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Old 08-23-2013, 07:59 AM
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That one little spot...

Does anyone else have that one little spot when making a knife that just about drives them nuts? You know that 1/2" that takes up more of your time than any other 4 inches combined. Mine is right behind the guard on the handle side where the tang meets the guard on a full tang knife. The rest of the handle I can do with a 6 or 8" wheel and get a really nice smooth finish that simply needs some hand sanding to blend perfectly with the rest of the handle, but that last half inch requires a really tiny wheel which changes the look of the finish and usually leaves a very very tiny depression right at the junction. This ends up taking hours of hand sanding to remove. SO I guess the next question is, does anyone have any suggestions as to how to make this work better. And of course what is your "One Spot"


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Old 08-23-2013, 08:03 AM
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I slack belt the complete knife including the bolsters before hand sanding. That does most of the hard work.
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Old 08-23-2013, 08:46 AM
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this site has a ton of helpers for your lil spot and I have it as my go to site for help with carving tools .


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Old 10-10-2013, 04:25 AM
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I also use the slack belt to get the final finish. Just work your way up thru the grits until you reach an old 600 grit belt, then tape off the handle from the metal guard. buff the guard until it reaches the desired finish and then un wrap the handle. Then with care buff the wood or whatever you are using sarting on the polished guard and lightly go acrossed the rest of the handle. I have been able to get a smooth finish that you could not feel even with your finger nail. I hope that made sense.
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Old 10-30-2013, 09:39 PM
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I use a drum sander for this joint.
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