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Knifemaking - Rope and Cable Drop Point
A rough/wild/primitive style knife in cable damascus.

Order Details:
- Aprox 4” blade.
Other than that, there were no specific details on this order, basically I listen to all what the customer had to say about his preferences and likes and improvised something. Luckily, he liked what I came up with.

Knife making process
I decided to go with the cable and primitive style.

I wanted the cable to appear as such, with its strands showing, so I placed steel plates on both sides of the cable before start to hammer the hot steel. (Picture 1)

This allowed me to get an uniformly forged cable that kept the strands of the cable asI wanted. (Pictures 2 and 3)

Once I got the blade finished, I showed it to the customer and he agreed to the final blade shape and length. (Pictures 4 and 5)

Now it was time to make the handle, and as I wanted to make it to match the blade from the beggining, I grabed a rope from a boat and a small plastic bag from where I made drum sticks and placed the rope inside. (Pictures 6 and 7)

Then I poured epoxy resin inside the bag, let the rope soak on it and once I got rid of the extra resin, I placed the bag on the press. This way, the rope doesn't get glued with the metal plates. (Pictures 8 and 9)
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After that, I took it off the press and once it was dry, I drilled a hole for the tang and I gave it another epoxy layer with a brush, to make it thicker.

The result is a "rope shaped micarta", very resistent and ergonomic due to the finger grooves of the pressed rope. (Pictures 10, 11 and 12)

Once I had that dry, I secured the already etched blade inside and added a copper guard to embelish the knife a bit.

The customer wanted a pouch sheath so I made that, and on top of the glue, I used a copper string to sew it, matching the guard on the knife.
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Finished Knife
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