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  • Recurve Bowie

    G'day,

    I ground in the main bevels for the Big Bowie this arvo' https://i.imgur.com/xxQH1yG.mp4

    this is my first time grinding Nitro-V, I was using a brand new 60 grit Reaper Necro belt, and had to change belts halfway through the grind,

    the blank hasn't been HT'd, WTF??, I can't recall EVER, having to change belts halfway through grinding an annealed blade before

    The swedge will either get ground in after HT, or just before, I don't have any LN2 atm, will probably get some in the next week or two



    this is kinda' what I'm hoping the handle will look like



    where my finger is at the top of the stag, will need to be ground away so it's straight-ish, I won't remove anything until I've got the guard sorted,

    still designing that, I had envisioned a large S shaped double guard, but am now leaning towards a single curved guard....



    p.s. A "Double guard", has lugs on top, and bottom of the blade, a "Single guard", only has the lug, at the bottom of the blade, it's much easier to machine a single,

    which means, there's bugger all hand filing, it can pretty much be machined for a nice slip fit, then drilled for pins

  • #2
    And the ubiquitous, boring grind vid

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    • #3
      Looks really nice, love big blades! It's already got a deep choil, does it need a guard - some nice jimping and file work up the spine and you'll be able to choke up really good. If you're set on a guard, i like how Laci designed the following one with alternating lengths, gives the thumb some great purchase: https://www.arizonacustomknives.com/products/1023776/
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      • #4
        Bring it on
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Hyde View Post
          Looks really nice, love big blades! It's already got a deep choil, does it need a guard - some nice jimping and file work up the spine and you'll be able to choke up really good. If you're set on a guard, i like how Laci designed the following one with alternating lengths, gives the thumb some great purchase: https://www.arizonacustomknives.com/products/1023776/
          Thanks, Joe

          I like guards on knives, depending on the style, I think a nicely shaped one adds something to the overall package, also makes it easier to secure in a sheath

          I guess it's a bit like wearing jeans without a belt, I reckon blokes look half dressed without one on

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Tarrabah View Post
            And the ubiquitous, boring grind vid

            Nicely done 👍

            I do like the look of s guards but that would be good with a single guard, even a flat oval would be good.
            let's see what you come up with.

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            • #7
              Guards definitely have their place, i just seem to be moving towards integral one's lately - I'm sure I'll come round full circle. Good call on the belt with jeans. How else am I going to cross-carry my big edc's?
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              • #8
                Integral guards are cool, but from a makers perspective, they're a pain in the bum to work around, at least for a lazy bastard like me.


                One of the problems with an S-guard for this particular blade and handle combo, is the size of the chunk of metal I need to cut, it's more than likely going to be Ti, it will also need to be quite wide,

                so I don't have to grind the sexy Sambar down too severely

                these are the frontrunners so far for either version (double or single)



                the problem with the S-guard is, it's gunna' take a sizeable chunk of Ti, the thicker the Ti, the less curve I can cut, which means more waste $$$



                the single guard


                I also have to allow for the "scotty factor", that bastard can turn a nice job, into a pile of crap in seconds, right up until the last moment,
                he's infuriatingly good at it

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                • #9
                  Cut off a chunk of Ti, cleaned it up, and milled the slot



                  wasn't much clearance left



                  still needs a bit of filing at the bottom of the slot to bring it to size



                  the more I handle the sexy little chunk of Sambar, the less I'm thinking it will work on this knife



                  I have a block of black G10, that will be plan B

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                  • #10
                    Its nice sambar but I don't think the shape works.

                    If it were a touch straighter it would be perfect imo
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                    • #11
                      Some instavids of the Ti guard being cut, and machined https://www.instagram.com/p/CTMbm3thVTZ/

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                      • #12
                        Guards on



                        milled the block of G10, 28mm deep, how's the stick out on the 4mm end mill



                        Done, just needs a sharpen

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                        • #13
                          About that Reaper belt.....Would it be the steel was too soft and clogging or just glazing the ceramic of the belt?
                          Those belts might be better with hardened steel and ran hard and fast to expose fresh grit / break the ceramic grains to expose sharp edged grit

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by LC76 View Post
                            About that Reaper belt.....Would it be the steel was too soft and clogging or just glazing the ceramic of the belt?
                            Those belts might be better with hardened steel and ran hard and fast to expose fresh grit / break the ceramic grains to expose sharp edged grit
                            I think it's more because I run my grinder at 33Hz, the slower grinding gives me much better control, and the Reapers are designed more for flat knacker grinding?,

                            the Nitro dagger I'm making, will be ground after HT, probably with a Reaper?, at the same 33% speed, I'll let you know how it goes, either that, or I'll of cracked the sh!ts, and junked the belts

                            I'll be going back to Blaze belts with my next order, they perform much better with my style of boogie.


                            Milled a rebate in the guard



                            not too shabby






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                            • #15
                              Is that a fuller marked on the blade in the last pic?

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