a little bit more off before i polish it again. Pics in a little while, getting ready to go to the dentist :/

sachem allison
07-30-2012, 10:38 PM
tap! tap! tap! well?

Mike Davis
07-31-2012, 01:25 PM
LOL! Sorry. Handle is mid redo, had a friend drop it on the concrete floor and broke the handle :( We are going full musk ox this time. No more rubix cube stuff....too damn hard lol.

JasonD
07-31-2012, 06:13 PM
Man, I hope you managed to save some of that Musk ox for a spacer or something. That stuff was really nice!

brainsausage
08-01-2012, 03:49 AM
LOL! Sorry. Handle is mid redo, had a friend drop it on the concrete floor and broke the handle :( We are going full musk ox this time. No more rubix cube stuff....too damn hard lol.

Ouch! Hope this friend bought you another handle of one variety or another- be it wood or liquid...

wenus2
08-02-2012, 10:48 PM
Damn, that handle was awesome too.