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  1. I have had six Puronvarsi blades for the last couple years and decided it was time to do something with the remaining five. The Puronvarsi 120mm x 23mm blade was reworked to make all grinds true and the 800x satin finish was buffed with gray Scotch Brite.. The bolster is nickel silver with a peened finish. The padauk handle has a ebony spacer and the butt end is slightly convex. Simple, utilitarian and comfortable in hand. More to come.
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  2. A batch of knives under the brood light. As we are getting well down in temps with some heavy overnight frosts I have the brood light going over them overnight for the epoxy to cure. Finally able to get some knives handled for some very paitent customers. I have had concience problems with this taking so long but should be able to go back to my max 6 week order to delivery time frame now that things are running again. I was talking to Jason last night (the wood guy in Texas) and he sent a pic of one of the big pieces of Amboyna burl he is about to cut up so I asked him to put a 4 n
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  3. We had some hick up with Siteground today. Unfortunately, with work schedules, it took a while to fix the forum. It looks like everything is back to normal. Thank you for your patience.
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  4. Good morning, afternoon, etc all. Here it is where I decided to stop. The tan dye turned out quite a bit darker than I hoped, but it's been a while since I've used it. I'm glad I didn't use the brown. I'm going to use it for a while before I make a new one to clean up all the flaws. Thanks for the help.
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  5. Niels, once again you are the man! Guys, this was a bizarre experience, but Niels fixed it once again.
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  6. Induce a negative rake on the bit and you'll drill both Copper and Acrylic much nicer. With a negative rake and slower speed you can drill mirrored holes in Acrylic. You are essentially scraping the hole rather than cutting it.
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  7. Yes it does. I shape my handles with the blade attached most of the time too. I do mostly kitchen knives and hidden tang/Wa handles. (They're a lot easier, octagonal, oval, taper....)
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  8. Not to burst your bubble, but I've been doing this for 30 some odd years, and, at least for me, handles are still a fair bit of trial and error. I'm still experimenting with shapes and process. Geoff
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  9. I look forward to seeing this one progress!
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  10. Well executed, John. Simple, clean and concise. No frills. I really like it.
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  11. Good morning, Alex. Probably. Part of the answer depends on how the tool will be used. I do mostly kitchen knives and I've done multi-piece handle scales where I've epoxied pieces of stabilized handle material blocks together, then sawed them in half to make scales. Not every piece had a pin going through it. I suppose if someone is going to use the handle as a hammer, I'd be concerned. Another part of the answer depends on the epoxy used and how well you cleaned/prepped the pieces I think it will if done cleanly. Good idea. Post pics.
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  12. Beautiful man! How do you like working with padauk? I had a chunk I worked with on different projects for a few years, it was real splintery, for lack of a better word. Worth it though, for that color
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  13. What a clean lookin design John !!!............
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  14. Yay! All is well with the universe again! Thank You Niels! Out of curiosity, Who is technically the owner of this forum and it's content ? I only ask because I see this forum as a great and valuable resource with a libraries worth of information contained within. I just wonder if someone has a backup/archive of the forum to date (other than the service provider), and if that is something that could be made available for download. Lol, it'd probably be like 50 gigs worth of data or more, Just saying that would be something valuable that could be passed around via bittorrent
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  15. Thanks again, Niels. Once again, Niels to the rescue. Wonderful timing on this one. . . with me halfway between Florida and Alaska in a camper and spotty Internet. Sorry for the problem guys.
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  16. Well here it is all finished. Had some challenges but I learnt heaps and am overall happy with the result. I will be taking Chris’s advice and get some finer carving tools.
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  17. Garry, that piece of wood is absolutely breath taking. I think I sucked all the air out of the room when I saw it.
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  18. Thanks, wonderful video, but now I have some serious swage block envy...
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  19. Thank you for the video, Maciek. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the entire process. What beautiful work you do.
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  20. Been working on a blade for the past few days. It's a 9 1/4" 9 bar serpent core dagger - silver steel edges with a serpent of alternating 15n20 and 11 layer twist set in mild steel: I'm making it to fit this handle I've been working on, carved from sycamore: it's been pretty fun so far...
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