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Gerhard Gerber

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Gerhard Gerber last won the day on October 3 2018

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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.
  1. Gerhard Gerber

    C1910 American Bowie by LF&C stag horn.

    Family motto: He with the most toys wins.... Mr Easton comes close to winning, great channel
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    Hunter and a Chopper

    I love both of them, well done! Never heard of a bow tie ax before, what's it's use?
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    Well........not really. For the animals you need to protect yourself against a knife probably won't help. In the parts of your country where they occur, you are much more likely to encounter a Coyote than I am a jackal for instance, never mind a lion. The 1956 law was basically implemented to make sure indigenous people don't carry "weapons" like a panga. The people targeted by this law now rule the country and don't mind using it for their purposes. That said, we have a rather serious problem with "knife crime", but that will only be solved by alcohol prohibition. I'm not immune to the law due to my skin colour, but I do feel very strongly that I carry a knife so I don't have to struggle with stuff like (a few minutes ago) opening a new foil pack of filter coffee.....breaking bread is a saying, not an instruction.
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    linseed oil

    Thanks......been trying to get Tung oil, most likely never will.........good to know there's no magic bullet, just good technique & knowledge
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    Life is getting in the way again......

    I used to enjoy my job, finding faults others couldn't, setting up networks back when it was more like tin cans with string compared to what we have today.... The industry did not treat me well, even more so the companies I worked for. I had 4.5 years of semi-stability and now I have to start from scratch again....
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    Life is getting in the way again......

    That is literally the (a lot less than) million dollar question. Probably not, but if I can diversify, maybe. The last few weeks have taught me some tough lessons, firstly that even friends can be funny when their orders don't get filled.....and they don't give a damn about the reasons. Undoubtedly it would set me back, secondly if & when I get permanent accommodation there's no guarantee I'll have a place to work, and almost definitely not neighbors that would be okay listening to me bang on an anvil......
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    Seeking advice

    A very well respected South African maker recently shared his method for finishing Wild Olive: sanding sealer....he did nor specify the brand. I got some Rustoleum because it looked like the best, turned into a complete mess when I buffed it, looks like the fibers of the buff melts into the sealer.
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    What did you do in your shop today?

    I feel like crying, my shop that I just recently spent about two months cleaning out and setting up is looking much worse for wear..... Two weeks of welding and grinding has left a complete mess, and I'm not near done yet. What really kills me is I have to shutter everything, find somewhere to store my belts etc, and there's no time.....
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    3.5" or 8.9mm I believe. I never knew about this before the article, told a friend and he informed me that's the reason why Okapi knives were "illegal" when we were younger. They're taking the attitude "you have no reason to carry a knife". This worries me, if one of these completely and utterly useless servants of the law try to take my very expensive Spyderco Para3 in CruWear we will have a problem.....
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    Legal To Carry More sarcasm, my banana republic celebrates its birthday today, they recently, without any qualms, dusted off a law from bad old days of 1956 concerning the length of blade you may carry. Believe these miss by 1mm because Up the System O1 tool steel blades, one with green jelly roll micarta, the other black Hessian, sheaths by my dad. These are for a father and son, family friends, and the last knives I'll finish for a while.
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    Life is getting in the way again......

    I missed several calls yesterday afternoon while I was busy in the shop......calls regarding a job. In many ways a better job than I could dream about at this stage........very small mining town, been there, done that, made the friends and kept them despite the distance. Need to move myself 1000km South inside a week, have to be there by April fool's day, and I'll be in temporary contractor's accommodation.....no garage, nowhere to work. I find it very strange that I define myself by making knives already, since it's not self-supporting and might never be, work.....the j-o-b, is just to support the knife making. I've got enough money once I cash out my pension to sustain myself for about a year, so those are the options.......stop making knives for (hopefully) about 6 months or cut-out completely and try to make the impossible come true...
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    What did you do in your shop today?

    @Charles du Preez I will have to get a lot better, a lot faster.......but for today it seems I need to choose between this and a J-O-B......got an offer today that would mean pressing pause for the foreseeable future..... Neighbour Mike is the hand model.....needed to catch the last light.....
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    What did you do in your shop today?

    Saturday afternoon was experimentation time, wanted to forge a blacksmith's knife in search of something cheaper I can market. I started with half a large bearing race, flattened I started with 180mm. Drawing out the tang was relatively easy, cheated and user a grinder to fix the plunge a bit, but didn't struggle too much with the rest....took about 2 hours. My neighbor Mike joined about halfway through and started the same process on a halfround file. We had a laugh because while he uses technique, I just use brute force Due to lack of practice I switch from brute force to technique once I start getting tired, and the stupidity of this will probably hit the day I injure myself...... My knife has a few issues.... The handle is too small for me, which means it should be okay for most people. The blade on the other hand is a bit of a monster, probably still around 180mm even after forging out the tang. First lesson learned, start with 1/3 of a bearing race. Secondly, I have a few great ideas for pimping the handle a bit, but the idea is to make something cheaper, so I need to apply the KISS-principle. Which brings me to the blade.........nothing I can't fix and make look very nice on the grinder. Problem with that is do more than grind in a basic bevel and leave the rest, you have to do all the normal F&F...... This is a real struggle for me because my instincts tell me making cheaper knives is not the way to go.....
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    Maybe a Hunter? I dunno you guys tell me ~WIP~

    You need to grab some mild steel flat bar and grind in bevels till they're nice and even and start looking like the knives shown around here. JMO, both statements are incorrect.
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    Fit for a Riverboat Gambler?

    Fit for a King.......