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Old 11-24-2016, 09:38 AM
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another DUH moment

OK guys so I had one of those DUH moments.....yes again! so I got a piece of DAMAsteel at the knife show the other day. planed on using it for bolsters there is only enough for maybe bolsters on 2 knives so not enough for a full blade. how ever I was thinking about it and here is the duh moment. if I etch it before putting it on I willgrind away the pattern along with the excess of pins. and idk how I could etch it after they are on and ground how can I etch them and not mess the finish up on the blade. .....the only way I see of doing it is mounting them with screws like would be done on a folder and maybe a lil bit of glue not a lot cause I wouldn't want it to squeeze out the sides where I would have to grind it off and hit the side of the bolster.....I am just wondering if any one has any other ideas how this may work that I might be overlooking
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Old 11-24-2016, 10:58 AM
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Use temporary pins, don't peen them much at all. Shape the bolsters as normal, remove them, etch, and put them back with permanent pins...


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Old 11-24-2016, 11:19 AM
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not sure I understand right but if I shape with temporary pins then etch when I put in the permanent pins peen wont I grind off the pattern in the process of grinding the permanent flush with the bolster?
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Old 11-24-2016, 11:59 AM
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I never said it would be easy. Just one more reason I hate bolsters.

You'll have to adjust the length of the pins carefully before you put them in so that no sanding is needed. Light peening will hopefully be enough, or you could try doming the pins ...


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Old 11-24-2016, 12:28 PM
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always a challenge...ill try it but if I don't get the length of the pins right do you think 2 small screws would work? check the link below that's what I mean 2 of those and I am thinking maybe just a couple of drops of epoxy just not enough where its oozing out the sides so I wont have to grind it off.
http://usaknifemaker.com/knife-handl...32-screws.html
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Old 11-24-2016, 12:42 PM
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Sure, screws will work. Most people who go to the trouble of using damascus for bolsters don't want screws spoiling the look of the pattern though. And, those screws in your link are not 'small screws', they are about as big as any screw you'll ever see on most folders. Look at the big screw on the pivot of one of your folders, most of those are 8-32 ...


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Old 11-24-2016, 01:02 PM
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yeh I know I have a couple sets like that in different sizes I am going to try an keep them small so it doesn't interfere with the pattern as much I just picked that link as a example of what I ment not the right size. going to finish the tanto today or tomorrow (depends how much time I can work on it today) the next blade I got cut out and HTed I am going to put this damasteel bolster on that one
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Old 11-24-2016, 09:50 PM
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pin on bolsters.....
spraypaint everything......
shape bolsters......
etch....
clean off paint, and put on handle material.
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Old 11-24-2016, 09:56 PM
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ive etched stainless pins after pinning on bolsters, and not had any issues.

the only screws ive used on bolsters were 2-56, or 0-80.
8-32 are huge by comparison.
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