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Shawn Hatcher

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  • Birthday 11/03/1977

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    Austin, TX
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    Knifemaking, Swordmaking, Reading, Learning

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  1. Drill the tang like you normally would. When drilling the scales, you can place shims underneath the rear portion of the scale to ensure that you're drilling perpendicular to the centerline. To determine the thickness of the shim needed, measure the thickness at the ricasso, then the thickness at the butt. Subtract the latter from the former and divide by two. If the scale material is not of uniform thickness, you'll need to measure the difference and take that into account.
  2. Such a cool piece, Wes. Sometimes the best ones come into the world kicking and screaming.
  3. This is awesome, Dave. I've been pondering on how to use smaller wheels for fullers and this is just the ticket!
  4. Hey Sam. I've had one for a few years now and use it on nearly every blade I make, though for different purposes. The primary benefit is the adjustable tension of the belt. I use mine for full-height convex grinds, for feathering in a convex edge on a flat or hollow ground blade, and for final edging. I use a wide range of belts on it, from 60-grit for full-heigh bevels to 30-micron for sharpening. Here's a short-sword I made last year - I roughed-in the bevels on the flat platen, then switched to the rotary platen to feather in some convexity and rolled it to sharp: I use a rubber-backed sanding block to blend it all together. Same blade finished up: Another, smaller piece. I ground the primary on the 48" platen, then feathered in some convexity on the rotary platen. Shallow hollow convexed to sharp has become my new favorite cutting geometry. Here's a short vid of grinding a piece on the rotary. This was a collab with Nate Hardin and I wanted to keep the forged flats intact. You can see I have the belt fairly tight, allowing far more control and precision than using a normal slack belt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1crqr5k55mk
  5. That is an extraordinary piece, Matt. The pattern and shape of the blade, the hilt and scabbard details, all came together staggeringly well. Wow.
  6. Very impressive work, Caleb. Quite an ambitious project and it was fun watching you bring it all together.
  7. I've been admiring these as you've made them on IG, Wes. They both turned out beautifully, as I knew they would. And the sheaths are so cool!
  8. Very impressive carving, Ondřej. And huge congrats on earning your beard!
  9. Astonishingly beautiful. I love the many intricate details of the hilt, the blade, and the sheath. Thank you for sharing with us, J.D.
  10. Beautiful work on both. And fantastic photos to boot!
  11. Yet another amazing knife. Always inspired, Robert.
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