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Austin_Lyles last won the day on August 3 2017

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  1. supplies

    I've always had good service with Jantz. Been working with them for 4 years. Never a wrong order, and everything is as listed and comes quick. I believe they are located out of Oklahoma. I purchase mostly folder and handle parts from them but the occasional steel for damascus. 90% of my steel is from new jersey steel baron though.
  2. couple of new hunters

    The green and bronze go perfect together! As to the other, the inlay work is perfect!
  3. Sorry I keep writing novels...

    Made it to Texas and didn't say hi. I've seen a lot of these off facebook and every one of them is badass. My favorite of course is that bowie.
  4. San Mai Question

    You can probably get away with forging to a rough shape. Don't go too close. If it was a stainless san-mai I don't bother forging to shape because of the high chance of delam due to the stainless. To add a little flare you can "ladder" (cut grooves) the billet with an angle grinder and then forge to shape, to create a pattern in the San mai.
  5. Welding on Double edge Spine

    Like you said, if its only the spine and no where near the edge, you could, but the weld line would probably show up after polishing. Someone could definitely tell you did it. In general, I would not recommend or do it though.
  6. Today's lesson

  7. Chain damascus kitchen knife

    That is too cool!
  8. Drill bits to use on files?

    How fast are you trying to drill through? A lot of times only the slightest pressure will cut and won't ruin your bits as fast. I also run my drill press as slow as it goes. Forgive me if you already knew this. I buy the cheap "titanium" branded dewalt bits from lowes and they last me quite awhile. (unless it's titanium I'm drilling, not related to the bit). Ps. I really like your knives and the Nicholson touch on the handle is awesome.
  9. I introduce myself and present my last work

    Welcome, and very good work! There is so much style and uniqueness to that knife. Keep up the good work and looking forward to more!
  10. 2nd completed knife, first "damascus-ish" blade

    I like what you have going there! Nice pattern and I really like that the unworked part of the burl sticks out of the bottom of the handle.
  11. keep getting logged out

    With the new site, I've found I can only log in with one device. If I log in with my computer, it will log me out of my phone and vice versa.
  12. Quench oil recommendations

    I would recommend either peanut, canola, vegitable oil for a good quench oil. They get the job done and do it well for most basic carbon steels. Found at all grocery stores. Of course there are dedicated quench oils, but they are far above a beginners budget usually. Maxim oil in Dallas, Texas makes Parks 50 quench oil, sold in 5 gallon jugs. It's a well respected fast quench oil. You'll find it's rather difficult to find any quench oils in small amounts for bladesmithing, as most companies sell large amounts to big manufacturer's. Please DO NOT use used motor oil or any oil that goes into a vehicle. Toxic fumes and what not.
  13. Etching damascus

    I've had it happen to me as well. If I remember correctly, I think it's due to overheating. It's been awhile since I've seen something like that. It's in the structure of the steel.
  14. My son's first knife

    Reminds me of some of the Chicago cutlery knives. He did an awesome job and you should be damn proud!
  15. Sharpening the scandi grind

    Perhaps to defuse the situation, let's just focus on how to sharpen a scandi grind. Jigs or free hand, the journey there is a personal one and to each their own. No need to prove a point. Information is what benefits all.