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  1. Gerhard Gerber

    LTC

    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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    Disc Grinders?

    My big contact wheel is setup to be a disc grinder as well, but I've never used it. A friend pointed out yesterday that it might be the answer to getting some troublesome blades done, but I've never used it. I believe disc grinders can be tricky and dangerous, any basic pointers? Believe it or not I've been unable to find spay contact adhesive in this part of the 3rd world, I have an old can from my dad to try. Any problem with normal contact adhesive if I manage to spread it evenly? Any specific type of sanding paper I should go for? There's not a massive variety available locally, maybe a general characteristic to look out for? Thanks
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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.......
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    What did you do in your shop today?

    Coffee break, will work 2 more hours, then hopefully a nap..... When I wake up, some beer-fueled blacksmith's knife forging is the POA..... ......shop Crocs rule....
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    What did you do in your shop today?

    Should be finishing those cleavers, but yesterday was rough, disappointment followed by anger......time for something else.... @Joshua States Thank you and thank you again......hollow followed by flat, if I had the right glue for my disc this would be a perfect day!
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    Gobabis Toothpick

    Gobabis is my mother's hometown, often referred to as Little Texas because it's the heart of the cattle farming country, so.......sarcasm is my natural state. Enough inches of unmolested 5160 to go all the way through, micarta bolster and pommel, Wild Olive in the middle......too many 4mm brass pins ......but importantly, an uneven number.... Gald I'm not making the sheath, not looking forward to sharpening it!
  11. I'm putting this under Beginners because it's more a warning than a Show & Tell, hopefully others can learn from this. The lessons in this tale are about "the business end", heat treating, and not being an idiot. The back story..... I have a friend who is also my best customer so far, and he wants a cleaver. He watched some cooking shows and I get the impression cleavers are fashionable. Another acquaintance wanted to give me some leaf springs in exchange for a cleaver, and he had a Siberian cleaver in mind. Told him in no uncertain terms that some steel in exchange for a knife won't fly, and I don't have the materials to make something that silly...... Third was the guy that used to make sheaths for me, had debts to pay and he wanted a cleaver as well. First attempt was using a big circular saw blade, found out in time the blade had worked a bit hard and was full of cracks. Next attempt was a 5160 and mild steel combo that also failed. I was discussing this problem with my neighbour (almost) Mike, and he volunteered to forge some leaf springs wider for me.....we exchange work sometimes. He gave up after one attempt, same as me, but we decided to give it a go together...... I'll add some photos later..... Three forging sessions and the best part of 19kg of LPG later I had the three blades. During this process Mike said I was wasting steel, we should be forging out the handle. He's still very much in the learning process and doesn't expect the hobby to pay for itself yet. I explained in no uncertain terms that I need to make money from these, and another hour's forging and the likely clean-up grinding required makes that a complete waste of time...... I should've listened to myself.......... The heat treat lessons are in the correct sub-forum, no need to repeat here......except to thank everybody again for the help and advice. Two perfect blades, one cracked.......the 3rd one that was supposed to pay off a debt. It's been a tough few weeks.....year......and I was upset about the cracked blade. The potential owner dropped by to take a look and discuss alternatives, and right at this point is where I felt like kicking myself..... He wanted a smaller cleaver to start with, and I wasn't willing to do all that forging work again. Comparing the 3 blades to a piece of raw leaf spring I noticed all that work we did gained us max 10mm in width........ The ultimate kick in the family jewels, my grandfather's cleaver is almost exactly the same width as the leaf spring. I didn't measure, I trusted my eye, and my eyes lied to me. We did all that work for 10mm that was not necessary, the time, the gas, and cleaning up all those forge marks........ As for the business end, I now feel about cleavers the way I feel about a Kukri, namely pay me double what I charged for the first ones and I'll consider it. This has been a hard lesson at a bad time......hope the lesson stays with me.
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    Three cleavers and the lessons learnt

    You see what I mean by a carbon balloon? I never had scale like that using the pipe in the forge, and the cleavers went through a complete normalization cycle (3x) I bought foil with the kiln, but it's very expensive and a huge hassle, and I hoped it would only be necessary if I scrounge some super steel from my mentor. The bar stock 5160 I only took to 830C and quenched, no normalization since its virgin steel and stock removal only......it made a very nice carbon balloon as well, how much negative effect on the steel you think?
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    Gobabis Toothpick

    Thanks guys....... One clumsy girl is spreading my home language around the globe.....happened on a sports field literally a across the street from where I live......"My Fok Marilize"
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    Three cleavers and the lessons learnt

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    Three cleavers and the lessons learnt

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    Three cleavers and the lessons learnt

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    Little Edc WIP

    I prefer to shape the rest of the handle afterwards because that gives you some room for mistakes, but I shape and finish the part that interfaces with the ricasso after drilling the pin holes, then you use the pins to align the scales and shape them evenly....whatever your chosen method.
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    Disc Grinders?

    Anyway, onto more pleasant subjects........I think. After one experiment I now need a proper disc grinder If I hadn't tried the experiment with the belt I'd be done with the one cleaver, but the experiment left very deep furrows, and the deepest dip is left. True enough the sanding paper didn't last long and I have a mess to clean up before attaching a new piece, but at least I have a way to get it done. Not all moonshine and roses, I did manage to put marks in with the edge of the wheel, and for the cleavers a bigger disc would help......dangerous toy.
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    Disc Grinders?

    My (local) belt supplier couldn't find a certain part of their anatomy with a hand full of t-paper What I find really frustrating is it seems even the South African (where I have to source most things) distributor for a company like Pferd doesn't stock the full range of their belts.....none of the good stuff.
  20. Gerhard Gerber

    First Integral

    Next thing on the list ticked off! I assume you ground the tang smaller before fitting the handle?
  21. Gerhard Gerber

    Little Edc WIP

    You should have finished shaping the part of the scales at the ricasso, very difficult to do after they're glued.
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    Disc Grinders?

    Thanks Joshua, that WHOLE video helped! If there's anything wrong with Youtube, this is it.......I get Alec Steele shoved down my throat. which only makes me jealous, and never in a million years would I have found your video if you hadn't linked it.....
  23. Gerhard Gerber

    Clip vs Drop point knives?

    I would go for a straight clip or spear point for durability.
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    Clip vs Drop point knives?

    I might be putting my foot in it because my experience is from 30+ years ago......had an obliging palm tree for a target with lawn around......and an obsession with ninja movies and the like, but.......... I don't think, within reason, the shape matters that much. Sure something symmetrical and durable would work better, but you can learn to throw a particular knife.
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    Little Edc WIP

    I always clean up the blade, pins and scales with Acetone, just careful because it melts some plastics.......
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