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Stuart Samuel

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  • Birthday 06/06/1980

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  1. Stuart Samuel


    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)
  2. 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.
  3. Stuart Samuel

    "Unlimited Class" Competition chopper

    That's about what I pictured, as far as that central ridge. That edge sounds wicked thin, though.
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    "Unlimited Class" Competition chopper

    How think is Cloud Cutter, Alan? (If you recall)
  5. 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.
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    Power hammer with some elegant features

  7. Stuart Samuel

    Firefox issues?

    Not that I've noticed?
  8. 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.
  9. 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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    Help with a "new" old tool

    I relayed that cautionary tale just a few weeks ago, when I found a coworker setting up to repeat the feat. Happily avoided.
  11. Stuart Samuel

    Welding Brass

    Also, on the soldering front, I've never had much luck getting solder (soft, such as tin/led or tin/silver alloy, or 'hard', silver/copper/zinc alloys) to flow over cracks like that. Maybe something about the surface texture? Sandblasted surfaces are much the same. Exposed surface at the break looks yellow, so likely it is brass, but the others are right about zinc and 'white metal' castings being deceptive. TIGing cast brass can be dicey. Especially small castings like that, which often came out of little foundries melting whatever dross came to hand. Also, most brasses produce a fair bit of zinc fume. Not knowing what resources you've got, I'd probably recommend Gerald's solution. Even better, if you can cram in two pins (even little tiny ones), you don't have to worry so much about twisting the top off while screwing it back in.
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    First time with wrought.

    Really nice work. I'd wondered about drawing wrought out to fairly thin cross sections, did it give you any trouble?
  13. Stuart Samuel

    Kelso bucket-list (not kicking yet)

    That 50/50 shibuichi looks fantastic! Maybe it's just the photos, but it looks, for lack of a better word, 'harder' than, say, sterling. Something about the sheen of it. Did you form the blank cold? Much as I like the 'front', the restrain of the reverse is really striking.
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    Anglo-Saxon inspiration = too much close work

    Chris, don't get me wrong, I have no interest in mass producing beaded wire, or any other period material. The comment was made at the end of a long day spent figuring out how to set up a production run on a press, with a head full of tooling. I started out as a goldsmith, and given the choice, I'd still rather be paid for fine hand work than machine work, whether it's beaded wire, chasing, or hollow ware. I'm much more interested in the process used then, than running a press to make the stuff.
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    Anglo-Saxon inspiration = too much close work

    It's cheating, but I'm now thinking about beaded wire tooling for the 40 ton break press at work.