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Joshua States

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    New River, AZ
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    Making stuff, hunting, rock climbing, philosophy, general adventure seeker.

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  1. A Couple of Damascus Hunters

    Pictures are embedded Geoff. Check your end.
  2. What did you do in your shop today?

    I like that sax too. Nice work on the carving.
  3. Suggested list of belts for new knife makers?

  4. Blue Winged Kookaburra

    Rob, how big is that bird? It's hard to tell size in the photo.
  5. Arctic Fire Backup Blade Finish

    Aged. Weathered. Used. Like it has seen the palms of the ancients. Beautiful.
  6. What did you do in your shop today?

    Nice one Pieter! Is that what they call "Steam punk"? Anyway the photo looks great and so does that sheath. What's inside that sheath?
  7. Grit comparison chart

    The different grit designations have given many a smith a bit of trouble when it comes to figuring out what all those different letters and numbers mean. You may be asking yourself how does the Trizact A45 compare to the typical (USA) grit value? Or, if you are used to the FEPA (European) system, how does that translate to the values you are used to? Well, as luck would have it, our very own Wes Detrick has done the exhaustive research and come up with the comparison chart. I have put this into a Adobe .pdf document that you can download and save on your computer (attached here) or you can just click the old "follow" button at the top right of the page and have this thread accessible any time you can log in. Happy grinding! Wes Detrick’s Handy Dandy Grit Chart Anyhow, here is the complete conversion as near as I can make it. 3M Trizact Measurement : FEPA Measurement(European) : CAMI Measurement(US) A5 : P3000 : ~1400 A6 : P2000 : ~1300 A16 : P1400 : ~750 A20 : P1200 : ~700 A30 : P800 : ~440 A40 : P600 : ~380 A45 : P400 : ~320 A60 : P360 : ~300 A65 : P280 : ~250 A80 : P240 : ~240 A90 : P220 : ~230 A100 : P200 : ~220 A110 : P180 : ~180 A160 : P120 : ~150 A300 : P80 : ~75 Grit Chart.pdf
  8. Suggested list of belts for new knife makers?

    I wouldn't worry about it Alan, I'm putting the grit chart in a separate post in the tools thread.
  9. Suggested list of belts for new knife makers?

    That's probably why I never noticed the problem you are having. I typically hollow grind at 60 and then move to 120 to flatten it out. Do you use a push stick? The only explanation I can come up with is that with a thicker belt the pressure is uneven and the blade is digging in at either the top or bottom. Thus, when you move to a thinner belt, there is no "play" in the depth and the pressure/cutting action is more uniform across the face. Still, the change in angle would be very slight and only a total nit-noid would ever notice it......... (that was a compliment)
  10. Suggested list of belts for new knife makers?

    Thanks Wes. I knew it came from you and I even tried searching the site for your name and other keywords trying to find it. Now I've just copied it to a separate document and saved it in my tools & jigs folder. For those of you who would like a copy, see the attachment. The really funny thing is that the thread is in my followed content folder, I just couldn't remember what it was named! Grit Chart.pdf
  11. Knifemaker Interview Series, a biography workshop

  12. Suggested list of belts for new knife makers?

    You know, I cannot remember where I got them and I actually don't have any more. I just went out to the shop and checked. It looks like I have Deerfos J-flex something or other. Sorry, my bad. I buy belts from Preferred, USA Knifemaker and there's a new local AZ company out of Prescott whose name I have forgotten...... I'm not following this thought process and I have never really noticed any problem with the bevel angle when moving from, say 60 to 120 grit. I do have a rule of thumb when it comes to changing abrasive grit. That is I never more than double the grit density. So, I do not go from 60 to anything finer than 120. 36 to 80 would be more than double the 36, so there has to be a 60 grit before going any finer. My typical rotation is 60, 120, 150, 220, Then I go to the disc with finer grits. I do have a couple of Trizac Gators in the shop as well as some regular Trizac (the flexible ones). Both are A45. I use the flexible ones to do my plunge cuts. I really don't know why I have the Gators. Probably bought them by accident, as I do not have any experience with them. There was a thread around here somewhere that provided a very useful grit chart that translated the various nomenclature, but I cannot seem to find it anymore.
  13. Camp knife

    That is a sweet package. I really like that butt cap! O-1 is one of my favorite steels too.
  14. What did you do in your shop today?

    Note to self....... I got something confused. I thought when JJ said (in the KITH 2016 thread) "The material needs to be fed 2" from the tuyere." that it started futher down the hearth and then you piled more charcoal on top. It only now occurs to me that he meant 2" horizontal, not vertical. DOH!
  15. What did you do in your shop today?

    My hearth was two layers of fire brick at the base and three layers of clay brick on top of those. The bottom of the hearth was a shallow bowl shape lined with about 1/4" of silica sand. I started a small fire with some newspaper and twigs, loaded it to the top with charcoal, waited abut 15 minutes to get it burning well and turned the blower on to a medium speed. When the charcoal had dropped two brick levels (about 6 minutes), I added the charge and covered it with charcoal. Repeat until all charges are gone. I filled the hearth 2 more times after ward with no added material. Just because it seemed like a good idea.