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    Username Post: Build-off folder 2010        (Topic#875153)
    Les George
    Knifemaker
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    03-25-10 07:15.06 - Post#2095319    



    For the 2nd year in a row, I am gonna do the CK&G build off, last year I made the sub-hilt. This year it's a folder!

    Here we go, livin' the dream!

    First thing's first, the breakfast of champions! Snickers and coffee



    Now that we have that taken care of, off to the build!



    I am doing a tricked out Rockeye, pretty much all the tricks I can think of!



    First, cut up titanium for frames...





    Here we have the blade, some surface ground damascus that I am not going to use after all, and the titanium frames.



    Now... well we'll come back to this one....



    To the Lathe!



    With some damascus rod to make some pivot screw trim rings...





    there you have them!



    Almost forgot the time stamp! See that alarm time? Ya gotta get up early in the morning to be this tired all day! :couch:






    A little music to work by... :rockin:



    Back to the lathe for a titanium thumb stud





    Back to the blade and on to the surface grinder!





    I had to grind a lot off, I zeroed it out when I started....



    LUNCH!



    With the wife!



    More to follow, I gotta get back to work... :woohoo: Thanks for looking!
    Les George
    http://www.georgeknives.com


    My forum


     


    Les George
    Knifemaker
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    03-25-10 12:23.04 - Post#2095673    


        In response to Les George

    Back in my meager shop.........

    Time to profile the titanium!



    I love a new bandsaw blade!









    Makin stuff flat and shiny!





    Little peek at the blade...



    What is that? Could that be a core, a San Mai?



    That's it! 6K Stelite San Mai, brought you by Chad Nichols as is all the damascus in this knife!



    Is that not a badass piece of blade stock?

    Back spacer time!







    I see now I skiped taking pictures of some of the intermediate back spacer steps...





    Most of the parts fit together now, I have to go back to school tomorrow and do some more work on the mill. Till then, I think that's about it for tonight...





    Thanks for looking!
    Les George
    http://www.georgeknives.com


    My forum


     
    Les George
    Knifemaker
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    03-26-10 10:47.16 - Post#2096399    


        In response to Les George

    Anyway, first we have a little look around the shop. I had to use the CNC lab today since there was a class going on in the manual room. The bad part about it not being my shop is that I dont get to decide who uses what, when....

    Of course the good side is I get almost free run!

    So since I couldn't get in on my Bridgeport that I usually use, I came over to use this bad boy, in manual mode.



    Of course I have never even turned a CNC machine on until today, so that took a while to figure out, since I was pretty much on my own.



    Here is the rest of the stuff in the room, that I get to learn how to run this fall...







    First though, had to get a vice on it and get it squared up.





    Then build a fixture to hold the frames, I may want to do this or something like it again, so I made a heavy fixture. (Heavy = good, right?)





    Enough, lets cut something!











    I didn't know how to zero out the DRO on the display so I just wrote down the coordinates of the 4 corners, so I could hit each one. I am use there is an easier way, but I made it happen!

    Then cut the lock, and mill the relief and I am done at this machine! :thumbs:







    Get home and almost forget the time stamp!





    Here's where we are....



    I was having a little trouble getting the back spacer to line up every time I took the knife apart and put it back together, so I added a screw in the spacer into a blind hole in the frame, problem solved!



    Coming together, nicely..





    Set the detent ball....



    Lock is cut free, faced off and fit to the blade



    I think I am gonna have to relive it a little more, the lock is pretty hard to move right now!



    Tomorrow, I will grind the blade and work on some of the trimmings! Thanks for looking and thank you for all your support! Without you guys, these threads would be boring!




    Les George
    http://www.georgeknives.com


    My forum


     
    wstwood
    Master Member KnifeNut!
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    03-26-10 12:48.24 - Post#2096463    


        In response to Les George

    Oh I dunno.

    I think you are having too much fun at this.

    When does the work part happen?

    By elves in the night?

