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Old 11-17-2008, 08:14 AM
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Here are close-up pics of some older projects.

This was the first folding knife I tried making.
No machine tools, except for a drill press that I converted to a disc sander.
Otherwise the tools were a jewelers saw, files and sandpaper.




This is the butt end of the forth knife my father and I worked on.




This is the fifth knife dad and I did together. This is the one that around a year ago resold for $110k





Round Broach...




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Old 11-17-2008, 09:27 AM
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Great stuff. Thanks for posting it Steve.

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Old 11-17-2008, 07:39 PM
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Awesome Steve! Thanks for sharing these.
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Wow!

Steve, how did you inlay the blade on that first knife?
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Old 11-18-2008, 10:03 AM
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Undoubtedly.....the best.....It doesn't get any better than that. Thanks for posting these Steve.....You da man!!!
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Old 11-18-2008, 05:25 PM
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Thanks Rick! Hope you post the one you just finished soon. It is awesome!

Chris, Do the engraving before hand including the pocket and under cutting, harden and then
hammer in the gold and engrave the gold. It should also work to inlay the gold before hand and
then hardened since the heat treat temp is below melting point of the gold. I haven't tried
it that way before though. Use stainless wrap to seal the blade from the air to keep it from
oxidizing during heat treat.

Here is another one.


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Old 11-18-2008, 06:35 PM
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Dang Steve
Beautifull work thanks for the close ups
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Steve,

More pics are coming. I'm just trying to get the best ones. Not happy with the close-ups so far. I'm gonna see what Coop does with it in New York this coming weekend at the Art Knife Show. Keep' em coming.

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Steve, Great work and thanks for the pic's...
You must not get much sleep with all the work you have to do...
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Steve, your shading looks just as good close up. The camera doesn't lie. This is a great study in "less is more" as the calculated placement and number of shading lines is fantastic.

I've read about the stainless wrap (available from Brownells) with a wood chip inside to consume the existing oxygen. Wasn't sure just how well it worked, especially of there's a leak in the foil. I was gonna try it on a case hardened Sharps action to anneal it but decided that I'll probably send it back to Shiloh. They are a very kind and accommodating group. I didn't know the hardening temp was below the gold melting temp either ... great info and thank-you Steve.

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Here are close-up pics of some older projects.

This was the first folding knife I tried making.
No machine tools, except for a drill press that I converted to a disc sander.
Otherwise the tools were a jewelers saw, files and sandpaper.
Steve, very beautiful and thanks for showing this.
But I wonder, you say it is your first try, to me it looks perfect.

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Thank you Arnaud!
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Beautiful work Steve, I am sure it feels good to look back at those master pieces. Just wondering what flash through your mind looking at them again?

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Beautiful work Steve, I am sure it feels good to look back at those master pieces. Just wondering what flash through your mind looking at them again?

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What goes through my mind is there must have been more time in each day.
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Found this older one too. I'll post it in two sized. Small and extra large.
This one must have been around 1992. It was made so it would come apart with screws.
You can see the head of two screws in the front edge of the knife and there is a single screw somewhat hidden in the scroll
in the rear bolster. You can see the slot of it crossing a gold inlay.



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World class as always!

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Thank you so much Phil!
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I found that knife to be absolutely amazing when I FIRST saw it. These photos show even more detail than I had seen previously.

It must be even more amazing to hold it.

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Peter

I think that one of the things that's most impressive - and probably least noticed - is how even the 'checking' is on the central gold section.

Because this picture is zoomed in so close you can see that it wasn't done by a machine but in person...

And those screws are darn well worked in. The pair on the front isn't too hard to find (in the zoomed in photo) but the one on the face - took me almost 10 minutes to find that thing! I'd been searching for the slot (since you mentioned it) but it kept slipping by me. I finally found it when I started hunting for the circular outline.
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Old 12-10-2008, 06:14 PM
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Thank you Peter and Steve!
Another one..

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Dang Steve some serious skills you have there. Close ups are awesome and your work is so detailed and precise. Amazing just Amazing!! Really the level of quality that makes a knife sell for 110 k good googly moogly Dude 110k hold on a sec while I pick my jaw off the floor and pick the carpet fibers out of my teeth. I could not even imagine doing something like that and the time and skills it takes. Not to mention patience.

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Thank you Steve. As a complete noobie with zero background in engraving, I greatly appriciate what is possible and to aim for!
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Okay, good. Thank you!
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all are unique and lovely as all gitout ! however, i think the tim herman knife, along with your interpretation is just a perfect combination. tastefully done to a "t". thanks, steve- for for taking the time to show these fotos.
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Was the engraving on your first knife also done with manual gravers ("no machine tools")? Beautiful work either way. If manual, helps show one of the paths to mastery before one is able to make a more complete investment. Thanks!
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Thanks!

Hammer6, Back then I was using my father's graver machine. It utilized a 555 timer circuit. I used that up until 1999. There is info about it here: http://airgraver.com/air-engraver-evolution.htm
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Thank you for sharing these Steve! It is the best I have ever seen. Your tools that I use every day are also the best and I consider them to be artwork as well.
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Amazing work!!
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amazing. technology advances and works remain unique.
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