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    AEB=L bad Heat Treatment?

    I do my own heat treat and I've never had an AEBL blade not harden fully. Something sounds off with the heat treater or you got some mis-labled steel.
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    Electric motor enclosure?

    I worked in an engineering lab for a few years at a motor manufacturer. We made a lot of dc motors, brushless dc motors, and servo motors. Almost all of them were TENV motors. A lot of them had thermostat contacts in them that would allow a control to stop the motor if it overheated. Some of...
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    GeneK's KITH Bowie

    Nice Gene, I've had a few knives that had a slight hamon, but I've tried polishing one out. I just got some 1075 in and I've heard it makes great hamons, think I'll try it again on my next blade.
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    I wonder.......

    I use this setup, might be a little hokey, but I've never felt like I was getting a speck of dust or fiber in me. The filters last a really long time for me too .
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    Constructive criticism and thoughts please!

    I would echo Chris' thoughts mostly. I would also add that as a beginner you might do yourself a favor and tone it back on size. That's a really big blade for #3. I would recommend getting really good at 7"-8" hunters and drop points before tackling the big ones. I'm no expert either, but even...
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    I'm seriously considering giving up knife making

    I stop and start all the time. I've went for 6 months without making a knife and then made 10 at once. Like most of you guys, I'm beyond busy, keep way to many irons in the fire! Just step away for a little while, get caught up on other things, your skills don't perish that fast. Oh, and most...
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    Big "Howdy" from Oklahoma.

    Theres a pretty good knife club/organization in central ok. http://theknifegroup.com/site/ they have get togethers and small shows. Funny, I'm in okc right now for work, but I live just over the border in Arkansas.
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    304 bolsters?

    You can do 304, I have. It is a pain to drill. I got some pin stock from Enco I think, but they're gone now. This knife below has 304 bolsters.
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    New scales on an old knife. Giraffe bone upgrade!

    Ha! No, I made that before YouTube even existed, lol.
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    New scales on an old knife. Giraffe bone upgrade!

    I usually drill a few holes in my tangs too. Weight reduction and might help glue up. Since I didn't make this one, it just went back as it was. My cabinet is homemade, I'm sure you can make one for next to nothing.
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    New scales on an old knife. Giraffe bone upgrade!

    I'm probably more like the king of cheapskate!
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    New scales on an old knife. Giraffe bone upgrade!

    I found a couple things that could be better and the maker already knew about them mostly. He's interested in doing a production run once he makes a couple small changes. I really like it, very position-able.
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    New scales on an old knife. Giraffe bone upgrade!

    Yeah, it is. It looks kind of weird I guess, but it works great if you have a beard. Of course there's a video for it, lol....
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    New scales on an old knife. Giraffe bone upgrade!

    A vid I just finished, fixing a knife for a customer. Do any of you take on repairs too? I really don't like doing repairs on someone else's work, but I've done it a few times. I need to just say no! I usually have no idea what to charge for repairs, but anyway, here's how I did this one...
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    Top three mistakes rookies make,,,

    I think a big mistake I see online is overconfidence. You see guys trying to sell their 3rd or 4th knife with 80 grit grind lines and rough filework for $500. Half of them look like a movie prop from Mad Max. If you're new, don't be ashamed to to say so and be humble. A lot of those guys dont...
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