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Ben Hoover

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  1. Ben Hoover

    Out of the box for me

    Dunno about that. You watched season one, and two of the best (and the overall winner) weren't exactly built as gym rats and the only running they appeared to do was chasing a van with ice cream. Blade looks really good.
  2. Ben Hoover

    Sneak Peek, Opinions..

    I agree with Ross and Vern. Blade and handle are gorgeous, but that lacing needs to go.
  3. Ben Hoover

    First kitchen knife

    Very nice. Be proud of that!
  4. Ben Hoover

    Would this be a good anvil material?

    So it's like an ex?
  5. Ben Hoover

    Would this be a good anvil material?

    That's why I asked here, Vern. Still getting set up (car decided to eat a few hundred up for repairs, so that is a hiccup), and I know you and others here know much better than I what is and isn't a good thing to have or how to make sure I use it for the best possible outcome. Thus, it shall be designated the point of rebound for my hammer.
  6. Ben Hoover

    Would this be a good anvil material?

    Even if/When I get an anvil, I am thinking I shall keep it as a large surface to work on.
  7. Ben Hoover

    Would this be a good anvil material?

    Thanks Vern. He said he's also going to bringing some 1084, W2 and some tool steel blanks 3X3/4X12 for me to play with, as well as some leaf springs. I had no clue he had access to that stuff. I'll find a chunk of mild block steel to make a hardie hole with and strap it down next to the monster.
  8. Been asked (going to take it, just because I think it's a smart move) if I want a 12"X14"X3.5" milled, spray arced and hardened slab of D2 Steel. Face is perfectly flat, and it is a huge surface area. The price is free. I am just wanting the opinion of you fine folks on whether or not this would be a good work surface to use as an anvil until I can get one? If this is the wrong area, I apologize. Please move as required.
  9. Ben Hoover

    Old dog, new trick.

    That is absolutely brilliant. I'd have never thought of doing something like that with a dog bone. Beautiful blade, too.
  10. Ben Hoover

    16 layer Damascus

    I like both the pattern and the handle. Nice job.
  11. Ben Hoover

    Knife care

    Vern, for us knuckleheads who are still setting up, after you finish a knife, is there anything different you do for a kitchen knife vs. a hunting blade prior to sending it on? And what do you recommend/do for long term knife care?
  12. Ben Hoover

    O for the love of axes!

    Do you have a refractory on the kaowool?
  13. Ben Hoover

    Starting a New Bowie

    Really looking forward to seeing this journey.
  14. Ben Hoover

    Drow Short Sword

    Salvatore would be smiling. Very dark elf vibe to it.
  15. Ben Hoover

    2 Slinky Fighters

    Who wouldn't like It? Stunning work. Unfortunately every nickel I find at the moment (and hide from the missus) is going in the forge fund. I seriously doubt you'll have any trouble selling such art.