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I've gotten started on the sheath for the knife. A first time stamping leather in a pattern for me. Although I see LOTS of room for improvement...I'm quite happy with this for a first try:
Tom, did I understand you correctly, do you use epoxy on your bolster pins?
Thanks Stefan. That's a compliment coming from you. You're the one that inspired me to give both tapered tangs and one piece bolsters a try.
Looking GOOD Alexander!! Well done.
Nah, I don't have a reamer either. Never needed one thus far.
OK then, I'm the only one without a reamer!!!LOL. I get it right half of the time at least!
I do my bolsters the same way that you do - on my drill press and then with a file and solder mine too.
I asked about the bolster time and price because I am trying to figure out what I should be charging for my knives. I don't actively market them but may do so someday. Right now it's just a hobby especially while I improve my skills. But maybe someday....
Hey Tom, The problem with this one wasn't that I didn't have a reamer...but simply that I drilled the wrong size holes. I accidentally drilled with a 3.2mm drill bit whilst I should have used a 3mm one.
You'll notice that I did it right on the bottom one which is of the same construction.
One piece bolsters like this take me a LOT of extra tyime. I don't have a mill so I have to do all my "milling" with my drill press. That takes me about 1,5 hours before the slot is all done. Then there's the added shaping of the bolster as well as soldering the damn thing, drilling it etc.
At the moment I add about a $40-45 charge to the price for adding a bolster. It's just a number I plucked out of thin air though. Depending on the bolster, thickness, type of bolster/guard my price for it might differ from knife to knife.
Those look very nice Sir! Nice work! I have the same issues with peening pins though. I have to get a tapered reamer I guess because I typically end up grinding through the area that's well peened exposing the epoxy lines around the pins. One of these days I will get it right consistently.
Since you've started adding bolsters to your knives how much additional time do you think it adds to the knives? Are you charging more for the knives with the bolsters - if so about how much?
It's the top one of the two. Tapered tang, olive drab micarta, one piece guard soldered.
With any luck I'll be able to wrap up the knife this evening. And I'll get some photos then.
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