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Adam Weller

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  1. Hey guys, a friend I work with brought this knife to me wondering if I had any ideas on how to best preserve it. It was issued to his grandfather in WWII. He fought in the pacific on the USS Wasp which was torpedoed by the Japanese in September of 1942. He wants to keep the patina pretty much intact and display the knife. I told him to leave it alone as much as possible. Maybe some gentle steel wool to get some dirt off. It looks like someone might have taken some lite sandpaper to it at some point, unfortunately. I’m wondering about the leather stacked handle, should he put any kind of preservative on it? Interestingly enough, the butt of the knife is wood (looks like oak?). Someone obviously used it as a hammer at some point. Should I even sharpen it? Any of you history gurus have any information on these knives for him? Some not so great pictures: Any input/thoughts are welcome. Thanks!
  2. I totally get this. Beautiful result. As much as I have a thing for antler engraving, I love how it looks without.
  3. I follow half a dozen small knife makers on IG that recently got coal iron presses. The thing that surprised me was how fast they are, the 12 ton has a smaller footprint, they run on 110, and I’ve seen some really nice work come off them. The price seems pretty reasonable to me with free shipping. I know I’m putting my change in a jar as a someday thing.
  4. I’ve been eyeing these. I don’t have one so I can’t speak to how they work, but they look promising on the videos and they are all over Instagram these days... Better on the budget? https://coaliron.com/products/copy-of-12-ton-mini-press
  5. Mine pivots on a piano hinge, works well for me. I must admit I don't use it in this position as often as I thought I would...
  6. Maybe if you stick to doing it in New Zealand and skip doing it in Russia?
  7. I think this is second thread this week asking about Pheer... I didn't have a chance to respond to the earlier thread. I bought a Pheer grinder 5-6 years ago. Like you said, it was more affordable then the big names. I hesitate to say too much because it is the only grinder I have ever used, but I absolutely love it. How anybody functions without a grinder in their garage is beyond me. Forget knife making - I use it for everything. I bought his earlier model (the model number is in the 300's, like 327 I think). The one he sells now is the 454 and it looks like he has made quite a few improvements to it compared to mine, but the cost is similar. I bought the 1.5 hp model, so I can run it off 110. I have had no issues with it, no vibration (I built a very solid table for it), tracks well, plenty of power and it's still going strong. Things I still want to add would be a glass platen and some contact wheels (I still only use a flat platen or small wheel).
  8. I was just going to say this... It is such a common thing on production knives it must be related to liability.
  9. There is definitely a prevalence of misinformation out there. As usual there are people on both sides and as we all know data can be twisted. Several times already I have had to sit on my hands and force myself not to respond. I think a lot of the panic response we are seeing is a psychological response. Humans are very social and therefore when given time alone, respond in a variety of fascinating ways (some reasonable, but most absolutely ridiculous) which is amplified by our heightened ability to communicate in the era of internet. God, I love social isolation - but they wont let me go home at this point (not that home is isolated given 4 stir crazy kids on an early summer vacation). Also, the data, in my opinion, is very skewed given that most test results are delayed up to a week, so most numbers we are seeing in the news is at least a week old. From a front line perspective I can say this is a very nasty flu, significantly increased infectious rate coupled with higher morbidity (I think it is way too early for actual numbers here). This is especially true for healthcare workers. We are all going to get it, and that gets us sent home from work (to infect our families) and at this point there is no one to replace us. We can predict the normal flu - we can't really predict this. The issue becomes resources. I have never heard of a 96 hour +20% reserve, maybe that is at individual locations (like at a nursing station or in the ER)? I get daily supply chain updates for one of the major healthcare organizations in the country and the issue becomes the incredible acceleration of utilization. One of the larger hospitals in the organization went from a typical 80-90 day supply of PPE (personal protection equipment - ie gowns, gloves, masks) to a 25 day supply in a matter of days because of increased utilization during the surge (and THEFT - patients love to walk out of the room with a full box of masks, gloves, etc. - at this point we can leave nothing out in a a convenient location). How do you predict something like this? Should we have a 500 day supply of everything? Everything in a hospital has an expiration date and we would be throwing literally tons of equipment out on a rolling basis. Everybody loves to hate hospitals and healthcare. It's an easy target, insurance and liability has made for astronomical costs. Even basic equipment in a hospital cost tens of thousands of dollars more because it is "hospital grade" and we can't use anything but the best when patients lives are involved. I can tell you that the healthcare workers aren't getting the money. When you work in healthcare there is no "no weld grinder plans" or "paint can forge" that we can use to cut costs - we gotta go all in with the professional package North Ridge Tool 2x72 grinder with all the bells or whistles and the top of the line Chili forge with 12 burners (because more is better right?) or we are liable for a lawsuit when that blade *TINGS* in the quench and we have to start over. (Gotta get bladesmithing into this post somehow ) I'm guessing I've lost most at this point, I usually only have the time to read 1 or 2 paragraphs, so I get it. Like Gary said - keep those forge fires burning - the inside of the forge is probably the most sterile environment in our shop!
