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Everything posted by Austin_Lyles

  1. Holy smokes yall! The hamons are looking amazing. Keep sharing.
  2. I really need to get a few knives made for the Christmas season... but I've got an order for a musical instrument at the moment.
  3. The though has crossed my mind.... oh so many a time. Thank you for the words of wisdom! And you're completely correct. As both you and Alan have mentioned, charge more... but oh my... I have sold many knives for a humble lump some of change. @steven smith Quite a bit of experience and wise words! Thank you. I've lost my finesse with people. I'll find it eventually. Just in that rut I'm sure most of us have/has felt. You mention "what-used-to-be-austin" people and can't help but laugh. I've lived in central Texas my whole life, and boy, has it changed quite a bit. Y
  4. Maybe not the best topic to start, but as of late, I've been getting pretty jaded with people. It's the lack of respect to the tool that they purchased that gets me. I don't have high production but I do sell most of what I make... and I can tell you that when a customer spends a good chunk of change on a blade, then proceeds to... Cut through a LIVE wire at his house and melt halfway through the blade Can't tell you how many times people think they can pry a nail or screw a screw and end up snapping the tip (EVEN after I tell them that's not what a knife is fo
  5. Lookin' pretty sleek there, Jake!
  6. Thanks fellas! Garry, as to the playing... I've been playing my whole life as a relaxation thing or when I want to play something I hear. So, mediocre at best!
  7. Greetings folks. I'm not sure where to post this and I'm beginning to think this isn't the right place as I'd love to post in show in tell, however this is a bladesmith's forum and not a luthier forum...... and so..... this is what happened in the shop today, yesterday, and the month before. Knives are being worked on! And Alan, if you feel it's not appropriate, feel free to remove or move to a more appropriate spot! At the end of it all, it's still surreal to think that this was something I've built with my own hands from scratch with minimal tools and no knowledge. It's be
  8. Well dang! Very nicely done. To get that close to the original design isn't easy. Love the shape, style, and wishing you the best in heat treatment! Better post the final with sheath when you finish up.
  9. Thanks y'all! Joshua, funny story, it was a test drive for a folder design I had. I'm sure you still could use it for a bottle opener.
  10. Hey all, just finished up this one and wanted to share. I don't do many hollow grinds but tend to love the look, and with my first time trying domed pins, I don't think it turned out half bad! Now to the next project... a folder. Thanks for looking!
  11. Nicely done! Like the color scheme.
  12. Thanks yall! Gary, the color popped with only some Tru Oil finish. About 5 light coats. Charles, I appreciate it! They were! Just a basic triangle file. Roughed in, then fine tuned to match each other.
  13. Thank you! A trick of the light. Same on both sides. My fault for not catching the reflection in editing! Ohh leatherwork... I hate doing it.
  14. Howdy again folks. Following along the same knife pattern as my most recent post, I've gone to my comfort zone and tried to create something clean, sleek, and classy. I think I did alright! Hope yall enjoy!
  15. Good god, sir. You could signal the space station with that. Great polish and great looking knife!
  16. Mmmmmm!! I remember seeing your niello demo for that guard in Artic Fire. It's a treat to see everything all come together!
  17. Well... greetings y'all. It has been a hot minute. Made this for a friend who's about to have their first kid. Now, it was NOT my idea for the handle material and filework... I'm over it. Too flashy, even for me. I am so rusty it's not even funny, but I can still grind decent bevels I guess. Thanks for lookin y'all!
  18. Not knife related, but camera related. I ground up a hotshoe cover protector for my camera. Couldn't find one that's cool on the internet so what do ya do? Make it yourself!
  19. Clean as can be, alex. Well done dude!
  20. Exceptional. Blued is a perfect choice for the fittings and a simple but elegant handle to boot. Well done.
  21. Seems like a bad time for both. Dude lost his knife (good throw?) And the alligator has got a hell of a headache.
  22. Damn sexy. Well executed knife all around!
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