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  • snakep

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    Mar 4, 2013
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    Behind enemy lines...
    Just finished this one for an MDS member...
    Similar in profile to a Helle Utvaer bushcraft knife. 1084 steel with wenge scales. Blade length ~ 4 1/4". Black G10 liners and pins that blend in to the black color of the scales. And leather sheath.
     

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    snakep

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    Mar 4, 2013
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    Behind enemy lines...
    Great work!! How to get the excellent edge on the blade?
    I hand file the bevels with a 12" bastard file and then hand sand the bevels and flats (it takes a while). I made a jig that holds a hardened file guide (that I got from Jantz) which allows me to file one side, flip it over and file the other side. I use an online grind angle app that determines the bevel height and angle (https://angleguide.com/a-angle-calculator.aspx). I use those results to set up my jig using a Harbor Freight digital inclinometer to measure the angle between the blade and the bastard file. Sounds more comlicated than it is. If I do it right I can get a good 0 degree scandi grind which only needs minor sharpening. Depending on the blade length doing one bevel can take about an hour per side.

    ...and thanks all for the earlier compliments!

    Here is a pic with the file guide holding the blade which is clamped to the jig.
     

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    cantstop

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    Aug 10, 2012
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    That really is nice.

    It takes me forever just to get 4 equal pieces of 2x4 to square up. :thumbsup:
     

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