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Guy Thomas

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  • Birthday 09/26/1962

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    Tallahassee, Florida
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    Bladesmithing and creating things. Norse culture, enjoying the outdoors. Reading is big on the list!

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  1. I've had good luck using WD-40 as a hand sanding lubricant, it's just handy and is convenient to apply and storage isn't an issue (and no chance of me spilling it everywhere either!). I admit I've not experimented with many other oils. I seldom start finer than 220, good to know the 320 between 220 and 400 seems unnecessary. Thanks for the tip on Rynowet redline wet/dry paper Alan, been while since I bought any paper.
  2. I think you really nailed the blade shape and proportions of blade to haft on both!
  3. A channel called Taste Life has been cropping up in my Facebook feed lately, it often showcases an Azerbaijan farm family cooking, much of it outdoors. The woman uses a similar type knife (and uses it with wonderful proficiency). Whats interesting is from it's appearance it could very well have been made from a saw blade. Look around 40 seconds in on this video : https://www.facebook.com/252891408454022/videos/366055621181443 I get so hungry every time I watch them cooking, lol
  4. Great progress on this one Rob! Lovin the hilt elements
  5. Thanks Alan, that led me to find out that mine is a Shin Gunto Type 95, it has a cast aluminum hilt painted with brown enamel to look like traditional tsuka and is finally starting to appreciate in value (I bought it in the 70's when I was 14 from a flea market for 65 bucks). Prices are all over the place but mine is in great shape and similar ones are going upwards of $1500.00 - $1700.00, cool. I haven't researched it in possibly 20-25 years and at that time all I could find out was it was a mass manufactured sword for NCOs and police forces worth a couple hundred bucks. Thankfully no one eve
  6. I'm liking the looks of that Rob! Hobbit sword indeed!
  7. That was one of my worries, the other being Ukrainian companies tearing up stream beds indiscriminately, can't be great for the environment (like fossilized mammoth ivory hunters essentially melting and washing away huge areas in Siberia, can't be good)
  8. I have quite a few old belts (20 years) that were never used. The belts themselves are fine but the joining tape gives out not long after using them. Anyone have any recommendations for reinforcing them? Simple fiberglass strapping tape maybe? I know people have tried getting the actual tape used to manufacture them with little luck. I typically swear by Gorilla tape for practically everything but I don't think this is quite the right application!
  9. Well, a little online research has yielded far more than it did 10 years ago. It would appear that limonite is a common form of bog iron and that these nodules I mentioned are more than likely limonite concretions. All this it totally irrelevant to your original post and I apologize for getting sidetracked! I will be curious to see where this goes with you.
  10. I've been curious about taconite-pellets for some time and how they would react in a small scale smelting operation (if they can be used as is). A good portion of the pellet is clay and limestone. Since it is a processed form of the original taconite ore I pretty sure the actual iron content is higher than the parent taconite ore. These fired pellets replaced the iron ore mined locally around Birmingham, AL for the steel production there, presumably because it was cheaper to bring them in by train from your area. Locally here around Tallahassee we have magnetic nodules in the soil.
  11. I'd have to say I would be interested in some shear steel myself.
  12. Hmm, hot drilling... how about hot punching tang holes? I also seem to recall David Boye spot blowing holes in the tangs of his hardened saw blade knives with an oxy acetylene torch, lol. I like your idea of simply switching to stick tangs when forging O1. I tried a bit of forging with O1 when I was first trying things out but switched to 5160 and 1084 pretty quick for ease of forging and heat treating. That fully spheroidized precision ground 01 stock is great for stock removal. I need to make some small wood carving knives for my own use at some point and considered using my left
  13. Welcome back Marc. I'm in much the same boat, wanting to get back into things after an unexpectedly long layoff, but life is not making it easy right now. Been picking up some nice wood for handles though here and there and have some Parks 50 on the way.
  14. Ha Ha! Ye gods I love the Muppets! My kids don't quite get it, lol. I've sat here far too long just watching the Swedish Chef smash that cake over and over!
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