When I went to the Spring Piney Woods hammer in about a month ago J.R. Cook was very nice and let me forge a blade with him during one of his demonstrations.
I thought that since I did not win the raffle for the J.R. Cook knife at the hammer in, that I would try to make one like it. So I asked J.R. Cook if I could use the design and he said sure.
I have been wanting to to finish the knife since I got back home but one thing has been holding me back... I don't have access to any nickle silver or mild steel for the guard. So after several weeks I finally decided that if I were going to improve my skill in knife making that I was just going to have to do the best I could with what I had. So I took a old piece of brass that was lying around and use it for the guard. I cut/ground it to shape and thought "Well I think I'll just stick the handle, guard , and blade all together with a little bit of epoxy to get the over all shape and balance of the knife, and then I could take it apart and do the finishing touches... BAD idea.
I glued it together and it went well. I got the balance and shape right, but then when I tried to pull it apart it didn't work... the epoxy held like steel. I took a hammer and tried to gently whack it apart but that only dented the weak brass.
My question is,
How do I pull the knife apart?
is there a way to weaken the epoxy?
I am desperate and will try about anything right now because this is a special knife to me. I made it at my first hammer in, J.R. Cook and Brion Tomberlin helped me with it, the handle wood is the first piece of stabilized wood I have ever worked with, the wood is also a gift from Jim Clow, and a whole lot of other reasons.
Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.