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Old 12-07-2010, 12:47 AM   #11
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It's a pretty one Nitro. Nice work.
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Where is a good spot to get leaf springs. I was thinking the junk yard. That will be a project in the near future but I will need a few in case I mess up.

I got them on e-bay. There is a glue to bind the scales to the blade handle too. I bought a kit for my son and it had the glue to bind the scales to the blade. I got the scales there too. There is actually a decent selection. After I glued the scales on, I used a 1" belt sander to sand them down to conform to the handle. I used a dremel to round and shape the scales and then hand sanded it to finish it.

I forgot to add that I used a grinder with a buffing wheel and compound to get the blade shined up.
A junk yard would be a great place. I can get them from restorations, so the steel is 30+ years old....still super hard but old. They're all free to me so if you want a couple pieces just let me know. I can cut a few lengths and USPS flat rate boxes are your friend.
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Old 12-07-2010, 01:09 AM   #13
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A junk yard would be a great place. I can get them from restorations, so the steel is 30+ years old....still super hard but old. They're all free to me so if you want a couple pieces just let me know. I can cut a few lengths and USPS flat rate boxes are your friend.
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Thanks everyone for the kind words and place to look for stuff. I am really getting into this. Not to expensive and I can be creative.

Y'all are good for a guys ego.

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Spitty, I too would like some leaf spring steel for the price of a flat rate box. Can I gleep on to some sympathy iron? I'm wanting to try something sizeable, around 16-18" overall. Haven't checked out the boxes. Maybe should just try Knik Wrecking.
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Nitro, nice work, sorry to butt into your show and tell with a plea for steel. How did you attach the bolsters? Keep on, you'll be buying a tempering oven before you know it.
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On that particular blade the bolsters were already attached.
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NICE!!

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I'll echo Jack here as that's a right purdy knife.

I lived in the Philippines for 4 years and was amazed at the quality of blades those folks could make from old leaf springs. I probably still have a couple of their bolo's (like a machete) in a box somewhere...
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Thanks for posting this. I have been looking and thinking of doing a few myself.

Did you buy a kit or did you order the parts separately?
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Thanks for posting this. I have been looking and thinking of doing a few myself.

Did you buy a kit or did you order the parts separately?
I ordered the parts seperately so I could get what I wanted. Like I know...LOL
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