    I wish I had access to all that equipment.

    And I wish I knew how to use all that equipment.
    "When all other rights have been taken away, the right of rebellion is made perfect."

    Thomas Paine.


     
    TKC
    Master Member KnifeNut!
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    03-27-10 04:13.40 - Post#2096858    


        In response to Les George

    Cool beans!!!
     
    Les George
    Knifemaker
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    03-27-10 09:37.50 - Post#2097063    


        In response to TKC

    Plenty of shenanigans today! :rofl:

    Blade grinding time!





    You can kinda see the pattern









    Gettin it on! :rockin:



    Cleaning it up...







    Workin the flats...







    Grind a little shape into the handles...





    I got tired of them looking all dirty with the layout fluid in the corners so I bead blasted the frames. This also high lights any scratches or bumps in the contours that I need to go back and knock out.





    The Blade is in the etch now, so I better get back out there and check on it. Probably be tomorrow before I post more pics though, definitely maybe!

    Thanks for looking! :woohoo:
    Les George
    http://www.georgeknives.com


    My forum


     
    SuicideFO
    Master Member KnifeNut!
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    03-28-10 05:04.24 - Post#2097782    


        In response to Les George

    Damn Les...that's just beyond sweet!!!
    One day sir...one day I will own a folder from you.

    Matt
     
    TKC
    Master Member KnifeNut!
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    03-28-10 09:19.11 - Post#2097978    


        In response to Les George

    That is looking good!!
     
    Les George
    Knifemaker
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    03-29-10 23:34.06 - Post#2099334    


        In response to TKC

    I'm gonna try to get better pics one the sun comes up, but just in case it doesn't happen....



























    and as I took this last picture, my camera battery died....



    And I'm spent! Thanks for looking!
    Les George
    http://www.georgeknives.com


    My forum




    Edited by Les George on 03-29-10 23:34.43. Reason for edit: No reason given.
     
    Twizzler
    Master Member KnifeNut!
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    03-31-10 13:50.41 - Post#2100868    


        In response to Les George

    The textures mixed very well Les, classy. Fun watching it come together, thank you for taking the time out for sharing it with us. I was expecting to see incerts when you were pocketing out the scales. Where did you go with that? Partly mortised scales?

    Aaron
    NVKC member 332

    Ride Hard, Shoot Straight, Say What You Mean


     
    Les George
    Knifemaker
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    04-02-10 09:49.44 - Post#2102397    


        In response to Twizzler

    sorry I missed posting one update here!

    OK more work in progress...

    Time stamp first thing this morning...



    Decided to re machine the handles, lets do it!







    Machining the clip





    Form the clip









    Etch the clip..











    And the last WIP for me...



    Thanks for looking, finished pics in the morning!
    Les George
    http://www.georgeknives.com


    My forum


     
    Les George
    Knifemaker
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    04-03-10 02:38.49 - Post#2102774    


        In response to Les George

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLhq...
    Les George
    http://www.georgeknives.com


    My forum


     
    Twizzler
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    04-03-10 15:37.08 - Post#2103194    


        In response to Les George

    Thanks for the explaination. It was a good riddle. Hhahaa! The end results was nothing less than striking.

    Great video I watched it.
    Hope the class is as fun as it looked. Some day you might be teaching classes there.

    I also took your advice on the breakfast of champions today right before 4 rounds of worbble.
    I seemed to give an edge on the pigeons.

    Do you use a bubbler in your acid bath? Thats a great idea.
    Aaron
    NVKC member 332

    Ride Hard, Shoot Straight, Say What You Mean




    Edited by Twizzler on 04-03-10 15:42.12. Reason for edit: No reason given.
     
    lilbuj
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    12-30-10 04:01.55 - Post#2261324    


        In response to Twizzler



    That knife is a true work of art. Les it was nice meeting you at the NYCKS.

    Best of luck.

    Edited by lilbuj on 12-30-10 04:02.39. Reason for edit: No reason given.
     


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