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Adam Reggie

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  1. Added a VFD to my grinder, which i am really looking forward to and organized my belt storage:
  2. Thank you. The blade finish was hand sanded up to 800 grit and blended/polished with an ultra fine scotchbrite hand pad. Thank you as well. The guard is one piece. i milled a slot the width and rough height of the ricasso, filed the bottom square, pinned it and soldered it on. It was a serious pain locating the pins and I probably should have done that before I went to the final depth with the filing.
  3. Thank you everyone, I appreciate the kind words. I am never quite sure what other bladesmith's may say when I post my work, but I figure it is a good way to get some constructive feedback and attempt to improve for the next time. Many more are hopefully in my future but I am not sure what the next blade is going to be. I have a few blacksmith projects that might come first though.
  4. I know this isn't up to the quality of many of the blades I see here, but I am overall pleased with it. This was the first Bowie I made, first distal tapering tang and first clip point. Lots of learning on this one. It is made from 80CrV2 with a stabilized buckeye burl handle.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Really beautiful work all around!
  19. 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.
  20. I am really interested in seeing how this turns out, I've been thinking about making myself a machete for around the farm. We have an ancient one with the handle being held together with duct tape, would be good practice to upgrade it. Alex, I would love to see what you come up with when the time comes.
  21. Wow talk about over thinking what a subcritical anneal is. That will work for me just fine! Indeed, I wasn't exactly trying to talk specifically about any alloy exactly as I know the rules change with every different type. It just sort of ended up that way since I am currently working with 5160. I bet it would be quite a treat to spend some time in Kevin's shop, the things that can be learned!
  22. I am forging. Well, I am certain I will need to re-read and re-watch several times. This is a fairly dense topic, however to be fair Cashen does include annealing in the video after normalizing and thermal cycling. I believe for the 1084 video it is a brief quench followed by a sub critical anneal, which I am not certain yet on the steps/procedure to properly perform that. It is not that I want a lamellar anneal, I was under the impression heating to austanite and slow cooling in ashes would, whether I want it or not, be a lamellar anneal. If this is not the case I w
  23. Good evening, I have been trying to learn more about metallurgy and heat treatment to potentially improve my results in the shop by reading Knife Engineering and watching Kevin Cashen's 1084 video. Both of which I think are excellent. One thing that is unclear to me is if it is important, or rather does it matter where, to place my thermal cycling? After normalizing but before annealing? Or after both normalizing and annealing but before austanitizing and the quench? I can't help but think that some methods of annealing could affect the gr
  24. I did attempt to solder from the underside of the guard, I was dissatisfied with my results, mostly because I couldn't get it to flow. I suspect I didn't have enough heat on that attempt. The wet cloth sounds like a good idea! The cotton swabs I used were dry and just mostly pushed the solder around. I do want to stick with silver bearing solder, I like the end result, so I may as well learn to get good at it. Thank you for the tips. I do still wonder if you can use a solder sucker to clean it up. If i have one lying around I will need to try that out on
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