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  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.
  16. Shakudo, you rascal...those are choice!
  17. I'll fix your other shoulder...heh,heh!
  18. I'm glad I am not the only bladesmith who like a smooth flowing grind line besides the more refined sharp angular lines. Nice piece.
  19. Check with John Bailey, he has Boker make throwing knives for him. http://www.throwingknives.com/
  20. Looks like you apprenticed to Andrew Jordan.
  21. While buffing a batch of kitchen knives, I foolishly put the wheel on a 3000rpm motor. The wheel grabbed the blade and luckily it hit the motor base before it hit my left middle finger creating a cut about 1/8" deep by 1/2" long. A scrub with hydrogen peroxide, a couple of lines of Super Glue and a bandaid, I put the wheel on a 1725rpm motor. A bit safer, but still pay attention without distractions.
  22. I've made nice hammers from 4140 from Cat track pins obtained free from a Cat maintainence facility.
  23. Another possibility is cut off the bad area and lap weld a carbon steel bit.
  24. Nice thrower, wide point and belly for cutting cards.
  25. My first random pattern damascus was made from 5160 and 4140. My 1/4" billet split into two 1/8" pieces which I made into thinner blades and a food chopper. I called this my damage control damascus. Seems chrome does not like welding to chrome.
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