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Miles Hebbard

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  1. Rustc? That's just beautifull, wonderfull work! May I call you brother? You are a man after my own heart!
  2. Use any file to start with, clamp blade flat side up ,hold file 90 deg.to work and move back and forth, keeping the angle even, practice on a piece of scrap m.steel, you'll be amazed at how quick you get a flat, even bevel!
  3. Thanks Rob, I refrained from making any crocodile Dundee remarks, not sure of your sense of humour... The salt water etch is quicker, less dangerous, and don't corode my tools like acid etching. Also I've ruined many pairs of jeans, shoes and shirts with spillage!
  4. Well done James ! I 'm happy to see you so keen! I 'm busy watching rugby, NZ just thrashed us! Damn! I'll pm. You tomorow, when the beer's worn off, to help with heat treatment, I loose 1 of 15 blades on ave. Mainly due to flaws, but that's not so bad! Keep it up lad!
  5. Sure, I stick a pieace of selfadhesive vinyl on the blade, cut out the design with a stencil knife then salt water etch. I use a 12v battery, clamp the positive to the blade, and the negative to a cigarette filter, dunk in salt water an pass it over the blade, beware the fumes, I change fiters up 5 times, then clean up turpentine removes lefover glue... No messsing with corosive acid, the process is prety safe,even for a klutz like me!
  6. Yep us old bikers never fade away....
  7. At last something I could get my teeth into, I'm tired of tableware! This - started on thursday morning, pulled an allnighter, till 4.45 am. Carried on at 9 am and finished at 6.30 pm yesterday! The steel is L6 guard unknon scrapn scales fallow deer and old piece of giraffe bone... I'm going to bed now, thanks for lookingzzzz...
  8. Well done! I'll be looking forward to the next one, and agree with Greg on the draw filing, it's the quickest,simplest way to get even bevels!
  9. Wow,that is just amazing, thanks for enlightening me, allways a pleasure to learn something new!
  10. Nice piece, I dig the aviators goggles as well!
  11. Beautiful lines, that cherry looks great!
  12. I've never tried pewter nor babbitt, but I'll rectify that now! Good looking package, most of my knives are fairly hefty, I prefer them that way...
  13. Nice lines, I need some more deer horn, love it on a knife!
  14. James a good idea is to make a small test blade from the same steel as the knife, that way you won't ruin your work, some steels take more cycles/higher temp than others,you only need an inch to test
  15. Tell the little one that I like red too! And with that kind of work I'm sure your wife will love you!!!
  16. Good looking piece of work, cactus juice?please tell me more! Also love the sheath
  17. Nice, I like the blade/6andle shape it looks good!
  18. James before walloping a blade, try this, after hardening, temper at 150 deg. C, leave in oven (small convecyion works well) hang on a wire hook or between 2 nails, air cool 'till ambient, then repeat, test by pressing the cutting edge,near the handle, onto a brass rod +- 1/4 inch at an angle, if you hear a click, it's cracking, yhe edge should bend and straighten when presure is released. If it cracks, repeat tempering cycle,
  19. That's one neat little tool, I havn't made one for a year or so now... Hmmm...
  20. If you cover the entire blade with a minute layer of potters slip, it will prevent the decarb, I rub it on with my fingers then dry it in the sun (Afrca has lots!) or use a hairdrier, the alternative is to change your air/gas mixture less oxygen less scale. I'm lazy, clay works for me!
  21. If you cover the entire blade with a minute layer of potters slip, it will prevent the decarb, I rub it on with my fingers then dry it in the sun (Afrca has lots!) or use a hairdrier, the alternative is to change your air/gas mixture less oxygen less scale. I'm lazy, clay works for me!
  22. I'd be real happy if I could get to see your collection, it must be amazing, I think I'll go buy a lotto ticket...
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