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Conner Michaux

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  1. Bladesmithing is temporarily paused while I work to afford it. So Into the realm of woodworking I go! first 2 of 5 cutting boards are almost done. all they need are juice grooves and finish sanding. 
    Plenty more are on the way 

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  2. Thanks all :)  I would agree it would definitely look better without the forged flats, but this one was just a test to see if I could forge and grind bevels evenly. This was my first attempt at a coke bottle handle and it turned out better than I thought it would. 

  3. Past year has been busy, haven’t had tons of time for knives, but got this one done 

    Old Nicholson file so probably w2 

    And curly pear handle, first time i ever tried a coke bottle shape besides a few minor issues, less than the previous knives though. 
     

    onto the next !

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  4. Not in the shop today but I figure you all would be interested in this. 
     

    This is what we learned at my school today 

     

    This buck was fresh roadkill from yesterday night and my teachers took it as an opportunity to demonstrate how to process the animal. Unfortunately the organs ruptured and a good portion of the meat is spoiled. But everything unspoiled will be harvested and used. 
     

    We will be learning how to tan the hide for the leather shop. And then process the head of this buck into a European mount for the blacksmith shop 

     

    The coolest thing is that so many of the really young kids were interested in learning how to do this and they weren’t afraid to hold the heart and lungs. 

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  5. I’ve seen many videos of people’s chef knives and pairing knives melting through vegetables with no issue, seemingly like a lightsaber going through butter. 
     

    Ive been experimenting with my knife sharpness and I can’t seem to achieve that laser edge. I’ve made a couple blades that are less than 1/8” at the thickest point with a distal taper down to a bit above 0. The edges are 1/32 at most before I put a real edge on em, and then I sharpen them up to 1000 grit then a strop. I would think those knives would go through vegetables like a laser but I still have to apply a bit of pressure to them through the entire cut. Nothing like that quick laser through an onion edge that I’ve seen. 
     

    So I’m wondering, what really determines if the blade will have a laser like edge, I know it’s a combo of spine thickness, edge thickness, and the grit of the finished edge.

     

    Anyways, my real question is how can I achieve that laser like edge sharpness? 
     

    Thanks. 

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