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Stuart Samuel

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  1. As an alternative solution… I have a bread knife I picked up at a flea market, mostly because I hadn’t seen the like. 9” blade, thin (1/16” at the hollow bolster, 1/32” about 2” from the sheep’s foot tip), with square teeth and gullets. Gullet bevels alternate which side they’re ground on, about 1/16” wide. Works well! Marked ‘Universal’ in a frame, L. F. & C. below. Haven’t tried to sharpen it, mind… If I had to fault it, it’s so thin it’s quite flexible, sometimes to the detriment of the slicing.
  2. Looks like the one found in England is 27.9"/70.9 cm.
  3. Are you crazy, Josh?!? Think about what that'll do to any fish downstream!!
  4. We built a similar frame a number of years ago at work, to permit handling, moving and transfer of three antique light fixtures. It worked well for that application, but keep in mind, the total weight of the fixture was in the range of 350-400 lbs. The frame was built from racking beams, with 4"x4"x1/4" wall square tubes at the base, and an electric hoist at the top. (Amusingly, under the nickel plating, the scrollwork proved to be really grainy wrought iron!) On a smooth floor/with large enough casters, and with a load that's low to the ground, it may be doable, but you'll have to take substantial measures to prevent the load from swinging (say, tensioning cables from the load to the frame). If something in the 2 ton/tonne range goes bad, it could go really bad.
  5. I'm nowhere near the Bay Area, (Toronto, Canada) but I have the same (or extremely similar?) Metabo variable speed angle grinder and die grinder at work, they're both excellent long-lasting workhorses, and those are crazy-good prices.
  6. Hey, I get to post something! Once every thousand years... The scabbard from my British 1796 light cavalry sabre definitely has a wood lining. (The steel's rusted through at the bottom, and the wood's visible) The bottom end, at least, is two pieces of wood, I presume it's the same over the whole length. It also has a pair of triangular steel... tabs? inside the scabbard, about an inch and a half down from the throat. The form a sort of funnel, I suppose to keep you from jamming the tip of the blade into the wooden lining. The tips of the tabs are somewhere between 3/32"-1/8" apart, at a glance, enough room for the tip to move past easily, and they ride in the fullers when the blade's farther in. The wood's cut in a V shape around the tabs One aspect I'm stumped about is the construction of the steel shell. I don't see anything like, say, a welded lap joint, or a brazing joint. Could just be hidden in the rust, although if it's brazed, I'd expect that to stand out more, if anything.
  7. I stand by my choice of words. I love Canada, but man, New Zealand looks gorgeous, bordering on surreal.
  8. Well, that's ludicrous. Thanks for the slideshow, Garry.
  9. I have to concede, picking through that post was an interesting trip down memory lane. So, uh, thanks, deleted spammer? Not the outcome you intended, but I... appreciate it?
  10. Thanks, Lorne, much appreciated! (Not a bladesmith, but a professional metalworker, so plenty of overlap. ) This might seem like a small thing to our friends to the south but Canada is a) Uh... pretty big, even with most of us crowded down near the border, and b) Not... always the most popular shipping destination from the US. Being able to order something that's already in the country saves the headache of tariffs, and watching the cost of an item double when shipping is added.
  11. More like scraping? Something like 90 degrees to the material being cut. I do a lot of work with brass, and usually grind a small facet on the drill lip pretty much in line with the length of the bit. For the billet the drill broke off in, if the bit's still stuck in there, and you want it out, putting it in a heated solution of alum and water will rust the broken off bit to dust. Old watch-maker's trick. I've... certainly never used it on, say, broken 2-56 taps. (A lot of grocery stores will have alum in the spice section)
  12. Thanks Doug! Saw this on his Instagram this morning, and thought 'I'll remember to look at that later...' Now I'm twice as likely to remember! Plus, I was just looking at some old (Someone wrote a job name, plus '1992' on it) 1/8" copper sheet.
  13. Arrived today! Might be a bit faster domestically, not sure. Really great photos of the work, and excellent detail of the dimensions (Length, blade length, blade width, weight, point of balance) and materials used (down to which steel alloys), and some of the techniques (not tutorials, but, for example, "The grip is covered in ray skin with cast sterling silver ferrules that are carved and highlighted with gold overlay").
  14. 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.
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