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  • Doug Lester's Avatar
    03-23-2017, 12:58 AM
    You soak, or pickle, the blade in white vinegar to remove the scale between tempering and grinding. It's easier on the belts. Doug
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    03-21-2017, 04:36 PM
    All the steel is going to get scale to some extent. Make sure to scrub the oil off your blade with hot soapy water to make sure that your not baking...
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  • Doug Lester's Avatar
    03-17-2017, 01:41 AM
    Doug Lester replied to a thread cold anvil in New to Knifemaking
    A cold anvil will not effect heat cycling but it will cut down on the amount of time that you have to forge on one heat. Try heating up a bar of...
    2 replies | 154 view(s)
  • Doug Lester's Avatar
    03-15-2017, 09:06 PM
    Nice looking knives. If you want something to enlarge the ends of the pin or thong tube holes to allow the pin or tube to expand into when peening...
    12 replies | 447 view(s)
  • Doug Lester's Avatar
    03-10-2017, 11:08 AM
    The general design of the blade looks good. I would recommend that you work the heck out of the knife and see how that high handle works. ...
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    02-26-2017, 09:19 PM
    Doug Lester replied to a thread New forge ! in Hot Metal
    I have a used bounce house blower on my forge that I regulate with a gate valve. As I recall it ran me about $60 plus shipping. All I had to do is...
    13 replies | 7190 view(s)
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About Doug Lester

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March 1, 1949 (68)
About Doug Lester
Decatur, Illinois
history, knife making, swords, photography, archery
lab tech, retired?
Favorite knife.:
Hudson Bay trade knife


Old age and trechery will always overcome youth and ambition.


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