Lots of lessons learned today:
-Ironwood is much messier than G10. A very short time cutting the ironwood with the bandsaw left seemingly my entire shop covered in a thick layer of ironwood dust. When cutting G10, there is usually a neat little pile of dust on the floor under the bandsaw.
-Ironwood burns much easier than G10. I had to be more careful with the green G10 when grinding, but I had to slow things way down and use lower grits to avoid burning the ironwood. Using old belts probably worsened this.
-The G10 I've used comes nice and flat on both sides. Cutting the ironwood scales with the bandsaw is less than precise and thus the scales needed to be ground flat. I thought I'd be efficient and only grind flat the side that was against the tang. BUT, when I stacked the scales to shape them, I unknowingly shaped them unevenly because I didn't grind both sides of each scale flat. The result? The front of my scales don't line up evenly on the knife. It's very obvious and looks quite terrible. Live and learn.
-I found a cheap source of .25" carbon fiber rod. I thought it would be cool to use it for pins. I ordered 48" of it (smallest order I could make). The company graciously included another rod for free, so I now have 8 feet of carbon fiber rod. There's only one problem. The CF rod is .247" in diameter. All 8 feet of it. I have .25" micarta rod from both USAKnifemaker and Sheffields and they're both exactly .250" in diameter and fit my pin holes perfectly. The CF rod fits loosely enough that I'm hesitant to use it. Oh well, I'm sure I can use it for something cool in the future.
Oh, and I need to put up more pegboard!
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