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Matt Gregory

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  1. Hey gang, Some of you may remember a thread or two I did a few months ago touring Niagara Specialty Metals... well, during that visit Bob Shabala, NSM President -and my tour guide- mentioned that his firm had some of the coveted and rare L6 that many smiths crave. Some being about 40,000 pounds of it! Assuming that I'd at least throw the idea out there and maybe I could get enough folks interested in going in on a batch, I posted the steel's chemistry on a few forms with a note that I knew where we could get it. Next thing I know, there's a strange new van rolling into town: Sho' n
  2. Jill and I recently took our first legitimate vacation in years, and we managed to capture some great shots. This one is of a waterfall behind Hospital Rock in the foothills: Jill snapped 5 shots with a wide lens while standing in Zumwalt Meadow in King's Canyon, and I patched the images together into this extraordinary panorama: Here's another one that Jill caught on our descent into the Canyon: My favorite shot of Grizzly Falls, trying to teach myself exposure tricks: Sunset on our first night in Sequoia:
  3. It's not like either, really... Carbon 1.05% Chromium 0.50% Vanadium 0.75% Manganese 0.75% It's a great steel, and cheap! $33 for .25"x2"X36"!
  4. Thanks for all the comments, gang. Dave, I have no clue how I managed to post this same thread twice, but I did... sorry! I call the hamon technique 'clayless', as I didn't use any form of coating on the blade. I did a handful of grain refining cycles to reduce hardenability a bit, then low temperature austenitizing before quench in fast oil. What you see is what occurs 'naturally'! I plan on etching it a couple more times and polishing a pinch more to bring out a bit more detail, although there's already quite a bit - my photography just sucks! This is the first -and will likely be th
  5. Here's one I recently finished. Blade is 1095 with a "clayless" hamon, mild steel guard with tamboti handle and domed stainless steel pin. Hopefully I'll get a chance to start a sheath this weekend, then she goes up for sale! I'd love to hear input from you guys, as this one is an unorthodox design... I'm wondering how it will strike everyone. Please tell me - good or bad! Sorry for the crummy pictures, my photography skills are lacking. Thanks for looking!
  6. Here's one I recently finished. Blade is 1095 with a "clayless" hamon, mild steel guard with tamboti handle and domed stainless steel pin. Hopefully I'll get a chance to start a sheath this weekend, then she goes up for sale! I'd love to hear input from you guys, as this one is an unorthodox design... I'm wondering how it will strike everyone. Sorry for the crummy pictures, my photography skills are lacking. Thanks for looking!
  7. Temper the spine back with a torch and it'll be plenty tough for the purpose. CruForgeV and CruWear are NOT the same, btw. CRU-WEAR® Carbon 1.1% Chromium 7.5% Vanadium 2.4% Tungsten 1.15% Molybdenum 1.6%
  8. ...btw, how ya feelin' Bill? Aline keeping you moving?
  9. Although I still look the part, I'm finally (at the age of 37) having metabolic shifts - I weigh 167 pounds, and I've started a workout program to whip me into shape, as the mass I've put on is just "dumpy-middle-aged-guy weight". Not sure if the weight will ever be back to where it was (truth be told, I think it was unhealthy - I was at 148 pounds about 18 months ago). Regardless, 90 days from no, whatever weight I have will be hard, lean muscle - I'll try and remember to post pics. The NABS hammer was swung to great effect a few months ago at Dan Farr's shop, where Roger Pinnock and
  10. ...hopefully, it hit some of his hair, too. Fuzzy lil' guy's getting a bit out of hand! Hope everything's okay, man!
  11. I didn't mean to suggest a members-only site, sorry if I was taken that way. I just know that if I have to pay a yearly subscription to something, I'll be reminded to do so... rather than just remembering to make a donation!
  12. No doubt! ...maybe we should have a membership fee option? Don't get me wrong, free is good, but only if someone else isn't paying for it to be free for me! I , for one, would be willing to pay for a yearly membership... this forum and those who frequent it have been immeasurably important to me!
  13. ....you mean you haven't gotten the last pile I sent you? I just printed it out, for crying out loud!
  14. Dude, those are frickin' awesome! You need to send me some of that damascus, man... love it!
  15. Ric, these are just too cool... the laddering truly sets them off! ...maybe you could use the 2" flat to trim up some of that bush you have growing around yer face!
  16. The dovetailing is a really nice touch on this one, man... nice knife!
  17. Sure hope you didn't throw away that hydraulic cylinder and mount... I would LOVE to be able to raise and lower my grinder at will! It's already too easy for grinder neck to set in with me!
  18. Great looking blade, the hot bluing really works well with darker woods! Karl, the finish you put on your wood handles is superb... would you mind lending a bit of insight to your process?
  19. Dude, you look great! The haircut was just what was needed... you're gonna have to chase the chicks off with a stick!
  20. I'm pretty sure that most of the gang on this forum have arms that weigh as much as I do! I'm pretty sure I could whip most 8th grader's asses at armwrestling, but I'd run from the challenge...
  21. "You'll shoot your eye out, kid!" Way to suck the fun out of it, Bill... next thing you know, you'll want us to put corks on the ends of our knives! :D btw...how ya feelin', pal? Great project, Tony - looks to be coming along great!
  22. Hey! I thought I had dibs on calling Kevin out on tasks and goals he hasn't set yet! There might be a copyright infringement here, Ric...
  23. Happy Birthday, Don... many happy returns!
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