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JJ Simon

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  1. Suggested list of belts for new knife makers?

    The way I observe the belt riding is that left and right of center are higher than center. I try my best to grind fully on the face of the platen. I do my best. Not always great to not grind on one side or another. But if I lay a straight edge on a fresh ground belt there will always be a slight concave to them. And I mean slight. Like tiny tiny bit. So, nothing but a disc grinder or a surface grinder will produce and absolutely true flat. Another sign of this is when I go to hand sanding. The first backer I use is steel and when I make my first pass with the backer the high spots of the blade bevel will sand first. Those are always towards the spine and edge.
  2. What did you do in your shop today?

    I probably won't have a sword. I will have tongs for sale. The kind I keep posting. I'm driving a green taurus wagon and I'm heavily tattooed. Including my hands. I will bring some knives to show at least.
  3. What did you do in your shop today?

    I probably won't have a sword. I will have tongs for sale. The kind I keep posting. I'm driving a green taurus wagon and I'm heavily tattooed. Including my hands.
  4. Suggested list of belts for new knife makers?

    Josh I use a magnet that has a handle on it. This allows me greater vercitility than a push stick. But my pressure is pretty consistent. My buddy didn't understand what I was talking about until he started using the Trizac belts and he gets it now. I have a terrible time explaining it. Its just a thing that has to be experienced. For me I think its that the thickness of the backer allows a certain kind of contouring around the part. As we all know when we grind on a platen we aren't actually grinding flat because the belt cups from both edges of the platen to the center. This is why a so called flat grind on a platen is actually a really really shallow hollow. And if you only use one half of the platen. Left or right. A deeper hollow is ground in. The only way to get a true flat is what you do which is use a disc grinder or a surface grinder. Which of course if we were doing bevels on a surface grinder we'd have to use sine plates. But they're great for ricasso. Eventually mine will be in play.
  5. What did you do in your shop today?

    I'll be there this weekend. Drop by and say hey. I'm buddies with Mark Sperry who I met there 3 years ago. Hes one of the Williamsburg blacksmiths.
  6. Suggested list of belts for new knife makers?

    IDK how to explain it Josh. The experience I've had is that a change in grit and belt weight changes the angle of the grind. I remember a video of yours where you hollow grind and then flatten either on the platen or the disc. When just flat grinding on the platen this has been my experience. Which is why I like using the gators because they have the same thickness as an X weight belt.
  7. What did you do in your shop today?

    http://www.bgcmonline.org/docs/PasturePartyInvite2018.pdf
  8. What did you do in your shop today?

    In Virginia. Dan Boones pasture party. Dan is known for his dragons. Nice farm. Immaculate blacksmith shop. He did the sugar loaf craft festivals for years. Carson Sams learned from him and has moved into the Sugar loaf festival and is who I learned about the hammer in from a few years ago. The entrance fee is a handmade piece of work that is raffled off at the end and that pays for the food and drinks.
  9. What did you do in your shop today?

    Yes, 2" from the blast but at the top of the hearth. Alan has it right. And looks like he has solved the problem. You will get it right next time. No doubt.
  10. What did you do in your shop today?

    Thanks Alan
  11. 10th Annual Fire and Brimstone Hammer-in

    Hotel already booked!
  12. Wow. Holly goodness. Fantastic work!
  13. What did you do in your shop today?

    I finished this set today. They are for sale if anyone is interested.
  14. What did you do in your shop today?

    Basically I do this. Let me know what was different. My Tyurre is at least an inch above the floor of the hearth. 1 or 2 bricks high off the floor. I can check later for you. My hearth is 3 brick levels higher than the tyurre. I charge it fully and have it fully burning before I add material I just lay the material on top and allow it to drop with the rest of charcoal at a natural rate. The material is 1-2" in front of the tyurre. the tyurre is flush with the interior wall. Once I've charged the material. I let it burn down until sparks are flying out the top of the furnace. After I see sparks like steel-carbon burning off I run it for at least 10-15 minutes. Direct air blast will decarb. Non direct will add carbon. So a mix of high carbon and iron should be good but all high carbon will be super high carbon or cast iron by the end. I do add some sand or borax a couple times during the process. This is Emiliano pulling a "Bloom" from a hearth at the F&B event. You can see how the furnace was built. Here are some pics of my hearth.
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