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Everything posted by deker

  1. Cal, I remember seeing that mill years ago. It's a really nice design, and a lot more compact than mine. I had come back here several times trying to find the pictures you posted before and couldn't. Thanks for reposting them, I'm saving them this time for future reference Of course, I practically stole mine, and love the fact that it's giant, and old. The motor is a MASSIVE, old, 5HP 3ph that mounts on the stand on the right (it was off in this picture since I was moving it in). It was originally built in 1913 I think, and was electrified in 1947 by the previous owner (a j
  2. David, I've heard good things about the Black Fox grinders from Bruce Bump. I definitely trust Bruce's opinion on tools. He also worked with the Black Fox folks on the design, so you know it's had input and testing from somebody who knows how a knifemaker uses a grinder.
  3. Bringing this one back from the dead! I realized I hadn't ever gotten to fixing the picture on this thread. It's fixed now. Man, it's been a long time and I've come a long way since this.
  4. Nice score! Whatever you do for a contact wheel will cost more than the machine, but be well worth it. If you need something custom made, or if the parts from the manufacturer are too pricey, call Sunray. I had them do the contact wheel for my surface grinder conversion and they price was less than half of what Contact Rubber Corp. wanted to charge me. The 1100RPM motor seems a bit slow unless it's got a monster drive pulley. Oh, and Alan, if you look at the fact that the Space Saver was intended to replace huge backstand grinders, it IS a lot smaller.
  5. It's just about 2" of blade, and about 4.5" OAL. Just about 2oz without the sheath.
  6. One Twist Damascus "Deker Necker" just waiting for sharpening to be ready to head to it's new home.
  7. Well, if it's any consolation, I think these look a lot nicer than his
  8. If you know an outfit that would make them, I can make the steel! :)
  9. There will be at some point, but it will be a ways out. I can't give out any details just yet.
  10. The current plan is for a single production run set up like this one, so they will all be random for the frame, etched deeply and blued, and twist for the slide etched not quite as deep and left "au naturale"
  11. Thanks! As far as I know it's the standard design M1911, so it's got the thumb safety, the grip safety, and an internal disconnector.
  12. Thanks everybody! Alan is right, it's Desert Ironwood on the grip panels. Unfortunately, I can't say who's producing them or anything yet. This picture is the first completed prototype, so we've gotten past that major hurdle. There's still a lot of steps to go to get to production (not least of which is me buying a ton and a half of steel and burning a LOT of propane ). It will likely be some number of months until more info is available, but as soon as I got the OK to say "Look! We're making 1911s!", I did. :-D It's been about a year and a half of shop upgrades, work, machine build
  13. For well over a year now, I've been working on a "Secret Project" I will be making steel for. It's been the cause of a lot of new stuff in the shop, and a lot of learning and hard work as well. Well, I'm finally at a point where I'm allowed to let the cat peek out of the proverbial bag. There's still a long way to go, and I won't be able to divulge much in the way of specific details for a while, but I'm proud to say that the steel in the attached picture is from my shop and that there will be a LOT more of it coming over the next year or so that will be made into more gorgeous 1911 pi
  14. I've got more Damascus in stock than I need, so it's time for an inventory reduction sale! For the next 2 days all Damascus barstock listed on my shop page is currently marked down! Hurry up before that piece you want is gone!
  15. I can certainly understand that. It's a shame though, you have always been one of a few 'smiths I'd have been willing to actually BUY a knife from. Life just never got around to my being able to afford it...
  16. When I needed a custom contact wheel for my surface grinder conversion, I checked first with Contact Rubber Corp. They wanted $1k for the wheel I specified. Sunray did it for less than half that, and then when I screed up and tore up the tire, they recovered it for me for about $150. Devin Carswell has been the rep I've dealt with and he's fantastic. Add another thumbs up for Sunray from me!
  17. And here I was, figuring on seeing more of the famous "Ray Richard forging in sandals" pictures.
  18. Ok, so I didn't get more video. I got on a roll and the GoPro wasn't in the shop. It got drawn to 2-1/4" square, then the section to be twisted was octagoned, and into Screwcifer it went! Drawn out to ~1.75"x1.625"x23" The untwisted ends were trimmed, and onto the surface grinder to get cleaned up. Came out to 1.695"x1.365"x19". Customer spec was for 1.5"x1.25"x16", but they're fine rough machining it down. And a bit of a closeup. The 3 colors of steel in this one are going to make it look really nice. Also, once the customer's final machining is done, it will be a g
  19. Owen, The press is around 45ton and it seems to handle it fine. Or did you mean a twisting rig?
  20. Thanks folks! I'll hopefully have more more video of 2-1/2" square being twisted at a slightly increased speed soon.
  21. The motivation behind Screwcifer is a 2HP motor spinning a large triple reduction gear reducer. It's built to twist up to 3" square and still have a reasonable safety margin. So far I haven't worried about cooling the ends, though I may with this billet since I may take the ends to 2" square to save a little on waste and keep me from having to build another set of dies right now. It depends a bit on what bits of steel I find around the shop tomorrow that I can hack a tailstock die together from. Here's a video of the second twist I did with it. First was 1" square, this was 2".
  22. This size is half of the contract, I've got another that finishes to ~15lbs ea that I need to do 50 of as well. In all reality, it will be 6-12 months of work. One piece is random, the other is a twist (but I'm randoming the stock some before twisting to make it a little more interesting).
  23. So, I have a really large pattern welding contract coming up, and I'm working on the final prototype pieces. This set a new record for me today, so I figured sharing would be as good as excuse as any to return to one of the forums that I've neglected for way too long. I can't say what the end product is yet, but trust me, as soon as I can, I will. Today's work was a billet of 1045/1075/15n20. Just a wee tiny thing, it started at 2"x4-3/4"x10" (about 30lbs). This is to date the largest billet I've ever done, and provided that everything works out, I'll only have to do somewhere betwee
  24. "Basket Case" Pattern Welded BIllet - .105"x1.625"x11" $140 Stock #: 20181017-BasketCase1 This is a .105"x1.625"x11" billet of 1084/15n20/Ni steel my "Basket Case" pattern. The Ni alloy sheet in this begins at .0032" thick and is only microns thick after forging, so should not affect blade edges at all.
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