I need a peice of big brass?

Discussion in 'Blades' started by Timberghozt, Dec 10, 2006.

  1. Timberghozt

    Timberghozt Member

    Here is something I have been workin on for a long time.This is my first attempt at it so please bear with me..My grandpa used to make knives out of sa blades,files,car springs..You name it and he was good.Well I figured I would try to carry on that old skill.I made this 11 inch BOWIE blade from a broken machete..I got her glowing red and dropped her into motor oil...It frickin worked.This thing is harder than a preachers ****.
    The handle is a broken deer horn that I found..Really unique sort of thing.
    So where can I find a big peice of brass to make my hilt,(handguard) from..
    Here is the knife..I named it the "Iron Mistress" after that old movie..
    It is built to be functional and I plan to put it on my belt with my pistol when hunting hogs..In case one of these big fellas decides he wants to scrap and I`m out of ammo..
  2. BigUglyOne

    BigUglyOne Monkey+++ Founding Member

  3. Timberghozt

    Timberghozt Member

    BigUglyOne..It has not been tempered..Only hardened.What is the best method for tempering knife steel?Like I said this is my first one and my grandfather is dead.I wish I would have asked more questions of him about this stuff.He was a quiet man but had a wealth of knowledge about hunting and knives,etc
    Thanks for the links.I`m headed there right now with my wifes credit card..
  4. TailorMadeHell

    TailorMadeHell Lurking Shadow Creature

    Nice work. Nice hog also. Glad to see you hadn't spent so much time in the woods that you forgot about technology and the monkey. Haha. One of these days I'll be able to do as much hunting as some of you guys and gals do. I could do some here though I think society looks down on people shooting random liberals and calling them trophies. [flag]
  5. BigUglyOne

    BigUglyOne Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Hardening the blade will make it hard but brittle (as I said). If it was done right it will be like glass (I have dropped one and had it shatter). Tempering will soften the steel and make it much tougher. Heat your kitchen oven to 400 degrees and place the blade in there for 1 hour then turn off the oven and let it cool slowly, when it is done the steel will have a yellowish straw color to it. It should be hard enough that a file will slide off of the edge but you should feel some drag from a sharpening stone cutting it.

    Don did an excellent "getting started" thread at the top of the forum

  6. Timberghozt

    Timberghozt Member

    Thanks Tailor..I had a lot of fun huntin that fella and it took me a while till he slipped up...and it was "oops" with the 45-70.
    Big Ugly One..I tempered it as you said in the oven..Appreciate the links also.I found a peice of big nickel I like or brass...
  7. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Nice work Timberghozt
  8. Timberghozt

    Timberghozt Member

    Thanks Quigley..Its growin on me more and more..
    Big Ugly..Thanks for the temper tip..I did it let it cool,then put the blade on an Arkansas stone,followed by a big porcelin stick I use to final finish my skinning and boning knives....

    I was wondering if anyone knew a good leathersmith that could make me a sheath for this thing???

    BTW Quigley..I think you spoke with Poach..The HB is ran by the founders and admins,but I do have some say so around there..lol
    It is a go and you can use it for that purpose..I can`t get around having to register but feel free to pass the word.Its a derned good idea to use a rally point..
  9. magnus392

    magnus392 Field Marshall Mags Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Next time you need brass, check with a music store that repairs band instruments, they will have something laying around ussually.
  10. Timberghozt

    Timberghozt Member

    Derned good idea..Thanks Magnus,I had not thought about that...
  11. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    most machine-shops will hook you up with a piece of brass too
  12. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Nice knife, and nice hog too TG.
  13. Timberghozt

    Timberghozt Member

    Yup..thanks SeaCowboys..I figured that a machine shop could probably get it for me...
    Thanks E.L.
    I popped that big feller with that 45-70 laying on top of him and a 300 grain Hornady HP in one of my handloads..He never took a step when that bullet hit him....
  14. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I was looking at a 45-70 a lot like yours the other day and thinking it would make a fantastic hog gun. I may have to add it to the wish list.
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