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Joël Mercier

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About Joël Mercier

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    Colonel Mustard
  • Birthday 04/07/1983

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    Québec, Canada
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    Family, smithy, whisky!

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  1. Of course we do. I've already got a 10"x12" shed that's full of stuff. If it was only me, I'd have my garage already. But the president of the house wants other things done first .
  2. Sad news here, I just recently changed job and by default lost my knifemaking shop. It was a tough decision to make, but my last workplace was unsafe and I decided to leave and stay alive a bit longer. I'm keeping all my tools until I find a new place or build a garage next to the house.
  3. I took a few months pause from knifemaking and I'll probably resume my KITH this fall. If the deadline is still November, I can surely complete my work on time. Though I have to confess that I am a bit disappointed by the number of participants (absolutely not the quality, of course). I had hoped more would've joined through the passing months.
  4. Yeah, after I wrote I just remembered it's basically what makes a high speed steel . Tough luck...
  5. This steel uses tungsten carbides, which are right next to V carbides for hardness. I can't remember if tungsten increases red hardness though so I can't say if it's hard to forge. But from the looks of the alloying content, It could make half decent hamons. I personally don't like carbides so I prefer high hardness and hair popping low angle edges
  6. I ground my last chef purposely thicker at heel. The edge was 0.010" at heel and would progressively thin out to 0.005" over around 1.5" length. The idea came from a retired pro chef who told me he often used the heel to break small bones so he liked the German type knifes for that reason, because they have very strong heels. Problem with those knives is they are awkward to sharpen on the stones. So I kinda made an in between. It's only noticeable when you look at the edge bevels that become wider at heel, but the edge feels much stiffer there than my previous chefs.
  7. On a broader note, I'd also advise you to use the knives you make for a while. Invariably, you'll find things to improve, sometimes critical ones. You can also post your designs here and ask for advice. Some specialize in hunters, others swords, others chefs.
  8. Is it really chromed or just zinc plated? The later emits deadly fumes when heated so beware...
  9. Files are definitely piratical for pre HT finitiob.
  10. Cool stuff Conner! In the unlikely case you guys have been wondering, I'm still alive . I'm taking a break from knifemaking. I've been reading a lot about loudspeaker making lately and decided to make myself a pair of floorstanders for a change. There's a lot of science to make it all sound good! In the end, ff they only sound as good as my Oberon7, I'll be pleased . Once I'm done with the speakers, I'll finish my KITH knife I promise hehe.
  11. This is debatable. I use only carbon steel and it excels at doing what I need, but stuff like m4 or 3v is no marketing gimmick. Though you gotta know how to properly sharpen those steels...
  12. That's some good claying. If your temp is right, I'm sure you'll get nice stuff going on. Looking forward to see the result.
  13. Best of luck in these tough times, Sir. I don't believe in any religion, so I'll just have a thought instead of a prayer.
  14. Me too! They're also great for hand sanding. Much easier to see scratches.
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