2017 Customs and WIP stuff

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2017 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by timos » Thu Jan 26, 2017 6:04 am

I am finally starting to find a nice balance between family, full time work and Knives:) This year should turn out to be my most productive yet.
I will start this off by posting a little Work In Progress pictorial on a pair of kitchen knives I am making for a member here. The pictorial shows how I make my "Dove-Wa" handles.

I am also going to be changing my business model a bit. I will still make customs for you guys! But now in a more timely manner!
If you have an interest in a custom knife just let me know either here or by email. I will add you to my list and a month or so before your name comes up I will contact you to plan details or purchase materials. I am always game to plan a new build anytime, just keep in mind I may not be able to start for several months. These 100% customs usually get heat treated by themselves and add on a little to the cost of the knife.

In order for me to keep my costs down I send 20 or more knives at a time for heat treating, about 1 large batch per year. That means I usually have several different varieties already heat treated just waiting for a client to commission and choose edge geometry/handle materials, etc.
This will cut down your wait time so if you are looking for something sooner than the 100% custom wait, just ask!

Without further adieu...
I use a simple set up to cut my dove tail angles.
-square blocks
-C clamps
-dozuki saw
-maple board with an angle cut as a guide.
My first step once I have the block to size is to make to cuts to the same depth with a bandsaw (not pictured)
Then I set up to cut the dove tails on the frames, the scales, the bolster and a couple pics of the blades themselves
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Re: 2017

Post by timos » Thu Jan 26, 2017 6:04 am

More on the pair...and a better quality photo of my first knife finished in 2017.
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Re: 2017

Post by STPepper9 » Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:51 am

Your work always looks nice Tim. Can't wait to see what's in store for the rest of the year.

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Re: 2017

Post by mauichef » Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:29 am

That's a great looking knife Tim. I love the flowing curves.

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Re: 2017

Post by SteveG » Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:10 pm

Tim, tell me more about the larger knife in the two-knife shot third from the bottom. That looks freakin' awesome :-).

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Re: 2017

Post by timos » Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:33 pm

It is W2 Tool Steel, 2" wide, 1/8" stock full distal taper with a lightly convexed to zero edge :)
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Re: 2017

Post by timos » Sat Jan 28, 2017 6:03 pm

Here is #3 in my compact hiking knife series :) 3/32 thick 1095 steel at RC62-63. Green G10/Carbon Fiber Laminate with white G10 liners.
#4 is close to completion. same steel but thunderstorm kevlar w/ orange liners. Please email me if interested.
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Re: 2017 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by timos » Mon Feb 06, 2017 7:21 am

Check out this one, first collab with Cody Paul, Hopefully we will be doing a few more!
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Re: 2017 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by thegingerninja.abq » Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:14 pm

I love that slicer!

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Re: 2017 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by dantee » Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:16 am

Thanks so much for the awesome work and it has been a real real pleasure working together and collaborating on the semi-custom slicer!
Can't wait to start using that lovely slicer!

I'll try to give some of my thoughts but I'm not a pro so I'll not be able to give a review of it like Mr jsgillis does. :p.
Pity I'm in Singapore otherwise would be happy letting one or two of the pros take the knife for a whirl and give their professional reviews of it to properly do your knife justice. :)

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Re: 2017 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by milkbaby » Tue Feb 07, 2017 5:12 pm

That slicer and saya are beautiful. Great collaboration!

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Re: 2017 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by timos » Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:45 am

Some more pics on the pair I have been working on, a sneak peek at a new petty design in NJSB's Nitro V steel, and a 1095 petty that is almost finish in osage, ironwood, with some g10 liners/pins
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A new west/east fusion petty geared towards home use. I design this one primarily for friends and family that want a handmade knife...something that really looks cool and will have an all around versatile shape. In stainless of course! Ive got 6 of these, ill put one of them out for some pro-evaluation (pass around)...contact me if you have an interest in this.
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This one will be available soon, contact me if interested. 1095/osage orange/ ironwood, white g10 liners
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Re: 2017 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by Robstreperous » Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:02 am

Very nice stuff Tim.

Really cool idea with that ammonite embedded in the handle.

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Re: 2017 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by timos » Thu Mar 09, 2017 3:17 pm

Thanks Rob! I Needed a fossil motif for forum member Geodude on this set. Next stop Cody Paul's for some Sayas :)
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Re: 2017 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by Jeff B » Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:32 pm

Very nice Tim, very nice!
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Re: 2017 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by ckreef » Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:58 am

Love the fossil inlay.

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Re: 2017 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by HHH Knives » Sat Mar 11, 2017 6:58 pm

Tim, the knives and handles look great! really dig the dovetail handle work!
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Re: 2017 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by mauichef » Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:10 pm

The fusion petty looks very interesting. Count me in on a PA please Tim.

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Re: 2017 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by timos » Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:31 am

Thanks guys! Here is an example of a built to order custom...the design was worked out via email based from pictures and customer description.
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Re: 2017 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by Jeff B » Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:30 am

Tim you just keep getting better and better all the time!

Love your use of subtle spacers in your handle work that adds an air of detail and elegance without being to audacious. Beautiful!
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