Greetings, everyone. I hope everyone is doing well and ready to follow along with me on another adventure in knife making. The Talon knife got put on hold yet again so that I can fill a custom order. This knife will be very similar to the last Pride knife that I finished up a couple weeks ago. Here are a few pics of the first steps of this build.
Here are all the main parts in their rough profile shapes. As I said before, this knife will be similar to the last knife that I made. It will have the same raindrop pattern timascus for the scales, spacer, and pocket clip. The main difference will be the blade which will be made from raindrop pattern Damasteel. It's definitely going to be an attention grabber.
I actually milled out this pocket clip last week while I was waiting for the rest of the materials for this build to show up. I still have a few more things to do to it before I get it polished up and ready for heat coloring. This one's quite a bit shorter than the last knife's clip and will be mounted a little higher for a deeper carry at the clients request.
Here's something new for me that I hope I can pull off. The client didn't want a thumb stud on this knife and requested gold dots (sometimes refered to as Dellana Dots after the first maker to use them). The surface ground blade has been profiled and drilled for the pivot hole and for the opening dots. The dots will be made from this 18 carat gold wire that will be cut to length and then peened through the three holes with the tops domed and polished. I'm a little nervous about this step. Gold is expensive and I sure don't want to mess this up. Oh well, that will come much further down the road. By then I hope to have things all figured out.
Here's the blade as it emerges from its tool wrap after being hardened and quenched. Kind of ugly now, but it won't be for long.
After the quench the blade goes into dry ice which continues the hardening process. After the deep freeze cycle, the blade will get tempered twice as per the manufacturer's recommendations. Damasteel really is a great product. The two steels used in it are RWL-34 and PMC-27. This combination makes for a fantastic product that looks great and performs terrifically.
Thanks for coming along with me on this new adventure. Next week I'll get started on the liners and scales. I hope you enjoy following this build.
- Brandant Robinson