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Anyone else way behind on Christmas presents? Lol. A few done, a long ways to go on the wife’s kitchen knife set. 
 

my first time working with AEB-L. Is it just me or is that stuff brutal on belts after heat treatment?!

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On 12/20/2022 at 12:29 AM, Francis Gastellu said:

If you squint hard enough, you can see a really nice shop there

Oh man. I swear I can see it. Really glad for you. This is going to be awesome!

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9 hours ago, Eric Niefert said:

Is it just me or is that stuff brutal on belts after heat treatment?!

 

I haven't found it to be worse than, say, 1084. It's pretty tame for a stainless.  Wait til you try CPM S30V.  That stuff is immune to abrasives.

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Spending some quality time on the stiching horse today. Ran to town to mail a knife this morning and the truck thermometer read a balmy -20 degrees Fahrenheit and it's supposed to drop to -70ish tomorrow with wind-chill. I live in the middle of nowhere it's true, but I promise it's not actually Antarctica. With no heat in my shop I'm going to be taking a few days off.

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4 hours ago, Jaro Petrina said:

Give me ideas for handles lads

 

Blackened brass bolster, waisted grip with a minimally carved central belt?  Or maybe a black horn bolster?  Trying to stay with the dark and bright theme the blade shows...

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9 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

 

Blackened brass bolster, waisted grip with a minimally carved central belt?  Or maybe a black horn bolster?  Trying to stay with the dark and bright theme the blade shows...

When I etch most of it will be like snow, with about third of the core sticking out.  Hm. But I have some horn, must investigate!

 

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Not knife related, but it was in the shop...

 

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Too cold to run the smoker outside,  so I fired up the coal stove and got the shop up to around 40F.  I was going to do that anyway to keep stuff from freezing during the cold snap.  Once the smoker was fired with apple wood, I opened the windows to keep the smoke and CO levels within limits so I could check it every 15 minutes.  CO never got above 60ppm, and with the outside temp at 8 degrees F and a 20 mph wind, the shop stabilized at around 30 degrees F for the next four hours.

 

The result:

 

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a 4-lb rack of baby back pork ribs!  Sauce on the side, of course.  Standard rub of brown sugar, mustard, salt, black pepper, and paprika, basted once an hour with flat ginger beer.  

 

The ribs were excellent, and the shop is gonna smell great for the next few months! B)

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After a few days break it was back into the shed for some hand sanding. A 5 piece and a 3 piece chef set along with a Tahr Hunter

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Finally got back into the shed today after about a7. Month forced break due to an accident earlier this year (see my post in shop safety). 

Re started the larger belt grinder project (ironic!!!) got the motor mount welded on, motor mounted, and other little bits fabricated, now I've run out of 5mm steel for the tensioner and guide plates, I'll get some out of the scrap bin when I return to work in the new year, photos will follow when it looks a little more like a grinder. 

  Wishing you all a very happy new year. 

And please be safe in your workshop 

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2 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

That's only 102 F, which is cooler than the Forged in Fire studio...  ;)

Dont really care what the FIF studio is or the sahara desert is, this was how the day went for me when our temps never reach that naturally.

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On 12/21/2022 at 2:15 PM, Faye said:

With no heat in my shop I'm going to be taking a few days off.

That's what the forge is for! Nice sheaths

 

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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Had two weeks off at the end of the year and between all the Christmas stuff I had to get done, I got these two finished up. The big knife is 1084 / 15N20, stainless steel guard, G10 spacer, and wenge handle. Had the same issue as before with etching this combo as before -  part of it just did NOT want to etch. The ricasso section of the blade spent 60 extra minutes in the FeCl2 over what the rest of the blade did. Nada. Don't know why this combo gives me such a head ache, but it does.

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The chip carving knife is not pretty, but is made from CruForge V and maple. I love / hate that steel. Love it because after rounding out the piece of hard maple to test out the knife, it is still sharp enough to shave hair. Only took about 40 minutes to carve the block.

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2 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

stainless foil package for HT

I can never get them open fast enough to make it to the quench

 

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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13 hours ago, Jaro Petrina said:

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I really like the pattern weld design on this one. You are really gifted. I'm impressed. How long does it take you to make a knife like that?

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