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Stuart Samuel

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About Stuart Samuel

  • Birthday 06/06/1980

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  1. I stand by my choice of words. I love Canada, but man, New Zealand looks gorgeous, bordering on surreal.
  2. Well, that's ludicrous. Thanks for the slideshow, Garry.
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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)
  6. 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.
  7. 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").
  8. 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.
  9. 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... :/
  10. I think 'Phwoar!' about covers it.
  11. I was expecting the birds to be barn pigeons, rather more colourful than that.
  12. Thanks Charles! (I tried the @, but it didn't seem to behave like a link, so I figured...?)
  13. Giovanni Sartori? Can't seem to find a way to tag a member so they get a notification.
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