This is my version of the OSS thumb dagger. These little daggers where sewn into shirts, flight jackets, boots, and any other place that was possible. They where a last ditch weapon that was hard to detect but one that could do lots of damage in the right hands. The first concealed carry weapon. I make a kydex sheath that can be attached anywhere or hung around your neck. Blade length is 1 3/4 and it is 4 1/8 over all. They are forged from 52100 bearings and the finish is a quick etch in ferric cloride to take the glare off.
This is the Folder in the Predator and Prey series that I did for a customer. The fixed blade is also included in the blog. They both have the same basic shape although the folder blade had to be shortened to fit in the handle. The damascus is the same as is the handle shape. The bolsters are 416 ss and I did the engraving. The handle material is interior mammoth ivory and was scrimed by Lori Ristinen. The fixed blade has a Wolf on one side and 5 Wolves attaching a large Moose on the other. They are off getting professionally photoed now so will have a better picture later. Hope you enjoy and thanks for looking.
This fixed blade is part of a set that I am working on. There is a folder that has the same handle and blade shape along with the same engraving. I made the damascus and the knife. Then I engraved the bolsters. Lori Ristinen did the scrimshaw work. The other side isn’t done yet but it will have a pack of wolves attaching a large Moose. Check back, I should have the other handle scale soon.
I am building a new forge and will be showing the parts and pieces that will be going into it. I was given information on a new to the knifemakers kind of burner system. It is called a Ribbon Burner and I think it is used in the glass blowing industry. It is supposed to get very hot with less propane usage. I got this burner from Pine Ridge Ribbon Burners. The blower pictured above was recommended by them to run the burner I am using. It also is available on there web site. I built the adapter for it to go from the square opening of the blower to a 2″ pipe.
This is a closeup of the ribbon burner. The air and gas mix in the back portion before coming out the multiple holes in the refractory. As the forge heats up the refractory heats up also and preheats the air and gas mixer to help it burn better.
This is a shot of all the components layed out. Blower, adapter, and burner. The 15″ pipe I am using is supporting it and the back plate is layed out on the piece of steel. There will be a window in the back to run long pieces through the forge. A 2″ high square is made to go around the hole then the forge will be layed on its back and refractory poured 2″ thick, just up to the top of the window.
This is the inside of the forge before refractory. The little pieces of angel iron are 1 1/2″ and have been tacked in to hold the refractory to the sides. You can also see a pipe extending into the center. That will be the bottom and it will serve as a clean out when the flux builds up in the bottom of the forge. I will be posting more photo’s so check back. If anyone has any questions about the construction feel free to comment
This July 18-21 there will be a gathering of the Artist-Blacksmith’s Association of North America (ABANA) in Rapid City South Dakota. Check out there web site for more details. It is a very large gathering of craftsmen and women from around the world, There will be demonstrators from Norway, Canada, Mexico, and Italy along with many from the US. I have been invited to do some knife related demo’s, three to be exact. Making Mokume Gane is going to be one of them that I will cover from start to finish. I will show how to lay up the billett, how to hold everything together, heating and temp control, forging once welded and finally patterning to get all those great colors to come out. This is a sample piece that I just finished in a ladder pattern. Mokume is a just like the traditional damascus but it is done with non-ferrous metals. I will be using copper, brass, and nickel silver. Also at the demo I will have all the suppliers for the materials that I will be using. If you have any questions or comments please share them with me. Thanks
This is the Take-Down fixed blade with the scales and bolster reassembled after etching. The space behind the handle and bolsters where blocked from the etch by using fingernail polish.
This is a shot of the damascus pattern along the edge of the handle, very affective in contrast to the bolsters and handle material. If you have any questions about constructions please feel free to ask or comment.
This is a take-down knife that I am making for a customer. The blade is damascus that hasn’t been etched or heat treated yet. I will post pictures when done.
The bolsters are 416 stainless and will be engraved. They are attached with two 0-80 screws and held in alinement with four 1/16 pins. The handle is interiour mammoth ivory and will be scrimshawed. They are attached with two 4-40 button head screws. Using this method the knife can be completed then taken apart and etched so the damascus pattern shows all the way around. The pieces can also be sent to various artists to be scrimed or engraved. I will be posting more photo’s later.