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JeffM last won the day on January 19 2018

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  1. The wise guy in me says if you don't like the W...go for D2
  2. Hi Gerhard The only consistent success I have had with walnut and walnut burl is to stabilize it first...then do the shaping and polishing.... I have also used boiled linseed oil and tung oil with results that wide spread and in some cases completely not what I wanted
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    Oak for scales?

    stabilized white oak makes some excellent knife scales...
  4. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Stark-0-to-99-9-Humidity-Tester-Digital-Wood-Moisture-Meter-2-Pins-14013/311022733?mtc=Shopping-B-F_D25T-G-D25T-25_1_HAND_TOOLS-Multi-NA-Feed-PLA-NA-NA-HandTools_PLA&cm_mmc=Shopping-B-F_D25T-G-D25T-25_1_HAND_TOOLS-Multi-NA-Feed-PLA-NA-NA-HandTools_PLA-71700000034127224-58700003933021546-92700049573927173&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6rLWkY3S6QIVB77ACh341QA2EAYYASABEgLPFfD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
  5. set your sheath for a 45 degree carry and you should be able to eliminate the retention snap...Attached is a picture as an example
  6. how is the airgraver different than what I would normally use....(ie....dremel tool and bits)????
  7. Hate to be the bearer of bad news but that looks like paki-mascus...the hole in the middle is delamination from not being properly forge welded in essence you bought bad product...made in a foreign country...imported cheaply and not meant as a real cutting implement...
  8. starting with known variables is always best with un-stabilized wood...a good moisture meter is pretty much a necessity in my view...you can try making a small kiln drying box using a 100 watt light bulb to slowly remove excess moisture...I have also used a small convection oven set at 100 degrees with a thermometer set inside to slowly remove moisture...another thing to consider is was your epoxy fully 100% cured when you started shaping and forming....if not those little transitions you noted could be the result of your epoxy contracting as it fully cures out...
  9. 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
  12. Amazing work....if I was a sword collector I would definitely want that in my collection
  13. Looking at this test results I would say the wire you have is mild steel with a zinc coating / galvanized wire
  14. 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
  15. 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???
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