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Old 08-20-2014, 11:58 AM
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Miniature Bowie. First start-to-finish.

This one has a bit of backstory so pics first:







So back around 2005 before my uncle passed away he hooked me up with a micro forge in the hopes I'd make some good miniatures. I forged about 6 crude blades and never got too much farther. I went to the basement looking for old files last night to make blanks with and stumbled across the last one I had after the divorce. I apparently got the temper well enough that it made for a good skew on my lathe. I went ahead and dragged it to the belt sander and went to town and decided to make a miniature Bowie out of it. I made some mistakes as it was my first time trying something like this on the belt sander and due to the crude nature of the blade it had a lot of low spots that took a long time to grind past. The tang is really thin, I fell back on the brass pins, epoxy and scales to bolster it which seems to have worked out. I know it's a little bit of a dog but I feel like it was a good run for a first attempt.
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Old 08-20-2014, 12:04 PM
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Not bad, we've certainly seen worse first attempts. Not sure I'd call it a bowie but whatever.

On the next one, use a fresh belt on the handle because a fresh, sharp belt will grind cooler. Don't let the pins in the handle get too hot or they will scorch the wood which is why the rear pin has that dark halo around it ...


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Old 08-20-2014, 12:08 PM
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Not bad, we've certainly seen worse first attempts. Not sure I'd call it a bowie but whatever.

On the next one, use a fresh belt on the handle because a fresh, sharp belt will grind cooler. Don't let the pins in the handle get too hot or they will scorch the wood which is why the rear pin has that dark halo around it ...
This is probably the sixth knife I've done scales on and I'm used to a far larger surface that can disperse a lot more heat. You have a very valid point. And I'll take the call on the name for it gracefully. Valid points. The handle was done on a drum sander. Forgot to mention that part. The drum sander is more familiar and gives me 3 different grits to swap through before sanding by hand for the last bit.
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