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Gerhard Gerber

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About Gerhard Gerber

  • Birthday 05/21/1975

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    Windhoek, Namibia
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    Knife making, blade smithing, fly & general fishing, long distance hikes, bonsai.

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  1. Thank you all, glad to find out my only mistake was not asking beforehand. I'll start with sanding them to 2000, see what wax I can get hold of or try the thinned BLO.
  2. I'm struggling with a carving knife & fork set with Walnut burl for the handles, I've used Linseed oil on the knife, fork was done much later and and got some Tung oil during that time. Tried the polisher, tried 1000 grit sanding paper, and I keep getting a dull finish with (problem) shiny streak and spots in, close as I can describe it looks like it was varnished and most of the varnish wore off. I did read the instructions on the Tung oil and I was slightly surprised that they advertise a mat finish, which would be fine if it was consistent. Last night I tried buffing it with a soft rag, hard and repeatedly, without any improvement Any ideas what's wrong or tips how to fix it? I bought the wood off an American who lived here for a while, imported by him......stunning looking wood but my first time using it and it's biting back....
  3. I'm sitting with a tool-up-or-die emergency, close-down auction of a machine shop tomorrow and no idea hoe I'm going to get away from work for that.... There's a Rexon drill press with a table which you can use like a (light) milling machine, I wants it!
  4. In the last photo the "face" really pops out, pretty cool.
  5. Simply stunning, don't know or care if everything is in the right place and called by the right name, it's looks pretty and deadly, like a good reason to make Kill Bill 3
  6. For the life of me, I cannot think why I was anti red&black, would've been better. It's there on my WIP table (aka kitchen counter) being ignored........
  7. Long as I can remember growing up I wanted a pet hawk, thought it was just too cool..... Got a bit of a wake-up call when friends picked up a hawk that broke it's wing in a collision with a car and kept it in their garage. My friend's older brother had to catch it at some point and it opened him up right through a welding glove..... Now I just love seeing them in nature, the smaller they are the more they intrigue me. Very cool Alex
  8. I think my big problem is the knife just happened, that was always good enough for me but under the influence of this place I've learnt the value of making a design, a plan, and executing it. A minor concern is the spine is unnecessarily thick, maybe not obvious from the photos, full flat grind so it shouldn't influence performance too much. I wanted to use a darker wood, but my only options are all red hued woods, and I don't like the colour scheme. Looking at it now I'd rather have gone for the purple or turquoise wool I have for the guard. One good thing, 52100 just takes a beautiful coffee etc That was actually planned, but I went a bit too far.
  9. This billet of 52100 either side of mild steel was supposed to be a big blade, had a guard in mind and wanted to try a wire-wrapped handle. Cracks decided otherwise, so I salvaged what I could. Did a rough grind to makes sure it's welded properly, then tried to forge out a tang but the it delaminated while drawing it out, so I was left with just the skinny mild steel for a tang. Micarta (wool) wrap-on guard goes about 5mm onto the blade to strengthen that area, rest of the handle is Wild Olive. Very confident its strong enough after shaping the handle with the blade in a knife vice. It sits great in the hand........and I have a loooooong list of what I think is wrong with it, would like to know what the horde thinks.
  10. Well Bill, thank you again, will do! I've used synthetic material to make micarta (G10?) before, some good results, some bad, the resin seems to melt the material somewhat. I could definitely do with a wider choice in colours.
  11. I used my messy method for a knife I'm busy with due to the guard/bolster going slightly onto the blade......BUT, for chef knives with a simple tang I'll be using your version of my method Thank you for sharing that in return I used the brushed mohair wool simply because, believe it or not that is the only real wool I can find in this town, the rest are all poly-something-or-other
  12. I made a big quench tank which I will use again on occasion, but mostly I'm back to baking pans. I use a cheap multimeter with thermometer to check the oil temp, if it gets a bit high I just add some more cold oil......never treat more than 3 or 4 blades at a time so that works well enough.
  13. Looks great Bill, I dare say you executed my idea better than I can, very happy to share considering everything I get back here What kind of wool (or material?) did you use?
  14. I watched the latest episode last night, first round elimination was due to bad handle design, ditto for the previous episode IIRC. The competition has certainly kicked up a notch.......but last night I did find something to complain about - Beat the Judges episodes need to be at least an hour long My only complaint about the testing is the order of the tests, it does not make sense (for me) to do the cut test after the strength test which is likely to damage the edge......except if one blade takes no damage and aces the cut test, that makes it a clear winner.....except if it's KSO with and axe edge and not really a knife If the strength test will obviously be destructive no matter how good the steel/HT, just do it last.
  15. Not sure where but I think it was a youtube video by a participant that gave some insight about the behind the scenes stuff, including wardrobe, which I found kinda funny. They have to make a viable TV show at the end of the day, which obviously comes with challenges. My biggest gripe for the first seasons was tempering was never shown or even mentioned, I'm sure they didn't hear me complain so I guess a lot of people remarked on that. In later seasons they mentioned each time the blades had been tempered, and even better with the new show that step is included. My hair stands up when I get the impression that a contestant is building a persona that would make them more likely to be brought back, too showbiz for my liking but unavoidable as the show grows I guess. Also recently watched a Q&A by Alec Steele and Will where they said they were unlikely to ever take part, I find that sad because they are very skilled young smiths, and those are my favourite winners. I believe there's more good than bad to the show, and any person who gets to the point where they heat up a piece of steel and beat it with a hammer should know the basics well enough to look around the BS, at best learn something, or at least be inspired. By the time you end up here it's too late for you anyway
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