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DavidM last won the day on December 10 2019

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  1. No fittings on this one. Haven't decided on the handle material. Probably do something dark and stabilized. Sculpted with a big booty flare. I do have some really nice quilted maple I might consider using for convenience. The flare and drop in the handle is going to make it hard to find something that will fit.
  2. Playing with 3/8" 80CRV2, and ended up with this...thing. Getting the clip straight is going to give me a stroke. You guys see anything glaring that needs attention before I move on to polishing?
  3. Latest two brut blades. Think I'm just about satisfied with this and ready to move on to something else.
  4. Of course you can do a lot with very little. The determined smith could start with fire and dirt, and produce just about any tool. It would be a lifetime's endeavour, but a very interesting one. Tools are fun. I want all the tools.
  5. There is a recurring argument about tools, usually just have-nots barking that the haves are somehow not good smiths. Not really what your question was about. lol I'll never have enough tools. I've figured out my purpose in life... Which is to accumulate tools to pass on to the ABS when I die.
  6. I get in this argument with smiths pretty often (less now that I've bailed on Facebook though). Way I see it, time is finite. Effort=time. Anything that reduces the amount of time/effort needed to complete a task, means I can spend that time/effort elsewhere. The older I get, the more I feel this way. And arguments about "cheating" just piss me off. Only people without good tools call it cheating.
  7. Brut in 80CRV2 and maple. I'll have to measure it when I get home, but looking at about 17" OAL. Beast of a blade. $450 shipped. Brut1.mp4
  8. *wonders how the hell he missed that text* Responding now.
  9. I have steel and a power hammer...let's get to making that damascus.
  10. Much more pleased with the edge geometry on this one. Still not sure about the blacking process with the handle attached. The maple didn’t react as much as the walnut, but it still discolored
  11. That sounds about right. Larrin's recipe is 1950 for 15 minutes. Should have been "ok" at 1980. We didn't have the supplies for a cryo, but I didn't think the RA would be anything like what this seems to be. Need to play with it some more. I've neglected my nitro-v.
  12. We austenized a bit high, at 1980F with a 15 minute soak. There was a bit of decarb for sure. Was using no-scale for the first time and I think it might have flaked off in the oven. I need to investigate that. But under the decarb it was hard. We did have a hiccup during the ramp that forced us to go from 1900 back to 1800 while I restarted the program. The 80CRV2 blade came out perfect though. Stupid stainless. ;P
  13. That blasted nitro-v I'm thinking something went wrong. But for it to have enough RA to be less magnetic? I've never seen that before. It got hard, but skating a file isn't really the whole story. I'm thinking finish it up for the practise, and start another one. Two first knives...both better than anything I was able to make for a few years after starting.
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