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Chadd S.

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  1. John Adams at Tunnel Mill Crafts. I only took a couple of classes from him but I'll never forget him. One the coolest, nicest guys I ever met. I used to show up early just chat with him. I'm pretty sure he and Ric Furrer knew each other, taught classes together. Sadly, John passed away a couple years ago. Amazing guy.
  2. Wow, that looks amazing. Reminds me of the stuff my teacher used to make. Very nice job there.
  3. Simply beautiful. You're going to have one happy customer.
  4. I'm not normally a huge fan of ladder pattern damascus but I've got to say your's looks great, especially with the fuller there.
  5. Great idea. I love seeing before and after pictures as well as seeing how someone progresses as their skills improve. As soon as my skills progress past crap so that people can tell the difference between my first and latest knife I'll post some pics. Gary, I wish my first knife looked as good as yours. Or my second. Or third...Maybe my tenth?
  6. Thanks. It was a gift from my great uncle. He's retired and spends a lot of his time with woodworking. He lives in California near the redwoods so he gets some nice stuff. I have one other curly redwood board from him I haven't gotten around to yet, and he also gave me some stabilized redwood pen blanks I could use for some small hidden tangs.
  7. Not bladesmithing related but something I've been working on. Curly and Birdseye redwood with a few clear gloss coats. Looks nicer than my crappy picture shows. Going to be a coat hanger for my grandma when I get around to forging the hooks.
  8. Getting everything perfectly flat is a nightmare for me, especially the tang so I can actually get scales to sit flush. Messed up so badly with my current knife I gave up with scales and decided to cheat. Used paracord. Was actually kind of fun wrapping it. Also hand sanding at lower grits is the worst. Once I get around 220 grit and the steel actually starts to shine a little I actually kind of enjoy it.
  9. Feather Damascus is my favorite pattern hands down, and yours looks amazing. It's even got a bit of copper, my other favorite. Very nice knife sir.
  10. Thanks again Alan. I would never have thought of that but it makes perfect sense now that you've said it.
  11. Hello, hope you're all doing well. Do I need to do normalizing cycles again after a failed quench? Also, how many failed quenches is too many before I should scrap a blade? I really don't want to toss that 1095 hunting knife I was working on but I tried 3 quenches without success and I don't know if I've damaged it by doing so. Would normalizing it reset the steel again or has the damage already been done?
  12. Thanks Jerrod. I know I can re-quench but I was hoping I wouldn't have to. The blades mostly blue, which I suspect is too much. Not sure how the toaster oven got that hot. Shouldn't be able to get above 450 degrees, though I know they fluctuate pretty wildly even though I had it set a bit under 400. I guess I'll have to make some modifications to it.
  13. I finally had a successful heat treat thanks to all the great info around here. That recalessence or decalescence (I forget which is which) Alan explained seemed to be the key. But then I miiiiiight have over tempered it a bit. Oh, well. I'm still calling it a win.
  14. After failing to heat treat that 1095 blade I was working on forever I started a new one. It's 1080, hopefully even I can't screw up heat treating it, but we'll see. It's a little 3 finger edc and despite the usual mistakes (plunge lines and bevels) I quite like it. Gonna use some olive drab micarta scales and hope and pray the heat treat goes well. Also, hand sanding for 2 hours is painful. Should have gotten a progression of belts instead of just 40 and 120 grit. Lesson well learned.
  15. Finally got around to heat treating the blade I've been working on, or rather attempting to heat treat it. Didn't work well. Tried 3 quenches but I couldn't get the darn thing hard enough to skate a file across. 1095 continues to kick my butt no matter what I do. Think I'm going to set that stuff aside and use some 1080 until I have more practice heat treating. I'm also dangerously close to getting a 2x72 grinder...Can't really justify it since I only do this as a part time hobby, but it's calling me...
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