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Hello

Sat Mar 23, 2013 4:45 am

Time to introduce myself, my name is Matt and I have been involved with knives for the past 4 years. I work in the restaurant industry and during my free time try to get wood working projects done. I have been re-handling western knives for about 2 years and just in the last quarter started re working some Wa handles.

I live in Salt Lake City and am an avid outdoors enthusiast.

My job takes me all across the country, I like to meet up with as many knife nuts as I can, I will keep posted as to where I am and hopefully meet up with some of the fine folks of the CKTG community.

Thank you all for the opportunity to be here,

Matt

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Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:46 am

MATT <> And thank you for being here! I look forward to hearing where you are in your travels...

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Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:17 pm

Just saw that you're here too! Welcome to the club, Matt. So, about those wa handles....

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Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:48 pm

Good to be here Tom! The Wa's are comming along, just waiting for another shipment of buffalo horn.

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Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:20 pm

Hi Mat, I recently inherited a bunch of hand ground blades that my grandfather made. By hand ground I also mean he only has the one hand... Anyway, they have never had handles on them and I'm not sure what steps to take to finish them off. They are pretty much just sharp ass blanks right now... No drilling, and no heat treat. Any input would be awesome.

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Sat Mar 30, 2013 2:14 am

"Hi Mat, I recently inherited a bunch of hand ground blades that my grandfather made. By hand ground I also mean he only has the one hand... Anyway, they have never had handles on them and I'm not sure what steps to take to finish them off. They are pretty much just sharp ass blanks right now... No drilling, and no heat treat. Any input would be awesome."

I guess the first thing I would do it heat treat them, unless you are happy with how hard they are. I am not sure who does small batch heat treatment...Peters is the only place I know off, I am sure some others may be able to chime in.

Are the full tang knives or rat tail? If they are full tang knives, mark your holes and drill them before sending them off to heat treat. Getting the handle on is the easy part IMO. Find some good wood, I like stabilized wood and use Mark Farley from Burl Source for a great variety and very well treated woods. Then make sure your tang is flat, flatten your scales, epoxy the scales to the tang, and go to work on shaping.

You can really accomplish all these tasks with basic hand tools, (of course power tools help) but its all possible with some files, sand paper and a drill.

I would like to see some pics, perhaps you could post some in the main forum. I love seeing knives with a story, and it sounds like these have a pretty good history.

Let me know if you have any specific questions. I am happy to answer any that I can.

M

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Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:45 am

Nice to meet you Matt. We have very similar stories.

Matt
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