jmccustomknives
This skinner was forged from 52100/1095/15n20.  The 52100 came from a large roller bearing taken from a CAT front end loader.  After doing these steels the 52100 and 15n20 are similar enough that they don't differentiate well, the 1095 shows up as the dark material.

The handle is stabilized Lace Redwood with forged bronze guard and pommel cap made from the same billet as the knife.

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Hank Rearden
Another great knife. I have a few tractor axle bearings in my shop. For that matter I have a few ford 9n tractor axles I hope to make hammers out of later down the road. My question is about the caterpillar bearing. Did you use the bearing race or the taper rollers? Seems to me they'll be made of different steels.

Rain this morning. If it clears up I'll forge this evening. Last week was a bust. Yard work took all day.
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jmccustomknives
The races and bearings are the same steel on the heavy equipment like that.  The lighter duty bearings and races are usually case hardened.  A dead give away on that is chipping on worn bearings.

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NorrinRadd
That is amazing. You really put out some great looking blades. How many hours on something like that on average, if you don't mind me asking? Looks 100 times better than anything at a store.
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jmccustomknives
Thanks.  A knife like that took about 4 hours just for forge the billet out.  That's not in one day though, but is broken up over several sessions. It usually takes longer, but that particular billet was a small one blade billet.  Most of the time I end up with a 2 blade or large Bowie billet.   There's also several blades at all times in various stages on my bench.  The sheath for it was done yesterday, I did it in part during my lunch break at work.  lol
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RobWilson
Well that is  a thing of beauty  , stunning workmanship , I do like how you have tooled the leather . 



Rob 
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jmccustomknives
Thanks, Rob.  That means a lot coming from a true craftsman like yourself.  I expect a quick learning curve from you judging from your forge build.  An attention to detail that I don't have.

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RobWilson
jmccustomknives wrote:
An attention to detail that I don't have.


There is nothing wrong with your attention to detail going buy the exact pitch of those stitches [biggrin] 

Rob   
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