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  1. I am considering tape for modeling the scale shape: I think it would have been better to make a metal template for the scales, it would have helped soldering the bolsters on too I think. Live and learn. We'll see what happens when I actually complete one.
  2. Cool, similar process. But not from tool steel.
  3. I got them on my wish list. I've found that when books are crazy like this you can just put them on the wish list. Then when you check back every few days or weekly, you will catch them when someone submits a book for sale at a reasonable price. I got a reasonable price on a super sought after OOP book "The Complete Spinning Wheel Book". But I am yet to find a copy of "The Jewish-Japanese sex and cookbook and how to raise wolves"...
  4. Consider that my main interest is classical folders, and other folding types. I just completed my second recommended book. What would someone else recommend. Here's the two I have been through so far: Slip-joint Folder Designing and Building - Steve Culver The Lockback Knife: From first Design to Completed Folding - Stefan Steigerwald I also have "Slipjoints My Way: A complete method of making a slipjoint folder from raw materials all the way to the finished knife." - Don Robinson, currently in my Amazon cart, but am reluctant to bother ordering it because of the comments about his machine shop. I am willing to buy books, but I do have library access to the following, if any are worth it. 101 Knife Designs Practical Knives for Daily Use-Murray Carter A Modern Guide to Knifemaking Step-by-Step Instruction for Forging Your Own Advanced Knife Making - Harold Hoffman Custom Knifemaking; 10 projects from a Master Craftsman - Tim McCreight Ed Fowlers Knife Talk The Art Science of Knifemaking - Ed Fowlers Greatest Loveless Knife Designs Discover the Best Knife Patterns & Blade Designs from Bob Loveless - Joe Kertzman KNIFEMAKING FOR BEGINNERS Step-by-Step Guide for Forging and Customizing Your First Knife to Perfection - Mark Smith Knife Talk The Art and Science of Knifemaking - Ed Fowler Knife from Expert Bladesmiths, Including Making Your Own Handle, Sheath and Sharpening - Laura Zerra Knifemaking - Bill Moran Knifemaking a complete guide to crafting knives, handles & sheaths - Bo Bergman Knifemaking for Beginners A Step-by-Step Bladesmithing Guide to Forging your own Knives with Basic Tools - Chris W. Smith Knifemaking with Bob Loveless Build Knives with a Living Legend - Durwood Hollis Simple Knifemaking A Beginner’s Guide To Building Knives With Basic Tools - Nicholas Tomihama Step-by-Step Knifemaking You Can Do It - David Boye The Complete Bladesmith Forging Your Way to Perfection - Jim Hrisoulas The Master Bladesmith Advanced Studies in Steel - Jim Hrisoulas The Tactical Folding Knife A Study of the Anatomy and Construction of the Liner-Locked Folder - Bob Terzuola The Tactical Knife A Comprehensive Guide to Designs, Techniques, and Uses-James Morgan Ayres The Wonder of Knifemaking - Wayne Goddard Wayne Goddard's $50 Knife Shop, Revised - Wayne Goddard
  5. not sure why you can't see them now. perhaps a refresh..
  6. I updated the photos, see if you can see them now. I was having trouble finding 4" carbide so I ordered a pair of 2-1/4" x 1/4" x 1/8" tool bits. I figure that will cover the working area. I will either glue or silver solder it on when it gets here. I also ordered some 1/4" dowel pins, and #C drill bit, and 0.2495 and 0.251 reamers. We are about to find out how square of a hole I can drill with my press
  7. That sounds fun. Unfortunately, I have little to no interest in forging whatsoever. If I pick up a hammer, it will be measured in ounces, and likely single digit ones at that. But I wouldn't mind smoking out of a tomahawk, especially one covered in the blood of my enemy I have looked into both them as well as the SC one. There are 2 members on their list with addresses near me, and I have reached out to them. But I got very little back from one, and the other simply told me to go to the meeting. Not everyone wants a mentee, or even a n00b to chat with. Unfortunately, they seem tightly coupled with the college. Which means that is where there meetings are, and that is an hour and a half away. That might be worth a trip once in a quarter, but as a not-retired person, I will not be going down ThFrSaSu as a commute, and would definitely have to make special arrangements to take time off work and blow a whole weekend of chores to go and do one of those classes. I think by the time that I finish my basic 6 knives, I should be fairly comfortable with slip-joints in general.
