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Everything posted by shane45

  1. Would seem easy enough to test. Quench next to a sizable magnet. If that dont do it then the Earth's magnetic field certainly isnt going to.
  2. Im sure you know this but making sure you are "pecking" as you drill and keeping it well lubed are important as well as the aforementioned rigidity.
  3. Bridgeports and the like bring a 3 phase power issue most dont want to deal with. If you can locate one, a Clausing 8520 is a good choice. Its small enough to move without having to hire a rigger, can run on 110/220 single phase, and is highly accurate. Its a true knee mill. For the size envelope I think bladesmiths would need, it would be a good fit. There are some acceptable versions of mill pictured above. I just havent looked in so long I dont know who has the decent ones these days. It used to be industrial hobbies that took a base and gutted it and put all their own internals and table o
  4. I know that FIF isnt a big fav here but I raise my right hand and admit that I like the show. Now the new Beat The Judges, I thought was very good. I particularly liked the episode with Burt Foster. I think it was the best FIF episode to date.
  5. Do you have a trailer that can carry the weight? I have moved a few milling machines in the mid 3k range by hiring a heavy tow truck to lift it while I slid the trailer under it. This being a good deal heavier, Im not sure what the wreckers limits are but might be worth looking into.
  6. Me! Im still unhappy that Mr. James beat us to the table! Knowing this project continued on would have eased that irritation
  7. If its within the scope of your project, you could send the parts off to be DLC coated. This is not a paint. Its a PVD coating that bonds with the metal surface. It is very tough.
  8. As noted earlier, the current season of competitors didnt have the advantage of reviewing previous episodes. So it would be my guess that by the time you get on, the challenges will have changed and may favor something else completely. But I guess that may still make the most well rounded implement the best bet.
  9. Couple things that surprise me about that show. The absolute junk knives that are showing up. More than a few! I would have expected a bit less ebay pakistan steel to be showing up. The other thing that surprises me is that a lot of the competitors dont work within the strengths and weakness of their selected blade at each stage. It also seems odd that they let swords compete against knives too.
  10. The bottom left one looks very much like a Treeman Recon Hunter. I own one and like it a lot. Very useful shape and size.
  11. The Reeder is the one catching my eye, anyone have experience with that one?
  12. Joshua, I suspect we are in agreement on most things. Personally I am not looking for support of my opinion. I am looking for ideas and concepts that may cause me to evolve or abandon it. Having been through similar conversations in the pistolsmithing world it held interest for me. I cant say it has changed any post this conversation. And I accept that my lines in the sand may be different from others. But what I can tell you from experience is that it turns into a giant disappointment for all when someone in a subgroup steps out of their lane, which takes an ethical abandonment to do, and is
  13. I wasn't sure what you meant. I figured it was NOT the Federal Trade Commission. But a quick dance with Google suggests that is what you meant. And one of the very first comments on the topic I ran into was from a Jeweler decrying what has become of making jewelry and how the assemblers have decimated the craft due to the overpopulation of people in the trade that cant actually make anything themselves.... Anecdotal, but it sure seemed relevant to my position.
  14. Im not debating the end. I don't think the end leaves any question. Im looking for the beginning. For me, you have to be able to make the blade to be a knife maker. Id venture a guess that to be accepted into any kind of knifemaker guild this is also true.
  15. We are definitely getting off into the weeds. I was trying to generate a contrast but that just opened up more doors. I think I have made my position clear. But to directly answer the question as to why it matters to me, it matters to me both as a maker of things and a consumer of things. If I am spending a good chunk of money on a custom made knife, I want it from the person that actually made it. Im paying for the craftsman's time he is putting into my knife. Im paying for his talent, experience and reputation. That is my expectation. If I were to find out that he is just the guy putting his
  16. So I come into your shop. I tell you that I cannot actually make a blade. I commission you to make me a blade. I give you free reign on the design. You create a labor intensive special twist pattern in your signature style. You make 2 just in case something goes wrong because the schedule is a bit short. Both blades come out perfect and identical. I come in and pay you for your service and leave with it. A week later you see there is a knifemaking competition. The winner takes all for $25,000. You take that twin blade and finish it up and submit it. And I take its twin and put a handle on it a
  17. Joshua, I want to make sure I understand you correctly. Your position is that even if you do not have the ability to make the most fundamental part of a knife yourself, you cant make the blade, you are still a knifemaker if you can assemble someone else's parts? Does this mean that if I go out and make a stamp and have others make and even assemble it all and I put the final touch on it by putting my stamp on it am I still a knife maker? In my examples, the capability still exists in the person, even if he chooses to pick a different starting point in his build. In the examples of watches
  18. Assemble pre made parts to make a knife requiring minor fitting and making a handle = Knife assembler Make the blade by forging, stock removal, etc etc, make and fit the components = Knifemaker Make a bloom, hammer out a billet and forge into shape and make a blade, make and fit the components = Pinnacle definitive knifemaker. Just my opinion.
  19. I think that when we talk about watches, it is going to lead to a discussion about custom made and production. And at what point production is relegated to assembly. A Seiko automatic 5 is assembled. The people assembling them very likely could not make a watch from scratch. Thus they are assemblers. A Tag Heuer using an ETA movement, probably is still in the category of assembly. BUT I bet there are some people there working for that maker and likely on their higher end lines that could in fact make a watch. Go up the ladder and look at watches like an Omega Planet Ocean, or an IWC Aquatimer
  20. If one cannot make the blade, the most fundamental part of the knife, by forging or stock removal, how can one be considered a knifemaker? Perhaps a person that assembles all the premade components is a knife assembler. I can build an AR15 in probably under 4 hours. I consider this assembly. When I build a 1911, the hand fitting and finish machining takes me about 200 hours. I call that smithing/making. However, I think I could call myself a maker on both counts because I could in fact make either from a block of billet if I so chose. If the knifemaker chooses to pick his point of finished co
  21. I had the TV on and heard your name announced and was like wait what?!?! And then I was glued to the TV. I must have missed the other forum member on but was keenly interested in seeing how someone of obvious skill would fare. With so many competitors doing so poorly, I began to wonder if the time constraints of the show were a factor. But for the record, I announced you would win to the family at the beginning of the show Congrats!!!!
  22. I would also consider trading for a good 2x72 grinder!
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