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  1. San mai of wrought iron shell with 15N20 and 1095 cutting edge. Handle window contains LEGO bricks tumbled at random angles before being sanded down to show their cross-sections. Black cotton ito with 3d printed cast brass menuki. I've been having a lot of fun with these window knives, and have another half dozen in the works.
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  2. Splitting hairs, still labor and time. For me, my earning potential outweighs any labor spent getting something for "Free" Better to buy and have it delivered Speaking for myself, I'm here for both the "love of the craft" and to make a living. If the latter wasn't there, I would be doing something a bit cleaner and easier on my clothes. There's a myth that one can't really make money as a smith, not true. But it's only true if you approach smithing as a business, which I do. I do a informal cost analysis on everything I make. Items on the bottom of the profit scale, get d
    1 point
  3. there is always free wood on craigslist thats already cut and sometimes already split! all you gotta do is go pick it up
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  4. Brian, The bolts should be able to withstand about 6 times the max load of the press. That being said, I may still go back and weld the joints up once I run the press with hydraulics and make sure everything is properly aligned. I don't think the welds would be stronger than the bolts, but it would keep the frame from loosening up over time and racking. Calculating the strength of bolts in double shear like this is not something I do often so I can't recommend anyone follow my lead. However I do want to point out that, not all bolts are equal. Even the legendary Grade 8 bolts are not
    1 point
  5. The whole thing is great, but I particularly like the retention strap leaf on the sheath. It's a really creative touch and looks really good with the handle material.
    1 point
  6. go to your local police station and ask for the name of their dog trainer. 99% of the time they certify service dogs for vets after some evaluation and simple training. Pretty cheap... at least here in the US
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  7. Hi guys, i forged this spear point seax blade from a file. On the cutting edge i have 1mm. Now i grind it and then i carv the channels for the new silver inlay. On the blade it is a bit visible where i want do the carving. For the inlay i take new silver. I make a little test to see the optical result. The blade is 270mm long, 30mm high and 5.5mm thick by the tang. [/IMG] [/IMG] [/IMG] Ruggero
    1 point
  8. It would be really nice to see something other than weapons on the show. I don't think it would fly with the target demographic though. Same reason they don't elaborate too much on the knifemaking process. The target audience just wouldn't be very interested. I'd be terrible at designing the show. It's end up having competitive hand-sanding. With hushed golf-like commentary.
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  9. Me and mine. the Appenzeller (skinny one) is my girlfriends dog Susie, the mixed moose is my PTSD service dog Toby
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  10. It's all on the forums somewhere, I recommend reading ALL the pinned topics in every section. They are pinned for a reason. Oddly enough, I don't have some of the things JJ mentions, like the file guide, height gauge, pin reamers. That is because a.) JJ is a better knifemaker than I am, and b.) I tend to make things and styles he doesn't, so I don't need the height gauge or file guide. The pin reamers would be handy, though. What you intend to make has a lot to do with what tools you need, and likewise what tools you have can affect what you make. One thing he didn't mention is an an
    1 point
  11. This is my handsome best friend. I rescued him off of a farm some 81/2hr round trip from where I live when he was 14months old. He was not working the sheep the way he was ''supposed" to so I rescued him. What he doesn't know is he rescued me, as not more than 1 month before I got him I was diagnosed with PTSD from my 10 years service in the Australian Army. He wakes me and night and holds me/lies on me at night when I am crying and shaking in the dark. This is my Rex...
    1 point
  12. Here's my baby, Trixie, aka The Goofy-One. She just turned eight years old a couple weeks ago.
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  13. allmost as many bladesmiths as there are chefs ... i think they will be good for a few more seasons... the challenges on the other hand ... they do not seem to be going in the direction I was hoping for.. I wanted to see skill tested, ask they to forge odd shapes or profiles. I mean I would be impressed with a T back Kard in 3 hours! the forge welding challenges are a step in the right direction, but all this reliance on junk is not..
    1 point
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