I have a request for a Christmas gift. It's a hunter like the DH44 pattern but has a deeper blade and modified handle. I am making it from Crucible Industries' CPM154 1/8" x 1-1/2" stock.
HD44 template here.
Sunday, November 1, 2015
This is the effect of the conditioning belt. Most hand sanding is done longways, this belt will make a satin finish across the blade (more like what we see in production knifes).
About 1-1/2 tablespoons of epoxy is mixed in the cup and applied with a Popsicle stick. Coat the pins and insert them. This ensures epoxy is all around the pin and there are no voids. Also the depressions in the filework needs to be fully filled.
I like to do the bulk of the wood removal with a 120 grit belt.
Some more precise sanding goes on at the bench with 220 grit and 320 grit. I use blocks and pieces of dowel to get inside the curves.