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Doug Lester

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  1. The birch bark and carved antler handle really make a statement. Great work. Doug
  2. That's a nice little user. The handle looks spot on. Doug
  3. I can't say that it's to my taste but the workmanship looks good. Doug
  4. Oh yah, don't wear good T-shirts or jeans when working with African blackwood or the won't be "good" anymore. They will have a brown stain that won't come out. Doug
  5. I have run into an ABS Mastersmith who earned his Journeyman's stamp with two Grisslies. I have a Coot and it does well. You do have to buy motor separately and fabricate a mounting board/plate for the two of them. Use step wheels with them and you can have a simple speed control. Doug
  6. As Joshua said, it can definitely be used to forge knives as cutler's anvils usually didn't have a horn. However, you don't give us much information such as dimensions and weight. Doug
  7. You've been given lot of good information by those above. I agree with Alan to take your grind all the way to the spine. As mentioned, make sure your belts are sharp and treat them like they are free. The edge of that knife looks like you might have been applying too much pressure with a dull belt and burned the steel. Move your blade across the belt in a steady motion and use no more pressure than it takes to get the belt to cut (not all makes and grits are the same) If the blade is getting too hot to hold it is getting too hot to grind so keep a container of water to cool the blade in. Doug
  8. Thanks for your reply. I appreciated it. Doug
  9. Kevin Cashin was also on the Nova show about the Euthburt sword with Ric Furerr. If you watch closely you can see him duck off camera when Ric did the flaming blade trick after the quench. Doug
  10. Jeroen, how fresh does the antler have to be to boil it and press the tang in? Doug
  11. Ebony is like a concrete driveway. Eventually it will crack of move. If you like the look of black wood try using African blackwood. That wood you couldn't stabilize if you tried. Doug
  12. Joshua, you must have a match made in heaven if you are using your wife's primary forge. Doug
  13. I have a butcher knife with a Lignum vitae handle. It is NEVER tossed into the sink with the rest of the dirty dishes 1) I don't want to soak the handle in water 2) I don't want to find the blade the hard way. It's also assembled with cutlers rivets and nothing has budged since I made it. Doug
  14. I looked around, as I imagine that you did too, and couldn't find suppliers that offered anything over 1/4". You may well have to consider forge welding flat bars together. Doiug
  15. I'm trying to remember who the smith was but it's just been too long. He found some horn that was clear enough for the pattern of the damascus to show through. Doug Now that I've had five hours to mull on it I think that the person who did that was Ed Caffrey.
  16. Yes, I think Charles hit the nail on the head. The grain in course and could have been helped with a couple of normalizations. It may have contributed to the pre-existing cracks. You screw up, you learn. Doug
  17. One person who used to post here held that a commission is an agreement made in hell. Doug
  18. Just remember any mistake that you didn't learn anything from is a perfectly good mistake wasted. Doug
  19. How did you get the Osage Orange to develop a dark patina this quickly? It took a couple of months for a handle with it to develop that deep russet patina. I do have to agree with Joel that the dip in the spine does detract from the knife and I would have put just a tad more belly to the edge to help it rock a little better to chop food. Doug
  20. One of the best warranties that I ever saw was the knife maker warrantied the knife, his or the owner's, whichever came first. Doug
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