The smallest and by far the coolest of the SAR Eclipse Signal System. These could really be considered jewelry with a purpose. They have a fine near perfect mirror polish with the rough edge is a great contrast. Not mention a nice solid heft, its one of those items you cannot put down once you pick it up. Corbe made one with some findings she had 5 complete strangers thoughout the day ask her were she got it and said they thought it looked cool and unique.
SAR Micro Eclipse Signal System
CPM 154 HRc 60
Mirror polished signal face
Reflective tape on backside
I will make these available soon enough.
Had to go to "Macro Mode" on the "Micros"...enjoy the pics
Just finished this 1095 S/E (survive/escape) utility knife.
1095 with hamon .120x 5" drop point w/false edge 10" OAL
Desert Ironwood handle
Hand Rubbed finish 600 grit on bevel, flats where bead-blasted and stonewashed.
Felt lined kydex drop leg rig
1" MIL-SPEC nylon webbing, "Stealth" buckles, fasteners for rigging
SAR "Firewalker" device.
Fire steel handle is desert ironwood
pace keeper is kangaroo leather on a rawhide lace
Classic pocket compass by "Marbles" cutlery
Firewalker held in place by a SAR "O'rigging (rubber O rings)
Total weight for entire set-up is 10.1 oz's
I have 3 more to finish before Vegas and the outlook is pretty good. Yes leather would be better..but I don't do leather yet and I do not like to send out my blades for other folks to work on. The felt is silicone impregnated and is very durable. I have a knife that I have been using for 3 years in a felt lined sheath 0 issues.
Had a idea and the means so I ran with it, it went togther like bread&butter. They are small SS pocket clips made for knives, I modified the holes to a single hole for the rivet, bead blast and tumble. It adds a new dimension to the device, now it can be worn around the neck, clipped to your gear, hold your money, clean your finger nails. The best use would be if I was going out fishing or hunting and wanted something to orient me back to my campsite, vehicle or link up point. I took some pictures of one hooked on my door window of my truck, and both day and night on a trail behind the house on the back 40.
Just a note the inside face on bottom tag is mirror polished and tested to 15 kilometers or 9 miles during daytime use.
I had a order for a 1911 TDT frame lock folder, it arrived on my plate at the last minute, which means the person needed it yesterday..lol. So after getting to a happy place with the 1095 S/E's, I cleaned up the shop for a early morning start on these 2 folders...yep when you have a order with a short deadline I always will build 2 so just in case "Mr Murphy" shows up I have a better chance at success. This is my first frame lock design I ever did. It all started when a good friend and customer Keith K called me in the shop. He said "hey I was just at the range and needed my 1911 bushing wrench but as usual I forgot it at home". So he asked me to build a knife with a wrench in the handle charge him a large amount of money to ensure he never forgot it or misplaced it....true story....lol.
So I got busy designing my initial thought was to make a BAT knife ( Bird and Tactical ) which is a fixed blade with a krambit style ring hole and change it to a bushing cutout. Thinking about the dangers of working with a exposed edge fixed blade while trying to remove the bushing pushed me towards a folder design. I had lots of help from Marianne and Les from Halpern Titanium Inc. http://www.halperntitanium.com/ which ultimately and with expert knowledge made all my parts at their awesome facility in Three rivers, Ma. Check out there link above as they are the go to folks for many knife makers seeking precision machining on the highest level. They also carry a full line of clean 6LA4V titanium, all sorts of G10, carbon fiber and super nice hardware for all your knife making needs.
My help in graphics and design came from my good friends Brian M. and Curt W. these guys know there stuff. This would have never happen with out the help of these two.
I also received some help from a really great Knife maker initials MS, he not only gave me permission to use a design aspect of his but allowed me into his shop to advise and helped me construct the first one.
Here are the down and dirty with some steps missing on the SAR 1911 TDT numbers 34 and 35 to leave my shop. One of the knives you will be seeing again I hope.
If you have any question feel free to post.
This one shipped out and the second one will go to Vegas for the show.
Back up build
Here is a quick video of the bushing wrench being used on my Kimber 1911 Desert Warrior .45 cal