Friday, May 28, 2010

"Additional Knife Progress"

Hey there folks,
I stayed late today at the shop to finish up the blades for heat treat.
First I surface ground them to within .005 of finish thickness.
Next I wrote a program in MasterCam to do a 3D sweeping contour profile using a .125 diameter carbide ball mill. I manipulated the amount of step over, and across step in the program parameters to achieve the rippled/fluted effect on the blade. I was able to use the same program for the opposite side after turning on the mirror image function on the CNC control.
I don't know about you, but I'm digging them...:)
Thanks for looking,  Kenn

Monday, May 24, 2010

"Got A Bit Further Today"

Hi all,
Had a few minutes today and was able to press the 1/16 detent ball into the frame lock mechanism.
I also milled a notch in the blade, drilled and taped a hole #2-56 to accept the thumb wheel.
I'm sitting here now flipping it open and closed, great fun....:)
Next I need to finish surface grind the blade to the final thickness to allow for 2 phosphor bronze washers to be fitted on each side of the blade. After that I'll need to add the blade angles, and send it off to be heat treated.
Enjoy, Kenn

Saturday, May 22, 2010

"Progress Report"

Well Folks,
I made it to the shop today, and roughed out the Prototype blades.
I think it's looking pretty good so far.
Whatcha think?

Saturday, May 15, 2010

"Ti Lights"

Hey there Folks,
Here is a fresh lot of  "Ti Lights".
These are made from .500 diameter 6AL4V Titanium, and are 1.270 in length. There are four viewing portals featuring five .093 diameter holes with a 45 degree counter sunk slot. These have a nice satin Scotch Brite finish on them, which I then anodized. Inside is a 3mm x 23mm Self Lighting Gas Vial. Once again the Vial is captivated by the para cord lanyard.
Price on these is $95.00 each.
The Green anodized  have a Green SLGV. !!SOLD!!
The Purple anodized  has an Ice Blue SLGV. !!SOLD!! 
The Blue anodized have an Ice Blue SLGV. !!SOLD!!
If you're interested please Email with your color choice as well as your payment preference.
As always thanks fo looking folks, Kenn

Friday, May 14, 2010


Hey there folks,
Just wanted to share a photo of some newly anodized Titanium.
I was gifted a sample of a product called Multi Etch.
It apparently cleans impurities while slightly etching the Titanium, making the surface accept the anodizing process with greater success.
This is an amazing product, just look at these colors.
I'm able to achieve much more brilliant results in a wider spectrum now.
Sorry, no new Knife progress this week...:(

Sunday, May 9, 2010

"Knife Handle Protos"

As promised, here are the 1st. photos of the Integral Knife Project.
These are the one piece Titanium handle prototypes.
3/8" thick, 1" wide, and 2 1/2" in length.
The machining went surprisingly well.
I'm really excited about these, and hope you all like them so far.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

"New project info"

Hi all,
 I see several of you have been reading the comments in the previous post, and have come to the conclusion that I'm in the process of creating a new item.
I'm going to try my luck at making a Folding Frame Lock Knife. (There I said it....whew)
I did the design in MasterCam, and will be starting a few prototypes as soon as possible.
The Knife will be on the small side, 4" to 4 1/2" over all length which will make for a great EDC.
The handle will be integral, and machined from solid Titanium.
The blades on the protos will be in S30V as that's what I was able to secure for free.
I'm quite excited about this, and hope I can produce a quality product that folks will be proud to carry.
Stay tuned, as I'll be posting pictures of the process.