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  2. Fair enough we'll have to put it to the test ! Hopefully I can get to weld the firebox and tank together soon
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  4. A couple of days grinding and handsanding with just 4 left to do to get tham allready for handles.There are blades of 1084, 1095 12C27 and stainless damascus in this lot. Damascus blades ready for the etch The bottom three are for Art, Dave and Yancey (friends/repeat customers from another forum). The top one and the center one are a hybrid design that Yancey and I came up with based off the bushcraft hunter but with a finer flat ground blade
  5. Thanks, Jeremy. And no I don't own a surface grinder. When needed I do it by hand on my 2 x 72.
  6. I think so. There's a couple of small blemishes in the polishing that I have to go back and fix but otherwise yeah. I think if I tried to add anything more it would just serve to take away from the grain of the walnut. I may mess around a bit and see if I can brighten up the contrast to the Damascus, I'm not sure yet.
  7. Can it still be tested after cutting into it? Because I cut into it this morning, I’m drillig the tang holes while I wait for the copper.
  8. I have zero experience with heat treat ovens, so take this for what its worth. It seems like reaching over top of a 1400 degree surface doesn't sound like a lot of fun. I would want to use tongs long enough to keep my hands and arms from going over top of it, which would make it harder to get blades in and out. Again, just my .02 with zero experience to back it up.
  9. Thanks guys for your support. I finally got it to work with a box style blower using metal framing track. It burns exceptionally! A 12 inch blue needle hot enough to melt the Devils bones! Sadly it leaks quite a bit so I'll need to find a welder but I'm quite happy I got it to work. I'll post pics on a new thread when I get it up and running
  10. I realize I'm kind of a "far out dude"... I was thinking earlier about knives. I've been tinkering around with carving and inlay, designs, fit, finishes, and overall form. I used to think what made a great looking knife was utilizing textures and stylized lines, figured woods, and metalurcical special effects in the steel. Sort of letting the material tell it's own tale while keeping the lines clean and flowing. I think that's what I thought anyway. Now I'm not so sure... clean and crisp lines show craftsmanship, but lack of a story. Like freckles, grey hairs, or laugh lines; a stray chisel mark, etch flaw, or just minor asymmetry might add character to an otherwise mastered, or seemingly captive, terribly modern, and finely machined piece. I work on construction jobs from time to time and notice little things. A short piece of trim spliced where it should have been one piece, but they ran out of material, or how they had to get creative with a fix for a situation. When you look at old work, there is a lot of this evident. It reminds you that this object was handmade, and all its slight flaws amongst the beautiful bigger picture somehow speak volumes about the piece. Just a thought.
  11. Hello Everyone, I'm in the process of building a HT oven and am trying to decide which way the door should swing. A lot of the builds I see, and most of the commercial offerings have side swinging doors, but a down swinging door on the other hand could be weighted for automatic closing. I do wonder how much heat the door would be able to radiate at your hand while grabbing blades. Does anyone have any thoughts or practical experience with either door type? I've attached a rough model of my design with a down swinging door for reference.
  12. Looking awesome!!! Gary....Do you have a surface grinder?
  13. If I can get all the floor coverings done in my house I might be able to beg the wife to allow me to fire up the forge and make my KITH contribution.
  14. Hopefully not a turn for the worst.
  15. Well now. This is taking a serious turn.
  16. call it done and make that sheath?
  17. Ready for final assembly (I'll grind & polish the butt cap after all is assembled & epoxied):
  18. While I generally trust K&G to stabilize properly, I still always test any "stabilized" wood I purchase. Fill a small pail with water and drop the wood in. If it sinks, it's stabilized. If it floats, it isn't stabilized all the way through. This becomes less important, if you use the whole piece and only grind into the surface area. If you cut that block into scales, the unstabilized center becomes exposed.
  19. Yesterday
  20. I have kept all the paperwork I have and I will have my wife scan them at work and send them to me so I have them in PDF form. I'm not sure where I went wrong with this whole deal but I could have just as easily crossed with it and skipped the whole customs broker.
  21. More progress. Handle roughed out and added the antler to the back end with an alignment peg made of that old black oak root I found. So it has antler on each end now.
  22. Oh yeah, that's all it needed.
  23. Make and keep paper and PDF copies of all correspondence. You need to have a paper trail when the bureaucracy comes knocking.
  24. Bolatron is a Kydex alternate, I'm not aware of any others offhand but others may exist.
  25. So with this border patrol officer just passing me through my papers were never filed in the system so they have no record of me crossing with my purchase. I immediately contacted my customs broker after crossing expressing my concern so they have known from day one I crossed and they assured me everything would be fine. Now I've received about 4 emails asking me if I've crossed with my purchase and every one I've replied to tallying them I have. I even gave them the name of the officer that passed me through. After that I didnt hear back from them until this morning. I'm about to just give up on replying to them. But on the other hand I want things done right and paid. What the hell should I do?!?!
  26. I don't know where they are poured. I know that he was working with a foundry to try and have them meet his specs for a while and had them redo molds and such. I also know that he sent samples out to some well known bladesmiths to test them out. If they are good anvils, they are good anvils regardless of where they are made. And the price is right too. Especially since shipping on them is $18.
  27. Alright thanks,I’ll stick with a hammered finish, that should look okay.
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