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  1. @martinkidder I'm in Grapevine if you ever need anything
  2. What in the composition of 304 makes it anneal when quenched? I have some RoyAlloy that work hardens pretty easily and I'd love a way to easily anneal it
  3. Much thanks (as always) Alan. I'm in the Fort Worth, TX area... tons of welding/fab shops.
  4. Well I appreciate that, Will. I am happy with how it came out. As for the handle, I had a "shaving enthusiast" tell me that he knew I was a knifemaker by the shape of the handle. Meaning that its a little bulkier and shaped a bit more like a knife than a straight razor. Joshua and Will - where is the best place to source a good piece of flat, thick steel? And is bolting a better mounting option than welding (because the current larger rest I have has some serious warping from the welding)
  5. Do you have any kind of washer inside the pivot area?
  6. I think Jerrod's suggestion is probably the most feasible/school appropriate since it doesn't involve a blade of sorts. Especially for a beginner. Also maybe less of an investment up front, while still allowing you to obtain some very helpful knowledge that you'll be able to apply moving forward. Plus- it's also a little more "visual" and more interesting to viewers
  7. Unfortunately, I need to get a new work rest... the one I inherited has a nice warp in it from the previous owner having it welded to the square tubing. Its FAR from flat.
  8. I recently obtained an 8" contact wheel and decided the first hollow grind should be on a straight razor. Its 3/16" 1084 with a scrap-piece handle (osage orange, mystery wood, and pecan) with vulcanized fiber liner/spacer. Copper peened pin. I need to find a better way to get a consistent grind line on the blade, since this was tough to do freehand. Any comments or suggestions are very appreciated. This was a fun thing to do with a scrap cutoff steel piece
  9. @Chris Christenberrydo you have a motor already? Or are you looking for an entire setup? North Ridge tools is a very reputable maker, and they have just recently come out with a more affordable version, but you'll need to source our own motor. Check out the Mod-E http://www.northridgetool.com/grinders/#grinder_mod-e
  10. @Frank Barnes how do you go about cutting the slot in the tine?
  11. Ron - I have a coffee can style forge made from an old metal milk jug and using the plaster of paris/sand mixture. I yanked a burner off of an old coleman camping stove, removed the built in regulator and installed a 0-30 psi one. It has been wonderful. Don't expect it to last forever (as Alan mentioned) because each time you drag the steel in and out it scrapes the lining into powder. All in all, that forge cost me about $40-50 I think. Works wonderfully. Would recommend using a large cardboard tube for your chamber mold, though. Don't use a brand new can of PB blaster.
  12. It's my understanding that if you're going to do a straight razor with a hollow, the grind needs to come back quite a good distance toward the spine. razors are measured in 8ths, with a common size being a 7/8 or 6/8. So the hollow on a 7/8 razor should probably come back around 5/8ths of the overall width. Yours seems to be much closer to the edge. And that's with all the grind types.
  13. Thanks for that expert advice, Alan (as always). You guys are the best. I had an idea of what it should be, but had no relevant experience with that sort of task.
  14. @Gazz Yes you're right. And this guy has a newer slicer, but he cores and halves the heads before putting them on there. So he's looking for that halver/corer. My apologies if the initial post was for a shredding knife! @Alan Longmire Yes he mentioned using "a long bread knife-like blade, but without the serrations" and I assume that's a carver he's been using. And he likes it, but need a little more length for the 10" diameter cabbage heads. So you're spot on with saying a 12" pattern. Are you saying you'd create a separate knife for coring? @Ron Benson My ex used to core and store the iceberg heads, and I never really knew why... just figured thats what her mother did haha
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