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  1. Really cool Larry. I'm with Gerhard on this one. Never liked using guthooks, but I never thought of widening it out and making it more pronounced. Did the guthooks affect your heat treat plans at all? 

    Tom

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  2. Sorry for the delay alex, the tag on the motor apparently was made when Moby dick was a minnow, but the best I can tell is its a 1/6 hsp with 1720 rpm. Pretty small but it moves the cam around with ease.  The wheel riding on the cam helps with friction. I even have 2 very heavy springs pulling down. Probly could add more. Hope this helps You!

    Tom

  3. This is the puny hammer I built for about 65$. Strange thing is, for the simple construction it works quite well for small billets. It was mostly just fun to build, needing only a little from the hardware store. This is unfinished stage. I added a foot lever, belt, and railroad track hold down. The only difficult part was the cam geometry. There are 2 springs kinda hidden between the uprights by the hammer head.

    Tom

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  4. Happy father's day to all the other dads, grandpa's, and great- grandpa's out there! May we all have at least 1 day where we can work in the shop and have everything go right. No cuts, bruises, cracks, flaws, forgotten scratches till its too late, bad vfd's, broken belts, broken tongs, out of gas, getting sidetracked to fix the sink or washer, fix your child's bike, you gotta mow the lawn it looks like crap, please quick do the garbage, dad why is there green stuff running out under my car, dad my PlayStation wont turn on, honey we need charcoal, etc, etc, etc. That's why we are fathers.  I salute you all!

    Tom

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  5. Alex, great job contouring the handle, and the tang insertion the guard, no gaps. Very clean little package! Run thru your heating process start to finish, maybe we can give some insight?

    Tom

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  6. 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

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  7. 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

     

  8. 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

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  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

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  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

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