Bushcraft skills: replacing a broken 'hawk handle.

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Re: Bushcraft skills: replacing a broken 'hawk handle.

Postby Bob » Thu Nov 27, 2014 9:22 am

Thanks for the update.
How do the pros form handles?
Or do they machine them from larger pieces of wood?
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Re: Bushcraft skills: replacing a broken 'hawk handle.

Postby Bob » Sun Nov 30, 2014 10:41 am

How did you force the patina on that knife blade?
A mild acid like vinegar?
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Re: Bushcraft skills: replacing a broken 'hawk handle.

Postby Mrknot » Sun Nov 30, 2014 1:20 pm

I am sure the pros have the set-up to do it properly...I don't even have a garage :-(

I used yellow mustard to force the patina on the knife. Only takes a couple of hours and you can put some pretty cool patterns down.
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Re: Bushcraft skills: replacing a broken 'hawk handle.

Postby Bob » Sun Nov 30, 2014 3:35 pm

Yellow Mustard?
Ok now you have me really curious.
I assume it is a tool steel blade or does it work for stainless as well?
Paint on the pattern you want and wait?
This is forced oxidation like blueing right?
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Re: Bushcraft skills: replacing a broken 'hawk handle.

Postby Mrknot » Fri Dec 05, 2014 12:02 pm

The blade pictured is made from 1095cv, a high carbon steel. I've tried to force patinas on stainless before and it does not really work. I like yellow mustard because the squeeze bottle allows you to "draw" the pattern on and let it set for a couple of hours. Some folks use hot sauce, different kinds of vinegar, or just stick the knife in an apple or an orange overnight...each medium you use will produce slightly different results.
In essence, you are creating a layer of "good" oxidation, (like blueing), to inhibit the forming of "bad" oxidation, (rust).
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