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  1. I have this small piece of black walnut.
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  2. Hello Forum, Its been too long since I posted here ! - still pop in for a browse quite often though. Ive been fairly productive making wise (by my standards) for the last year or so, and seem to be finding my groove with chefs knives. I have a strong bias on the forging of the blade, and forging as much geometry into them as I can, I am finding my way with grinding and handles, but a bit of me still views them as necessary evils so I can do more forging! This is one of the last ones I have done, the cladding is about 80 layers of wrought iron, mild, and bandsaw blade, over a cor
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  3. Rather then claim to know what is fact, I thought I recount my experiences and what I've been taught about linseed oil, tung oil and varnishes. My first experience with linseed oil was my grandfather showing me how he maintained his garden tools. Every Fall, he would coat the metal and wood before he put them away for the winter. He also used it to help prevent rust by coating the bed of his pickup. I don't know if he used raw or boiled, these lessons were before I was ten, and by the time I would have asked, he had passed on. Along with my grandfather's uses, my great uncle fed raw linse
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  4. Hi all. So this is a big 10" Bowie I'm working on at the moment. I set it as a challenge for me, to see of I can make a really good quality piece, just for me. Before the pics, does any one know how to get the smell out of bone? I found a big hippo bone on lake Kariba, cleaned it up, but when I work it smells awful and that smell has stuck to the peice itself. Any one know what's the best plan?
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  5. I've yet to do the final fit up of the handle pieces but I'm getting close:
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  6. What a beautiful piece! you gave that away. Im sure it will bring the new owner a lot of joy.
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  7. I think it turned out really nice.
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  8. OK, now we all wait for the magic to happen......because that's what it always feels like: some WIP photos, some magic, then a beautiful knife! Can't wait to see the end result Gary, I'm inspired but scared!
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  9. I really like the outline and dimensions of the pocket rangers - can't wait to see them finished!
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  10. Very clean and crisp - I really like the wenge. Nice work.
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  11. I was just curious sometimes the cameras play funky tricks.
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  12. I looks welded. I moved my power hammer to the new house. I'm stoked now!!! Im putting the bigger motor on it hopefully tonight and redoing the tredle so it wraps around the anvil do I can work 180┬░around it.
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  13. Also, even after roasting, it may still be non-magnetic yet still good to smelt. There may be some reduction during the roast and therefor some change in color.
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  14. I got the last of the pieces roughed out today. I think that I'll wait until tomorrow to begin the hand sanding & etching of the blade as well as the final fit-up & polish of the hilt.
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  15. And Leslie is this: https://books.google.com/books/about/The_Iron_Manufacturer_s_Guide_to_the_Fur.html?id=g94LAwAAQBAJ Somewhere there was a free PDF of it, because I have a copy. And here it is! https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/006563140 Deadly dull, but you might be able to find the history of your little patch of the iron range...
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  16. A gentle simmer in water with a little trisodium phosphate may help, maybe followed by a soak in 20% hydrogen peroxide, the kind hair salons use to bleach hair if you want it really white. The simmer is what we did to prepare specimens in zooarchaeology lab, and while it stinks to high heaven (so much so that the engineering lab next door called the EPA on us, after which we proudly wore their assessment of us on T-shirts: "U.T. Zooarch lab: EPA certified obnoxious but not toxic!") it does remove much of the smell from the final product. Just don't overdo it or the bone will get crumbly
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  17. Yesterday I started polishing this fantasy sword/really big knife. Originally it was part of a larger sword that broke on me, but I decided to salvage it. I must say, I was never a big fan of EDM stones until I tried one yesterday with some oil as a lubricant. Now I'm a big fan. Hopefully I'll have this done by the end of the week.
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  18. Looks like the bad guy's knife. The use of concave lines and flutes just says "celtic vampire biker". Very cool!
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  19. also received my burner from cgr customs. didnt get to hammer much. was more focused on grinder. i need to create a top plate of steel and weld the burner to that. IMG_2784.MOV
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  20. what i did today finally after nearly 20 years of off and on knife tinkering, i have a 2x72 grinder. i've had a 1x30 and 2x36 the entire time and made due pretty well. this should increase fit and finish of future blades. it is mostly home made. bed frames make up the stand legs. wheels, d plate and platen are from origin knifemaker. high quality stuff. highly recommend his stuff. got a variety pack of belts on order. next week when my dad comes over we will wire in a switch for electrical.
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  21. Nothing special here. Just confirmed that my finish choices work, not that they're better, just that they work for me. What I did was take three pieces of simple jewelry and dip them in a linseed oil finish. First one was heated and dipped in the 1-4 ratio and hung up to dry. Second was room temperature, treated the same. Third was dipped in unthinned linseed oil. After a few minutes I wiped all the excess oil off and let them finish drying. The first one dried quickly, the second not so fast, but still within an hour. The third took about two-three hours. The difference in
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  22. Last winter I fell down the Slipjpont rabbit hole, and in some recent "research" (started about a week ago when I decided a three bladed stockman will be one of the projects I start when I get back) I found these videos. Much of the process is pretty mechanized, but there is a surprising amount of hand grinding (and even hammering with the pivot). I wouldn't have thought to look at a factory tour for techniques for working by "hand" (as in, also with a grinder and drill presses but with less fixturing), but there are some things I want to try out now.
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