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Alan Longmire

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  1. Anyone who makes or works with swords is intimately aware of the harmonics. It's just that the guard simply doesn't enter the equation given its location,  be it tightly fitted as as possible or just shimmed enough that the grip core holds it in place.  It's a non-issue.  As I seem to recall mentioning earlier... ;)


  2. I can't help with the electro-etch, except to say you do have to do it after HT since otherwise you'll sand it off during cleanup.   It should work fine on O-1, though.  You can indeed hot stamp O-1.  Do that before HT, of course.  


  3. I knew that's what you were trying to do, but it then became a venting thread, sorry.  There aren't as many full-time professional makers hanging out here anymore , compared to say 10 years ago, which is why there haven't been that many answers relevant to your original question.  I have seen a hawk commission blow away in the wind, but not being full time AND still having employment I can't really offer much.  Marketing will be even more important than ever (and it was extremely important to begin with) as this dies down, but that's not a difficult call to make.

    That virtual Damasteel show could be good.  Just gotta watch bandwidth, my company has had to give up on videoconferencing because everyone in the world is online at the same time now, and it shows.  


  4. Sorry, he was a Chinese spammer operating out of a New Jersey server.  Deleted with extreme prejudice.   And I don't know what happened to the report spam button.  But I got him as soon as I was back online.

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  5. My dad was a professional butcher for years, so I got used to the various knives traditionally used for stuff in the western tradition.  For steaks and stew meat, most butchers will use the oddly named "butcher knife" :P that looks like this:

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    but for large steaks the scimitar is preferred:

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    Both of these examples are about ten inches of blade, but scimitars come up to 14 inches of blade.  

     

    All that said, if I had to choose I'd pick Garry's.  That's one pretty knife and it has proven it'll do the job.

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  6. I was initially hesitant to let this thread continue, given our no-politics atmosphere that makes this a special place, and we almost went there, but!  I am glad to see that you guys are using your heads and keeping a critical eye on things.  I went to the store today and was happy to see the panic buying seems to be slowing down a bit.  Still no TP, and meat is rationed, but there are potatoes, unlike the first of last week.

    I suspect that we as knifemakers are a bit smarter than the average person.  Something about dealing with potentially deadly stuff on a daily basis tends to weed out the stupid, after all.

    And as Joshua said, we've known this was coming for years.  We didn't know exactly when, or in what form, but we knew there would be a fast-spreading virus coming out of eastern asia (where almost every pandemic in history started) or central Africa that there would initially be no immunity for, and that it would require exactly this type of response.  Some people just didn't listen, or chose not to believe it.  

    Hang in there.  


  7. 1 hour ago, Mike Ward said:

    Do you angle the hammer both down the bevel face and tilt it the back of the hammer toward you to pinch the plunge line?

     

    I usually do it with the edge facing away from me, but pretty much.  If I want a dropped edge I'll use the peen to pull it down, then clean up the plunge with the face.  I tilt the blade and the hammer to make it pinch both sides at once, and since I don't do ricassos often I'm way out of practice...

     

    3 hours ago, Bruno said:

    know of any good demonstration vids of that?

     

    Not off the top of my head, but I bet there is one.  Nice kiridashi!

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  8. 11 hours ago, Bruno said:

    It's funny.  My local town declared a local emergency 2 weeks ago.  Very prudent,  gotta get in on that gooberment money you see.  No confirmed cases in the county as of yet. Then they close all the city offices.   No visitors, for the safety of our employees and all that.  Very smart, very smart. Schools are shut down too.  As are all the court houses.   Then the mayor comes out and says,  "We have no plans to shut down local businesses."    :unsure:    So the county gets a paid vacation,  gooberment money, meanwhile the hospitals are understaffed,  they cancelled all appointments for non virus related things,  and people that have waited months just to see the Dr., get to stay home and wait.     And the price of a small 4 pack of TP doubled and you are limited to 1 pack.

     

    Makes you want to laugh.   Just don't ask any questions...

     

    It does seem silly in an area like yours that has no confirmed cases.  We had no cases in my county when we started isolating either.  Now we have six confirmed, and it doesn't seem quite as silly.  And declaring an emergency doesn't give you government money.  Who says you can't ask questions?  If it's your elected officials, remind them who elects them.


  9. 9 hours ago, Mike Ward said:

     

    I have a question on hammering in plunge lines: how in the bloody heck do y’all get them nice and clean off the anvil?

     

    Practice.  ;)  And a properly dressed hammer face.  It's tricky, but once you have the hammer control to make the edge of the anvil and the edge of the hammer face line up for every blow, you can do a good forged plunge.  Of course, once you've started hammering a single misalignment will ruin it...

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  10. Well said, sir.

     

    We do try to keep politics out of the forum, well done skirting it.

     

    Maintain hope!  This too shall pass.  Slowly.  But it will pass.


  11. 3 hours ago, jake pogrebinsky said:

    ,a touch over 425F,but visually all i see is ever-so-light Straw color...

     

    Ovens do that, especially if you left any oil on the head.  Sort of the opposite of tempering over the fire where oil will show you a full blue, but a file will still skate.  As long as it files, it's good!  And, BTW, I'm really diggin' this.  B)


  12. I do feel bad for the people being laid off, and I do think the response is only slightly overblown.  The problem is we are not being told the WHY of not leaving the house for two to four weeks, and people are scared.  The media, especially the social kind, is not helping.  It is in the best interest of humanity to stay apart until the virus runs its course, that is the reason for the shutdowns.  If there were no shutdowns, people (being essentially silly, ignorant creatures) would continue to congregate and pass it around.  It's not deadly to the vast majority of people, but it is serious enough that it would clog the healthcare network in a couple of weeks if we don't act like adults and just step back to break the cycle.  We've seen too many zombie movies and it's freaked people out unreasonably.  Hoarding guns and toilet paper is ridiculous.  If we calm the heck down and stay low for a few weeks it'll be gone (or at least contained) in a couple of months.  The reason it's so bad in northern Italy is that they did not implement isolation measures until it was way too late.  But they seem to have turned the corner as of this weekend.

     

    This doesn't turn you into a zombie.  This usually doesn't kill you*.  But it does make you a drain on the already overstressed system if you do get a serious case of it.  Be adult, tell the fearful to get over it and man the heck up.  We'll get through this.

     

    *I am in the higher risk group, being 50ish, a former smoker, recently recovered from pneumonia, and on immunosuppressant therapy for psoriatic arthritis, which I may stop for a while.  I don't want to deal with being sick for a month again.

     

    edited to add:  I'm also out of breath from helping a neighbor round up some escaped cattle and rebuilding much of the fence, and of course we talked about all this.  He just had his spleen removed on January 28 and is moving slow.  Very few cases around us, but there are a few.  We agreed to keep it that way.

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