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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

    M9 bayonet Phrobis Adaption

    Looks like a beast of a knife!
  2. Gerhard Gerber

    Another Small one

    Very nice knife Joshua It got me thinking, there's so much utility in a small blade like that. Comes time to sell it, the price might seem high "for such a small blade" That's why it needs to be in beautiful damascus like that
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    Do you exercise? What kind and how often? Do you think it's important and does, or not, it affect your ability to make knives? I got really fit when I quit smoking in 2011, kinda regressed from there, and the last 4 years my exercise has been limited to getting of semi-staying in shape for long distance multi-day hikes. Did the one last Winter 10Kg overweight......over and above the additional 10kg+ I carry around Apart from sweating like a pig, I noticed I get tired very quickly when forging, fortunately managed to push through to my second wind and get some work done, but I heard the warning bells....
  4. Gerhard Gerber

    Trying to decide on a standardized process

    The higher I go in the grits with the JFlex crap the worse the belt bumps get. I was feeling relative great yesterday afternoon.....until 400grit. Them wasted 30 minutes hand sanding with 400 grit and went back to 220. Anti-scale or 3M belts or both........money for nothing and your chicks for free.....
  5. A chat with my mentor the last time he popped in to town has left me a bit confused about how to process with my knife making in general. The difference between him and myself is he uses Damasteel, Elmax, high-end stainless steels. He heat treats in foil envelopes, and he has a Rockwell tester..... As for myself, I used salvaged carbon steels, as well as shop bought 5160 bar stock and 14C28N. I do have a digital kiln and knu foil. What has me confused is my mentor told me he grands to final thickness pre heat treat, no grinding afterwards, just clean-up by sanding. He can get away with this because he avoids decarb with the foil. My problem is after having seen it done once or twice, I really don't want to use foil. Secondly I don't think the price class of my knives justifies the cost of the foil, which was rather expensive..... The alternative I'm considering is anti-scale compound. The stuff is also expensive, and I'll need to source and import from South Africa. I've seen the remarks of a very well respected knife maker that recently switched from foil to anti-scale and he was very positive. Things might change if I can source better belts, but recently I had issues with post HT clean-up grinding and having to fix those mistakes. The options comes down to either: Grind, HT, final grind & clean-up or Final grind, HT with anti-scale, sanding & cleanup. Since I don't have any experience using anti-scale compound I'd appreciate your opinions on the stuff. I know this is a non-issue for the Masters out there, and if I could I'd get the stuff, try it out and add it to my arsenal to be used when appropriate. Problem being my cash reserves are quickly running, I need to start more effectively replacing my lost monthly income, and knives are the only way.
  6. Gerhard Gerber

    Meteorite Damascus

    Indeed As always, just amazing Gary!
  7. Gerhard Gerber

    Culver Inspired (Copied) Slipjoint

    Amazing Brian, one day when I'm all grown up I'll try that!
  8. Gerhard Gerber

    Small gas forge economy

    I did most of Saturday's work using what was left in a 9Kg gas bottle that was spluttering on the previous occasion, just put it in a bucket of water and got about an hour's burn out of it. When I connected the new 18Kg gas bottle I almost too much heat. After Saturday I'm considering building 2 identical smaller forges that can be joined end to end, using the same basic construction and materials.
  9. Gerhard Gerber

    What did you do in your shop today?

    What did you do in your shop.....this weekend. Very little. I'm blaming the change of season, but I'm in a bit of a funk.... I did clear a huge hurdle, the two cleavers that started as 3 and has proven to be my most difficult project to date are now shaving sharp. Getting there was another matter, started with the edge of the cleaver hanging over the edge of my kitchen counter, going at it with the Lansky. Gave up on that and went to the belt grinder, VFD helps. I wanted to ask advice following this process but I'm guessing we all have the same issues with longer edges and practice as always is the answer. Also annealed strips cut out of a huge old wood saw blade. I feel better about using it now because I was worried about cracks and now I know there's none. Straightened a large bearing race that I hope to forge into something with a Japanese flavour and construction, as well as 3 pieces of another bearing race that will hopefully become blacksmith's knives.. Got that done, forge was nice & hot but my petrol ran out.....
  10. Gerhard Gerber

    More Micarta questions

    That sounds very complicated.... I have two cut-offs from kitchen counter tops (melamine) about 4"x6" Cover both with wax paper (each time) Put down a thin layer of resin followed by material, resin, material, repeat. Put the other piece of "wood" on top and press together with 4 G-clamps until they won't compress anymore Burlap needs more resin than you might imagine. Lot's of resin will peel out the sides, but as long as the material is properly impregnated with resin that's fine. I've made more slabs of micarta than I can count using this method with very few failures, resin setting too slowly or too quickly is the most common problem.
  11. Gerhard Gerber

    Shop floor grinding dust?

    Can I pull a quick highjack? There are 3 source materials we want to try the day we get to this: - Shop floor dust - leftover & cut-off pieces of mild steel - the magnetic dust you can collect from the dunes of the Namib Desert Feasible?
  12. Gerhard Gerber

    boring axe-stuff...

    That sounds......wonderful Alaska.......sounds like a wonderful place except that I don't understand cold all that well... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Proenneke
  13. Gerhard Gerber

    boring axe-stuff...

    You make it look so easy.....and I just know its not!
  14. Gerhard Gerber

    Micarta problems

    I have to disagree here. The way I look at micarta is a zillion little fibers sticking out of plastic. No matter how smooth it's finished, that inherent grip will still be there in varying degrees. Seal it however, like with super glue, and that property goes away. Something else to consider in the material used, cotton, linen, wool, synthetics - all have very different properties when being finished. Linen is the best, no doubt. Wool is very under rated, perhaps because wool material is not very common. Cotton has price and availability going for it.
  15. Gerhard Gerber

    Straight razors

    I did some research on them and very quickly scrapped the idea despite potential orders. I have LNIB old straight razor, had a look at that for the first time in a while...........no way no how no idea how they make a blade that thin.....