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Jon Cook

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  1. Congrats, Bryan. Etsy's a good venue, generally. There's an old adage that says all businesses compete on three things: price, service, and selection. You can pick any two. In my experience, pricing is a race to the bottom on Etsy. I wouldn't even bother trying to compete there. Do a little SEO. Search likely keywords, and see what comes up. Tag your stuff with the keywords that gave you stuff you want your stuff to show up next to. Think supermarket mazes. The more items you have listed, the more time a browser is likely to spend in your shop. The longer they're in your shop, the more likely they're going to buy something. Just my two cents. Best of luck, sir.
  2. Perfect way to scratch the metal working itch when you have to be quiet and fireless. That's why I own a hauberk. So as not to derail the thread, this is very interesting. My son wants an oak bastard sword, and tea staining might be the perfect way to class it up.
  3. Nice maille. Did you make it?
  4. I would guess on the heating part, that you're going to need a lot of patience. Slowly move the whole piece back and forth through your forge's hotspot rather than "get one end hot," etc. Maybe some kind of baffle? This is all still mostly academic to me, so tub of salt, and all that. I see a lot of people recommend Parks 50 or equivalent. I've seen others, but, the fewer variables, the better.
  5. I made an Instagram account just to build an audience for when I have something worth selling. Hashtags are you friends, for sure. But, I did see a post recently that they are dropping accounts that use the same tags all the time lower in the search rankings. It's supposed to help stop spammers, but if you're tagging all your posts #knifesale, #custom, etc, it'll get you, too. Caveat emptor, I suppose.
  6. Be thankful he didn't want zdp-189. 3% carbon 0_o
  7. Heck, yeah. Not much more than the 10 second stuff, either. Guess I need to find a hobby shop. . .
  8. I didn't know that about Facebook, but the knife community on Instagram is thriving right now. Which, now that I think about it, is odd, since Facebook owns Instagram.
  9. Adam, it is, and thanks. That's the third set of scales I tried for this one, and I'm reasonably happy with how they turned out.
  10. @Chris C-S thank you kindly. I've got at least a couple more planned.
  11. @Nicholas Fotou thanks. I hadn't thought of it that way. I'll keep it in mind.
  12. I finally finished one. Or, at least close enough to show y'all. There's still a little but of polishing to do, filling in a couple gaps where the epoxy didn't make it, and a couple more coats of teak oil. She's tiny, but had lots of attitude. Bit me good enough to need more than a bandaid twice. 4 3/4" oal, 1 1/8" edge, 1/8" at the spine. Full flat grind into what I think is a convex edge. Bed frame, oak flooring, and salvaged copper wire for pins.
  13. Thanks for the feedback, Brian. From what I've read, CA should cure when exposed to water. I wonder how vacuum works with that process? My big concern is that adding acetone would result in a permanently weaker bond. I did find a long cure time gel from loctite. I may have to go that route.
  14. Would this work? https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/22631-cutlers-resin-recipes/
  15. On a flat grind, I used a fine-ish oil stone loaded with synthetic 5w-30 to go from draw filed to 600 grit sand paper. I also noticed I got a finer finish using a 6" single cut bastard as opposed to the 10." I'm doing everything by hand, so even that difference seems significant. I'm fairly new at this, too, so if anyone else wants to chime in, go with what they say.