Recent content by Nick Riggi

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    What's going on in your shop?

    Almost finished with this Santuko- AEB-L with Cryo and beautiful Koa with Blue liners and Copper pins. Just need a final polish and sharpening.
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    What's going on in your shop?

    Put together a quick "down and dirty" fixture this weekend to secure my Bevel Jig bodies when drilling and tapping. Should have down it long ago. Much safer and I can already see this improving the process as well as speeding it up. 1/2 thick Aluminum bottom plate with the 90 degree fixed- and...
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    Review of a new handle material (Ritchlite)

    Ted, went to 600 grit on belts ( like all my handles) This material looked great at that point so I didnt hand sand at all-just went straight to the buffer- yellow wheel first then cotton wheel with dab of polish on it. Honestly, I was impressed with this stuff overall.
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    Review of a new handle material (Ritchlite)

    I bought a piece of Richlite last year the the NY Custom Knife Show- used it in a few builds- including this little neck knife. I found it easy to work with and finish- maybe a bit cleaner than G-10 and more economical.
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    What's going on in your shop?

    Thanks Ed- I think I figured out the issues- Firstly, the back jaws on the Tapmatic were not "centered" I had to loosen the 2 tiny set screws and then insert my tap- then tighten each equally. This was a big part of it. Secondly, I decreased the distance of where the stop arm was contacting...
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    What's going on in your shop?

    Just have to fine tune some aspects- the stop arm doesn't just rest against a stop bar I set up- it actually clanks and hits it with each up and down- so not sure what I may be doing wrong on that front.
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    What's going on in your shop?

    Have 2 new additions in the shop this weekend- and got to use both! Wen 12 inch Variable drill Press and Tapmatic 30 x! Both proved to be great choices so far and HUGE time savers in drilling and tapping 500+ holes for Bevel Jigs! Should have done this years ago.
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    600 Grit Belts?

    I recently started using Norax 600 grit - vs a Trizact. Think the finish is more even and smooth. I rarely even go to this grit on a bevel- normally go to 400 then a Scotch Brite or cork- I like the slight appearance of the grind lines. The 600 Norax for me gets used at the end for the spine...
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    And the Madness Continues............

    Glad to hear there is a a silver lining for you in all this!
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    4 inch Hunter in Elk and Maple

    Like it a lot as well as your new mark.
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    Need hollow grind info

    Thanks. The folders are a fun side build.
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    Need hollow grind info

    Theses pics are all deep hollow grinds- done on an 8 inch wheel. I have since gotten a 10 inch- I find hollows easier than using the platen. Can also manipulate the way you hold the blade to the wheel when you get comfortable so that you can extend the grind height.
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    Cleaning Scotch Brite Belts

    Noted and thanks Ed!
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    Cleaning Scotch Brite Belts

    Not sure if this was covered recently here- but I was wondering about the ability to clean a Scotch Brite or Surface conditioning belt. I used a fine belt to polish some aluminum for the Bevel jigs i have- and it left fine grit and particles in the belt. I use the belt for finishing blades and...
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    What's going on in your shop?

    Cleaned up the bevels on the Bowie/Fighter this weekend and prepped for the top swedge-- also getting Bevel Jigs ready to ship Bowie/Fighter IG post
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