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Matt Walker last won the day on June 13 2016

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  1. Thanks guys, Point taken about lifestyle. And Joshua, yeah that one would work well for me. I'm a retiring damascus maker turning to jet boat trout fishing.
  2. Yeah, hard to remove a splinter or metal sliver with a fat thick tool. As well as clean under finger nails.
  3. Thanks for the good ideas. When this happens I'll post what we come up with. I'm sending him photos of the last couple of small ones Jake Cleland recently posted, for inspiration. What a treat this to have input on ones own knife.
  4. Really like the clean lines in this one. How is that type sheath to carry? Kinda hard to picture without it being on a belt, how it would hang. Can it be drawn one handed? And yeah Alan: I was drawn to the antler handled one too.
  5. When Alan mentioned above 1:12 that means to my understanding for every 12/8" or 1-1/2" of length the diameter increases 1/8" . Guessing by the photo your flare is somewhat faster.
  6. Thanks Geoff, that's exactly what I am looking for. Liking the simplicity of the top two.
  7. In a recent trade with a blade-smith friend, I'm to get an every day cary knife of his making. All I've told him so far is small, thin and pointy with desert ironwood. Anyone have ideas about what makes a great EDC? He can do nice damascus but I'm leaning to carbon mono- steel. Looking forward to your opinions!
  8. Located in the NE corner of Tennessee, outside a little town called Bluff City, near Bristol racetrack. It works great with the DC gear motor and is variable speed. Price is $3500, if you are willing to come a long way we may negotiate fuel expense. Please contact through the PM system here.
  9. Another way to skin this cat, and proving what Alan said about layer count. I would forge the bar square say 1-1/4" for some stock removal customers. Then spend a good block of time on a bandsaw removing about a third from each side to get to the goodie in the middle. The sides aren't wasted, they help fill a canister later. This photo shows the resulting 3 pieces. The top one is the outside of the bar, the center is the goodie and the bottom is the inside of the other outside slab.
  10. Hey Jerrod, those of who know Len trust him without hesitation, but it is nice to hear you confirm. Seems like when Len made his presentation he mentioned 3 ways to refine grain. Thermal cycling, plastic deformation and if there was a third one I can't remember it.
  11. Plastic deformation also plays a part in grain reduction according to Len Landrum.
  12. If you want to stay with kaowool, Satanite is much easier to work with. It can be mixed to the consistency of drywall mud and is pretty sticky. Not lumpy like Mizzou, it's much easier to slather on. But the heat and cooling cycles will have it cracking and needing patches occasionally.
  13. Yeah, I thought Kast-o-LIte was just a brand name of a castable refractory? But yeah I had some actual Kast-o-Lite brand in 3000 and 2600. I kinda got it backwards because I poured the 3000 first then realized I needed to reduce the inside volume by then all I had was the 2600 but it has held up great. Point being if I were to do it again I would go for the lighter and I guess better insulating 2600.
  14. I really like my all cast-able for long jobs like making damascus. Still cast floor in mizzou. Never have to patch again. I have a rake that I scrape the floor clean after welding so I'm not picking up junk during the forging periods. It'll rake out a little floor material each time so that has to be added to occasionally. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmunsYUvA_Q
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