Trying something a little different.

Discussion in 'Blades' started by derekmelton, Nov 4, 2017.

  1. derekmelton

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    Big camp chopper from a farriers rasp, brut de forge style. Curled finial for a pommel/Hand stop and lanyard ring, integral finger guard. This one will get lignum vitae scales for a handle. Overall length is 18.5 inches. It’s meant to be a beastly looking blade with a Blacksmith’s touch. I’ll post more pics when it’s done. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]


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  2. sand_man

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  3. mascott

    mascott Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    I know that's going to be NICE!!
     
  4. mascott

    mascott Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    I picked up some really big files a few years ago thinking I may get into it.
     
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  5. 22lrfan

    22lrfan Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    Derek, That looks awesome!!! :101010:
     
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  6. rigrat

    rigrat Semper Fi

    Sweet , told ya , you do good work. Just want to know when you will be taking orders.

    Always liked the file knives.
     
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  7. derekmelton

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    Thanks I appreciate the comments! I’m proud of the forging on this one, the third picture is right out of the forge & I got it about 90% completed to shape at the anvil which saves a lot of time and sanding belts. A lot of forged knives are forged to a very rough shape and then manipulated heavily at the grinder. Spending the last year and a half doing mostly Blacksmith training has really improved my hammer and anvil skills. I think this one is going to look pretty cool when the handle is done. I’d thought of doing a hidden tang but I wanted to draw the rat tail of the rasp into the knife somehow. I may do another and pull that tail up into a hand guard.


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  8. rigrat

    rigrat Semper Fi

    Be sure to update the pics as you go and get time.
     
  9. derekmelton

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    Will do.


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  10. derekmelton

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    I’m not super thrilled with the G10 handle but it cut halfway through this 2x2x16 red oak and still shaved hair so I’m happy with that. This one was made purely as a testing/demo blade with a very specific purpose so the aesthetics aren’t quite as important to me. I️ won’t be selling this one anyway so I️ can live with the funky handle. I️ started this one late Friday night and have a total of about 4-5 hours in it. [​IMG]
     
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  11. rigrat

    rigrat Semper Fi

    I would have no problem buying it provided I had enough money to cover the work of art you made.
    I like it kinda rough and tough look and the rat tail is quite unique to me, especially since my handle is rigrat, LOL.

    Nicely done. I think she should be dubbed "The Rat Blade".


    And please keep posting some of your work on here, really enjoy seeing it develop into finished products.
     
  12. osiek

    osiek Distinguished Poster

    :101010: That is one fine blade
     
  13. derekmelton

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    Better pic now that the sun is up. ;)

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  14. mascott

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    Man, that is super nice!!!! I can't do anything artistic!
     
  15. derekmelton

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    This one just kinda happened this way. I decided to keep the rat tail tang of the rasp and pull it into a finial and make a lanyard hole out of it. I made a short video showing some of the forging of this blade


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  16. 22lrfan

    22lrfan Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    I can't believe you don't think that one is worthy of selling. Looks beautiful to me.:101010:
     
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  17. rigrat

    rigrat Semper Fi

    Yep exactly :yeah:
     
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  18. derekmelton

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    Maybe it’s that way with most people who do this Stuff, all I see are the flaws.


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  19. 45flattop

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    ^^^THIS^^^ I feel that you really shouldn't but
    having known the late Jimmy Lile, I understand
    the mental itch that creative folks are prone to.
    Beautiful work.
     
  20. sand_man

    sand_man Grouchy Old Fart MSGO Supporter

    You see the creation process from start to finish where we only get to see the finished product. You know the blade inside and out where we do not. What we see as a beautiful product you see things you would have done differently. Sometimes you have to let go of the process.

    BTW, one of my favorite shows is Forged In Fire!
     
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