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Robert D. last won the day on August 24 2016

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  • Birthday 01/02/1981

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  1. I made a little Kiradashi for leatherworking a while ago. Best tool I have ever made for myself.... Nice job forging that.
  2. I voted Seasons, The more I think about it the more I like the idea of trying to make to a theme. Will certainly push me outside my wheel house.
  3. I recall a post by you saying you were done doing Japanese blades after you did a ton of them ( The number escapes me but it was like 10-20 of them ) for your next book. Yet here you are doing them, and doing them in a stunning and awe inspiring way. I am not complaining mind you, that blade is gorgeous as is everything you make.
  4. I am going to hold off on my vote, as the seasonal one sounds challenging and I am sure Alan can add it to the poll.
  5. Robert D.

    KITH 2020

    Hatchet / Axe would be fun as well, I could get on that bandwagon. It will be about a month till I get my shop back online, Just moved homes and need to clear my garage out of all the packed boxes currently living there. But on a positive note I now have a fellow bladesmith within drunk stumble distance of me.
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    KITH 2020

    I would be down for a tool KITH, Either leatherworking or other type of tooling. But the Idea of a Dual Collab is just friggin awesome. Say set a deadline of May to have the blades complete, Do a drawing and blades get shipped to each other and then keep the August deadline for handle completion. I suspect we would see a LOT of very interesting combinations.
  7. My girlfriend isnt wild about some of the costs associated with this "hobby", and she was NOT happy when she had to help me unload my Griz 2x72 from the moving truck last week. But she loves using the two kitchen knives I made currently sitting on our counter that I am testing out. ( W2 so I am trying to find the best " clean it up after use " process ) and has demanded her own set. And she is letting me buy a mill this month.
  8. On your prototype, the only things I can see that are "questionable" 1.) the ever so slight hump about 2/3rd down the top of the handle, its very slight, a touch more off that section would have the line be smoother. 2.) Perhaps round the inner part of end of the handle ( where your pinky goes ) just a hair more. All in all, its a great design, so light a fire and make it happen captain..... And just remember, all of our suggestions are just that, suggestions. If you like it as is, Make it that way....
  9. Well the main concern is space to be honest, The garage I currently have would fit a larger machine no problem, my new garage when I move at the end of the month while still two car, is MUCH smaller and I have already been told no driveway parking ( HOA rules ) so the smaller the footprint the better. I am not totally sold on the Grizzly, if there are better options in the 1k or so range I will gladly entertain them. I just need to bank as much of this equity as I can, I am selling my house for twice what I bought it for 5 years ago, and am needing to buy twice as much house in a market that is quickly approaching San Francisco / Silicon Valley with regards to housing costs to stay " local " to my work and my kids schools.
  10. I will have to check that site out, as I am sure I will have tons of additional questions once I actually buy one. And I am sure I will make a ton of mistakes with it at first. But the new place has a much smaller garage then my current home does. So any tool that can be dual use and take up the smallest possible footprint is going to help. It also has an HOA and is a rental while we sort out my girlfriends Car accident situation ( tboned back in January, still sorting out medical and settlement crap ) so I am trying to go as minimal impact to the location as possible. My Charcoal forge wont be going with me ( its just a pile of bricks anyways ) and I dont know how the rental company is going to feel about a propane forge in the garage. But on the flip side, i get a mill, and an entire unfinished basement to myself. I can make do with strictly stock removal for a year.
  11. So I am in the process of packing up my shop, I am selling my house and cashing in on all that sweet sweet equity I have built in the last 5 years. This is going to leave me a decent amount of money to play with for the next year. As my current Drill Press sucks, and I want to start getting serious about making folders I have decided my yearly upgrade will be a Mill this year. I am looking to buy something in the >1k range because I am also going to build a heat treat oven once I move. So I am looking for suggestions on what to look at, the Grizzly G0781 does not look too bad, but I dont know enough about this type of hardware to make even a slightly ignorant argument in its defense other then " Well I like mah Grizzly 2x72 " So I figured I would come to the experts, Please sirs, May I have some more ( Wisdom )
  12. I lack the words.... My condolences for your loss but also tremendous respect for your dedication to fulfill your fathers wishes.
  13. I see her thinking " I need to find the receipt so I know how much to sell this for after I kill him " but thats a dang nice find, I would have bought it as well....
  14. Probably wouldnt need washers for antler handles unless the groove is too wide. I did a friction folder for the KITH this year and found if I didnt use teflon washers it ended up scratching the heck out of the blade flats. But it had stainless liners.
  15. I started on a 1x30 from Horror Freight. I still use it all the time, but now its almost exclusively for handle shaping and sharpening my kids pencils for homework time. One of them told their teacher that their dad sharpens pencils with his grinder in the garage and she didnt believe them till I confirmed it at Parent Teacher Conferences last week. 1x30 has its uses....
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