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  1. I don't get around here often but I'm hoping someone can point me in the right direction. I'm looking to get a 2x72 belt grinder. I'd like a quality unit, with variable speed, it can be new or used. My price range is under 2k. Please PM me if you can help. Thanks
  2. I've been waiting for a stencil so I can etch my blades. They came today and here are my first 2 attempts. The one on the right is my 2nd try and it turned out a lot better. I'm not sure if I'm going to keep the same knife or a different one on my next stencil. I did this on a test blade I have laying around.
  3. Well I found a source for stencils and should have them within a week. My question now is this. I have a variable voltage and amperage dc power supply. Looking for suggestion on settings? Also looking for suggestion for a electrolyte to use for 1095. I'd feel more comfortable using a bought than a homemade mix for consistency reasons. Thanks PS Here's a pic of a knife I made and donating to our local fire department for their annual fund raiser raffle.
  4. So I've ben reading and learning. I've decided to start etching my blades I've been making. I'm lost finding a source Good source to have stencils made. Can anyone help? Thanks
  5. I welcome the critique. Can't wait for the rest. I made a display holder for it and have it on the fireplace till it goes to the guy I made it for. The wife even likes it and wants one for the fireplace. This picture is not on the fireplace but it shows the holder.
  6. Well it's finished, what do you think?
  7. Let me have it, what you think?
  8. Grandkids were supposed to visit today so heat treat was planned for tomorrow. Wouldn't you know grandkids changed the plans. The wife wasn't even off the phone and I was setting up. Finished my first heat treat and the blade has been in the tempering oven for 15 minutes now. Heat treat went well & the blade is hard. It was cool watching the steel turn colors and go into the non magnetic state.
  9. I'll be quenching in canola oil. I'll take it to about a dime's thickness. Thanks guys.
  10. Question, how close to sharp should I go before heat treat?
  11. So I'm getting ready to do my first blade and its from 1095. I'm going through this thread to learn about heat treat and quenching. I have 2 questions. First how long do you leave the blade in the oil ((I'm using canola)? Second how soon after quenching can you file test? Does the blade need to cool or can it be done as soon as you come out of the oil? Thanks for any help.
  12. I have plans of adding fire brick to the inside. It's on order & should be here today or tomorrow.
  13. Well I voided all warranties today on the toaster oven. Well not that it had any because it was a used one that I bought. I got my temperature controller hooked up and I can now run a PID loop to hold temperature. The only thing I don't like about this controller is it displays in centigrade and not Fahrenheit so I need to do the conversion which is no big dealing. Did a test run up to 400 and held it there within 10°. I'm going to insulate the toaster oven a little bit better just to be more economical. Getting closer to completion.
  14. Well I'm getting a little done. Just about ready for heat treat. I've got supplies ordered to modify the toaster oven. I'm putting in a digital temp control so I can run a PID loop to maintain temp.
  15. Looks good. Your hand is steadier than mine to do something like that.
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