Above, I’ve started to shape the shibuichi scales. I’ll be mainly using a my Foredom flex shaft grinder and small drum sanders. You can see the central area where I’ve started the grinding. Note that I’ve superglued the scales into position, and also used two pieces of 16 gauge copper wire as temporary rivets, and (very lightly!) peened them into place. I’ll remove these when I’m ready to do the final assembly, and replace them with 16 gauge silver wire rivets.
Above, everything cleaned up. I’m using a larger drill bit to chamfer the holes in the tang of the knife, and the inner holes of the scales. This generally neatens things up (every successful artist needs a little touch of OCD) and will facilitate lining things up at final assembly.
A view from the back end. At this scale of tiny carving, you must pay attention to EVERY surface. Any roughness or mismatching will be very obvious once permanently assembled, and VERY difficult to fix then. Do yourself a favor and take care of the details as you go along. Remember the little touch of OCD? It will serve you well…
As you’ve seen me do before, I’m using files to cut in the “flats.” Above is my clamp rig to help with that little chore. You can see a little more detail about filing flats here: Ants Miseretto Part 3
, I’ve used a finer cut, and almost worn out file to refine the deeper scratches left by the coarser file.
Thanks for looking!