Hi Folks….Made up a folder for my Uncle.
Was his birthday, and being a country gent he required a blade-shaped for the garden veggie’s, plants and general use.
Made from Brass sheet, 01, 4mm brass rod and some burl I had lying around……that’s it, well it’s nice to just make something from what is lying around eh!
Hope you like the photo story.
1 Brass sheet cut into the body of the folder.
2 Blade done (Not sharpened) primed for etching and then heat treatment (Not going to bore you with making a blade).
3 Spine (Spring) made up and tempered.
4 Another shot of blade in better light
5 Folder bodies and scales aligned and resting on the liners
6 liners drilled using scales / body as template
7 Nails / pins holding all three layers together cut scales in half along length
8 Blade etched
9 and again
10 One half of the cut brass body / liner / scales
11 Other half
12 Initial shaping of the scales
13 And the other
14 Both sides held together (Not glued just held with the nails / pins)
15 Shape both sides together to ensure even finish
16 The components
17 Pre assembly
18 Buff the end where the blade will be hinged
19 The three main components
20 All components after final fit check
21 Make some pins x 4 that will go from the brass body and out through the scales
22 check snug fit..note they do need to be chamfered at the top, you’ll see why soon
23 All the pins
24 Super glue the pins then quickly move…..
25 To the bench vice and drive them in snugly ensuring the pins are at 90% to the folder body or the liners will not fit….(Remember the pins are facing outwards and the liners will slide onto them)
26 Pins aligned and driven home
27 Grind down INSIDE of pin head and flatten smooth (Do not polish for now)
28 Components of one side…including a more shaped scale
29 Both sides, initial pins fitted and both scales with more shape
30 Now polish the inside of the folder brass body
31 was a bit blurry so omitted
32 Same again in better light
33 and the other side
34 All components
35 Main pins super glued and driven home, cut pins to around 2mm form scales, then gently use a centre punch to open the pins up a little (Do this quickly before the glue sets)
Also ensure you rest the knife on a wood surface….or you’ll dent the bottom scale as you hammer the punch….
36 Initial polish post assembly
37 Grain starting to show
39 and again
40 and again
42 Need to wash hands
43 The scales look rather nice….