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Dave Brownson Jr.

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  1. I've made a little progress on the knife, got it heat treated over the weekend. I've just been working on it here and there as I have spare time.
  2. Very nicely done. I like that blade shape and the handle came out great as well. Great finish work.
  3. How about if you just tool a cross on the sheath?
  4. Try more air or block off some of your air ports to focus the heat when making smaller blades. You might also try opening up the size of the ports in your blower vent.
  5. I have a kydex holster that has pull the dot brand snaps and they are no joke. Not sure where to buy them though. They need to be oiled because they snap so tight.
  6. I've spent so much time in autocad it's easier for me to refine drawings in the computer now. It started with a hand sketch loaded as a image in autocad and traced it. Then I refined the shape from there. I think I can get pretty close to these dimensions. I've bought my materials to match the bolster and guard thicknesses, I don't have a means of forging yet so this will all be stock removal. I'm still waiting on materials and new grinder belts though and I've got a few projects going on around the house that are going to make this a slow project. I've thought about using the engraver at work to scribe the lines of the blade for me, I've got diamond scribes for the engraver and ordered some Dykem layout fluid for home. I'm not sure if I'll go through the effort or not though. I'll probably just cut out the paper and trace it like I've done in the past.
  7. I've been working on a design for my next knife and would like a little input on proportions, dimension, construction, etc. I've never done a hidden tang before and want to try a bowie style knife. Blade material: O1 Steel satin finish(1/8" thk. but thinking about going a little thicker) Handle material: Ivory paper micarta Pins: 1/8" dia stainless steel Guard and spacer: stainless steel (polished finish) I'm mostly concerned with the size of the spacer, guard, and tang. What do you guys think do my dimensions look about right? I'm sure some dimensions will change a bit as I shape the parts but I'm trying to get in the ball park.
  8. I've used a small shop vac on a dimmer sitting outside the area of work with a hose going to a disposable tyvek hood. It was a bit cumbersome but it worked.
  9. Really awesome work. Nicely done sir.
  10. Something like this, a pair of cheap safety glasses and some foam earplugs is all you need. https://www.amazon.com/3M-Facepiece-Respirator-6291-Particulate/dp/B000FTEDMM/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=respirator&qid=1570224264&sr=8-7 It doesn't have to be super expensive. You do need it to fit your face properly. When getting more filter elements make sure they are P100 rated (that way it's good for almost all dust and other airborn contaminates) https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/topics/respirators/disp_part/default.html
  11. He didn't make long enough to find out the long term effects of his experiments. I cringed at many of the unsafe practices in his videos and they seem to continue even after his passing.
  12. Thanks for posting this, I always enjoy watching people who are good at their craft.
  13. Knife is looking good. How do you get the pin holes drilled perpendicular with the tapered tang?
  14. I'll never forget the day my buddy and I watched my dads tennis shoe catch fire while welding a roll cage in my car overhead. We figured he must have know and were laughing. Once he finished the weld he wondered what we were laughing about and told him his shoe was on fire. It wasn't a big flame but it was definitely on fire, he put it out pretty quick after he noticed. Hot metal has a way of finding flammable materials for sure.
  15. What's wrong with snap rings holding the bearings in place? If they are seated right they should hold quite well.
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