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Stuart Samuel

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About Stuart Samuel

  • Birthday 06/06/1980

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  1. 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)
  2. 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.
  3. 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").
  4. 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.
  5. 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... :/
  6. I think 'Phwoar!' about covers it.
  7. I was expecting the birds to be barn pigeons, rather more colourful than that.
  8. Thanks Charles! (I tried the @, but it didn't seem to behave like a link, so I figured...?)
  9. Giovanni Sartori? Can't seem to find a way to tag a member so they get a notification.
  10. 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.
  11. 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 remot
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