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  1. a little bit dramatic and not quite the same as cutting a single tank but its close enough.
  2. i drilled a bunch of holes in a grid into a bit of pine 4x4 and i stick the tangs of the files in the holes, it doesnt accommodate files with handles though. im thinking about doing the same sort of thing but with slots that the tips of the files can fit into. i have around 18 files in a 4"x10" area so it doesnt take much space. i have a few handles that go on and off quickly for different sized tangs. it would be worth making something a little nicer though since files are used so often.
  3. yikes! ive only been in deep snow once in the mountains north of yellowstone. there was a bunch of frost on peoples roofs here this morning, both soups look good but gumbo is one of my favorites. i was just camping at a friends families ranch for ten days, there were a few frosty nights, it took a while but on the last night we figured out how to set up the fire to keep us pretty warm and i finally figured out my bedding to do the same. i made a little grill out of some old steel cans and fence wire and cooked up some pork and hard tack for a few nights.
  4. i am very happy with my little 4" mercer file, and i keep telling myself ill get some larger ones, but there are always other things i need to buy. i would still recommend them to other people, im sure their 10" files are as good as the little ones and they are very affordable. https://www.empireabrasives.com/metal-hand-files/ i got mine from here
  5. I know some pretty nasty awful people that hack their lungs up every morning and constantly fight over cigarettes like they're in prison, my mom was a drunk and a smoker who pretty much abandoned the rest of our family because she felt bad about her habits. My dads girlfriend is constantly talking about getting rid of pets because my dad can't afford food for them, which is a damn lie because he buys her smokes and coffee and all kinds of homeopathic B.S. A bag of nice cat food is $12 and lasts a little over a week, a pack of smokes is $6-8 and goes in two days. my dad used to say "all the good cats sing for their food" and all his girlfriend does is b&@:; and complain when she needs smokes because she's a habitual goblin. His last girlfriend quit smoking, not really because she just switched to gum, and was constantly chewing with her mouth open like a short little cow. It's not quitting if you switch to something else, then you chew packs of gum a day and you have the same habit. On on the more extreme side of things, I know a few crack heads because a friend of mine lets them do yard work, and they can be okay. But they can also bring prostitutes into your house and get into fights with them when you live in a co-op with 14 other people and it's the night of the week when everyone eats dinner together and they have guests. Its money, it's time, it's disgusting to people who don't do it. I don't want to kiss a woman with an ash tray in her mouth or be in the car while she's smoking. My my secret to not smoking is unnaturally nasty people, cranky and dehydrated because they drank all their coffee and they think someone took their smokes. you would need a smoke to deal with a shitty smoker, a drink to deal with a drunk, and some of the things I've heard from crack heads.... "They switched out the inner tube in my bike tire and put in a dirty one" People absolutely will jump off a bridge just because everyone else is doing it. As for the wacky tobacky, the new stuff is green crack, absolutely not what it used to be. You can get over that stuff in a few days but you will be bored/frustrated for a while and you will want some if it's around. Whenever i I have a little extra money I eat as much as I can, I try to keep away from junk food and cook lots of meaty hearty meals, I also just went camping for ten days with a friend at his ranch, I made a little grill out of old farm trash and cooked beans and rice with some vegetables and pork, went to sleep full and woke up with frost on the tent. I found an 80 pound Quartz Boulder and dragged it a half mile to the camp to use it as a chair. That's how you get over stuff, my friend ate a beetle. I can imagine him saying, wing flapping in his teeth, "things with sugar in them don't taste good because they taste good, they taste good because sugar tastes good" so you could wonder, are tobacco and alcohol actually good, or does something else make you like them?
  6. the handle looks to be shaped just the way i like them, and very nicely finished as well.
  7. blades without distal taper will bend at the tang/blade junction with too much sideways force, even with a straight distal taper there can be bending in that area. i believe the best way to avoid bending in that area is with a concave distal taper which would leave the blade/tang area relatively thick and quickly taper so the rest of the blade is more like a straight taper, think of it as a beefed up blade/tang area on an otherwise regular blade. however that method is much much easier if you can forge it in rather than grind/file it out. with regular use (no sideways force) your knife should be fine. it looks like it will be a nice knife.
