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Progress on the Bobcat

October 22, 2017

This weekend I made some good progress on the Bobcat knife.  It's shaping up to be a really nice gentlemen's style folder.  It should be a nice piece once completed.  Here are a few photos of the work. 

 

 

I have to admit, I really struggled getting these bolsters to etch well enough to show the contrasting layers in the Damasteel.  I ended up heat treating the bolsters, etching them in hydrochloric acid, and then a quick dip in some ferric chloride.  I finished up by hitting them with some 2000 grit paper to even things out a little bit and return the shine.  I would consider these passing, but I'm still not 100% satisfied.  I'll have to experiment a little more on the next knife that I use Damasteel for.

 

Here's the finished blade with it's 600 grit satin finish.  Looking nice!  I didn't take any pics of the process, but you can look back through previous posts if you want to see the process of grinding a blade.

 

I like to add a little bling to the insides of my liners by jeweling them.  I used a Cratex rod mounted in my mill and then used the X and Y slides to index the location for each circle.  It went a lot faster than doing it the old way on the drill press and the circles are much more regular.

 

I also cut the lock bar in the left liner, set adjusted the lock for a nice, early lockup on the blade tang, and installed the detent ball in the lock bar.  I must have been really into the build since I forgot to take any pics of those steps.  

 

I spent a good deal of time at the bench with files in hand adding the filework to the spacer.  I went with my traditional twisted ribbon pattern for this knife.  It's kind of a traditional, yet elegant pattern that I thought would compliment the overall looks of this knife.  I'm getting really close to the finish line with this build.  Thanks for following along.

 

-  Brandant Robinson

 

 

 

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