Sunday, October 28, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone!

Testing a new knife by carving a jack o' lantern .

Monday, October 15, 2012

Shop news, A busy summer and a New belt grinder

Tracking control..
2"x72" Belt grinder 2hp
Hello everybody !
Well it certainly has been a busy last few months what with the moving of my shop to a different floor in my building and a great deal of different orders from tool and die making to engraving .But the highlight for me has been the completion of my latest self built tool.
A knife makers belt grinder!
 Many knife makers end up building their first grinder , usually as a cash saving measure some just for fun. In my case a bit of both.
 Indeed it became apparent from the onset of the project that this task was not an easy one.
Ready for heat treatment. Note the pile of steel wire from the turning .
But after it was all said and done I find it has become the most used tool in the shop !
Early stages
Turning down round barstock for a pulley mandrel.
Boring out a bearing seat.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Big game hunter

Big game BG-42 custom hunter.

Presenting an oldie , but goodie! All the way back in 2006 I made this knife for a discerning customer whom is also my friend. After much consideration he summed up specific requests for blade shape , handle design and engraving ,an order which I then set out to fill. 
The engraving , and back filing of the scales for the insets.
  Using BG-42 blade steel and 316 stainless frame scales housing Cocobolo wood inserts the knife was complete.
 But it still needed a sheath solid enough for a knife so sharp. 

Building the sheath.
So I stacked and laminated hardwood further reinforcing it with aluminum .

As my client wished the sheath was then wrapped in moose hide .

Hope you  have enjoyed this vintage post !



Monday, April 2, 2012

Warrior ring

Hello everyone! I am sharing with you today another of my more recent but earlier works .
The stainless steel Warrior ring!
 I milled this ring out of a solid bar of 316 stainless steel , and proceeded to cover it with deeply relieved vine pattern engravings and a stippled background floor .
 This ring was meant to be a solid heavy duty ring for the rugged type individual.

Being milled from one piece of stainless steel this is a ring that won't break on you nor will it tarnish.


The warrior ring . solid 316 stainless steel. Designed, milled , and engraved by  Ray oak Hyder

Copy Right all rights reserved     Photo : Ray Hyder

      Availability : SOLD .

    Another one can be made in a similar fashion upon request.


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Money Clip

Hello everyone!
Thought I would share a piece I had made a while ago with you.
 There are money clips of all sorts and fashions , and indeed some might say they are going out of fashion but a money clip can be useful for those eating out in cash only restaurants and bars.
Here is a money clip I made for a fellow out of Stainless steel.
For the design I chose a simple vine scroll which I then engraved .
First lines , and then removing the background with a narrow chisel followed by chasing (hammering from above) the background with  decorative tool marks .
 I knew that good money clip needs to have a good snap. Without enough tension it serves little purpose quickly.
 Of course it depends on how much of a high roller you are as for the correct spring adjustment.


This money clip was set to economizer.

     Hope you've enjoyed this post !


Ray o. Hyder