  8. If anybody ever told me I didn't make one of my blades by hand because it was shiny I would have to ask them how jewelry comes into existence. Most factory stuff is NOT polished the way us here might expect a knife to be. You can get mass produced products from big companies with flaws, most things have some flaws, but I don't think it's right to expect to see flaws in a handmade product. I I don't have fancy time saving machines, that means I spend more time looking at a blade and picking at all the flaws I can without just flat out hating the piece. the brut finish is purely aesthetic, there isn't truth in saying it means the knife is forged as It can be faked, I've faked it but I never would say it was forged, it just has that finish. It's way easier to do but like I said in my last post its way easier to end up with a lumpy blade and that is just not as good quality as a smoother blade, your margin of error should be about the thickness of the scale on the blade. If you can do that then you might as well have a polished blade, it's polished with a hammer at that point.
  9. If you can really get everything forged smooth with no bumps then it's good but I don't like to look down the spine of a blade to see even the slightest bump or dip. i think that if it's done right there should just be a thin layer of texture on a well made blade. i try to forge as close to the final shape as I can, not only for brut finishes, but for any forged blade. You can only forge a great brut blade from a great preform. In fact, if you start with a great preform and you forge it out evenly and correctly that material can only flow into a great forging. It might have some bends or twists but the thicknesses and widths will be correct. Big giant machines doing closed die forgings start with the preform they need, forge it the same every time, and end up with the desired result. (Maybe some flash too but bare with me) Sometimes you have to look back a little further than you think to figure out a problem, a bump on a preform will be a bump on a blade. It wouldn't be your forging skill that's the problem, maybe just the slightest bit of carelessness with the preform puts you in a position later where you have to hammer the blade where you don't want to. you think you can thin out a spot on the spine but that curves the blade down and then you end up with a dent in the spine from straightening that, so you grind it out later but even though the rest of the spine looks like it tapers smoothly, once you grind through what looks nice you will likely find your "flats" were only flat on the edge. the blade has to flow out of the preform smoothly, you can't fight it. The preform needs to be as well forged as the desired result. a brut blade is not an unfinished blade but most probably aren't as well finished as they should be. I don't like hand sanding, but I really really don't want a lumpy blade that costs as much as one with 5 more hours of polish.
  10. I like laminated steel that's forged sideways to how it's normally done, sort of like a multi bar blade but just layers of alternating monosteel. I think that style is called pinstripes, it looks great with a bigger piece of steel for the edge. That also might be what "piled" steel is but I haven't seen enough about it to know. The pinstripes will be as neat as the forged profile of the blade, so slightly wavy to pretty darn straight, or you could go more wavy and get a serpent. a dagger with a pinstripe core would look so nice. its simple enough, just one stack and weld then forge it out.
  11. Here is my staple vise holding a very delicate miniature knife, I used that red rubber for extra squish action, a c-clamp would destroy such a tiny handle. I also stuck some more wood beneath the blade as a backer and a little tissue paper to wedge that just enough to hold it in place.
  12. The sen dai, or staple vise, is absolutely amazing when it comes to holding blades that don't have any flat parallel sides (like a ricasso). The wooden wedges squish a bit and will conform to a tang or blade that tapers from front to back and spine to edge, clamping a blade to a board with a c-clamp to file or sand it can be a nightmare, c-clamps get loose and fall off all the time, a sen-dai will hold a blade almost perfectly.
  13. The tuning fork does the same thing as quenching to the north, nothing. would the blade even continue to vibrate in the quench? One of the things that helped me most with knife making was NOT doing weird things and instead developing a methodology that works with me and my tools based on what other people do or have done in the past. Knife making is purely factual aside from the artsy stuff and every aspect of knife making has been pretty well figured out, anything new or too out of the ordinary should be met with skepticism without a good demonstration. You certainly don't want to take a blade out of the heat treatment oven and take the time to ring the tuning fork before quenching. The blade probably wouldn't vibrate evenly anyways, some parts of it might not vibrate at all. Think of the vibrational nodes on a sword, some areas move a lot but hopefully not in your hand or where the "strong" of the blade is. (I could be wrong about that) the problem is that it sounds nice, like aligning your blade with the earths magnetic North Pole, so people will do it and when it doesn't make the blade any worse they will say it works. I suspect its a joke, that would go well with all his other wacky tools.
  14. I think the more plain the handle is the better, here is one I really like. The handle is slightly thinner where the thumb and index finger would hold it in a pinch grip.
  15. What about a hollow ground full tang with a couple holes for glue strength? Probably 95% of my knives are stick tangs so I don't know much about lightening the tang of a knife, but grinding a hollow in a full tang makes it easier to get flat. I like tapered tangs but they can be difficult, especially on a tang that tapers front to back as well as spine to edge.
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