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Adam Reggie

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About Adam Reggie

  • Birthday February 13

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    Northeastern Pennsylvania
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    Blacksmithing, Bladesmithing, Fishing, Shooting, Family, Hobby Farming, Beekeeping, Backyard chickens, 40k and I'm sure a bunch of other things I forgot.

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  1. Thank you Jerrod, however as it turns out I was about to get a decent deal off ebay for Wilson 4JR on a local pickup. Even came with a stand. I look forward to getting that set up and pressed into service.
  2. No worries Francis. My biggest hesitation on the portable rockwell testers (Ames, CPT etc) is the portable diamond penetrators seem to be double the price of the larger bench top tester diamonds, so if i get one and the diamond is damaged I'm out another 400 bucks. But if i get it I will let you know how they work out.
  3. Thank you for the feedback. I figured information about this specific model was going to be a long shot. I also know I don't need a tester, but I do want one lol. I've been using our Wilson 4TT at work to develop my heat treating procedure for 80CRV2. Your experience with the Leeb hardness test enforces why I think rockwell is the way to go, even with needing a flat surface and leaving the small dimple. I looked at similar to what you have as well, due to the lower investment.
  4. Does anyone by chance have experience or an opinion on the Clark portable hardness testers, CPT model specifically? These and other brands of that design seem to go for less than the Ames hardness testers and are certainly cheaper to ship than bench top testers.
  5. Good deal! Since my goal is to do a bit of a spheroidizing anneal, I will just soak it at 1300F for 5-10 minutes and bury it in my bucket of wood ashes I already have. That seems like better time spent than wrapping it and waiting an hour. Thank you gentlemen!
  6. Is it a good idea or necessary to protect the surface of your knife from decarb during a sub critical anneal? I am using 80CrV2 and it will be in the oven @ 1300F for an hour. I have been protecting the surface with tool wrap, but obviously it would be better to not bother with the extra expense. I don't care about minor decarb, but if it goes pretty deep I would prefer to protect the surface. I am not sure how much decarb will happen at such a relatively low temperature. This anneal is being done after forging, normalizing and 2 grain refining steps, but before any
  7. Thank you for the tip! I was trying to figure out a method to do exactly this, as I am working on my first tapered tang and distal tapering blade on a bowie.
  8. There are some things about the design I don't care for and would do over. I am not a fan of the handle shape or how the guard needed to be installed, however overall I satisfied with the results and what I learned from it.
  9. True, if I can match the ID or get close that could work as well. Worth a shot if I strike out with the shrink tubing.
  10. Yes, I have a set of turned down steel. I don't care for how they chatter during grinding. I also don't have a VFD on my grinder so I can't play around with the speed to improve that situation, though my SFM is only around 2350. I am going to get some shrink tubing and try it out. If it doesn't work, I'm only out a few bucks. I will report back with if it works or not.
  11. Good morning, I have steel small diameter wheels for my 2x72 grinder, which is okay, but I think I would like it a lot more if they were contact wheels. I see there are places that sell small dia contact wheels, but I don't think I want to shell out the money for them. Here is my wacky idea. Do you think a rubber heat shrink tubing placed over the steel wheel and shrunk would provide enough backing for smoother grinding? Or would it even work? Even if it didn't last a long time it would be easy to replace. Have any of you ever tried to convert a steel wheel set to c
  12. Simply stunning! Amazing that we sometimes forget, or take for granted, that things like this are around us and we just don't take notice.
  13. Thank you Alan, I will say I am not personally a fan of gut hooks, but hopefully this will be a better mouse trap for my co worker. Every knife I make I learn a lot from, hopefully some day I will increase my speed some.
  14. Really beautiful work all around!
  15. I've been meaning to post this one for a while. I finished it up a couple months ago for a guy at work in exchange for some branding work. This one took me two attempts, I tried a rounded gut hook first but messed up the ricasso beyond repair, so I decided to make a flat gut hook on the 2nd attempt instead. I felt the cutting edge would work better this way than the singular sharp point of a rounded one. At least that's the theory, if he gets a deer this year maybe I will find out how it works. This was my first attempt at leather work as well, I hope to get better there as well.
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