Wip- Integral Hunter- Ray Kirk, Mastersmith
Posted 06 March 2012 - 01:06 PM
A few pics of his shop in Tahlequah:
[Note v-8 powered rolling mill in foreground .]
For this hunter he started with some 1/2" 52100 round bar (his dies take 1/2", 5/8" & 3/4"). This is the first squeeze in his dies:
A close-up of the dies:
Forging out the blade & tang:
Using second set of dies to align blade & tang:
Posted 06 March 2012 - 01:33 PM
I wasn't with Ray long enough to see this knife to completion but here is one that was done the same way:
If you are interested in the dies used here, I'm sure that Ray could duplicate a set of them for you. I'm sure that part of it is that he a master smith but he sure makes it look simple.
Hope that you enjoyed this WIP as much as I did my time in his shop.
Posted 06 March 2012 - 03:41 PM
I think you're right in that he probably makes it look easier than it really is. It sure seems that pressing the steel in dies would be a lot less work than hammering... and hammering... and hammering... and hammering some more to form the bolsters.
By the way... your timing is impeccable. I just started my first integral. After all the work so far, I'd have to say that I'm a bit more than envious of how easy Ray's system makes it look.
I really like the small wheel platen setup for the radius transition from the blade to the integral bolster. I've been wondering how to create a nice clean radius. Unfortunately my shop is limited to round files and elbow grease.
Posted 06 March 2012 - 08:09 PM
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