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Stuart Samuel

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About Stuart Samuel

  • Birthday 06/06/1980

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  1. Stuart Samuel

    After a looong break, back to the forge.

    This is definitely a consideration.
  2. Stuart Samuel

    Thistle Sgian Dubh

    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.
  3. Stuart Samuel

    Hussar sabre. Yes, another classic :)

    Those look great, Kris!
  4. Stuart Samuel

    Introduction to Theatre of War Knives

    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:
  5. Stuart Samuel

    White Out as anti-scale

    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.
  6. Stuart Samuel

    New Stones... Need advice

    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/
  7. Stuart Samuel

    files

    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)
  8. Looks great, Ruggero and Raphael! I really like the 'erosion' texture you managed in the foam, with layers of harder and softer rock wearing away.
  9. Stuart Samuel

    "Unlimited Class" Competition chopper

    That's about what I pictured, as far as that central ridge. That edge sounds wicked thin, though.
  10. Stuart Samuel

    "Unlimited Class" Competition chopper

    How think is Cloud Cutter, Alan? (If you recall)
  11. While I'm late to the party, I think you made the right decision. I don't make knives, but I did own that Lee Valley belt sander, and Alan's right, it's alright for sharpening, but not much more than that.
  12. Stuart Samuel

    Firefox issues?

    Not that I've noticed?
  13. Stuart Samuel

    Secets of the Shining Knight NOVA

    Yes, looks like US only. I'll hope to see it sometime in the blissful postnational future.
  14. Stuart Samuel

    Humpback Seaxblade for sale

    Message sent! Pure coincidence, but I'm home, rather than at work, because I managed to stab myself on a piece of stainless with almost the exact same tip angle. (Image hidden for the squeamish) Lesson here is: Don't dig around in the offcut bins while hurrying.
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