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  1. I run a business and this year had Ipage, a website developer, do a search engine optimization. It cost around 500.00 (that was with a website and some other work thrown in). in about 1.5 months ( I was under the impression it would take much longer so I was surprised and pleased) I was getting phone calls from people and when I asked where they found me, they said they just googled xyz service provider, in this area, and I was 1, 2 or 3rd on the list. I made the 500 back in the first phone call. A good friend of mine in the same industry had originally suggested google ad words and had m
  2. please forgive my barbaric understanding of such things JDSMITH, but what do you speak of to mean: hammered at every temp? I have an inkling, but not sure if im getting it
  3. I had no idea how to even broach this subject and did not know this was an actual technique. having no real technological terms to use, however I forged a very thin (thin for me anyway) 22" blade out of 5160 round bar. I left a tiny bit of work on the flat of the blade, anticipating a nose dive and wanting dead straight or slight positive upwards curve. first time I quenched the blade, it took a good nose dive. I then used a flat face hammer and started working on the flats...its one bevel from cutting edge to spine with very tiny secondary bevel. this worked the blade out of the nose dive
  4. great knives, ditto on Wes' coments...i must say also, your handles are noteworthy and seem like they would be a pleasure to use.
  5. I usually just call if somethings goofy, he always picks up and is very cool individual.
  6. heat the cable up. if its at welding heat all the way through that grease is screamin atoms in the wind.........if you really want it clean heat it up a lil so it will take a bend and "birdcage" it by twisting opposing the lay of the strands. this opens it up a lil, let it burn, hit it with flux, re twist it up. if you don't over do it, neither of these operations are very large movements.
  7. incredible artistry and skill Sir. If I may be so bold as to beg the original dimensions of the blade and handle? or a resource that would say so, I did indeed google it, but came up with a couple possibilities and it would be awesome to know what to go with.... thanks ahead of time
  8. hello all: I was looking at the brownells web site and wondering what I should order, there seems to be a couple of kits avlbl, as I am only looking to put scales on knives what should I order? Any help would be great, thanks much in advance!
  9. I get CA glue (super glue basically) from rockler and use it to get a 20,000 grit finish on stuff ... a rock hard finish ... has a learning curve but you mite find it works for the cedar but over all, yeah, cedar is pretty soft.
  10. I would have to chime in here I run a business, work another job and squeeze in blade orders whenever possible, and if someone does not want to pay what price I am supremely happy with to sell the blade, and make a good fair amount for the effort involved, then I just shrug and pass .. its no big thing........however I never quit doing all the things that bring in much much more per day than selling knives at ever would unless I was in the absolute upper echelon of blademakers..........so yeah, if 450.00 would make you happy, and after an honest assessment, its worth it, walk away from the de
  11. I am a tree guy in Minnesota, have several thousand feet of black walnut being kiln dried as we speak.....I would suggest you stick with the big trunks/crotches, find someone with wide throat band saw or a small sawmill / kiln operation that can slab it up for you and dry it......this is a really really hard process btw...wood is extremely tricky to get to dry flat, without later blowing up on you........I would suggest very minimal up front investment into the whole process as you can put a lot of effort and money into getting quality slab wood only to have it spit on the people that buy it f
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