In addition to working on the Salt Cedar bow this weekend, I spent some time on knives.
One of my co-workers asked me if I could make a machete, so I cut a big piece of 1095, and got started.
Two forging sessions later
Its going to be a monster - If I remember right it started out at 21 inches (the Kindjal ended at 20), and its definately stretching a bit. I need to mitigate the curve some too - it looks fancy, but doesn't feel right yet.
I put a handle on the Uncle Jeds Country Skinner MkII - its a pretty massive knife. Still needs a bit of finishing on both the handle and blade. Honey Locust handle, with a wrought iron guard.
As promised, AR70 got a brass pommel. Which still needs polishing... and the handle needs re-finishing.
And this is the revised Kershaw Antelope II - it had broken off in the handle, so i had to grind down the blade to get enough tang to hold the blade in place, and I like my handle better anyway :) I'll polish up the blade a little bit more too. Katalox handle.
Here they are together for better sense of scale.
I made this little S35VN stainless steel blade a while back, but never got around to it, but it came together nicely yesterday - just needs its mark, and it will be finished. Looks like it was in 2011 - my how time flies.
Its got an Amaranth (Purpleheart) Handle with Raaen pins, Nickle Silver Accents and an antler piece as well.