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    My .02 would be a vote for EDC. It's a good thing to stretch capabilities but a folder might be too intimidating for some and I see some needing to go for a friction folder to keep it close to their capabilities but just a simple one might be a stretch. For someone used to making folders the way to stretch is getting real fancy so there would be a big disparity . With the EDC and say keeping blade length below 3 1/2", to meet most laws about concealed carry, you actually free up the imagination for those intimidated by a folder. The average person could, for example, go to a karambit or maybe a Wharncliff style blade. Maybe their first Scandinavian grind etc. They could stretch into something fancier than normal. Make one of the rules "you have to do one thing in design or construction that you have never done before. The recipient can then say "this was the first XXX type that so-and-so ever made"? Sometimes a "simple" challenge brings more creativity. And that is my typical long-winded thought.
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    At the shop, we have been using a side blast forge for general blacksmithing. It's a great tool as clinker can be removed quickly without great interruptions to the fire. The side blast forge relies on a water cooled tuyere. After more than ten years of great service, the air pipe finally rusted through. I have attached some photos of the surgery and reconstruction. Forge area with tank removed: Tank cut open with plasma cutter - at that point it was clear already that the tank needed to be rebuild as well: Removing the air pipe with a die grinder: Fitting the new pipe: Rebuilding the tank from 3/16" steel plate: Finally leak testing the rebuild tank: It still needs to be installed and tested but this is how far I got during my holiday break. Happy hammering. Niels.
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    Hi. Here some recent works. Well almost everything I have made after summer. Also my new makers mark in little fulltang. It is very little Happy new year to all.
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    Just put it outside for a week and let it rust up, the rust will seal the holes. And no, I'm not joking :-)
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    Mustard for patina. With differential materials if I were worried about the weld which probably isn't a problem but why chance it, I would edge quench. ETA: if you got a good weld out of 5160 then don't anger the God of the forge with hubris. Edge quench.
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    Over here relatively good hardwood charcoal is cheap and readily available. A 25kg bag will cost you about $50 NAD which should be good for a forging session, when I do HTs it's about 1.5 bags that gets burned..... $75 NAD I started with less than full 9Kg LPG bottle when I built the gas forge, costs $260 NAD to refill and I stopped counting after about 9 sessions and the bottle was still not empty. I cannot get welding heat in the gas forge, but for normal forging there is no comparison when it comes to cost, ease of use and mess&fuss
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    Gerhard, when I took my first knifemaking class, the instructor did a one-on-one, 3-days, 3 hours per day, pure stock removal lesson. This was a partial tang solid block handle with guard and spacer. Very plain. Every step was done by the teacher on his piece and I watched him do a step, then I repeated the same step. This way, he made a knife while I made a knife. Day 1- First a brief lesson on process, shop safety, and what tools/equipment I was not allowed to touch or use. Then: Shape, rough grind, harden and put in the oven to temper. Day 2- Finish grind, and start hand sanding to 300 grit finish. Slot and fit the guard and spacer. I went home with the blade and a handful of shop roll paper to finish the sanding to 400 grit myself. Day 3- Attach the handle with fast set epoxy and discuss/review everything we had done, talk about heat treating methods and a Q&A period. When the epoxy had set, I finished the handle and took my knife home. I still have that knife and use it regularly 12 years later. I paid $400 US for that lesson and he sold the knife he made for $600 USD. Now, this teacher was an ABS master smith and at the top of the game 12 years ago. He had this system for teaching already laid out and had done it many times before me. The only reason he agreed to take me in was that I already had a working knowledge of tools and steel fabrication. I had a smithy started, I knew how to make stuff and use tools and equipment without cutting my hand off. I was already a skilled craftsman in a variety of trades. If I didn't have a basic working knowledge of power tools, he wouldn't have even considered it. There's nothing wrong with teaching what you know to someone who wants to learn. However, you need to be careful about who you let into your shop and use your tools. They could hurt themselves, you, or your equipment. Be very picky about who you choose to teach. They have to be capable and up to the task.
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    Conner, I have been in this business for many years and find that the most popular hardwoods for a handle are the dark colored ones. Usually the light colored ones are not as popular.
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    Nice one! You kept trying and it paid off nicely.
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    Just my theory on it and you are in a different corner of the world so take that into account. I would charge a single person what I would charge them to make a knife for them. No sense in having your shop tied up and spending your time to help them get a knife cheaper. I wouldn't work with more than two folks at s time until you get more teaching experience. You might consider giving teo people a price break at 3/4 of a knife price for each one. When you get to where you can handle 4 students you could go to 1/2 knife price. Remember it is costing you in fuel and time you are not making knives. If they don't bring their own steel, that you have approved of prior, then provide it at a decent markup. Even if it is scrap you still earned it and deserve to be paid for your time in rounding it up. If you, for instance, have suitable coil spring then have their piece cut off and straightened before they arrive. That is another reason to charge for the material. Same with handle material. Sit own and sketch out a teaching plan from the very first thing to the last. This keeps you thinking about the next step so you don't have to pause to think of it. Have fun with it but remember that your time is valuable so is your knowledge. PS. Don't tell them about the forum until the have their own shop under construction. It's your secret weapon.
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    Sounds fine to me. You have a good head for ethics and honesty, having been burned by a lack thereof in others. Don't be afraid to charge what the market will bear, though!
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    Finally happy with how my hamon's are coming out. Got another one finished yesterday.....and quenched and did a quick test etch on this other blade. It appears I have tons of activity.....cant wait to try and polish this one out.
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    This is a great picture showing how carbon steel sparks look.
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    I just singed up for a local beginner's stock removal course. He evidently offers the one day course once a month, and the first availability was in March. There are people out there who want to learn. Whether it's one and done I can't say, but there is a market in my area - central VA. To assuage your doubts, come clean up front: I've only been doing this for X time. There are lots of ways to make knives, and this is how I do it. Point them here, and provide a list of resources such as materials , equipment, and how to books and videos. Try one class and see how it goes - ya might or might now want to do more. The class I'm taking is $150 for a one day class. That includes materials and lunch. If you have four students, you should clear enough to make it worth your time. Here is a link to the guy teaching the class I am taking: http://www.joinordieknives.com/
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    There might be a niche for it in your area, I would say if you are confident in your abilities and what you can offer, go for it. Perhaps tell them " Ill help you make a knife for $monetaryvalue" and then just make sure you dont let them make newb mistakes while making it.
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