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  2. Brian Dougherty

    Stropping Q’s

    Not "rolling" the edge has more to do with technique than the material. Look at videos where people demonstrate how to strop a straight razor to pick up the technique. Pure stropping doesn't remove metal at all, it just realligns the very edge of the blade. I don't use any sort of compound on my straight razor strop. Adding polishing compound of some sort turns the strop into a micro-fine polisher. There isn't anything wrong with that, but it is a different goal.
  3. Alan Longmire

    contemporary table knives

    Great opportunity! I like the one in your hand, but the handles look a bit long to me. I like the sort of mini-santoku look, though. Might want to look at alternative handle materials if they're gonna run them through the commercial washer, too. Good luck!
  4. Alan Longmire

    Stropping Q’s

    Yeah, don't overthink it. I use a strip of plain old cowhide glued to the edge of a board and White Diamond buffing compound. It'll put a mirror polish on a blade if you want. Or just put a scary sharp edge on it.
  5. OK guys this one is finished up...time for a critique and tell me what things you would do differently to make this better quick recap 80crv2 steel 0.062" thick heat treated / oil quenched / clamped between 2 1/2" thick aluminum plates and tempered 2 cycles then ground the profile followed by stonewashing and acid etching scales are hybrid cast alumilite resin with metallic apple green dye powder and stabilized spalted wood attached with epoxy and carbon fiber pins
  6. JeffM

    Fillet Knives

    The finished product...
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  8. GBrackett

    Stropping Q’s

    I've only used leather glued with Barge Shoe Glue to a piece if wood the size I need, I use only toyo green bar for my compound... Its available it most Japanese tool supplierss on the web, occasionally a German product called semi-chrome I believe... It also shines metals up very nicely once you understand how to wood with it. as bladesmiths we can make it however we want to...
  9. Some months ago I was contacted by a local restaurant (which is held in very high regard nationally) with a view to potentially supplying them with table knives. Its not something I would normally give consideration to, but the place is full of potential customers, and it seems it will be a great opportunity if the project goes ahead (and Im sad to admit, a bit of an ego boost as well). They are very into 'local' produce, suppliers etc. I found it amazingly difficult to work on small knives, as they basically just look 'wrong' to me. I also could not find any work to be (cough) 'inspired' by, so had to go from scratch with the design. The restaurant did not want classic 'steak knives' , and did not want them too 'pointy' Even if the project does not progress it was interesting being pushed outside my comfort zone ! Be interested in your thoughts on them, and would love to see any table knives members on here have made. These are the finished prototypes, they are all a bit different, a mm or so here and there makes a big difference to how the knife feels ! again I would be interested to hear if any of them look better (or less worse?) to your eye than the others ! - the F&F would be improved on the run of blades if it goes ahead, these were 'lashed up' !
  10. Brian Dougherty

    Forge welded axe. WIP pictures

    Wow, that is quite impressive.
  11. Brian Dougherty

    Starting a New Mosaic

    This is even more impressive to me now that I have made a few attempts at it. I've been struggling to keep the pattern alignment correct when I square on the bias. My diagonal bars generally don't end at the corners. At first I assumed that I must have just got my billet a bit crooked in the squaring dies, but after my last go around, I realized that I must be getting off somewhere else. How much do you reduce in dimension when you square on the bias? For example, if you are aiming for a finished size of 1" square after the bias pass, do you start forging on the bias at 1.5"? Thanks as always for teaching us all so much about this!
  12. MacKINNON

    Yggdrasil laufsblað - Leaf of Yggdrasil

    Outstanding !
  13. Jeremy Blohm

    Anvil information

    http://www.branco.cz/anvil-bulgarian.htm
  14. Jeremy Blohm

    Anvil information

    It looks like the bulgar style anvil from old world anvils. https://www.oldworldanvils.com/the-bulgar-anvilitalian-style
  15. Gerhard Gerber

    What did you do in your shop today?

