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    Alaskan Bush Knife – at least I hope so. The knife started out with an idea that Kevin had, and put on paper.

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    First came the steel. It is 1095 and is 3/16” thick.

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    Rough shape.

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    Rough grind. I’m getting better at my hollow grind. Going to the right is easier than to the left for me. Not sure if it is because of the motor on the grinder that causes me to have to change my grip, or my conservative nature.

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    Things can get lost pretty easy when you set them down, so orange scales were in order. I have had difficulty finding orange material in the weight I wanted for the micarta. I tried felt in the past and was very disappointed with it. This called for some medium weight canvas and some orange Rit dye.

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    Now to make the micarta.

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    Waiting on the glue to dry on the scales.

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    I used 3/16” brass pins. To make them “grab” the glue better I chucked the rod up in a drill and ran it through an 80 grit piece of sand paper to rough it up.

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    The scales have been rough sanded with a 50 grit belt.

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    I then used 120, 220, 400, 600 grit belts and gave it a quick pass on the buffer. I still need to sharpen it and clean it up a little before I send it out. I hope you enjoy it Kevin.

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    Very Nice! Crash! Wow is that red or orange? I really like it!
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    Man That's a Beauty Crash!! Kevin You are very Lucky! Good thing Crash likes you huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by COWBOYSURVIVAL View Post
    Very Nice! Crash! Wow is that red or orange? I really like it!
    Orange. As I started sanding the scales it looks as though the dye didn't penetrate through and through, so it was a lot darker/brighter before I sanded.
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    wow! unbelievable...what a project, and quick work, he didn't post that very long ago...

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    WOW, Crash you have advanced quickly. Nice work.

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    Great looking knife! I have got to try to make scales like those!!

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    Like the kids would say: Awesome dude!!!! It would appear you are ready for the big time
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    wow...it was less than 2 weeks ago that Kklak posted that! awsome turn around time. approximatly how many hours and much money did that cost you to make?

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    Probably about 20 hours in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crashdive123 View Post
    Probably about 20 hours in it.

    20 Hours @ $48.00 per hour shop rate (Man & Equipment) = $960.00 now if you could turn out two per week, and "LOOSE" only $760.00 per knife, if you take two weeks off for vacation............you only loose $76,000.00 per year. So if you start in the knife business with $1,300,000.00 at the end of three years you could say. "Hey I have ..............OK, never mind

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sourdough View Post
    20 Hours @ $48.00 per hour shop rate (Man & Equipment) = $960.00 now if you could turn out two per week, and "LOOSE" only $760.00 per knife, if you take two weeks off for vacation............you only loose $76,000.00 per year. So if you start in the knife business with $1,300,000.00 at the end of three years you could say. "Hey I have ..............OK, never mind
    That reminds me of the old joke...

    "How do you make a small fortune in Montana?"

    answer: move here with a large fortune and open a business...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason_Montana View Post
    That reminds me of the old joke...

    "How do you make a small fortune in Montana?"

    answer: move here with a large fortune and open a business...

    How to finish your first year as a Alaskan Hunting Guide with $200,000.00 in your pocket.........????? Start the season with $500,000.00 but only crash two new super cubs.

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    WOW!.......WOW!..... I speachless!

    Ok maybe not, man that thing is buetious! You are "DA MAN!"
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    Livin' large. That looks great. I'm sure that knife will have some stories to tell. Mac
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    Wow Sweet knife.
    I really need to try making them scales like that. they look great
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    Great looking knife. Did you temper the steel Crash?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swamprat1958 View Post
    Great looking knife. Did you temper the steel Crash?
    Oops. Forgot pictures of the heat treat process. After cleaning the scales and carbon off (last picture) I tempered it in my wife’s oven. It must be hers – she keeps saying what are you putting in my oven?

    Here’s the magnet I use to check it along the way.

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    The heating.

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    Time to clean it up a little.

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    You make some pretty knives crash. I really like the "styles?" you use.

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    nice grind, nice knife and well done.

    btw: we have just about the same tongs...
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