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jheinen last won the day on November 12 2017

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  1. jheinen

    What did you do in your shop today?

    Are you going to thin it out anymore? The picture makes it look ridiculously thick. But that could just be the angle.
  2. jheinen

    What did you do in your shop today?

    I finished up two of the blades I'm bringing to the ABS Handles and Guards class with Kevin Cashen next week at SOFA. These were made to spec as per the class prerequisites. They are both forged from 5160 and hand-sanded to 600 grit.
  3. Posted to my FB page. I'll also send some $$ on payday (Friday).
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    Rhynowet Redline, oil or water?

    During a heavy bout of sanding last night I thought I'd experiment to see which gave the best results. I tried dry, windex, mineral oil, and WD40 while sanding a couple of blades through 220-320-400-600 using Rhynowet Redline. I have to say that WD40 seemed to produce the best results. Overall it cut better, and the abrasive lasted longer. Mineral oil was similar, but not quite as good as the WD40. Windex came in third, and dry was by far the worst.
  5. Absolutely stunning! What a beautiful piece.
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    Blade Show West?

    I received a survey from BLADE magazine awhile back that was gauging people's interest in a West coast blade show. I suspect that they got encouraging results from the survey, fueled by the current interest in knife making that Forged in Fire has generated. Popular interest in knife making is probably at an all-time high right now.
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    Blade Show West?

    Who is planning to attend Blade Show West in Portland, OR? It's going to be at the Oregon Convention center from October 5th to the 7th. I'd love to meet some of you face-to-face. I'll bring the bourbon -Jeff
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    Respirators - probably a good idea

    I'm leary of prednisone. My mom got pancreatitis twice from it, and an uncle almost died from prednisone-related pancreatitis.
  9. I ended up at the doctor today with a burning throat and severe pain when coughing. It all started Sunday when I was hand sanding a knife with a bubinga handle. I normally wear a respirator when using the grinder, but I didn't really think about it when hand sanding. Sunday night I couldn't sleep at all because of the coughing, and it also kept my wife up. The doc says it's irritation from the sawdust, and that it would take seven to 10 days to clear up. Prescribed some vicodin to help me sleep. Not fun. Wear a respirator.
  10. Just finished this one up last night. It's my first attempt at a hidden tang with a full slotted and sculpted guard. 3 1/2" blade, 8" overall. Blade is 5160, guard is nickel silver, black spacer, and handle is bubinga finished with Tru Oil and a nickel silver pin. I'm fairly pleased with the joint between the blade and guard. Square with no gaps. Unfortunately I decided to use my new disc grinder to sharpen it, and having never sharpened with a disc grinder I messed it up a bit. In other news, my wife gave me my birthday present - she's sending me to SOFA next month to attend Kevin Cashen's ABS Handles & Guards class. Best. Wife. Ever.
  11. jheinen

    Shoulders vs. press fit?

    Hi all, For hidden tang knives, do you grind shoulders for the guard to rest against, or do you press fit? I've been taught the shoulder method, but have heard that great results come from press fitting, and that it's easier to make a seamless joint. What say the cognoscenti?
  12. jheinen

    What did you do in your shop today?

    After learning the miraculous things a disc grinder can do from David Lisch, I ordered one from Jose at Pheer and finished putting this thing together today.
  13. jheinen

    What did you do in your shop today?

    I recently took delivery of a several 2' long bars of mild steel. Taped together they all weighed about 40-50 lbs (basically all together they were about a 4" X 3" X 2' bar of steel. I leaned them against my leg vise and then forgot about them. Last night I was doing some hand sanding of a blade, and wanted to move the vise to a better position. I grabbed the vice and started shoving, and the big bar of steel that I forgot about fell over square on to my left big toe. Long story short - crushed toe with fractures in two places. Lesson learned - steel-toed shoes are probably a good idea!
  14. I used to use the ATP paste, but I've found that I don't really get scale when I heat treat using my EvenHeat oven. The blade turns black, but no scale. This is with 1084 and 5160. Not sure about other steels though.