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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

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

This long weekend I managed to get one of the bunch of three folders I'm working on ready to add scales to prior to final assembly.  The other two got new blades (one of them twice when the dovetail c

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Had a busy day. Found out that one of the knives I’ve been working on was hard for about .25” up the bevel. Apparently, I didn’t get 85% of the blade up to heat the first time. Got a little POed and decided screw it I’ll heat treat again after it had been finished ground and the edge was about .01-.015 thousandths. Normalized twice, quenched and then clamped between two boards. Came out straight as can be with only a tiny wave on the edge and a small amount of decarb that ground out. And skates like glass now too. Love it when something that you’ve put a lot of work into already just listens and does what you want it to.

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Banged out this other one also

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And we moved my dads 2200 lb cast iron 1932/33 Dragon sailboat keel to the other barn. It’s recommended to not have your foot be under one of the rollers :wacko: ...it hurts

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Designed my next, Let’s hope this one turns out well, my last 2 knives were supposed to be my carry knife, but they don’t look presentable.  

 

This one is thin 80crv2 and it will hopefully have some blue resin/maple burl hybrid block scales, anyone know were I can get some of that?  

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After a successful etch in the hydrochloric acid for the two stainless damascus blades I have been working on, I finished out the day by getting a load of handle wood blocks into the vacuum pot. There is some nice spaled eucalyptus in this lot.

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17 hours ago, Conner Michaux said:

Designed my next, Let’s hope this one turns out well, my last 2 knives were supposed to be my carry knife, but they don’t look presentable.  

 

This one is thin 80crv2 and it will hopefully have some blue resin/maple burl hybrid block scales, anyone know were I can get some of that?  

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Go on facebook and look up Rob Carpet and RCI.....Rob Carper  Industries. Fell free to tell him I sent ha if ya want.

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7 hours ago, Kreg Whitehead said:

Go on facebook and look up Rob Carpet and RCI.....Rob Carper  Industries. Fell free to tell him I sent ha if ya want.

About the hybrid blocks?   

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14 hours ago, Conner Michaux said:

About the hybrid blocks?   

Not sure what you are asking. He has pretty much everything. Straight burl....hybrid....straight alumalight.

He puts everything in the alumalight from seashells,opal,malachite, copper flake, aluminum mesh for a lizard skin look ect. His chola cactus scales are some of my fav.

At Zeb.....it looks pretty good to me. I am bored at work....I may edit in a few pics of Robs handle material on some of my blades.

 

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This is my vacuum chamber (built by dad) powered by a fridge's compressor.....until that went...turns out my pontoon boat's pump works just as well :P

Messed up the sharpening, it is sharp........and I think I can fix my mess.

The polisher slammed that burl-first into the cement floor......solid, strong, good to go. Cuts dry biltong like a dream B)

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More progress... I fixed my fubar flower. this has to be done tomarrow. It'll be tight. Still need to make the buckle (after 10 hours at work). Its a waist belt thingy for my sister's engagement photos. 

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Thanks! I want farmuliar with the guy, but looked him up. Any more complements like that and I wont be able to fit a shirt over my fat head. 

 

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nice looking leather Zeb...just a tip for smoothing things out...after using your pear shader and beveller tools to outline the design go back over the bevels with a sculpting spoon and it will make your design smooth

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On 6/14/2019 at 9:11 PM, Zeb Camper said:

Thanks Jeff! 

Here's the end product. Best I could do with the time I had. 

 

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I like that look a lot...the hand forged buckle is a really cool touch too

 

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I taught a kid how to heat treat. 

I thought it went really well. I showed him how to spark test using a wide range of iron and steels, what grains should not look like, how to spot decalescense, and refine that grain in normalization, how to harden, and finally, what grain should look like.  

Something about teaching I really enjoy... 

Imagine, as a kid, finding an old vacant smithy; full of the finest blades you had seen. Things of old, of legend, and beauty. Imagine the joy... But, I say that smithy is real; it just awaits the smith... I hope I helped the kid find him today. 

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Turned off mobile data and wifi on my phone and got some work done, somehow my wrist hurts more from the draw filing that it normally does after forging.

I don't know how much patience we're supposed to have, but it's established fact that I suck at selling, so.......

3rd round over several months, 2 days in I had the blade marked on the steel when the dude starts in about tip shapes, and the next moment I'm looking at something completely and utterly different.

Going to the physio this afternoon, I expect walking & such will be out of the question afterwards, so I'll get back to him then :P

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Nothing in the shop but spent the weekend at my grandmas cottage on Otsego lake trying out my dads newest addition to his collection, a one man Laser sailboat. This thing rips right across :D

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