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Shibuichi Longhorn Beetle Hobo Nickel Tutorial

Starting a new project, a Hobo Nickel with a shibuichi Japanese-style inlay of a longhorn beetle. I’ve been watching Ford Hallam (https://www.facebook.com/Ford-Hallam-Following-the-Iron-Br…/) make his lovely metal inlays, and have been taking his advice to “steal with my eyes.” I think … Continue reading

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Inlaid Shibuichi “Slimy Snail” Hobo Nickel Tutorial

Starting a new project, a Hobo Nickel with a shibuichi Japanese-style snail inlay. I’ve been watching Ford Hallam (https://www.facebook.com/Ford-Hallam-Following-the-Iron-Br…/) make his lovely metal inlays, and have been taking his advice to “steal with my eyes.”  I think I’ve broken the … Continue reading

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Inlay Hold Down Clamp

It all began with this William Henry knife scale and the shibuichi beetle body pocket inlay.  I had trouble holding the shibuichi beetle in place while I carefully and closely scribed around the base to begin cutting the inlay pocket. … Continue reading

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William Henry “Engraved Longhorn Beetle Knife” Part 7

Well, here’s Side A finished, following some gold inlay for spots on the beetle.  Now it’s on to Side B.  No rest for the wicked! Thanks for looking!

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William Henry “Engraved Longhorn Beetle Knife” Part 6

Here’s where we left off (above).  Today is inlaying the gold into the antennae, and completing the bark around the antennae. Above, in this view through the microscope, I’ve used a Lindsay Detailing Graver (96 degree V) to cut the … Continue reading

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William Henry “Engraved Longhorn Beetle Knife” Part 5

Today is all about carving the bark.  Above, I’ve begun by using a small carbide bur to begin adding vertical development to my so far very flat bark.  Since the stainless steel scales aren’t terribly thick, I’ve chosen to cut … Continue reading

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William Henry “Engraved Longhorn Beetle Knife” Part 4

Today, I carved the rotten wood at the back end of the scale.  Above, you can see the basic carving with small carbide burs.  The only direct engraving I’ve done at this point are the original cuts I made at the … Continue reading

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William Henry “Engraved Longhorn Beetle Knife” Part 3

Time to begin carving the beetle.  I started by engraving parallel cuts between the legs, leaving a little metal at the edge of the inlay pocket.  I don’t want to cut into the pocket and weaken the grip on the shibuichi. … Continue reading

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William Henry “Engraved Longhorn Beetle Knife” Part 2

Installing the Shibuichi Pocket Inlay Today is all about getting the shibuichi inlay into the stainless steel scales.  As far as I’m concerned, this is the make it or break it phase.  If I should fail to get the inlay … Continue reading

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Dragonfly Blossom (B30) William Henry Studios Knife Scales – Part 5

I’m finally within striking distance of finishing this pair of William Henry knife scales.  It’s now time to inlay the 24 karat gold accents. Above, I’m beginning to inlay the stamen area of a cherry blossom.  I start by carving … Continue reading

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