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  1. billyO

    SanMai Bowie Blackwood

  2. That spikes the heart rate, doesn't it.
  3. billyO

    Damascus Kitchen Carver

    Hi Cal. Pics aren't showing up...
  4. Hi Andy. looking good there. I'm not sure how much I'd worry about that. Here's a pic of my version I made about 9 years ago (my first welding project, so don't judge too harshly, please) . My dies are made of 5160 leaf spring stock and they will get beat up where you hit it with the hammer. When they start to mushroom too badly, I just re-grind off the edges to prevent chips from flying around. I'd be more worried about how the shape of the working end touching the hot steel holds up. Keep up the good work!
  5. billyO

    Thanks for the help - here's the result!

    Excellent looking blade! Especially for the first. You do realize, however, with that as your starting point, you've got your work cut out for the next ones to be better. I can't wait to see the progress...
  6. billyO

    I am VERY VERY pleased with this!!

    Glad to see the frustration level is dropping, Andy. I was starting to get frustrated with you and was about to try to get a ride to Oly to see if a second pair of eyes/hands would help.
  7. billyO

    Lion head

    Nice. For those of you who want to try something like this, you should do a google search for Darryl Nelson's Forged Animal Heads DVDs. He's got one for a lynx, a bear and ram's head and one for a full bodied ram.
  8. billyO

    Looking to place a large custom knife order

    And perhaps where you are located?
  9. billyO

    I am VERY VERY pleased with this!!

    Hi Andrew. Cody has a good point we probably should have discussed earlier. A typical progression is to double the grit rating during grinding. My progression these days is 36-120-220-400. And don't forget, after getting off the grinder, there is still a bit of hand sanding to do.
  10. billyO

    I am VERY VERY pleased with this!!

    ...not yet anyway....
  11. billyO

    I am VERY VERY pleased with this!!

    Good to know. Thanks for the info Geoff.
  12. billyO

    I am VERY VERY pleased with this!!

    Thanks for the suggestions, Andy. I'd recommend trying different belts after you get a bit more experience. I found that the belts I like are cheapest at Pop's, but I suppose I should experiment again in case my preferences have changed as my grinding technique has no doubt changed in the past couple of years.
  13. billyO

    I am VERY VERY pleased with this!!

    No, they're down in the southeast somewhere. It's called Pop's Knife Supply, and they have a website. http://www.popsknifesupplies.com Like I said, they have a good name in the Knifemaking world.
  14. billyO

    I am VERY VERY pleased with this!!

    Hi Andy. Have fun... If you haven't run across this lately, regarding your belts, you'll soon hear someone say, "use 'em like they're free." I'm not suggesting you can do this, but there is some truth to that. Remember, as the belts dull, you have to press harder. It's a lot easier to screw up a grind when you're pushing hard. Also, friction causes heat, and when grinding a heat treated blade, eventually you can cross the line where you ruin the hardness. Another good place to buy stuff it Pop's, but I heard that they just sold it so things may change, but so far things have looked good. Instead of buying separate belts for wood, just use an older belt that's been dulled slightly by steel. having a stiff scrub brush and scrubbing the wood dust off the belt keeps them functional for a lot longer.
  15. billyO

    Tribute to Farriers...A knife for them..

    Wow, very nice. I'd love to see the sheath that goes with it. I may have to copy the anvil guard....