    My mentor sent me some photos yesterday, unfortunately not a liberty to share, but it was a set of 6 kitchen knives in Damasteel. What delighted and scared me at the same time was the serrated bread knife When I asked him how he managed it the answer was simple: "Sh*t job, file and sandpaper"
  16. Gerhard Gerber

    Trying to decide on a standardized process

    Thanks Joshua, I see what you mean. Using the disc sander (on the side of my belt grinder's contact wheel) saved me with those cleavers I was struggling with, but I went through a stack of (bad quality) sanding paper. Cleaning up the contact adhesive with Acetone is a mess, and I'm scared of messing up my contact wheel. To put things in perspective I'd get about 30 seconds of good steel removal then it was polishing, that was 180 grit. I did find better quality sanding paper and bought a few sheets to test, I'll give your method a shot, thanks.
  17. Gerhard Gerber

    Is 2 inches in width going to be big enough?

    GO JAMES!!!!
  18. James Higson

    Is 2 inches in width going to be big enough?

    I see all you responsible adults managed to avoid making the very obvious joke that goes with this thread title
  19. SIOKIS GEORGE

    Anvil information

    First of all I would like to thank you for accepting me. Can anybody give me any information about this anvil???
  20. Alveprins

    Yggdrasil laufsblað - Leaf of Yggdrasil

    Thanks man! Yeah, I'm pretty excited about the graver myself... I think I will start with my maker's mark. I always wanted to have it in 24k gold... I suppose I'll have to do some test-runs with copper wire first though...
  21. Doug Lester

    Beginners Journey

    Remember that steel selection, among other things, is a trade off in knife making. Toughness and hardness along with strength increase and decrease inverse to each other. What makes a railroad spike so tough that it will bend to about 180° without breaking (a government requirement) makes it lousy at edge holding, as Alan said. Even a simple alloy such as 1080, which will make a great blade once heat treated, won't come near having the toughness needed to make railroad spikes. If you want to do some late night reading to catch up on steel metallurgy in knife making get Steel Metallurgy for the Non-metallurgist by John Verhoeven. Doug
  22. Conner Michaux

    Starting a New Mosaic

    I’m gonna take a play out of Clifford’s book and grab some popcorn and soda
  23. Conner Michaux

    Stropping Q’s

    I want to make a leather strop to finish off the edge on my knives, I know how to build one, but my question is about the leather, cow leather is really thick and soft so it’s easier to round off the edge of your knife, I saw something on the internet about using Kangaroo leather for a strop, because it’s a very thin and tuff leather, so it’s harder to round the edge. And then I’ve got a few questions on the compound, there’s the hard ingot of it, there’s the diamond micron stuff, and some Japanese compound that I’ve found. And I’m not sure if it’s for strops or not, but it’s called lapping film? And with the micron paste stuff, what are the numbers next to it? Like 3.0 micron or .03 micron What ever it is. I’m thinking the numbers are probably grit size, anyhow thanks in advance.
  24. Conner Michaux

    What did you do in your shop today?

    I’m jealous! I want one of those.
  25. MikeDT

    Beginners Journey

    Welcome to the addiction. ....and if Jerrod and Alan suggest something, better advice probably isn't out there.
  26. MikeDT

    Whittling and Hunting Knife WIPs

    I'm really liking the carving knife.
  27. No more knife making due to health so selling 3 speed 1.5 hp KMG grinder flat platen kit with 14" wheel, tool storage rack, and Wilmont Grinder small wheel attachment $1800. KMG 9" vertical shaft 1 hp grinder single speed $400. Grizzly knife maker grinder 8" wheel with extra 10" wheel and wire brush on the other side $475. I still have a bunch of 2x72 belts Norton ect. Ill try to get. a list soon. I will be at blade show for pick-up or I'm located in Hattiesburg MS no shipping this stuff is too heavy. contact me at jscharwath@yahoo.com
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