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Old 08-09-2008, 08:12 PM
Rancid Crabtree Rancid Crabtree is offline
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Father and Son Knives

A member of our archery club asked if I would make him and his young Son a set of knives with shed antlers he had as the handles. I agreed.

I sent him all my blade forms and he picked a Nesmuk style blade.

I did a bit of custom file work on the backbones of the blades to dress them up and then polished the file work

Then I applied gun blueing to the backbone and gave the blades a brushed finish leaving the blueing in the deep areas of the file work

He asked that I fill in the white bases of the antlers with "Dad" and "Mitch" I saved the brow tines for display bases.

The blades are O1 steel heat treated and twice tempered to RC58 hardness

For the sheaths, I used 8 Oz. Oak tanned leather with a medium brown dye to give an "Old" look to the leather..

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Old 08-10-2008, 10:26 AM
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Those are beautiful!
Especially the backbone detail.
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