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DavidM

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  1. Why, yes sir it is! I love my little Anyang. Thanks!
  2. Homage to Shurap. Can't be having bland canister damascus.
  3. So, I have a bit of an ADHD problem. It manifests badly in my bladesmithing as a failure to complete projects. Especially those I feel are too flawed to warrant completion. Recently I made a deal with myself to separate my numerous unfinished projects into groups with attached priorities, and create a rule: "No new project will begin without first clearing a project from the pile, then shuffling one of the lower priority projects into the spot that just got cleared." This arrangement seems to be working. ...then this week I decided to game the system... By my coun
  4. Don't know that I quite qualify as a high elf...but I'll take it.
  5. Delivered this one last night, so I had to check one of the others. 13" OAL 8.5" Blade. 2" at the heel. 1/8" at the thickest spot.
  6. Kind of a big honesuki in 80CRV2 with ebony and stabilized maple burl. One of four I"m making for some friends who have never had decent kitchen knives. :P
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. Latest two brut blades. Think I'm just about satisfied with this and ready to move on to something else.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. *wonders how the hell he missed that text* Responding now.
  15. I have steel and a power hammer...let's get to making that damascus.
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. See, I get baited too easily. I need to learn how to just let it go and bow out like a big boy. i even have a box full of FiF boat anchors to pull out as a visual aid for the beginner conversation. lol
  21. Will haunt me till the end of my days! I’ve had to start explaining that I charge the same for a 3 hour piece as for a real knife. Fif tax
  22. But Alan, it only takes a few hours... the TV toold me so.
  23. I can dig that. Can’t wait to see how it goes
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