  10. “Experts Questioning the Corona Virus Panic” Completely unofficial opinion ahead, but I kinda wish these experts would use their expertise to buy a couple more ventilators for the hospitals that are currently trying to decide which patient needs it more.
  11. I'll second this. Or just don't even read it. We are already dealing with a shortage of this medication (which is used for other issues) because a certain political figure mentioned it. Also, with this kind of click-bait title I can almost guarantee this is filled with false information. From what I have heard the initial information regarding this drug is based on a study out of France that had an N value of 26 patients, several of whom ended up in the intensive care unit. I can also tell you there is a huge amount of work going on as we speak trying to get actual data on things that might help with this specific virus. In regards to this whole thread, I guess I can say I'm "lucky" to work in healthcare and therefore have no worry of losing my job, but I do have a significant increased risk of experiencing it first hand, as well and participating in and witnessing the preparations and struggle of the healthcare system to handle the surge... In particular I am in a small resort town with fairly limited resources to begin with and people coming into town from all over to take a "Viral Vacation" and essentially bringing it with them. Honestly, what Alan said in his first post up there is golden. Stay home, stay safe - if not for yourself but to help those around you who are weaker and those of us dealing with this on the front lines. I can tell you that resources are indeed limited, and if we can slow the spread we can hopefully handle the volume, if we don't slow the spread, things will get iffy (technical term). Now - if only they would tell me to go home, I could get to work on some of these projects I have going on.
  12. Funny you mention that - I had drawn out the engraving design for the knife handle and thought it was the one... but as I worked on the sheath I liked it less and less. Sooo, I just erased the whole thing and I am starting over. I have no idea what it is going to turn out like at this point. BTW, Glad you like it! Thanks for the encouragement.
  13. Could you report back on how well this works? I have the stuff to cast one of these, just haven't had the time.
  14. Another quick progress peek: I’m hoping this works. Some things I’m worried about with this antler. It was the only piece I had that would fit these dimensions, but it has some characteristics I don’t like. I really either need to make good friends with a reindeer farmer or become on myself... I need more antler!!! Things are moving slow. I work in a hospital and have 4 kids on an extended spring break. Enough said. Hope everyone is well. Stay home, protect those around you. Oh - I wanted to show some in progress pictures: Adam
  15. Pretty sure Helium isn't flammable. edit: I guess I mean I know it's not flammable - it is an inert gas. There shouldn't be anything catching fire. The only other thing on the "ingredients" is "air" so there is no accelerant or anything. (insert appropriate safety disclosure here) I'd have cut that thing open with an angle grinder several weeks ago.
  16. I was wondering about this as well!
  17. For some reason I'm getting this mental picture of a bison in a bikini... Thanks guys.
  18. https://holsterfineart.com/ I've had this page open in my browser for the last couple weeks and look at it daily I wish I had a resume like that.
  19. Saw this on Instagram this morning and absolutely love it! There is just so much cool stuff going on. Definitely worthy of fave status.
  20. Nice looking handle. I know what you mean about the heaviness of the handle, I get that with antler, it is just a much more dense material than wood and feels solid in the hand. Did you make this to come apart (is it a take-down)?
  21. Acetone, denatured alcohol, both work for me to get the little bits of epoxy left. Takes some elbow grease and works better before it is totally set (my epoxy, G-flex, takes 24 hours to set. I try to catch it at 6-10 hours when it’s still kinda tacky but not going to run anymore).
  22. Well I did quickly sketch it on the antler in pencil before I engraved it if that’s what you mean Glad you like it! I’m kinda struggling with the design and how traditional I want it to be.
  23. Did a quick practice piece tonight, psyching myself up to do the actual engraving. This piece of antler is fairly porous, but allows me to practice.
  24. Don't want to be a downer here, but right now you probably have more time for a hobby than the rest of life until retirement (I'm hoping anyway since I haven't retired). I think my favorite graduation speech ever was when the guy stood up there and told the graduating high school class "Congratulations on finishing the easiest part of your life." I really like Josh's advice. I think FIF makes everyone think that the important part of blademaking is the forge and anvil. I disagree, the majority of skill that need to be mastered are in the fit and finish, all of which can be explored without the forging part. Also, having a 15 year old son myself I am much more comfortable with him in my shop after school (when I can't be there) using files, sand paper, drill press, etc. than a fire breathing, CO emitting forge and throwing 2000F steel chunks of metal all over the place. I do get it... the fun part seems to be the fire breathing, smashing metal part.
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