  8. I am in quite a number of places simultaneously. BladeForums, KnifeDogs, r/knifemaking, several groups on FB, TheKnifeNetwork, AllAboutPocketKnives, NCCKMG, SCKMG, as well as working through several books on the subjects at hand, online written tutorials, as well as video ones from several different makers. I tend to ask the same questions across all those places and whenever there is enough interest, I get to collect opinions and that gives me something to at least start to formulate opinions about. Eventually, I will determine that I get better answers about A from one, and B from another and none at all from another altogether. And hopefully, I will end up on only one or two boards, at least until I find a mentor or two. Hopefully, at some point I will be one that can offer answers to questions someone else has. But, until then I will be that annoying n00b asking all the dumb questions. It's my responsibility to sort through the answers. I get that. Sometimes, however, a response, out of order, or out of context is either hilarious, or simply no longer applicable by where the thread has gotten to. Kind of like spelling errors that change the meaning of a statement while still making it a legitimate statement. Most times I can ignore it, but sometimes I can't help to call it out, so perhaps someone else can share in the humor, or otherwise... My bad, I will work on controlling those urges. When people say there is no such thing as a dumb questions.... to that I say "Hold my beer! I got a question!"
  9. I agree with that 100%. However, when observing different people doing different things, perhaps towards a similar goal, it is legitimate to ask why? Or how? And that's what I think I am doing. Especially so, when you are reading discussions where someone says something to the effect that "If you don't do ABC you are a hack and your product is crap!" and responses that say "I've never done ABC and my crap outsells your treasures." and a third that says "Neither of you has a clue, just do this!" I know what I am currently trying to accomplish. This particular topic is a stretch from where I am now, but probably something worth considering where I am heading next. And, other than some hand-waving, "I am doing it this way, but you don't have to worry about that yet" I am not getting lots of information about why one wants to do it in the first place, and what all my options might be, if I even care to do it. Heck, maybe I am asking questions in a place where there are no n00bs and everyone is an expert already, and no one remembers what it was like when they were trying to learn all the mysterious secrets. I have been there before. Either way, thanks for your sincere wish of luck, and philosophic view about paying dues, or learning from one's own mistakes and so on. Hopefully I won't be too much of a pain in the anatomy, asking stupid questions when they come to me. Thanks again.
  10. It's the lack or being able to follow which post he was responding to. If he was simply responding to my first post in the whole thread, then yeah, great response. But this late in the game, I already know I need to learn more. However, if that was the response to the last post I typed in... then I must have gotten it all wrong. So it's like I said something that summed up what was explained "Ok, so if I do xyz, then I should expect qrz and this is this and that is that, right" and the response that I read next is "You might need to consider getting some training..." Kind of suggests that "Wow, you didn't even begin to understand what was told to you." As opposed to "hey I have some confusion about why some people do A and others do B, and yet others do C" and the response is "You should consider some training." I would actually read that as "You are lacking in the basics, and that is why you don't understand the difference between those 3. If you get even a modicum of basic training, such a question will not even enter you mind." Or simply "Get a mentor and do what he tells you and don't ask questions... :)" Either way, knowing which post within the thread he was responding to, changes the interpretation of the response.
  11. I intend to put these knives together with no washers, bushings, or relief. They all have brass liners, and I can't imagine brass scratching 80crv2 that is properly hardened. The reason for the initial query was because I read a recommended book "Slipjoint Folder Designing and Building", watched a video and tutorial on Chris Crawford's site and another that I can't remember the source where the guy made a single blade shadow pattern trapper with no liners and just G10 and did the whole relieve the liners thing. So while I am learning "basic" slipjoints, I am hoping to move forward into intermediate ones, as well as lockbacks, and liner locks. Some day hoping to be able to pull off flippers, switchblades and balisongs... But I am in no grand hurry for any of those things. However, right now, i am collecting all the knowledge I can fit in my skull. So when something like this comes around, and so many pieces of data are contradictory... It seemed worth the ask. It is likely that I will eventually try all three ways, and make my own decision as to whether I like or dislike any of them. I just don't have the knowledge to evaluate the claims. I assume I can make the washers the way Chris showed with his punch kit from HF. Seemed a no-brainer! The bushing, doesn't sound as easy to make. I assume the larger the pivot hole in the blade the more chance of punching a hole in a piece of round stock with my drill press alone, since I don't have a metal lathe, nor a mill. Although, perhaps I can try it in the wood lathe, and see how well my head and tail are really aligned As for the liner relief, I could probably do some sanding with the Dremmel, or faux milling with my drill press. I question the accuracy or either technique, and I would fear the resulting appearance anyway. Anyway, I guess the real question of the last post was how much gap is still invisible?
  12. Ordered the Jen-Ken Air Bath 16. And now we wait... They said they have 1100 (maybe 3 months) before me. So now they get to race with AmeriBrade (6 to 8 week lead time) to see whether I can heat treat or grind on a 2x72 first...
  13. I made a thing tonight. It is called a "file guide". It should be made from hardened steel so that you can fasten a knife tang or other part in it and run a file right up against it in order to make symmetric and/or square lines and so forth. People even use them to ride up against the platen of belt or disk grinders to get a consistent line at the end of the bevel on both sides. If I want to do that I can get some 1/4" carbide tool bits and glue them on. For now, they are going to be used to align bolsters on folding knives, so regular old mild steel should suffice. It was also an interesting test for my 4x36 platen modification. Watch for that post soon Anyone else use one of these tools? Make your own? Do you use alignment pins in your design? Made a File Guide
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