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  1. Greg Agresta

    Drilling Question

    Thanks to everyone who responded to my question. I think Joshua may be right. His description of the bit cutting for a while then hitting a hard spot sounds exactly like what has happened to me. This problem began after my second purchase of annealed steel off the internet (EBay) no problems with my first pieces. I think I'll try buying from a known quality seller from now on. Any suggestions??
  2. Greg Agresta

    Drilling Question

    I guess I should have included more info. No, all my drilling problems are occuring before heat treating. I bought already annealed 1095 steel, 3/16x1 1/2x12 off the internet. The first knife went fine, drilled the holes, no problem. The second and third knifes not so much.. After experiencing my first burned bit, I changed the speed of my drill press to it's slowest RPM's but am still experiencing the same problems but to a lesser extent. Does anyone know what RPM's are best for drilling? Putting too much or not enough pressure?
  3. Greg Agresta

    Drilling Question

    This may sound like a dumb question. Recently, everytime I drill a hole in a knife handle. I've been burning up my drill bit. I have my drill press set to the lowest RPM and try to drill slowly but after one hole, the bit seems to over heat, chatter and stop drilling. Am I doing something wrong? Am I supposed to use a higher speed on the press? And yes, I use a cutting oil and I'm drilling 1095 stelel. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  4. Greg Agresta

    Grinder Belts

    Thank you all for the imput, exactly what I was looking for.
  5. Greg Agresta

    Grinder Belts

    I'm going to bite the bullet and get a 2x72 grinder. I don't want to buy one of everything, which grit belts do I need most? Lets say the 3 most needed.
  6. Greg Agresta

    New to Knife Making

    Thank you all for the input and tips. Much appreciated
  7. Greg Agresta

    New to Knife Making

    My son and I are just getting into knife making. We are in the process of setting up a shop and getting the equipment we need. Up to this point, we have only made knives from purchased and cut 1095 flats and are using propane torches to heat and quench. A small forge is on the way and once we start actually pounding out a blade, I'm thinking our little Harbor Freight 1x30 belt grinder will not be up to the task of grinding a forged blade. Any suggestions on a 2x72 grinder that won't break the bank? I've seen comments about making one but we don't weld so that's not an option. Any suggestions or other helpful info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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