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t cudworth last won the day on February 23 2019

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About t cudworth

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    wilderness survival, scuba diving, knifemaking, and my boys

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  1. Waaaaayyy better than my 3rd. It looks great! I really like the handle / guard area. The protruding copper looks really cool. You are definately on your way!! Tom
  2. Very sorry to hear this john. I'm glad you are ok though! Tom
  3. Incredible. That pommel, set into the handle with its texture and finish is absolutely beautiful and very motivating. And when the wife says that. You should be very proud my friend! Another reason why a handmade blade means so much! Months of thinking,pondering, erasing, and planning. I salute you!! Tom
  4. Started this big rasp knife, not an order, just an in between fun project. Will probly get black walnut scales. Finally finishing up this spear I started moons ago. Have some straightening yet, and heat treat, but a fun project. Tom
  5. Good morning everyone, it's nuts here in eastern wi. Gov will be signing the dont leave your home order on tues. All nonessential businesses have shut down. I'm half owner of a small town auto repair shop, and we are slowing too. We are NEVER slow. That worries me. We put our full timer on unemployment, but it doesn't matter because he's being mobilized in the guard. Our food supply is bulging (We quietly stocked up, and always were doing so), i went around the house and barn and outbuildings and fortified everything. Already hearing of nefarious activity around this area. I'm also on vacation all this week to tend to things. Knifemaking is an overgrown hobby that i love dearly, but am fortunate enough to not rely on. Still have activity on the site, and still get calls, working on 2 orders now. I feel for the people that this hit the hardest. Maybe in the meantime, keep cranking out pieces, clean shop, make a video for your site or page to generate interest? Perhaps now more than ever survival knives will boom? Perhaps skimmers? Good luck all Tom
  6. Delivered this set to a nice lady as a late xmas gift to her husband, 2 sons, and daughter. The stand is featuring antlers from the father's best friend that just passed away. She only wanted a keychain for the one son. (He must have been naughty. All are 5160 with antler, black walnut, and copper spacers. The daughters has pine cone scales. Stay well everyone! Tom
  7. I just got home from my morning run to the hardware store, and my thought of the day is what I said to the crabby young lady running the register- "If your going to take someone's money, at least look them in the eye." Am I an asshole? Tom
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    Dam Clint, that is beautiful! I love the recurve angle. Everything looks very good together!! Tom
  9. This is a great thread. I had these questions for a long time. I never knew much about wood sealing, so i have experimented quite a bit in the past. If someone could expand a bit on using ca glue and then polishing, that would be great. Also, what you all do for polishing and buffing the handle, wood, antler, copper, bone etc. These 2 i have almost done are black walnut, copper spacers, and antler. The top one is sanded up to 2500, buffed on a muslin wheel and the 2 coats of Danish oil. Bottom one is same story, but with boiled linseed oil. Not much color difference, but im also wondering about sealing differences. Almost seemed like the BLO shrunk the wood on the smaller one, because I sanded the handle smooth, then after 2 coats and drying, the copper spacers were raised a bit? Tom
  10. Ric is spot on. I've been in his shop...its awesome. I fix cars for a living so i was encouraged by the industry to be a toolaholic when i already was one. Some of the tools do crossover to my knife hobby. My magnetic inductor works simply slick for softening the end of the tang for preening. I dont mind, i plan to futz around in the shop after I retire until i croak. Heck, il probly buy a socket set for adjusting the hit man pin on a flux capacitor if the tool guy had one. Id probly get a free jacket with it. Tom
  11. Thats awesome Jeremy! Is it friction fit to the shaft? How about a big war axe next? Tom
  12. I just finished this one for a friend's daughter that works on a farm and loves the outdoors. First time working with resin handles, but surprisingly fun to work with. I usually build a sketch with a customer, showing different options etc. I was a little worried when she wanted the pin design instead of 3 in the middle. I had heard these types of scales are brittle, but they were pleasant to work with, and buff nicely. Then the sad part. I had to build a casket for my little guys hamster. Simple pine, burnt with a torch a bit. My son put some bedding in too so he would be comfortable. Then cleaned up the shop
  13. Ive seen on a tai goo video when he quenches, he had a north marker buried in the dirt, and he always quenches north/south. I assumed at the time, and now im pretty sure thats bogus. Tom
  14. Hanging in the waiting room in my shop is a small poster that reads "when a task is first begun, never leave it till its done. Be the task big or small do it right or not at all." A saying from my late grandma dorothy. Tom
  15. My son and i went to iron mountain, michigan last weekend, and climbed the gigantic ski hill they have there. 500 concrete steps with a plaque on each one. One step said "there is no elevator to success, you have to take the steps". Tom
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