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GEzell last won the day on September 30 2017

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  1. GEzell

    feather damascus?

    So sad to hear this, Larry was an exceptional bladesmith and artist, and a good man. I had the pleasure of an hour long conversation with him in 2001, along with seeing a few examples of his work... I had wondered what had become of him.
  2. GEzell

    Antler for handle scales

    Harry, if you go that route, be sure to check out this thread... https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/34912-antler-straightening/
  3. GEzell


    Happy Easter everyone....
  4. Is the steel you're cutting a fuller in annealed? There is a possibility that you've work hardened it with the work you've done. Honestly though, Imy first guess as to why it's stopped working would be that it's gotten dull, you could try using it on a piece of mild steel to test your resharpening. The scrapers I've made have an edge angle just shy of 90°, and care must be taken when resharpening not to round the edge... The angle of attack that they cut best at is also a bit tricky due to the design I came up with. I hope that was helpful and that you can get it to cutting properly again. If all else fails you can make a new cutter....
  5. GEzell

    Antler for handle scales

    Another possibility is pistol grips, pieces cut for this purpose can be quite wide, but also expensive...
  6. GEzell

    Antler for handle scales

    I would also suggest elk, they get quite large and tend to have good texture, but not the best color... But that can be fixed.
  7. GEzell

    nickel carbon stop

    I talked with someone who knows about these things, and this is what they said.... "I think because as an alloying element, nickel is substitutional, taking the place of one or more iron atoms in the cube. But, as a pure metal, the nickel stays arranged as a body centered cube regardless of temperature, rather than changing to face centered austenite as iron does, which is what allows the carbon to move through the cube. The interstitial spaces are more open in austenite, so the carbon can get through to saturate it. But because the pure nickel does not change to face centered, and remains body centered cubic, there is no room for the carbon to move through." Makes sense to me, but it's way above my pay grade. This is what he remembers of information given to him from Mr V...
  8. GEzell

    nickel carbon stop

    The original paper is "Carbon Diffusion between the Layers in Modern Pattern-Welded Blades". I've found two possible sources for it: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1044580398000357 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/222074204_Carbon_Diffusion_Between_the_Layers_in_Modern_Pattern-Welded_Damascus_Blades Maybe that will be useful.
  9. GEzell

    nickel carbon stop

    I first heard about it from Howard Clark. This has been discussed here before, a Google search of the site for 'carbon migration' should take you to the relevant posts (sorry, my bandwidth here is next to zero or I'd go looking myself).
  10. GEzell

    Otzi style

    I seem to recall a very cool woven sheath that went with the knife... Any chance you will be making a similar sheath?
  11. GEzell

    Otzi style

    That's cool, the knife in it's simplest, primal form.
  12. GEzell

    First hidden tang glue-up.

    If the epoxy will be the only thing holding the knife together, I would suggest filing little notches on each of the four corners of the tang, this gives the epoxy something to grab onto. Be sure to throughly clean the tang also. You know those little coffee stirrers they have at McDonald's? I drop one in the tang hole before I pour the epoxy in, they're hollow so all the air can escape from the bottom of the hole, that way there won't be a void from a trapped bubble... Just remove it once the epoxy is poured.
  13. GEzell

    Boat Knife

    All of your knives have graceful lines, but this one, to my eye, really has grace in spades. The lines (of course), the materials, the carving and finishes... About as close to perfect as I've seen. I don't know if I've ever seen one of your knives I didn't like, but this one.... This is a freaking gorgeous knife.
  14. GEzell

    Damascus Hunter WIP

    I have had ebony crack (2 months after the knife was finished) and it's heartbreaking. I personally don't use it unless it's stabilized, and only a few people will even try stabilizing it so I use a lot of African blackwood instead.... That said, it is a beautiful wood and a joy to work with, and I know a few knifemakers who use it on a regular basis and don't seem to have any problems with it. That's a lovely blade.
  15. GEzell

    What did you do in your shop today?

    A little sneak peek at one of the projects on my bench, 27" of sharp pointiness in 80crv2, with the handle fit and roughly shaped from hard maple... I'll be cutting the fullers tomorrow, wish me luck.