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Paul Carter

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  1. I can answer that without knowing your questions. Because I like unique and different. I don't like making knives the same as everyone else. I like quirky and curves. With that said, I am here to learn, so please tell me what you like and dislike about it, and what you feel I might have done wrong or could have done different so I can file that away in my memory banks for future designs. Thanks! Thanks you! I really like how it came out myself.
  2. Great thread! Some of these knives are beautiful! I only hope one day I'll be able to make knives as nice as them. I started about 3 years ago with a blacksmiths knife I made from a piece of coil spring but I don't have a picture of it. Here is the first knife I made with a handle material on it. It's also the first Damascus knife I made and the second knife I ever made. Cocobolo handle. These are a few of my very first knives. The top is a 12 layer made from a piece of messed up Damascus, with a stabilized walnut handle. The bottom is a 110 layer, w
  3. Here is a 68 layer ladder pattern I made from 15N20, 1084, and 52100. Started as 17 layers that I cut into 4 pieces and re-stacked. Handle is Snakewood with 5/16" mosaic pins I made. Blade is 7" long and about 13" overall length, and about 1 5/8" wide. I ground the fuller with a 1" wheel. I used blue liner material between the tang and scales, but apparently didn't get a picture of that.. Blade is around 60 HRC. I did a double taper for the edge. It is flat ground. Hope you like it.
  4. Yes, I did forge the drill holes out, but the pits I was talking about grinding out were the pits left over by the scale.
  5. I'm very sad for you. Sorry to hear this.
  6. I did just fusion weld them together with a Tig welder. I don't use a Mig or stick because I don't want to add any other metals to it. Thanks for the tip on the raindrops. I stopped forging this when it was pretty thick but then I surface ground it and by the time the pits came out, it was a lot thinner than I had wanted. Oh well, it was for me anyway. I'll get back to it once I get some other projects done.
  7. I too use WD-40 when wet sanding. Seems to work good, but never tried anything else, sine WD-40 is what we use at work for grinding on cylinder heads, so I'm used to it. Like Guy said, it's easy to get ahold of and no spills is always nice.
  8. John N, thank you for your thoughts! Those are the kind of things I want to know about. I thought about what you said and went out to the shop and acted like I was cutting something up from tip to heel, and just like you said, the son-in-laws knife requires a very high angle for the rock, where as my mothers is less than half that. Since I have not ground any bevels yet, I will reshape his knife by bringing the tip down slightly and making the edge curve much more gradual, shortening up the flat quite a bit. I think he'll be much happier with it. Thank you again! Nice looking knife Garry!
  9. First off I agree with your first statement. And I value your opinions. Normally you would not want a blade that bends. Just so happens that the one blade we bent 90° was an ABA test knife for our final project in class. We had to make a knife that would cut a hanging rope, chop up a piece of wood and still shave hair off your arm afterwards, then bend 90° without breaking. I did an edge quench on it. Not even the edge cracked. Edge was unharmed after chopping wood and it shaved. I have straightened a lot of blades that tested harder than 60 that I had to bend quite a bit(beyond the point wher
  10. Garry, thanks for the opinions. I like them. I guess when I designed the front of the handle, I did it before I thought about the plunge grind and was playing off the natural curve of the hookback(for the lack of a better term) for the finger guard.Then I drew the plunge grind after. It didn't really look right to me, but couldn't quite put my finger on it. I think the pattern you showed looks much more natural together. This is why I posted here! I think I'm going to shorten up my Son-in-laws flat edge some. I'm with you, I don't think he'll like it based off of the small amount of cooking I
  11. Like I say, a day that goes by without learning something, is a wasted day! This is not a wasted day!
  12. Alan, Dragon, you guys are genius! I tried to drill the tang hole where I plan a lanyard hole(it was even in a spot I clayed) and I got about .050" in and it wouldn't drill anymore. So I did a rough grind on the edge(just enough to get through the surface) and retested it and it now skates a 60 file, and almost skates a 65.! Thanks again!
  13. Same here! I was also wondering about the holes and the notches right under them. Or are they just for looks?
  14. Thanks Steve! Do you feel the edge should be sharp all the way to the heel? Some chefs knives I was looking at don't have the edge going all the way to the heel. That doesn't seem right to me, but I'm no chef.
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