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  1. @Ric: Considering my present unemployed status, I'll probably just head over to the shop some evening and practice my forge welding by making a small billet. Need to work on my current commission as well... Ack. -J
  2. I know that Hitachi Metals in Japan sells laminated steel to the knifemaking industry, but I'm curious to know if anyone here in the States knows of a domestic source for this sort of thing. (Hey Aldo, here's a project for you: get a mill to produce a low carbon-high carbon laminated steel!) -Jim
  3. http://3ravensmetalcraft.wordpress.com/2010/12/02/two-simple-knives-for-sale/
  4. @Chris: ARGH! I am a bad Scale Daddy! I owe you for the batteries. -J
  5. Chris, If I'd known you needed Sparex...
  6. This is a little kiridashi that I forged out of Aldo's 1084FG. I did the heat treating and polishing on Thanksgiving Day. The foundation polishing was done on sandpaper, but I switched to toishi for the final work and even broke out the hazuya and jizuya to tart it up. Now I need to find a new home for it. Too many knives in my house.
  7. Oi, Chris! If you want some company, drop me an email. We live way too nearby not to socialize, and being jobless, I've got time! -Jim
  8. Hmmm. One of these days, I hope to find out what wootz acts like on water stones. Beautiful work, as always!
  9. Chris, I can't tell you anything more than these wise people have, other than I feel your pain. Often. Choking up and death-gripping the hammer will do a lot of damage. So will "whipping" the hammer using your wrist rather than striking with your whole arm. I am allowing myself some recovery time before I go out and hit metal again, and then I plan on consciously trying to train myself to use a hammer differently. Best of luck to you and take it easy, Jim
  10. What is the general feeling on Hofi's hammer technique? Does anyone have any other opinions or advice for swinging a hammer without repeatedly damaging your joints? -Jim
  11. John, Looks like a winner to me! Hope all is well with you. -Jim
  12. Hey everyone! Does anyone know of a way to stabilize or harden animal teeth for durability over the long term? I got an interesting request from a potential customer about using teeth in her project. Help? -Jim
  13. I've been trying to wrap my brain around what to charge for my "On the Job Training" blade polishing work. Does anyone have a feel for what might be reasonable to ask for my time? There's another reason behind this post. I'm about to lose my day job, and want to keep some form of income rolling in. If anyone knows of any Graphic Design jobs in the metro Washington, DC area, give me a heads up. Thanks! Best wishes, Jim
  14. JimC

    JS Blades

    Serious round of applause from up here in the Washington DC area! Bravo! -Jim
  15. Keep up the return to health, Sir! Don't push yourself too hard, drink lots of water and sleep when the urge hits you. Best wishes always, Jim
  16. http://wp.me/pzCbi-5r I need a better camera, lighting... You get the idea.
  17. These images are post Jizuya, going to meet the Nugui sometime soon. There are some micro scratches evident, but they're not detracting from the blade as much as they are making it look "lived in". -Jim
  18. There are quite a few online sources for dry pigments here in the States. Daniel Smith in Seattle sells them, as do Pearl Arts & Crafts. I don't remember the name of the company, but there is a store in New York that specializes in dry pigments. It is likely that the dry material isn't as fine as what ends up packaged in the tubes, since part of the manufacturing process (traditionally) is grinding the oil and pigments together. P, one of the reasons that I'm using the earth colors is that they have fewer additives than any of the other colors that contain some amount of iron oxide
  19. Nugui is powdered water stone, iron oxide and clove oil. The mixtures and recipes vary by school and individual polisher. Right! I got my degree in Fine Art, and I spent a large amount of time using oil paint. My brain kicked over a memory this morning: many of the "Earth" brown pigments are iron oxide in one form or another. There's also a Chrome Oxide Green, which as you might guess, uses chrome oxide as a pigment. Iron oxide + oil + ? = nugui I asked myself, "Jim, is it possible that you have old tubes of paint that might be really concentrated Nugui or metal polish?" The mi
  20. Nice job Rod! I don't know what is available in Nebraska, but if you can find Seurig Essenz vinegar from Germany it is 25% acid. Normal table vinegar is 4% or less. I've found that the "strong" vinegar etch brings out more detail and subtle shading than FC does. Keep up the great work!
  21. Speaking as someone that has handled that blade, Tate, it feels every bit as good as it looks. John's blades, now that I've met a number of them in person, have a distinct feel and personality. You'll forgive me if I sound all "woo-woo" for a minute, I hope. They feel like they've "got your back" and are just waiting for you to put them into motion. The tanto I'm polishing for him feels the same way. It knows what it is, what it was made for, and is simply waiting to be needed. More coffee and I'll be less metaphysical.
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