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Tim Tracey

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  1. I don't normally listen to music in the shop. But when I do it's fairly wide ranging. I can go from classic rock like Led Zeppelin, Uriah Heep, Pink Floyd, to Hip Hop like Gorillaz, to Gypsy Punk style. Balkan beat box or Gogol Bordello. Of course there is the heavy metal, Metallica, Dio, Rammstein, etc.

    Really what ever is pleasing to the ear.

  2. As I mentioned in a separate post. I won't be able to put my blade in. Here is the revised list.

     

    Gabriel R. Paavola
    Timothy Artymko
    Gary Toulomelis
    Caleb Harris
    Tim Tracey
    JJ Simon
    Daniel J. Luevano
    Dan Bourlotos
    Pieter-Paul Derks
    Joshua States
    Kevin Hopkins
    Robert Dowse
    Brian Dougherty
    Austin Lyles
    James Fuller
    George Ezell
    Josh Fikentscher
    Alan Longmire
    James Spurgeon
    Dan Waddell
    Chad Scott
    John Rosendahl
    Dimitar Popov
    Aiden CC
    Dan Rice
    Wesley Alberson

    Josh A. Weston

    Nate Runals

  3. Hello folks,

     

    I've been fairly quiet on the KITH sub-forum but rest assured I have been working on the entry and I'm frustratingly close to being done. But that is precisely when I am in the middle of a series of setbacks that can't be corrected in time to submit.

    My drill press, el cheapo, has decided its not going to drill anymore. I do have a backup press, however without a motor.

    Issue number two, and really the biggest issue, is my forge has severely been contaminated with copper and I am unable to heat treat without contaminating the work.

    I've been experimenting with copper smelting and placed a homemade crucible in the forge to reduce the bloom fragments from a smelt when the crucible failed and unleashed a fair bit of nearly molten copper and copper bearing slag onto the floor of my forge. You should see the green flames!

    Well here is my submission as it sits, and also a reminder how insidious copper can be. I made a quick Viking Maiden's knife and the copper just shines. Not intentional btw.

     

    The blade is a Stanley wonder bar, the handle a hickory hammer handle, the guard a few bars of mild steel forge welded together to get the thickness, and I made mosaic pin stock from brass tube, square, rod, and a stainless rod in the center. The blade being just barely over 9 inches in length and 1 3/8 wide, with a just barely under 3/8 inch thick.

     

    So unless there is tolerance to the circumstance and a delay in submission is allowed, then I am sad to say I am unable to participate in the KITH. Or unless someone would like a Hardware store Bowie kit ;)

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  4. Hi Aiden,

     

    I've tried the graphite stick on platen "liners" and found it didn't last at all for me either. So I quit bothering to try. I know a bunch of guys will affix a piece of glass to their metal platen to help extend the platen life. I have a piece I am saving for that but haven't gotten around to it.

    Having said all that, I am running my 2x72 on the plain steel platen without issue for several years now and it's holding up well. It's a replaceable part that is made to do so.

  5. I did nothing in my shop today! I had a not so great day at work yesterday and wasn't in a good mindset for the shop and ended up ruining a wooden handle and sheath for a smaller blade. It was a shame to mess up a really nice piece of cherry but lucky for me I didn't mess the blade up at all. It was a wedged in design and not epoxied at all so it'll be an easy recovery.

  6. I don't really have too much to add that hasn't already been said. I agree with all the above, a very hard edge is pointless to hone with a steel. But the lower RC will definitely benefit from a steel. It comes down to preference, I know some people that don't even HT their carving tools because they like to be able to touch them up easier. Then again I know some people that like to keep things ultra hard so they don't have to maintain them so much.

    To answer your work hardening with honing question, that's a new one to me. I would assume no, but that isn't based on any empirical evidence.

  7. I'm fairly sure Cold Steel doesn't have a leg to stand on legally. If they are focusing on the name of the product line which they have taken from the method of construction then it's simply bullying.

    It's like making a Chevy truck with the name F150 and getting mad at Ford for their existing product line.

     

    I'm getting sick of seeing the corporate world throw their clout around to increase their profit without regard to the well being of anyone outside their boardroom.

     

    I agree with Dave, we should make a coordinated concerted effort to protect the craft from Cold Steel. Whether we spam the market, inbox's, and web with San Mai blades and let them try to manage that. Or a direct challenge to the claim of San Mai construction.

    Count me in.

     

    -Tim

  8. Thanks for all the replies! I've got some pretty good ideas from everyone so the post was a total success!

     

    Dave:

    I've got several corny kegs but those are reserved for beer! But for sure a neat idea, I'm just paranoid of fire hazard and having the lid really appeals to me.

     

    Alan:

    Nice thoughting on Goddards goop. Might just be the trick to avoid warps, as much as possible anyway.

     

    I didn't expect this to turn into a draw knife thread but what a cool side effect. All tips and tricks are welcome. I've already had experience making a draw knife and wow they do seem to be made to warp, but since this is a much larger one(s) I'm hoping the thickness of the blade will help limit that.

    I was lucky to have the last draw knife blade fit nicely diagonally in my ammo can quench tank so I didn't have to worry too much about the tangs. Though I did draw them back with a torch anyway.

    This commission is to copy an existing draw knife that they know and love, so I may be limited in artistic license, and especially if it's government funded. I can't get too fancy, but I do love the idea of the wrought iron spine. I should be getting some pictures pretty soon but I'm hoping to take a hop out to the island to see first hand.

  9. Hey Nate, glad you weighed in.

    I was considering using a mortar can too but then I had wondered about losing the benefit of a horizontal quench for things like the draw knives and longer single edged blades.

  10. Hey Guys,

     

    I work slow as its usually in short spurts, an hour here an hour there. But eventually I do get a project finished. I made this as a gift to my girlfriends dad for his birthday. He's a very talented woodworker and someone whom I respect very much.

    The billet is made of 1800's wrought iron and some 1084 a friend of mine gave me. This was my first attempt at a chisel and at forging a socket. Which was a greater challenge than I had imagined! I did however get to use my swage block for the first time since I picked it up.

    At the last minuted I decided to whip up a quick cover for the chisel, not sure if he'll even use it. I think he likes it too much to use, which is a bit of a mixed bag for me. I'm flattered but I really want to see it be used to create his own art.

    The measurements are approximately 3/4 inch wide and about 4 inches long to the socket, and I don't recall the socket size. I was rushed to gift it and forgot to measure that part.

    All in all it was a great project and a woodworker friend of mine has already commissioned a few chisels for his own shop.

    It's a great journey, well worth the steep learning curve.

     

     

    Thanks for looking.

     

    -Tim

     

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  11. Hello everyone,

     

    So I find myself with several projects I'm not able to heat treat as my quench tank is too small. Currently I'm using an old ammo can and up until now it's been perfectly fine.

    In the past months I've made blades that are much to long to fit in my small ammo can, so I will be needing to build, or buy something to serve as a new one.

    I've also recently been commissioned to make several large draw knives for the National Park Service to used on Isle Royal. (Google it, it's the most beautiful place I've ever been) The draw knife blades will be about 14-16".

    Since these blades are a bit different than knives that leaves me with an interesting challenge, so all ideas are welcome and heck I invite you to post photo's of your own set up.

     

    Thanks in advance.

     

    -Tim

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