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  1. John Wilson

    My son’s sword project

    He’ll be the coolest kid in school!
  2. John Wilson

    Bevel Grinding Jig

    Free hand grinding on a 1x30 is probably not realistic in a lot of cases. It’s easy on a 2x72 because the machine is huge and heavy by comparison, the platen is stiff, and the belt doesn’t flutter all over the platen when you put pressure on it. If you can make knives on a 1x30, making them on...
  3. John Wilson

    Grinders going again! (Now with video!)

    Against the edge of the belt with nearly zero pressure. If the belt is running over the edge of the platen you don’t want to disturb the shape that it is taking. All you’re doing with the guide is using it as a depth stop for each side, as well as ensuring the angle of the plunge is the same...
  4. John Wilson

    Happy Easter

    Happy Easter!
  5. John Wilson

    Have I got this right???

    I remember those days well, when as a young Squid I frequented such establishments because they were within walking distance and I couldn’t afford a car. Then I stopped going to those places for a while and discovered that I actually could afford a car.
  6. John Wilson

    Have I got this right???

    You only find them at the bar outside the Base gate
  7. John Wilson

    Have I got this right???

    I only use fresh bacon grease for hand sanding because instead of wasting paper towels I just lick my fingers between grits. I went to air hardening steel to save bacon grease instead of quenching with it. Although that does make the shop smell wonderful.
  8. John Wilson

    Grinders going again! (Now with video!)

    I think I used 1084.
  9. John Wilson

    Grinders going again! (Now with video!)

    You don’t need a mack daddy file guide for grinding plunges. Those are very expensive because they are designed for accurate filing. All you need for plunges is $3 worth of carbon steel that you can heat treat. The grinder is going to eat it up eventually. Don’t destroy a good file guide...
  10. John Wilson

    Have I got this right???

    My mistake! I had 13c26 on the brain!
  11. John Wilson

    Have I got this right???

    Take the blade out of the oven and stick it directly between the plates and clamp. I’d have to check the graph but I think it has about a minute to get below 600. Someone please correct me if I’m wrong. Air hardening steels don’t need a “quench” in the typical sense of an immediate dunk...
  12. John Wilson

    What's going on in your shop?

    Those grinds look great!
  13. John Wilson

    Grinders going again! (Now with video!)

    I hated it the first couple times, too. I have always been 100% freehand. Then I started paying attention to how much time it was taking me to “touch up” the plunges by eye 43 times until I was happy, compared to getting them right the first time with the guide clamped on. I got over the...
  14. John Wilson

    Grinders going again! (Now with video!)

    Everyone has been there and done that... chased the plunges right off the ricasso. This is where a super simple file guide is worth its weight in gold. Nothing more than two pieces of hardened carbon steel, one threaded and one with through holes. Clamp that sucker to the blade and you can...
  15. John Wilson

    Meet BOB (Bug Out Blade)

    Great job! Nice and clean, good lines. Fit and finish look great!
  16. John Wilson

    New to Folders - Slip Joint Template Resource

    Dang. I keep getting this-
  17. John Wilson

    My prettiest knife (so far)

    Very unique! I’ve never seen a sheath with edge clamping before. That is really classy looking.
  18. John Wilson

    What grind for a fillet knife

    Thanks Ken and Cliff! That’s the great thing about TruOil- the blood and guts wash right off LOL.
  19. John Wilson

    My prettiest knife (so far)

    Fantastic job on the knife, Ted. I know it will bring him some small bit of happiness that everyone needs from time to time. Prayers for Judy as well as him.
  20. John Wilson

    What grind for a fillet knife

    I’m 100% with Ken. A fillet knife is already so thin that it’s going to be scary sharp even with a convex edge. I’m a big believer in convex edges, anyway- and especially on thin blades that can really use some support behind the edge. A fillet knife also makes a fantastic melon slicer and...
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