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    Right and Wrong ways to "drill out" a full tang

    Yes, it lightens the tang/handle. In the size knife in the pic, the difference in "feel" is minimal, but it also provides an avenue for creating "epoxy rivets" when gluing up the handle. In that knife, the only "extra" holes are the larger ones. The others are #41 pin holes (for 3/32" pins)...
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    Felt platen

    That's a VSM XK760X in 50 grit. It's the belt I use for both my heavy/50 and 120 grits belts. The backing belt (the rubber/black one) on the rotary platen is tension adjustable. I just found that I like it cranked to just shy as stiff as I can make it.
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    Resuming Bladesmithing Classes!

    Bob..... I teach strictly One-on-One! I tried early on to have 3-4 students at at time, but quickly learned my shops just are not setup for that. I also learned that there is always one person who had more interest, more motivation, and is more eager than the rest. What that means is that as...
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    Felt platen

    That's a screaming good idea for a budget system! I can't say that I understand the scotchbrite needing to be 70".... how would you tighten the 2 x 72" grinding belt? Anyway, it's exactly the principle the rotary platen works off of..... a stiffer backing belt (I think the rotary platens...
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    Resuming Bladesmithing Classes!

    Well hello Mr Hern! Good to hear from you. I got your phone message, and will get back to as soon as I can. I have more Doctor stuff that I have to do for most of today, but should be able to call you back tomorrow!
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    Resuming Bladesmithing Classes!

    100% agree! The whole covid thing here has been what Montanans call "A Goat Rope". :)
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    Felt platen

    I'm gona throw out a word of warning here. There is a common problem with just about anything you can use for a "soft" type platen face.... that being as you grind, there is either a "wear" or a "crush" factor that you must deal with. What is that? In short, it means that with each grinding...
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    Right and Wrong ways to "drill out" a full tang

    I thought about this thread today when I was prepping some new EBK Max blades..... Here's the way I tend to do most full tangs..... Keep in mind this is a fairly small knife/tang.... the pin holes are #41, the two larger holes are 7/16", and the hole in the rear/center is 1/4" for thong...
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    I would have never thought....

    That buying a new airgun would lead me to writing for an online Airgunner magazine! I called Archer Airguns one morning, to ask some questions about my airgun purchase, and without knowing, had a great conversation with the Owner, and found that he also runs Hard Air Magazine (HAM). We...
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    Jordan Lamothe Class

    Yep! Typical approach to forging is blade tip/blade first for a hidden tang, and handle/tang first for a full tang. And I would bet dollars to doughnuts that you brain is in high gear now! :)
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    Brass guard question

    AH! Thank for the additional information! Sorry I didn't fully understand. So, if you dealing with refub of a factory knife, I have little doubt there are gona be a lot of sloppy fits. :) My advice is JB Weld. I keep both the regular and the "kwik" varieties in my shop. The regular...
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    Brass guard question

    If we're talking on a hidden tang, you don't need either if it's fitted correctly. The only thing solder was ever SUPPOSED to be concerning a guards on knives..... was/is as a moisture seal, so that moisture doesn't intrude under the handle material and rot it from the inside out. IF you...
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    Canister Damascus

    Just some advice on "can" size. I find that more often than not, you need to reduce a can A LEAST 50% to achieve a solid, flaw free billet...and that's assume you make no errors along the way such as Fitz mentioned. The reason I bring this up is because IF you start with 2x2", then take it...
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    New shop question

    I think that's something that most of us have learned along our journey. I was as guilty as the next guy way back when I started.....buying cheap tool after cheap tool, and then buying them again, and again. I'll let you in on a little secret..... that's why I have such strong opinions on...
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    Right and Wrong way to "drill out" a full tang

    Sure, I doubt the average knife user would be able to discern any difference if just drilling a couple of larger hole in an un-tapered tang. However, based on my experiences, when you combine a couple of larger holes in a full tang, and then taper the tang, there is a very noticeable...
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