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JeffM last won the day on January 19 2018

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  1. With all the pandemic stuff floating around I decided to go back to old school knife making and after forging out a blank from 5160 I pulled out my long un-used file jig. Not really sure I like the butt end of the handle but I have plenty of time to revise and refine....I do like the way the false edge and blade profile are turning out. What changes and modifications would you guys make???
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    Alan the guy in Arizona took hydroxychloroquine phosphate which is a sterilizing agent for aquarium tanks....he totally miss fired and ignored the phosphate part... Chemical information can be very tricky if you don't know all the ingredients....the sad part is he died from it...
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    Just my 2 cents on this subject I would plan on localizing sales efforts knowing that down sizing is simply going to be a fact of life during this pandemic issue. Possibly diversify and write articles for online publications in addition to hands on work Network with every conceivable source to broaden your horizons to other avenues such as woodworking groups for sharp tools leather groups for not only sheaths but items like blacksmith aprons etc... Life has probably given you an abundance of knowledge that you need to dust off and apply to other areas as you diversify... Above all else make sure you focus on keeping depression at bay and stay positive....In time this will all just be a part of history... I suspect a lot of us will be enduring lifestyle changes and challenges going forward
  4. Amazing work....if I was a sword collector I would definitely want that in my collection
  5. Looking at this test results I would say the wire you have is mild steel with a zinc coating / galvanized wire
  6. you could also use a combination of 304 / D2 tool steel with the high Chromium content D2 is normally referred to as a semi-stainless material
  7. Have you considered starting with a 3 layer san mai billet to get you feet wet with forge welding then work your way up into more layers???
  8. Alan with very punky slabs it's best to stabilize it add for additional color you can add some dye to the cactus juice. even with wood as soft as you have described it should be no problem to stabilize the wood... The spalted boxelder / cedar / spalted pecan scales were all so soft you could break them with your fingernail before stabilizing...now they are all hard as a rock almost like synthetic stone
  9. This weekend was all about leather work and getting caught up on some past due projects
  10. On a metal ironworker don't try to retrofit a manual ironworker unless you like metal parts breaking and flying around...on the hydraulic version you're limited by throat depth
  11. https://www.automationdirect.com/adc/shopping/catalog/drives_-a-_soft_starters/ac_variable_frequency_drives_(vfd)/micro/drive_units/cfw100c04p2s220g2 VFD similar to the link attached will do the job for you...single phase input
  12. what type of wood??? Also, before I stabilize wood I have it air dry for 8-10 months before I slice it into scales and stabilize the wood Shutting off the vacuum is what allows the cactus juice to go into the wood pores where air and moisture were eliminated during the vacuum cycle it is not like starting over Your process as described seems correct...but you must have a high moisture content in the wood or it is extremely porous soft wood
  13. Overall looks good minor tweaks based on personal preferences but the big question is how does it feel in your hand...can you reverse the knife direction comfortably without any loss of grip....and no less important are you happy with what it looks like....
  14. C Craft if it's any consolation I budget for a new pair of magnifier glasses for up close work every month.... I keep breaking them over and over and over....
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