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I haven’t been able to bolt it down yet,  I’m hoping to do that this week, so I haven’t used it very much yet.  Cant wait to work on it though 

forged another hook today, this ones a bit different. 

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We have a show in November and I need some knives to sell.

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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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I'd be proud to hang something one of those hooks (especially the first), Conner! Did you get a forge situated? Hopefully you'll be grinding soon. 

Good looking bunch of knives there Joshua! 

I sat down and watched FIF for the first time in a while... I was surprised to see a familiar face! I told the family they had to watch this one. I said "I know that guy! that's the guy that'll win it!" I dont want to spoil it for anyone. I still cant get over what happened. 

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3 minutes ago, Zeb Camper said:

Good looking bunch of knives there Joshua! 

Thanks Zeb. My pattern welding day got kind of sidetracked. These are all 1095 except one of them (I think the one on the far right) which is scrapmascus,

“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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19 minutes ago, Zeb Camper said:

I'd be proud to hang something one of those hooks (especially the first), Conner! Did you get a forge situated?

Thanks! I’m using the coal forge right now, I’m going to buy the burner in a few weeks for the paint can forge, and hopefully I’ll be doing some knives soon.   There’s a gravestone company a few minutes out and they sell bituminous coal for less than 20 cents a pound, I gotta call them up and get a few dozen pounds of it soon.

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3 hours ago, Zeb Camper said:

Dont forget you can run charcoal in that too. And you need coal the full length to keep enough back pressure for good airflow. This doesn't mean your fire has to be that long though. PM me if you need any advice on it. Good luck man! 

Yeah I’ve been using charcoal the past year,  But real coal will be a lot cheaper once I get some of it, hopefully I can get some soon. 

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8 hours ago, Joël Mercier said:

Here's one that particularly applies to me and most knifemakers, I believe. Even with other's work, the first things I see are usually flaws. It sucks...

http://explosm.net/comics/3433/?fbclid=IwAR35PCB8pwR4jsV_kVxP0apwU5VofuqtIbLWo_V0w8w1c69md1-CAe3MBNc

Well, that explains the dinosaurs and our own doom.

"The way we win matters" (Ender Wiggins) Orson Scott Card

 

Nos qui libertate donati nescimus quid constat

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Only to end when you either stop working or stop improving 

“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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A while back I watched the Arctic Fire video of Don Fogg demonstrating his hand finishing techniques, and it totally changed the way I went about it.  Previously I used a 3M sanding block with a steel plate epoxied to it as a sanding backer, and the hand sanding process took forever.  I noticed that Don used a much smaller backer and it made sense as you can put more pressure on a given area.  After that I switched to using a piece of steel flat stock and things went much faster.

As I was working on getting a blade ready for heat treat this morning, I ran into the downside of using the flat stock.  My hands started cramping up something fierce.:D  Sick of it, I decided to do something about it.

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I need to make a couple minor adjustments yet, but I was able to get the blade done just as quickly and not have crab claws for hands afterwards. 

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Nothing to brag about ...... another Puukko’ish knife. Slim, slender......what the heck! 

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"I Never Met A Knife I Didn't Like", (Will Rogers)

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On 9/19/2019 at 11:18 PM, Will W. said:

Making charcoal is pretty easy. And nearly free, with the right kind of land available to you. Just takes time, really. 

I had "Free firewood" one year, all I had to do was split and haul it.  The next year I bought firewood and saved money :-)

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This weekend I saw the end of the shop where my knife making got kicked up a gear.

My Swiss mentor and his partner left the tented camp they built and have been running for 17 years :(

Fortunately they are not leaving the country and found a place to stay for the time being.

I was the recipient of some steel he no longer wants to use, he uses Damasteel and Elmax exclusively now....

Firstly, some D6 :wacko: Difficult stuff to grind.....

Secondly, Vanadis 10 :ph34r: Apparently even worse! :lol:

The relevant information is available on the Bohler site, but on youtube it seems mostly some Russians use it.

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Forged 2 billets of 11 layers each today. Cut both into two pieces and forged those half bars out. Good 'ol 15N20 and 1080. Planning on combining them all and eventually going for a 300+ layer santoku. Or maybe a Bowie. Still haven't made up my mind :ph34r:

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Maybe neighbor gave a few things to me while I was using his drill press. 

The file is very old, it was his grandpas before he died, and it’s the only thing he has left to remember him, so he wants me to make a knife out of it. Pretty cool. 

And he says the saw blades are more than 50 years old. The block of brass is about 5 pounds. Ill never need to by brass again. 

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Those power hacksaw blades are probably solid M2 HSS.  I hear they make good stock-removal knives, assuming you have something that can grind it.

I had an incredible score this weekend.  A pile of new-to-me equipment.

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That is a #5 fly press of the type that used to be sold by Kayne and sons.  No tooling with it, but that will not be a problem.  It weighs in at 440 lbs/ 200 Kg.  For reference, that prybar is 22" / 56 cm long  :blink:.  Dunno what I'm going to do with it just yet, but it basically fell in my lap not to be passed up!  It got moved in yesterday evening, and it took three large guys to do so even with it disassembled.  And, if you look closely, under the stand it's sitting on is a Pexto stake holder with eight or ten holes.  Not that I have any sheet metal stakes.  Yet....  Then there was this little thing that showed up Monday...

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That's a mint condition Evenheat KO-18, still in the crate.  Well, not anymore, but still...:D  I need to run a 220V outlet and move that 110 to the right past the dartboard, then add heat shielding in the form of thin aluminum sheet behind and to the left of it.  This did NOT fall in my lap as such, but I think it will pay for itself once I figure out how to program it.  I never thought I'd have anything like it, being a fairly traditional carbon steel and forge heat-treat kind of guy, but this will let me anneal forged O-1 properly as well as HT any stainless I can get my hands on.  And just about anything else, for that matter.  

It's a brave new world out here... :ph34r:

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Alan, make sure your garage is locked goot-n-tite because I'd like to have either one or both of those. :lol:

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WHEW!!!  If I could only know now what I "thought" I knew back then....................

 

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Did a hammer making class yesterday with Dan Moss and James Davis. Had a blast. Probably one of the best times I've had in a long time. Then today we went to quad state and checked out the tailgate sales and bought another anvil. And on the way home we went to Cabela's and I bought an AR 15 lower reciever to build another rifle. Not sure what caliber I will build this one. I'm thinking 6.5 grendel.

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