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Old 04-11-2008, 08:13 AM
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Gentleman, the bar has been raised. This is now officially a collaberation project with myself and Chuck Richards. We will keep everyone posted. now I'm really excited,things like this are why I love making knives and the people


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Old 04-11-2008, 10:05 AM
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Thank you Andy for the opportunity to help with this project. I am looking forward to it.


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Old 04-23-2008, 08:05 AM
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Update. Chuck I just received some pieces of WWII truck springs I'll get those and the shell out to you and you can start that damascus thing you do so well. I think once this starts it'll move along well.


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Old 04-23-2008, 08:27 AM
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Very Nice. I've been waiting anxiously. I will get going on it right after Blade. See you there by the way.


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Andy, what were you thinking about doing for the scrimshaw. I have been doing scrim for a few years, since 1979 to be exact. I've even tought classes before. Also, I am retired Air Force and was even stationed in Alaska. Scrim of walrus tusk can be harder than on elephant or mammoth ivory because of the density of it. Full scenes , both sides or just on the face side? I would do it at no charge as long as all of the proceeds to go to the memorial fund. Just need a notorized letter stating that the scrimshaw was done on the knife when completed. I think that I can find some sketches or photos of the war from that part of Alaska. I may even have some in one of my books from when I was there. Let me know if I can be of any help in this matter.
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Old 04-23-2008, 12:53 PM
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Chuck, If your not going to start until after Blade I'll bring you the stuff there.I'm kind of paranoid of mailing it.
Curtis,thank-you for the offer. 100% of the sale price will go to the memorial fund.I have to provide proof of that to the national historic preservation society.Not sure what you mean about a notarized letter? From me stating that the scrim was done after the knife was completed? Not a problem. The Ivory is old I got it in 76 and was told it was 50's vintage ( Fur Rondovouis in Anchorage).That may just be the touch needed. I did put a post on the fine embellishment forum when I started this project for someone to do the scrim work. Thanks for stepping up. I have received interest from a few others.

This is coming along better than I had hoped.


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Old 04-23-2008, 06:58 PM
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Andy,

You can give me the materials at blade but I am just going to have to ship them home. I do not trust the airlines to handle anything of value. So whichever you want to do. I will probably ship UPS next day or Fedex. How heavy is the metal?? I know you said you had about 10lbs of shell. The spring material may bring the weight up to about 20lbs. Hmm. Mat have to see who less expensive on that weight. This does sound like a real neat project the way it is coming together. I will try to get er done before the end of summer. That should give you all enough time to do your part.

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Old 04-23-2008, 08:47 PM
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I personally would rather ship it to you from here. You are doing enough without paying for the shipping. I'll get it out first of the week. That'll give you some thought time before you start. I will also refund your cost for sending it back to me.
Just holding that exploded shell is a moveing experiance.
Here's an update pic of what I've got,minus the springs.


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Old 04-24-2008, 08:21 AM
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Thanks Andy. The shell is much thicker than I thought. That will make things a bit easier for me. I will take heavy pictures during the process. Looking forward to receiving the materials.


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That's a nice sized hunk. I wonder what the steel composition is. I've been consolidating 105mm shell shrapnel from some US ordinance from the Afghan front. It's a bit tricky, but will weld up with patience and a lot of flux.


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Old 04-25-2008, 10:36 AM
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I am thinking i will weld this in a can. Forge all the material I am going to use flat then stack and seal it up. This way i can do a nice long soak and it should weld up nice without any flux. Then upon re-weld I will MIG all the seams up to create a sealed unit again and dry weld it. I will take my time on this one. Even if this does not make the best knife blade material it will be a part of history.


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Just what I have found out. Alot of WWII shells were 1080 and 1095. Newer stuff as would be found in Afganistan and Iraq are more modern alloys.
Chuck there is plenty of metal there to do some test runs. The fanned out part of the shell is about 1/2" at the base to 3/8 at the tip.(where you can see the threads for the fuse)
this is getting really exciting.
Don, are you working on a similar project?


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Just another update:
Chuck has received the shell and 2 truck springs from a WWII truck that was abandoned on ATTU. The Damascus begins!!!!


Right after the Blade Show!


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Old 05-07-2008, 11:52 AM
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In Progress

Here's an update in pics of the steel test on the artillery shell. Chuck couldn't wait till after Blade

This is how its going


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Thanks Andy

Since I had the forge fired up I decided to try the quench test. The quench went very well. It hardened up really nice and has a very fine grain structure. I will send more pictures when I get them...

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