Saturday, May 21, 2011
Adding Barterable Skills
Over the last week or so, I've made another knife. It's a very easy kit, that I got from Premium Knife Supply, from a listing on eBay. They call it their S11 "Hawkbill" or pruning knife. Got the blade for considerably less than their buy it now prices - $6.50, if I recall correctly. For a while, you can look at one here. Visitors to the archives will have to go search eBay.
When the blade arrives, it's abrasive-blasted or finished to something like 80 or 120 grit abrasive. I decided I didn't like the look and wanted to sand it and polish it. That was an intensive job! The steel they use is very hard and the pits from the abrasive are very deep. Although I got a decent finish on it, it still bears marks from the sandblasting. Then I tried to drill a 3/16" hole near the big finger hole to run some cord through, and ruined some HSS drill bits. They barely made a mark on the steel this is made from. The only thing I had that would drill that steel was a carbide masonry bit, and you should have seen the smoking chips fly! I imagine a good quality carbide steel drill, or perhaps really high cobalt steel, would do.
Polishing it was a little tricky with the curved shape, but it came out wicked sharp.
The paracord handle is the first time I've done anything with the stuff. Nice thing about paracord is I can take it apart and try it again later. At first, I was going to use stones, like the knife I did last summer, but thought I'd try to learn how use paracord. I have made fishing rods before, and the ways you treat paracord are pretty similar to the way you treat the rod-winding thread. Only paracord is about 100 times thicker.
So color me still learning. Always room to learn, right? "I'll trade you a big Bowie knife for one of your chickens".