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Wes Detrick

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  1. That is clever! How even is the heat?
  2. I would call it cool! I really dig that inset copper collar, multi-part handle and the texturing! It's a really great package. Great work!
  3. Thank you Dave, I really appreciate the kind words! There is something to be said for clean, lines, and dimensions.
  4. The carbide file guides will come in useful for lots of applications. Lots of people use them when grinding plunges to keep everything tight and even.
  5. How are you squaring your shoulders? I have always used a file guide to do so (or a reasonable facsimile of). You have to make sure that your guard material is flat and perpendicular to the line of the shoulders. But to answer your questions. Yes, I finish the blade before working on the guard. But lots of my knives are differentially heat treated so the shoulders are still soft, so in the end it doesn't make much difference. Also, I don't file out the hole to the exact dimensions. I get it really close, and then drive the guard the rest of the way on. This works really well with guards of softer material. It will not work so well with hardened guards.
  6. That really is a magnificent knife Mark. It was so thoroughly well executed, so cheers to you.
  7. viking

    Holy crap, that is awesome work! Beautiful spear!
  8. Man, that is looking sweet already. I look forward to more.
  9. Hmmm, I have seen Don Hanson recommend 400 F for a cutting board knife and 425F to get 62 RFC. I know he produced his own W2; does it differ from Aldo's?
  10. I would recommend heated canola oil. W2 requires a fast quench, and hot canola oil is probably the fastest thing you can get your hands on that is not synthetic. Get it hot enough so that you can't leave your finger in it for more than a second or two. Leave the steel in the oil until it is the same temp as the oil, pull it out, wipe it down really good, and immediately put it in the oven for a temper cycle. Temper at 400 to 450 degree F depending on what you want to use the knife for. I would suggest adding your location to your profile. You never know you lives close to you that may be able to help out.
  11. I am totally with Alan on this. Working outside is one thing, but having a spot where you can step outside for a short spell and maybe have a cold drink and a nice seat...
  12. How big is that slab Don? That looks like the beginnings of a monster shop...
  13. It is impossible to tell from the pictures. In the second picture, I think that I see where the you had clayed the blade, if that is what you did. There are lots of questions that need to be asked here. How hot did you heat the blade before quench? Did you let it soak at or above temperature? How are you measuring this temperature? When you say interrupted quench, how long did you have it in the water before taking it out? What temperature was the water? What what your polishing regiment? What grit did you polish to? Did you see a hamon before etching? How did you clean the blade before etching? You are asking for recommendations, and this is mine. Get decent at heat treating before you try a hamon. They can be difficult in the best of circumstances, and unless you are already decent at heat treating, and can control your variables, you are throwing a complication at a process that are still new to.
  14. That's a great knife! What Alan said; that is some great looking chainsaw damascus. I have seen others that look trash, but not yours. Does he know the knife is coming? I bet you may get some emotion out of him when he learns of the provenance of the components and significance. I hope he gets to use it in his retirement.
  15. This is a great knife JJ, and I love how it is slight up-swept. I am super glad you posted the video, it gives a whole lot better look at it.