This is the first of the Christmas knives. A 150 mm Honesuki style with a western handle. It's made from AEB-L 0.130".
After shaping and some cleaning, I make a wire hanger and dip the blade in the stop-off paint.
The temperature of the furnace is targeted at 1060°C (1940 F).
With the blade polished, the marks etched and cleaned with windex, the blade gets taped right up to the shoulder. Then the pieces of the handle stack get fitted. The most critical is the first piece as it has to fit well with no major gaps. For this I like to use a 3/32" bit and a flat needle file.
Once the pieces of the stack are complete and dry fitted, the epoxy comes out.
In this case, I am applying a small amount of pressure to keep the blade and handle in a straight line. I leave the clamp on for 12 hours.
Then the rounding of the handle begins.
Then it is over to the buffing wheel. I used black compound then green compound. The ironwood is naturally very oily.
Here are some pictures of how the knife turned out.
After taking the masking tape off and cleaning the blade with acetone to remove and extra epoxy and fingerprints etc.
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