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Dave Rugg

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  • Birthday 07/31/1963

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  1. I used to play guitar, (carpal tunnel makes my fingers numb now, which is why it's past tense) no matter how well I played I could hear every mistake every little "bleh" tone etc. People would say I was good and would think, "they're just being nice". I said that to say, Nice knife! Nice sheath! as many before me have said already, Very clean, good lines etc. I feel for you on the pressure making it not as pleasurable to do something you should enjoy and normally do enjoy. Make another one... and another... your stuff shines and I want to see it, You've added to the standards set by the group
  2. You have some really nice concepts there. Pick a couple that "speak" to you and tweek them and you will find even more avenues of thought and ideas, plus sometimes it's all about "a little more on the clip or the trailing edge" sliding the clip back and forth can drastically change a knife. Deepening the belly a little, "stretching" the blade out a little, stuff like that opens up whole sections of your creative process that you didn't even know were there. Really cool stuff you have going man.
  3. FYI what you're using is for "sweating" copper which is technically a mechanical joint because the solder is more of a filler than an actual chemical bond. Using silver will be more likely to do what you want and will require red hot metal because it's an actual chemical bond which is referred to as brazing. When silver soldering copper no flux is necessary, I don't know if the same is true for stainless, but since you need to use flux when pattern welding it stands to reason that it might not hurt to use it for silver brazing because of the properties of the stainless.
  4. I like how you matched up the grooves in the antler and finished them on the pommel. Very cool.
  5. Good idea! it looks like stacked leather but with a lot more character. Very nice.
  6. it's 1095 .125 x 2 x 48 from "The Steel Baron". The filing is definitely something you can lose your mind while doing... lol, I meant meditative... yeah it is but it's also hard work and takes a really long time if you do it right. Or at least that's my take because hurrying caused damage to my tanto which isn't in this post because I haven't "saved" it from my rash behavior yet. I have to make a bunch of blanks so that the HT trip will be worth the money of which I have little. The karambit is my smallest karambit profile, I need 4" wide bar stock or plate to make the larger ones. Speaking of
  7. I've been working on a few knives utilizing stock removal because of budget restrictions. These have been done with files, the initial cut from stock was with an angle grinder. The first is a karambit: The second is a "hybrid" Bowie-Tracker... don't know what else to call it. I also made a variation of a Tanto but I pulled a bonehead and had to make some adjustments. This is the Bowie-Tracker: I plan on doing some file work with needle files when I get a set of them. I'm not sure if I want to do a secondary bevel or make a serrated edge between the handle and the primary blade. Any suggestion
  8. try making the "belly" of the handle parallel to the spine so that it's a slender curving handle. Many Karambits have the handle and the blade all in one big "C" shape.
  9. Keep in mind that it all boils down to personal preference. If you look at Buck knives you'll see the ricasso even with or dipping below the edge. Some knife makers put a choil between the ricasso and the edge to create a space for sharpening and to add panache. Some people place a ton of stock in the plunge line being stark others soften it up. Most likely by now you've looked at huge number of knives and swords etc. If you haven't, that's what you should do. You will start to see patterns repeated such as location, depth, etc. of the plunge, ricasso, choil, etc. Some knives have no plun
  10. I work with AutoCAD all day every day for the past 20 years (been through several upgrades) AutoCAD has always been able to do 3D. AutoCAD lite is the 2D version. You really don't need more than 2D for making a blade IMO, but the 3D is available in several variations as you can see from the posts. P. S. Revit was primarily generated for BIM (building image managment) so that multiple trades could all work on one dwg to collaborate etc. It cuts down on "collisions" etc. with duct work, piping etc. I have yet to see an Architect use it well though...
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