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That looks great, Paul.  Thanks for sharing

16 hours ago, Paul Carter said:

I Tig fusion welded all the way around so no flux is needed.

FYI - you don't need to do this in order to weld without flux.   All you need is good surface prep and a reducing atmosphere in your forge.  I've been welding without flux for the past year and a half or so and all I do is weld the handle side pretty well and run one bead down the other end with my stick welder.   

Having access to a TIG welder would be nice, though, to not have to grind off any weld bead.  But one might be able to avoid that by tacking the billet with minimal penetration.  I didn't do this on purpose, but on my last 2 billets, I noticed the tack welds popped off while drawing out the billet after setting the weld.  All I had to do was chisel them off, or hot rasp them.  I need to start paying attention and see if I can do this on purpose, now.

 

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Finished another folder.  Little bitty bugger, 2.5" / 63mm closed, 4.5" / 112mm open.  O-1, brass liners, nickel silver bolsters and pins, ebony scales.  Still needs an edge and some cleanup, but it's

Yesterday, and not my shop.

No knife work since right after Christmas, I've been in furniture mode.  The backstory:  I won a couple of steel scuba tanks with the bottom cut off at an iron-in-the-hat at my local blacksmith's guil

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This was a quick weekend project.  It isn't knife related at all, but it struck me as I was making it that the knifemaking experience over the last few years really impacted the design of the project for the better.  A few years ago, this would have been made as a boring 2-dimensonal object.

 

One of my employees lost her husband in an accident this year.  She asked me to make a topper for her Christmas tree.  She gave me the general design concept, and I just had to figure out how to make it a reality.  It is full of symbolism that is too private to share here.

 

It's made from aluminum and copper.  The hand-made brass rivets are actually holding it together.

 

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That's sad but cool, Brian.  I'm glad you could make something that meaningful for her.

 

I'm still working on those @!@$!$!@ folders.  They're fighting me every step of the way,  but here's what they one looked like about an hour ago:

 

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Ebony scales.

 

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In case you've ever wondered what's inside a slipjoint folder...

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A few cut out and ready to keep me occupied over the next few weeks untill I can ship off shore again.IMG_20201207_140219.jpg

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Had a table at a local market on Saturday, no sales for me but lots of interest, my fellow knifemaker sold an Ulu at least, made his 800km round trip worthwhile.

Even though our prices are low to the point I could make more money per hour cleaning toilets, people just don't have that kind of money this year, so the interest and appreciation of our work helps, and I will get some follow-up business from this.

Spent the whole of Sunday afternoon doing the post-HT grind on four O1 cleavers, people want cleavers! :lol:

45 minutes ago, Garry Keown said:

A few cut out and ready to keep me occupied over the next few weeks untill I can ship off shore again.IMG_20201207_140219.jpg

And in the blue corner, Garry "The Machine" Keown!!!!:lol:

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18 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

That's sad but cool, Brian.  I'm glad you could make something that meaningful for her.

 

I'm still working on those @!@$!$!@ folders.  They're fighting me every step of the way,  but here's what they one looked like about an hour ago:

 

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Ebony scales.

 

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In case you've ever wondered what's inside a slipjoint folder...

That looks like it will be a really nice folder once you have won the battle Alan.

Classic slipjoints are my favourite, I like them a lot more than the ''tactical'' stuff everyone seems to be making today.

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I sold nothing, Neels sold one Ulu.
Our table had some of the more expensive items of the day and our economy has been hit as hard as everywhere else so that is not surprising.
Fun was had and totally worthwhile, had people drop by I hadn't seen in 25 years+, fellow students and teachers from high school.
Funniest was a Dutch/Belgium/somewhere round there guy that really liked a 52100 blacksmith's knife, his wife took him by the arm and just about dragged him away! :lol:

Day was a dead loss because a few stalls down there was a young lady that makes bullwhips, and I've always wanted a bullwhip.
Since he with the most toys wins, I now own a bullwhip...... :ph34r:

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3 minutes ago, Brian Dougherty said:

Well then, "Get cracking" man!

 

Scared neighbours and their dogs already, young lady knows what she's doing.....real easy on the eye as well :rolleyes:

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Got everything prepped with all the stainless blades foil wrapped and ready for HT when I pick up some more liquid nitrogen at the end of the week.. Did a pre grind on these ones, hardened them and have them in the tempering for first cycle to have the second one in the morning. Had to think through how to do the grind on the ulu but with a bit of an adjustment to one of the jigs I can repeat the angles for the finish grind and now have the tooling if there are more orders for these handy little kitchen knives. I leave enough spine on them all so that after the oil quench (12 seconds) I can bang them in between the alloy plates in the vise (to ensure straightness) for a minute or two as I am setting the next blade in the heat. Still have a couple of minutes to dunk the plates in the water bucket to cool before the next blade is ready to come from the forge to quench.

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Didn't make these today, but just looking at what the forum's been up to thought I'd say hi.  Spent most of the past month or so on gifts. 

 

A necklace for my girlfreind (who's very crafty herself) and a barn for my nephew (she helped). Merry Christmas ya'll! 

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On 12/10/2020 at 12:08 AM, Gilbert McCann said:

Prepping for paint. Hydraulic press 

 

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Just a heads up, beware how much power you give it.  I know two shops that have build/bought presses with I-beams and both have quickly bent.  Both times, the I-beams were pretty massive and yet bend they did.

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Tried not to take any Christmas orders this year due to the workshop issues, but had some to do on deadlines! Got a couple finished today (just in time, as they have to get to California as gifts) -

 

There is this 220mm gyuto in Stainless glad Super Blue steel, with hawthorn and bog oak handle, with a matching Petty. In the event we get any 'light' (a rarity in Manchester at the moment) I will take some proper photos before they ship!

 

Hawthorn is a lovely timber to work, and I think it looks good. Very dense and finishes nicely. I got a board of it from a street market for a few £ - got quite a bit left for future knives! 

 

Just needs a final fettle, and sharpening before I risk Covid at the post office tomorrow!

 

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Finish grinding done on this lot with the stainless chef, slicer and steak knives to be done tomorrow. Then there be some handsanding to do

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Same knife as above, with the petty!

 

I found the light tent, so chucked them in there - still a phone photo but the knives look a lot more presentable IMHO. No light rig for the tent, its just under an LED baton on my workbench. 

 

Interesting how the photo arrangement changes the relative sizes of the knives. The Gyuto is 220mm, the petty 135mm edge length.

 

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All the blades are finidsh ground to a trizact A65 grit so the hand sanding will not bo too difficult from there. should still be a coupld of days in it though.

 

 

 

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