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  1. I've been making kiridachi lately, and I'd like to finish the tops of the blades (which is wrought iron) with a draw filed pattern. I've been using a fairly course Nicholson 12 or 15 inch cross cut file, which produces an acceptable, if somewhat subtle pattern of parallel lines/ridges. So, does anyone have any suggestions about how to go about getting a more pronounced effect? I'd like to be able to produce deep, even, parallel lines that almost look like they were cut in with a graver. Is there a particular file type or shape that works best for this sort of thing? Any helpful wisdo
  2. Rank amateur that I am, I don't go though belts fast enough to have to reorder all that often, but I am finally running low. I logged onto the Tru Grit website for the first time in some time, and they have a bunch of new types of belts I hadn't seen before. For me, this is a hobby, so I don't need to worry so much about keeping production costs down, etc. Just would like whatever will cut the best and give me the best results. Any thoughts on what works best?
  3. Well, I know this is going to sound odd, but I am very happily married. I wear a platinum wedding band, and I'm actually on my second, because they get so badly banged up and abraded, that after a while, they just look like hell. So, I was working in my shop a couple of days ago, and I had this idea -- why not make a wedding band out of steel and then harden it. Figured it would have to be stainless or it would rust on my finger, and the only stainless I have in my shop was a slab of 3/8 inch 440C I bought once thinking I would use it to make up some chef's knives. (I never got to it,
  4. Apologies if this has been covered before, but I'm working with 440C for the first time, and have two questions. First, will this (or any other stainless) show a hamon? Second, is it possible to fire blue stainless, and if so, does it take color at the same temperatures as straight carbon steel? Any insight would be much appreciated.
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