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Thread: My first Saya, no laughing!

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    My first Saya, no laughing!

    Ok, call this an attempt into uncharted waters. This is the new home for the bright finish San Mai knife I did a little video on.

    I used some nice redwood from Mark at Burl Source, thanks Mark!! I figured, if I tried my first on some cheap stuff, and messed it up, I may not try again.
    The "logical" approach, was to practice on the best I had. This forced me to think it through, and take my time. Neither of which I had time to do! lol! I carved the recess, trimmed, glued and clamped, then profiled. I needed to thin the body, and instead of rounding and blending everything, faceted the faces.
    The pin stumped me, Eamon found those cool cribbage pegs, but I can't seem to get to a store while its open, so last night, I got a piece of mammoth ivory, ground it semi-round on my 2 X 72, then chucked it in my drill press, and spun it round (sand paper, and files) and added a little mosaic in the center to match the pins in the knife handle.

    Here are the fruits of my labors. 10 coats of oil, and 4 coats of wax, and here it is. The good pics will come when the knife is done.

    Please let me know your thoughts!

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    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    I am literally doing my first right now. Nowhere near as nice as yours. If this is your first I can't wait to see more.

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    I love the idea of a mammoth pin for it. Beautiful saya, great work.

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    once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right

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    Salt Lake City, UT
    Pretty dang nice. Funny, I ended up doing the same thing to make some pins with misc materials. Leave it up to you to do it with the exotic.

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    Canada's Sharpest Lefty Lefty's Avatar
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    What a shock...another awesome piece by Pierre! Looks great, man!

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    Das HandleMeister apicius9's Avatar
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    Very nice, love the faceting and the creative pin idea!


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    awesome! Love the faceted look!
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    Senior Member Deckhand's Avatar
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    Costa Mesa California
    Stunning! Great work and a great piece of wood.

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