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Dan Breen

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  1. hmm efficient thanks a bunch guys helps a lot Dan
  2. Finally one last thing how would I heat treat something that would not fit in a toaster oven but the knife I am making now obviously does but say if I were to make a machete
  3. Thanks a bunch mate that's sounds real good I can probably find one at my local dump shop
  4. Oh ok thanks man so does a toaster oven still use a lot of propane or is it fairly propane efficient
  5. Hi I have just quenched my blade and I need to temper it but all the methods I seem to find are to whack it in 300 C heat for a couple hours. I am just wondering if there is another way because that uses a bunch of propane. I have heard about watching the colour of the steel and the spine turning blue and the blade turning into a wheat colour. Just wondering about suggestions and also if the colour method works do I have to heat the metal up for a couple hours still thanks.
  6. Thanks mate so zirconia for the main grind and rough grits and alumina oxide for finer grits and polishing cheers.
  7. Hi I just got a belt grinder and I have used the belt that came with the auction I am wondering what type of belt I should get. I am leaning towards the zirconia belt because the life is a lot longer but I just want to hear a professionals thought or someone with experience with a belt grinder. the belt size is 50mm by 914mm. thanks a bunch, Dan
  8. Well I have no idea what metal it is made of but I had a nice variety to chose from and this was nice and flexible. But you think that a lighter wood will look good on the knife? I am saying this because it has a nice gray colour on the knife. Do you think iron wood would look nice because it has that nice red and dark wood colour. As for the mirror finish do you just mean on the bevel or the whole thing and will it overpower the rest of the knife? But I think I will go with the rough look like you said and Maybe have a scotch bright finish on the blade. Thanks for replying
  9. This kiridashi I am making is almost done and I need to make a handle for it can anyone give me a suggestion for what wood I should use also I am in the Northen Territory so would Iron wood be a viable option? PS the knife isn't finished it is just out of hardening thanks.