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Doug Lester

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  1. I started out draw filing my blades on a knife board. It's slow but you'll get there. Power tools just help you work faster and that includes screwing things up. Doug
  2. What do you have for a high temperature salt pot? You can do serious harm to yourself if it's designed or used wrong. If you allow the bottom of the pot to heat without a way to relieve pressure they can turn into a volcano and splatter melted salts on you. Allow some water to get into the salts it will rapidly turn into steam and explode, and again you will be covered in melted high temperature salts. You could look up Kevin Cashen and drop him an email and he might be able to give you some advice. Doug
  3. I think that you will also have an easier time if you finish grinding the profile, and the bevels on the one you are making for your grandfather, before you harden and temper. It will be easier to grind. The one that you are going to make into a chef's knife you may want to wait to grind in the bevels after hardening and tempering to reduce problems with warping. Doug
  4. Thanks for more reasons not to do FaceBook. Douig
  5. I think that the first wave started about 20 years ago and there's always been someone turning them out. There's a lady at Fay's Forge, coincidentally named Fay, who posts on You Tube. I don't think that I've seen her show a knife that she's made that wasn't a seax. She's really good at carving handles too. Doug
  6. Another outstanding blade, great job. Doug
  7. Jake, you did it again. You nocked it out of the park with that one and the sheath is to die for. Doug
  8. This is getting better and better. Doug
  9. Yes, that does look like it will be handy in the kitchen and I love the ironwood handle. Doug
  10. Looks like a very nice job. Good hamon. Doug
  11. You just keep turning them out. I love the raven carving on the antler tine and everything seems to just flow together. Doug
  12. That's a top notch job. Doug
  13. I think that you are starting to see the light. The alloys used and the heat treating equipment need to match each other. It's just like that if you only have a forge to austenize the steel in you need to stick with a simpler alloy, like the 10XX group. Doug
  14. That is top notch. Love the execution of the handle and guard. Doug
  15. That feather pattern knife is truly amazing. Lining up the pattern in the bolster with the pattern on the blade is really a step above. Doug
  16. Ok, Doc, I was going to let it pass but what metal is the tube made from? It doesn't look like the bronze fitting that is inside it but it's definitely not black pipe. Are you certain that the alloy will hold up to normal forging temperatures let alone welding temperatures? It might just be the light on stainless steel but it looks like a cupric alloy. Not trying to insult your intelligence, just trying to keep everyone safe. Doug
  17. Looks good so far. This one I'll be wanting to follow. Doug
  18. I've been waiting for a video from the ABS shop via Amazon. It went to the shipping center in New Jersey, then to a shipping center in Springfield Mo, then to a shipping center in Jersey City, NJ, now it's supposed to be in St. Louis, Mo. Hopefully it will be dropped off in Indianapolis some tine tomorrow before it's driven all over Indiana and Illinois on a truck. Doug
  19. Those are all outstanding knives. I'm sure that your friend is sick over loosing his. Says something for international orange handles. Doug
  20. I would probably say something like wow or nice if I knew what I was looking at. Besides a puck or crucible steel, what I'm I looking at? It seems interesting. Doug
  21. You've go good eyes, Alan, I still can't spot them and yes, Jacek, that is some fine work. Doug
  22. Great looking sword, Jacek. I wish that we could get the equivalent of EN45 on this side of the pond. I think that I'd pretty much confine my knife making to it if I could get it. Doug
  23. Welcome aboard. That's some nice looking work and I think that the tooling in the brass pieces look good. Doug
  24. Billy O, if you read Niels' profile you would have seen that he is an American but don't feel bad, I want to place him in Norway or Denmark myself. Doug
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