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justin carnecchia

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justin carnecchia last won the day on July 23 2018

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About justin carnecchia

  • Birthday 06/27/1975

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    bladesmithing, cooking, being a dad (is that an interest or lifestyle choice?), hunting, and fishing, obsessively searching the internet for all things related to making knives and swords, etc..

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  1. Welcome to forum! Looking forward to seeing the finished blade!
  2. Yes it was fun. Most of my blades take a full day or more to sand. It was refreshing to sand a blade in half an hour.. No, I don't have that book, I'll have to check it out. I've been looking at guys like Don Hanson who seem to do everything ( and do it well) and figured it couldn't hurt to expand my repertoire.
  3. Thanks guys! Much appreciated! The color's a funny thing, online it was listed as brown.. And when I got it, the surface was a pretty dark brown.. But as soon as I started working it, it turned a much lighter yellowish? After much sanding and polishing it came out like this.. I do like it, but I don't know that I would call it brown. Anyway, it was a fun project. I'm doing my best to diversify myself as a maker. I also have a kitchen knife and a damascus "tanto" almost done, then probably more slippies till I feel I've gotten the hang of them. Thanks again, Justin
  4. So here's something a little different for me. Not excatly my first effort at a folder, but close. I did one years ago from parts water-jet cut to a pattern, but this is my first with no pattern. Blade and spring are W2, liners and bolsters are 416, and scales are micarta. Really steep learning curve here and I've far from mastered it, but will keep trying. It would definitely help to have a decent drill press and surface grinder.. And a ton of other tools.. someday maybe. Thanks for looking, feedback is always appreciated.
  5. Fantastic! Looks great, and sounds like a fun project to be involved in.
  6. Very nice! Look forward to seeing more of your work.
  7. Sorry! Reference to very old tv show. Your sword looks great!
  8. BA man BA! Total Barakas! I haven't tried to make a sword in quite some time, I may have to steal a bit of inspiration from you.
  9. First thing coming to mind is like Joshua said, could be residual fractures from the springs original life. Type of crack though, reminds me of hearing that if you clay 1560 you can actually cause the edge to shear from the spine.. The crack your describing sounds more like that.. You didn't mention claying, so I assume you didn't, but how thick was the spine compared to the edge? What was the quenchant? If I had to guess, there was a significant difference in cooling speed between the edge and spine, most likely caused by either differences in thickness, or uneven heating (also probably caused by different thickness).
  10. Thanks Kevin. I too agree about the plunge lines. My original thought was that I could do a wrapped handle with the front and back notches ( sorry can't remember proper names right now) but when I was designing it I realized that if the handle wrap goes right to the cutting edge it wouldn't be safe to use. Anyway, thanks again! -Justin
  11. Very nice, I don't if I'm seeing a carver so much as some sort of fighter, but regardless of what it's called it's a good looking knife!
  12. Thanks guys! Poplar, from what I can tell is too soft a wood, and absorbs liquids too easily. I tried coating it with an oil, but didn't help. I had to constantly be drying off the handle and moving it to safe places where it wasnt wet or greasy. Somthing not easy to find in a commercial kitchen. Even so, it was soaking up moisture to the point where the grain was puffing up. Something that would not be up to health codes.. If it's soaking up water and grease it's also soaking up bacteria. I suppose it wouldn't be too difficult to stabilize it, but whats the point. It's not terribly attractive and there are many other options. For kitchen knives I'd stick to stabilized hard wood, or synthetics. On this handle I used micarta, pretty much a first for me. So far I'm very pleased. It looks good (I think), and more importantly feels good in the hand. If I had it, I like the combination of burl wood and horn, but wanted to get this knife done with what I had in the shop. Thanks again, Justin
  13. Here it is all finished up. Went with brown canvas micarta for the handle. Blade is 8.5" of w2 ground thin to about as fine as I can get an edge. Didn't bother with hand sand sanding since its just for me and doesn't affect preformance. After a week of using with the temporary handle, I can say it holds an edge well and cuts like a champ. I did thin it down a bit though so now it should be a bit lighter in hand. Can say, poplar is not suitable for kitchen knife handles, the micarta should work much better. Thanks for looking and for all the encouragement you've all given over the years. -Justin
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