Run Ranger Run is steeped in tradition. One of our partners wanted to ensure we had tradition on the promotional side as well. SAR Global Tool has volunteered, now for three years, to custom build a GallantFew/Run Ranger Run knife. To sweeten the pot he vows to make only EIGHT of the pattern each year (four for charity and four for the public, keeping the uniqueness of his gift at a premium. Spencer is so kind to share his creative process with us. Enjoy how the Run Ranger Run Inglorious Bastard is created and then make sure to keep an eye out for our 2016 promotional period to be entered to win your very own Inglorious Bastard by SAR Global Tool.
The master pattern is clamped to the steel. Then all the holes are marked and outline scribed for drilling and cutting .
Next we drill all the holes, I use a 15/64″ drill bit and then I use a precision reamer to ensure the hole is exactly .250 or 1/4″
On a 2″x72 horizontal grinder which has various size wheels we grind away all that cannot be cut with the band saw…..we call it “Profiling” and hey sparks are cool:)
Next phase is to measure the thickness of the steel, do a little math so we can find the center to mark a set of parallel lines. Those lines are my reference that I will use in the grinding the main bevels. The slab of granite which weighs approximately 350 pounds is pretty much 99.9% flat. The device that scribes the lines is called a Height gauge. So it goes like this with a micrometer I measure the thickness of the blade. Lets say its .0250″ I then divide that number by 2 which gives me .0125″, then I subtract 15 which gives me .0110. I set the height gauge to .0110, and dragged the edge of the point, which produces my grind lines.
As you can see I have nice reference lines which will ensure I keep my grind lines even and centered
On my small mill I will machine groves for grip, or better yet a place for your thumb to rest for good retention and traction.
I add what is called a female stand-offs which are .250″ or 1/4″ in diameter. They are threaded for a 4-40 screw. There are many ways to attach handles this is just the way that I do it.
This next picture shows the handle material I choose to use. At the top is medium textured “”Ranger” green G10, and yes its really referred to as such. The red is called liner material and it will get laminated between the RG and a thin piece of black G10. The material with the sticker is called lighting strike carbon fiber, it was used in last years Basterd, not show is the yellow liner material. It will also get laminated to a thin piece of black G10. The LSCF just for that piece which is 1/8″x12″x12″ cost at the time $120.00…..yikes
All the handle pieces are laid out and ready to get glued up. You have to do this pretty fast and have everything you need in place, the epoxy sets very quickly.
Next they are placed between to blocks and tightened down in one of my vices, and left to cure for 5-6 hours
At this point I can now spot the holes for the screws, scribe the outline to the blade. Cut away what I can and then grind the rest away
Handsanding begins in a shoeshine motion starts at 220 grit and ends at 400 grit this buffed to a nice shine witch really brings out the best in Lighting Strike Carbon fiber.
Once all this is done the knife is cleaned very well and place in “Ferric Chloride” if there is is any spotting on debris it will be left on the blade. I left this blade in for 20 minutes and the etch cme ou nice and dark. Once removed it is naturalized with Windex and the spray WD-40