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Stuart Samuel

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About Stuart Samuel

  • Birthday 06/06/1980

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  1. Yep, took a few days to hear back, and a few more to get the Paypal invoice. I am checking my mailbox with... poorly concealed excitement.
  2. Where was that 14" Simonds made, Alex? I've been mostly ordering their files at work, the last seven years, but I've had really varied results depending on country (well, factory) of origin. The smaller (say, 6") files I get are marked Honduras, and seem pretty decent, if not phenomenal. Some of the other stuff... :/
  3. I think 'Phwoar!' about covers it.
  4. I was expecting the birds to be barn pigeons, rather more colourful than that.
  5. Thanks Charles! (I tried the @, but it didn't seem to behave like a link, so I figured...?)
  6. Giovanni Sartori? Can't seem to find a way to tag a member so they get a notification.
  7. Holy smokes, Jake. I think that may be my favourite, so far. The whole piece just feels really... balanced? The transition from the habaki to the bolster is really excellent, as is the bolster to the handle, and on and on. Thanks, this was a nice way to end a day.
  8. I finally figured out where I'd tucked this, after seeing the topic when it originally started. This is a knife that my Grandfather allegedly made during WWII. I have it second had, from my Father, that it was made for clandestine raids, but frankly, I think it's unlikely. My understanding is he served in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, I think in some way affiliated with armour (Canadian Armoured Brigade Signals?) in North Africa and Italy. While he continued his involvement with electronics after the war, selling security systems, I haven't seen anything else made by him that's remotely like this. If he picked it up during the war, I think it's much more likely it was in trade, or the like. Anyway, on to the photos:
  9. Huh. I remember using it as a silver solder masking agent, while training as a goldsmith, but anti-scale is a new one on me. I remember there being a bit of concern about fumes from it (nothing really specific), but I suspect I would have had my head rather closer to it, using a little propane torch, than you would with a forge.
  10. It sounds like you're being pretty cautious about the stones, which I'm glad to hear. I can't find the version posted on this forum at the time, but Sam Salvati's experience with stones like that has always stuck in my head, and I've used it as a cautionary tale a few times: https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/i-almost-died-today-safety-with-old-wheel-grinders.682698/
  11. I've mostly been using Simonds, through my work, but I've been really unhappy with the variation in quality, depending on the origin. (I might be more tolerant of it if I was the one placing the order, and could ask about country of origin) So far: Mexican stuff? Decent, but not phenomenal. Honduran? Pretty good, actually. Chinese? Paperweights, at best. (I think Alan joked, a little while ago, about filing the teeth off a bad file with a good one, and the difference between the Honduran and the Chinese ones left me tempted to try it)
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