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  1. I am impressed by your determination to constantly push the envelope and expand your portfolio Gary. Following this one closely.
  2. I finally ordered some of that stabilized wood from Jason Williams on FB (thanks for the tip @Garry Keown) and they arrived today. These are heavy in the hand and feel like rocks, but wow!
  3. I am loving that one Rob. I am feeling the need to do a seax with a carved handle. Hopefully, I can come close to something that nice.
  4. Well, I guess it all depends on how thick it is when it goes into the quench. If you have seen my video on how I quench my blades, you know how I clamp my blades to avoid warpage. If you are using 3/16" flat bar and going for a stock removal method, you could just grind the profile, quench, temper, and grind the bevels in. You could always do a post temper straightening heat. No worries with a quench warp at that thickness. Blades with very thin edges are prone to doing the bacon thing no matter what steel you use. My edges are somewhere around the thickness of a dime going into the quench. Some guys quench at almost finished thickness. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not that confident. On a single edged blade, I will take the bevels up to about 1/4" (or a little less) from the top of the spine. That gives me enough flat to put in my clamp vice thingy. The edge at the thickness I use, always seems to follow the spine. I almost never have any edge warping that I cannot straighten out in the finish grinding. Most of the 440C and CM-154 blades I have made were from 1/8" flat bar for kitchen knives or folder blades. The kitchen knives were ground to the specs I listed above. The folders were simply profiled (with some to spare) and quenched.
  5. I work with stainless steels occasionally. 440-C and CM-154 (CPM-154 is just a slightly different version and ATS-34 is almost the same stuff). I never forge stainless, they are always stock removal. Regardless of what everyone says about them "requiring" cryogenic HT, they really do not "require" it. The whole cryo thing just eeks out a little more hardness and retains the toughness through some metallurgical wizardry. 440-C only needs to come down to -100*F directly after the quench. (so dry ice works) I use these two steels for the very reason that they can get a pretty darn good HT in a home shop. You can even try the dry ice trick, but use acetone rather than kerosene. For that matter, just sandwich the blade between two blocks of dry ice. It will get you close to the required cryo temp, for the more complex stainless varieties, but still a few hundred degrees too warm (I think). Anyway, they can both be quenched in oil and tempered in a controlled kiln/electric oven to achieve a hardness +/- 60 HRC. Just buy precision ground flat stock and a good bandsaw or angle grinder. Cut out the shape you want and grind it down. There are lots of respectable makers out there who do just that. Here is a Latrobe data sheet for 440-C 440C-DS-Latrobe HT info.pdf
  6. Well now. If they are still usable as files, that is a major score.
  7. That's pretty. What are the specs?
  8. I can run the well pump off of my construction site generator if I need to. Heck, I can probably run the whole house off of that generator! That's why I designed the well system the way I did. Always a good idea to have a backup plan. Like I said, it's a lifestyle choice that doesn't appeal to most folks.
  9. These properties are somewhere between rural and remote geographically. So, you have to be prepared for a certain lifestyle. My lot is 8 miles off the paved road. Cell phone coverage on the entire ranch is spotty or non-existent (I have zero coverage reception, not even text) Electric and phone lines were put in during the 1970's and service interruptions are common during foul weather, and the average elevation is around 7000 feet above sea level. Summer T-storms and winter snow is to be expected. Internet is only available via satellite provider. There is no sewer, municipal water, or trash pickup. The nearest grocery store is about a 30 minute drive. A full service grocery store or home improvement depot is an hour away. Costco, is a 2 hour drive. There is a small farming community at the end of the 8 mile dirt road (pop. ~650) with a Dollar Store and a post office. It also has a few small businesses, a Ferrell Gas provider, a summer farmer's market, a middle/high school (possibly K-12), and a very small museum. A 4-way stop sign went in a couple years ago.
  10. The area our property is in, is called Timberlake Ranch. Zillow shows this: https://www.zillow.com/ramah-nm/timberlake-ranch-_att/ A lot of these lots are down in the open, flat area of The Ranch. There are also houses for sale by owner that don't show up on the MLS listing.
  11. Safe travels Dave. About that most recent creation. I absolutely love your style. You have a gift for making new knives that look like they were plucked out of time and transferred to the present day. Your work always evokes a mysterious and ancient time. This. I think you once said: "it's a Zen thing"
  12. You have some weird critters down under mate.
  13. Red skies at night, sailor's delight. Red skies at morning, sailor's take warning.
  14. land in this part of NM is still pretty inexpensive. 5 acres is going for around $20K
  15. The house will hold the pressure pump, the bladder and the filtration system. The tank is on a small rise. The bottom of the tank is about 1 foot above the floor of the well house, which is about 3 or 4 feet above where the floor of the residence will be. The power lines in this area are pretty old and power can drop for a couple of hours in thunder storms or heavy snowfall. I wanted to create a system that would gravity feed in case of electrical outage. (see the first post)
  16. There were a few good photos of the wildlife. The turkeys seem to like it in winter. About 20 of them came in to roost while we were there last December. A couple of Elk on the trails cams. (the dates are all screwed up)
  17. We just spent a week out there getting the wellhouse/storage building completed. It was glorious weather. I collected the trail cams and found over 12,000 pics. It took a while to sort through them all. Here is the wellhouse. I still have to put the Deck boards down. The 6x12 deck is intended for firewood curing.
  18. And he no longer recommends JS applicants edge quench the test blade.
  19. I never do an edge quench. It just doesn't seem like a good idea to me. Tempered martensite is very strong and flexible. I am one of those guys who through quenches everything, including the tang. Every knife then gets the tang area drawn back to blue with a torch all the way into the ricasso area.
  20. The video was brilliant. Working in show business is like working at a dog park. Everyone is peeing on trees.
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