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  • Birthday 09/16/1989

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  1. Music Wire is Spring Steel. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piano_wire
  2. Geoff: I come off as an ass on these forums, it seems like. What I'm really doing is prodding people for a bit more of an explanation, or a small debate on a subject. And you have done well. Also, 20 years and you're not a mastersmith? How long ago did you join?
  3. Geoff - Now how much of that was personal taste? I like the longer handle. I see why you feel it could lose 1/4", but cutting with the thumb on the flat part on the top of the blade, the extra length is needed. Controlled cutting will be a large portion of this knife's use. I disagree with you on this point. I also think this is a pretty damn slim handle already, and I also don't think I'd shave any more of it off. My style, my rules. As for the bone, you think? It was intentionally asymmetrical, but it does kind of look like it was just a sloppy job. I just realized it only looks good from head on. Heh... The Pins. The store didn't have anything smaller than 3/16" in stock, so I went with that. I like them, they're more prominent and give me the feeling that should the epoxy fail, this knife ain't budging. 1/8" brass is kind of flimsy. Hell, I'm pretty much only using epoxy because y'all do it, if I had started this on my own I would probably skip that step altogether and get a good traditional fit. It is a hell of a lot easier though. As far as the marred material, I would have scrapped it in any other scenario, but this one is for me, and a user, and I don't really care about that too much. Paraphrasing my grandfather, a few minor flaws lets people know that the piece is an individual. Sure, a few too many minor flaws looks sloppy, but whatever! Regarding the finish, I spent maybe 5 minutes per grit. It was a rushed job with old sandpaper. And call me crazy, but I prefer the look of heavily uniformly scratched metal to polished metal. It reflects more colours at once. It's a shame it oxidizes and never stays like that though. Aside from that, all of my sanding was done along the length of the blade. The downward scratches are from 120 grit belts, which I couldn't seem to get rid of no matter what I tried. (From the blank, I used 50, 80, 120, 150, 180, 220, 280, 320, 400, 600, 1200, Silvo, and WD-40) Lastly, putting this knife somewhere. Until school kicks in and I know for sure I've afforded tuition, this knife is going right behind me on the back of my belt. After it's replaced, it will surely be hung on my wall somewhere. *Takes a breather* Brent: I'll try it again in the future for sure. The bone could have turned out really nice.
  4. Kurt

    Broken Tang

    But... it's so nice! And it's not the last of the saw blades to come my way. 1/8" thick seems perfect for me for a medium to small knife. I'll try a 600 C temper, and see where that leaves me. Edit: I tried a 15 minute temper at 700 C, and that helped, but as I was grinding a rough edge, the tip kept chipping. In short, I'll save the steel for some pseudo-steel mix next summer, and stick to my 5160. Enough time has been wasted on this high speed steel.
  5. I've read every word on this page - you'll all see it in my second knife, which for simplicity's and learning's sake will be pretty much the same knife as this one with the changes y'all have recommended. Heat treatment: - A triple normalization (900 C then cool to room temperature, oriented roughly north-south) - Blade heated to 850ish celsius, give or take 50 degrees, let soak for five to ten minutes, then a quench in canola oil. - A triple tempering at 400 F for one hour. But then the blade was a little bent, so I started it all over, bending it straight after the normalization, and repeating the same steps. The temperature was measured via thermocouple, and the temperatures from http://ajh-knives.com/metals.html
  6. It looks bent up a little, your hamon should probably be hard steel on the entire edge, and I thought I was tripping out when I tried to figure out how your knife tip is in the carpet, but the knife shadow and carpet seem to be parallel to the knife. That was confusing. Other than that, it's looking good!
  7. The is an amazing knife. I tried hard to look for something to criticize, and all I can come up with is that the edge grind near the tip is a little uneven, and that a little more -point- to the tip wouldn't hurt.
  8. Kurt

    Broken Tang

    Yeah, upon further pondering, this steel is too brittle to use in any heavy-use knife. So I should bring it up to 1150 F or so for an hour? Oh, in addition to the sparks forking far away from the grinder and being a dark orange, it also rusts extremely easily.
  9. I'm somewhat thrilled about this, since it's my first one and all. However, I know that it can be improved. If you see something that needs improvement, don't be afraid to state it bluntly, and offer a possible solution or two. Here's a picture: About the knife: Blade: Car Spring Steel Handle: Chechem wood and cow leg bone, finished in tung oil and beeswax. I just realized what chechem looks like. It probably isn't something most of you can picture, but the sheen of chechem wood is almost exactly like the sheen from a wet beaver's fur. Brass fittings Overall: 10 1/8" Blade: 5 3/4" Here is a link to a gallery of almost 20 pictures. Dial-up users beware! http://img190.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=knife1018.jpg Things I know need to be fixed: 1) The finish on the blade. I can't for the life of me get a good finish with progressively smoother sandpaper by hand. Help? 2) No riccaso. I thought about that a few minutes too late, and went with it. 3) The guard doesn't fit nicely. It fits snugly, but there are obvious gaps. 4) No more drilling through bone. 5) The large hole in the wood is from a stray drill, while trying to get a broken drill bit out. It's filled with wood glue and wood dust from the handle. 6) The small chip from the drill exit hole on the wood. I'm not sure how to prevent this. This also goes along with 7... 7) The oval entry hole for the brass rod. Obviously the drill press didn't hold the knife in place so well. Any tips to keep it straight would be excellent. Clamping it only touches the guard. 8) I sharpened it wrong. I think. I cheated and just sharpened the edge The pictures show what I mean. So help me improve!
  10. Here's a scenario: You're out with your friends. Just hanging, loitering, I'm sure you all know how it is. Sure, you get high every month or two, but you like to be prepared, so you always carry your weed on you when you go out. A cop comes by... You tell ME lying isn't the best option there. I dunno about you but I'd rather spend a semester learning than a semester in jail because I told the truth to a cop. (Cops are the one exception to my rule of blunt honesty) But alas, I've sidetracked this. The point is Kevin is now in a major newspaper. He can now catch a thief in a lie with his techniques, then stab him with a razor sharp knife he made. In self defense, of course.
  11. I laugh how that charlie's angel chick tried to die with a bang. And TOTALLY got overshadowed by MJ. He was definitely creepy, but his dancing and singing were great. They were to (dare I?) DIE for!
  12. Kurt

    Broken Tang

    Funny story, I actually have already "tempered" it. I heated it to orange to try to remove the heat treatment, I'm sure I posted about that. Small knives it is then! Y'all will see my first one when I get my hands on a drill press. I'm quite scared about drilling the holes for the pins, if they're not perfectly straight I'll probably cry.
  13. Very interesting. Admittedly, throughout the entire article I was thinking about what it would mean if I was the one being interrogated, which is not outside the boundary of reality, and what it would mean for me. I mean, I'm a hippie. I do illegal activities often, but nothing harmful to anybody, although I could likely be interrogated and jailed for it. What you need to do next is find a way to tell people performing harmless crimes and people breaking laws with intent, and then separating all the laws to accommodate this new finding. Truer words have never been spoken. (I strive to always tell the truth, often times quite bluntly)
  14. Kurt

    Broken Tang

    Different knife, pre-heat treated. The crack was almost perfectly circular, about 3/4" in diameter.
  15. Kurt

    My New Dog

    Admittedly it didn't, but when I point at the ground she zeroes in on the spot looking for food.
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