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  1. wmhammond

    Just off of my bench

    1075 hand sanded to 1500 grit with a Hamon. Handle is stabilied & dyed Buckeye Burl. The sheath is hand dyed and stitched vegetable tanned with Ostrich Leg accents.
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    DLC Coating

    Morning. Saw a knife this morning on Facebook from either Europe or South America that the blade has been coated with Diamond Like Coating (DLC) - it looked pretty good. Does anyone have any experience with this process. Things like, Who does it, How much does it cost, does it improve the...
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    BLACK WIDOW 52100 / 15N20 San Mai

    The SS is 410 and I am hoping for some migration even if I didn't heat it and grind it myself. However, after your comments, I don't think I have any choice because the center section is almost perfectly straight. Do you have any suggestions on how I pound it? Should I try and put in a pattern...
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    BLACK WIDOW 52100 / 15N20 San Mai

    I just bought a 12" billet of Stainless Steel "clad" 52100 from Aldo and I received it yesterday. As I look at the sides of it it looks like the layers are perfectly straight with one another. If it is like that all the way through I will get a straight line when I grind in the bevel. Your knife...
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    Welding Damascus

    Thanks guys. I guess it's time to try a folder.
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    grinding jig

    Ken, I like the looks of the Moen jig but it's hard to tell how it works. Does it change angles within the jig itself or is it necessary to change the andle of the table on the grinder?
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    Welding Damascus

    Afternoon. I have a short piece if 1 1/2" wide Damasteel and a couple of short pieces of Alabama Damascus. The Damasteel is about 4" long and I could make a decent Fixed Blade Hidden Tang (or, I guess, a full tang) knife outta it if I could weld a piece of CPM-154 stainless to it. If I did that...
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    North Woods Hunter

    Here is my most recent completed knife. It is a knife that I specifically made to be a Hunting Knife - I call it a North Woods Hunter. The blade is made from Alabama Damascus and has a stabilized Spalted Maple handle with matching bobs on the leather thong. The Knife is 10" long and comes with a...
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    A-36 Mild Steel

    Hey guys, thanks for all the input. I plan to make fittings for a big Bowin and I want to blue them to black afrer they are ground and polished. Will A-36 take the blue in a consistant manner? Thanks again Wallace
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    A-36 Mild Steel

    Any reason A-36 mild steel should not be used for guards, fittings, etc. I have a source and will use it unless there is a reason I shouldn't. Thanks, Wallace
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    SK5 Japanese steel

    Does any body know where I can source some SK5 japanese High Carbon steel? Yhanks Wallace
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    Hamon, Hamon, Hamon . . . . . . .

    Ty, that would seem to say that it is possible to sand or grind a Hamon out of a knife. I didn't know that was possible. Seems to me that you could just sand deep enough to eliminate the steel disturbed by the etch and start over. Wallace
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    Hamon, Hamon, Hamon . . . . . . .

    Hey guys, need a little help. I need some advice from some of you guys that know what you're doing with Hamons. What should I do now? I love the action in this hamon but I hate the definition. My inclination is to sand it down and re-etch it. I think I left it in the etch too long. Here is what...
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    Heat treat question

    Morning guys. I use a propane forge with a steel baffle and a thermocouple to heat treat. I have been positioning my knife in the baffle and then lighting the forge and bring it up to critical temp. My question is this: Should I bring my forge up to critical temp. and then put my knife in or is...
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    Last one of the year

    Just managed to finish one for me this year after I got my Christmas orders done. Another hand shaped handle with a blade with a pretty good Hamon. Early American style with a "Swashbuckling" handle. Think I'm gonna keep this one. Blade is 4" long of W-2 steel. The guard is W-2 and "coined"...
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    I have a problem a wood addiction problem

    Hey Guys, Here is a display knife I completed a while back. The Steel is Feather Damascus by Jim Blauvelt of Taftville, Ct. The wood on the knife handle and the display stand is Wych Elm Burl that I source from a friend in Northern England. The finish is Tru Oil. I currently have some blocks...
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    Revolutionary War Fighter?

    Lots of hours in this one. This incredable blade is Feather Damascus made of over 30,000 layers, that's right, over 30,000 layers of 1095 and 15N20 made by Jin Blauvelt of Taftville, CT. The handle and the display stand are made of Wych Elm Burl from my friend Jonathan Leech in Scotland and the...
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