Saturday, March 12, 2011

A month or so late, but better than never...

I started this post more than almost two months ago now, and finally polished it off. Always too much to do, and I never want to get on the computer once I get home.

One of my coworkers brought me a couple of old fence posts of unknown species, but definately something pretty dense, and he called it ironwood, so I thought I would polish a couple up and see what it looked like with some oil.

Old Fence Post Old Fence Stay

I recently finished a project for me with the old post for a handle...

AR60 in hand (mine)

In Sheath

With Sheath

AR60 - Drop Point Hunter - Full tang - Cold Blued (Formula 44/40) Cru Forge V, 4 3/4" blade, 9 5/8" overall, recycled ironwood(?) fencepost handle, brass pins, red vulcanized liner, stainless thong tube. Horizontal draw sheath.

I also finished up a project that started quite a while ago, when a couple of the guys came over and I let them pound on some steel. I decided to go ahead and finish up one of those blanks, to be provided as a birthday present. The first handle attempt failed, but I like the one it ended up with also. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out overall, even though it cost me some blood. Part of the polishing process involves a lot of finer and finer grits of sandpaper, and I thought I was almost ready to stop one evening, when I found out the pointy way, that I had already passed the time to stop. So, I added another ½ inch stab wound to my right thumb, which interferes with a lot of things. Sigh. But that was last Tuesday, so it didn’t impact this weekend too much. Not too sure what I would call the style of this one. Utility/paring seems to be the most appropriate. Still need to make the sheath though.

In Hand (Erica's)

With Sheath

In Sheath

AR59 – 3 5/8” Blade, 9” Overall, O1 tool steel, hand forged, heat treated and hand polished to 2000 grit. Macassar Ebony Handle, Brass Pins.

I plan on an On-the-bench update too, but that will have to be another day.

Later y'all.