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t cudworth last won the day on February 23

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About t cudworth

  • Birthday 08/28/1972

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    wilderness survival, scuba diving, knifemaking, and my boys

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  1. Holy balls Gary! That is stunning! The steel is incredible, but i really like the cross hatched pattern on the handle, and the simple swell in the middle of the handle from the top view. It must be a dream to hold. You sir, are like wile e. Coyote. A super genious! Dam nice gary! Tom
  2. Greg, im sure the others will chime in with their collective genious, but i would recommend first doing a lengthy search and some reading. There are some really great threads here on the subject. To me, a rr spike is less than average quality steel, so using superquench would be overkill? Not sure but i believe its designed for higher quality steels. As far as using "oil", i wouldnt use motor oil because of the fumes and impurities, i would use simple and cheap canola oil. Works great for leaf spring and 5160 which seem to be readily available when starting to forge. If you did use motor oil or trans fluid ,im sure it would harden, but you may get unexpected results. Superquench was developed for the metal industry for good quality repeatable results. Tom
  3. Alex, the wife and i were going to take the boys to gatlinburg in march for spring break, but it fell thru. But we replanned it for march of '20. I investigated the area well, and smkw looks awesome! I do believe that in the corner of their parking lot is an older gentleman that runs a small knife shop, where you can even make your own. That sounded like someone to talk with for awhile. Not sure about the food, but im sure you better put a vise grips on your wallet! Hope you all have safe travels! Tom
  4. Dam Richard, that is beautiful! I can only imagine the huge amount of brownie points id get if i presented something like that to my wife! Tom
  5. This isnt knife related, but it came to me right away- dont carry a transmission from the trans jack to the bench by yourself, you can crush your nuts between the edge of the bench and the transmission!
  6. Geoff, i love the blade shape! Sorta speary and cool how you have dark in the handle and the blade. And the flutes really add to it. Darn good job! Tom
  7. Very cool jason, very well done. This is one of 3 shop mascots at times. Her name is Izzy. Part Italian bull mastiff, part rott. A huge big loving baby, with a mean sounding bark, and thats it. My wife then brought home a teeny tiny baby schnauzer, and Izzy took her right in as her own. They are now inseperable. For some reason or another they like to come in and see what im up to. Tom
  8. I work on cars for a living and always thought of strapping 1 coil on each foot. Probly good i didnt. Yup. Freezing rain here in eastern wi with humungous winds. Cant wait to forge in a t shirt again. Tom
  9. This is a really cool thread. Years ago, when life started getting REALLY busy, i found myself reminding myself this: if you feel your thoughts sliding over to the lazy area, dont listen to them. Its kept me out of trouble. Tom
  10. Andrew, when im grinding, i crank the vfd up to the moon, wear sweats and a very loose t shirt and a hat with dangly tossels. Then, i select an overly worn out 36 with burn marks on it, i put one foot on the wall behind me, and without a face shield or respirator i push like im benching 315. All kidding aside, im very excited for you! I remember that day for me, it was a complete 180! Very good advise already from everyone else, and i cant add much, just be safe, practice and have fun! A question tho, is there a spot on your grinder for adding a tool rest? And i often thought about modifying my bench mount in such a way, that i could rotate the whole grinder assembly 90 degrees? Not even sure what that would gain. Tom
  11. I gave the firebowl a more thorough look over and i cant see any writing at all. The bowl appears to be thick and solid. Should work well for what it is. I thought it was pretty high on the neato scale. As i said before, he referred to it as a 1903 farmer's helper. Thanks everyone! Tom
  12. I still have to check the bowl for writing. Ill check that in the morning. Tom
  13. Sorry guys, these two leg vises were in the package too. Dont hate me too much! Tom
  14. Holy shit Wes... how could you even sell that!? No way in hell could I ever part with that. Beautiful deadly bad ass looking work of art! Thank you for sharing this with all of us!! Tom
  15. Im about 80 miles northeast. Buried in snow and butt cold temps! As Dave Canterbury i believe said: "colder than a tin toilet seat on the shady side of an iceberg".
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