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    Blacksmithing, bladesmithing, sheath making.
  1. I bought a long narrow nosed Visegrip plier and groung a dimple at the end of one jaw to seat the rivet head. Then take a needle nose plier and bend over the pin into a 'U' then use the Visegrip to crimp the rivet in place.
  2. Don, When Joel stayed at my place last week after the NMM metalsmith conference near Bemidji MN, he used my computer to check his email. There were at least 50 unread. He has reluctantly entered the computer age but still has it on the back burner.
  3. A friend, Joel Davis gave me permission to post some of his 'older' mosaic damascus bolster steel for review in case you are interested in buying what he is currently making. Joel is in the process of making a 60 ton press to make 6" X 6" billets. He will be at the '09 Atlanta Knife show.
  4. Use the green box of 20 Mule team. It does not have the unpleasant added ingredients. It is about 50% water, so cooking out the water is the way to go. Mike Blue may have some anhydrous borax left for sale.
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    Kris, I've bought groups of tongs on ebay if the configurations are about right and the price is reasonable then rebuild them to my use. I've made some nice tongs for holding railroad spikes from large jaw nippers.
  6. JD, fine piece! Any videos in the works?
  7. Here is a stabilizer made from a garage sale pressure cooker and valve system for pressure and vaccum lines. Make sure the gasket is good before you buy.
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    John, I've been using 4140 with good results, drawing at a peacock color.
  9. Check with Mike Beathe. http://www.beatheknives.com/
  10. Doug, I use 5 minute epoxy for hidden tang knives and longer acting 2-ton for scales. The 2-ton allows you to align the scales and set the rivets and still have plenty of time to wipe off the excess epoxy and with a slightly moist rag with acetone for the final clean-up.
  11. The site did not show the Negrito fighting knife. A bamboo handle and scabbard and a blade basically a shaft with barbs set at angles around and along the length the shaft with a point at the tip. They would sit near the entrance to the dining halls at Clark Field and sell them to the GI's along with blow guns, shooting darts into wood boards across the dining hall landing.
  12. Jerry, I have a paragon knifemakers oven, computer controlled. The chamber is about 24" long and about 5" X 5" square at the opening. Nice piece of equipment.
  13. Try Joel Davis in Albert Lea, MN.
  14. My flint knapping instructor Mike McCall was born in a cabin he built...maybe you are related!
  15. Chris, I use the standard arkansas stones along with the Lansky system, http://www.lanskysharpeners.com/index.php, the Intruder for the kitchen, http://www.intruderinc.com/sharpeners/knife-sharpeners.html# and a buffing wheel in the shop with a 600 grit final sharpening.
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