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JeffM last won the day on January 19 2018

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    Woodworking, Leather working, and of course knife making

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  1. That rat tail blade looks pretty interesting
  2. 58-60 HRC is what I shoot for on an average hunting knife
  3. Couple of ideas to help you out....on your curved leather edge where you glue the welt strip in...leave it slightly wider so that it sticks out past the sheath about 1/32-1/16 inch. once the stitching is completed sand the welt strip down flush with the sheath then wet that entire curved edge and use a wood dowel to burnish the edge....in my shop I actually have a chunk of wood dowel attached to a dremel tool for burnishing...The attached picture isn't a knife sheath but the concept is the same and you can see the finished edge
  4. I vote for a Viking blade and then use Zeb's bone for handle material...
  5. you might consider adding some red loc-tite to the threads to bind the nut in place and keep it from backing out or loosening up...
  6. JeffM

    Bummed big time

    Big Bummer Doug....for sure security cameras....padlocks can be cut-off but cameras tell a story... As far as other means of enforcing your will and security well....there's a reason my shop door has two signs "Protected By Smith & Wesson" and "Beware the Guard Dog"
  7. I look at that hammer head and I can see a bearded ax just waiting to be made
  8. Zeb I looked over your math and material selection. Aside from choosing to not account for friction loss the math works out. My bigger question would be why you selected a rubber composite compression spring that is made to be in constant tension with a thru bolt VS. using a mechanically wound metal compression spring that is more common in use on a ratching and tension mechanism. Plus you're in an abrasive and hot metalworking environment...I would give some consideration to using metal compression springs and eliminate the rubber
  9. Amazing work. I'm fascinated with the detail levels that go into some of those old blades and the modern day recreations
  10. Here's a pistol holster that I just clear coated last night...
  11. To seal the leather after you dye it you need to use a clear coat to lock in the color. Tandy leather sells several suitable products such as satin sheen of gloss sheen. after the color is locked in the you can apply wax on top of it to polish it up.
  12. JeffM

    Blunt knives

    what about pots of boiling water and hot oil....or hell even a made woman with a frying pan....do we outlaw those as well???
  13. I like that look a lot...the hand forged buckle is a really cool touch too
  14. nice looking leather Zeb...just a tip for smoothing things out...after using your pear shader and beveller tools to outline the design go back over the bevels with a sculpting spoon and it will make your design smooth
  15. There are a couple of really good smokehouse rib joints in the area...and a couple of really good dinner show restaurants on the main drag... I really wasn't impressed with Smokey Mountain Knifeworks...seemed like more of a larger scale commercialized knife shop. No shortage of things to see or do in the area....some nice leatherworking shops and a small custom knifemaker named blackdog knife
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