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  1. EdCaffreyMS

    Pakistan Demascus. What’s the story?

    The statement "You get what you pay for" is never more true then when it comes to Damascus. Pakistan Damascus? It's be a boil on the butt of knifemaking for many years. It is NEVER what they list it as..... as Randy said...... "old tine cans and hubcaps".....which is pretty accurate...
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    wax the blade ?

    I still keep the bowling alley wax around.....for specific purposes.....but I still like the Mother's better for knives. I discovered that the chemicals in the Bowling alley wax do strange things to some natural handle materials over time... and I've had a number of clients mention that the...
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    wax the blade ?

    Absolutely! I've used "wax" for blades/knives for a lot of years. IMO wax is far superior to oils....less mess, it doesn't draw dirt like oils, and it lasts FAR longer then any oil. I've tried/used a ton of different brands/types.....and always keep coming back to Mother's Caranuba...
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    Tempering in oil?

    The salt tanks are only as accurate as they are built to be...... I had to experiment a BUNCH with tanks, their wall thickness, and salts capacity, and also the PID settings, to finally get my tanks to where they will hold 12-15 degrees from the set point....... In my previous post I mentioned...
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    Question for Ed

    Hi Fred! I think your spot on. Generally when hot cutting that long cut down the center line, of a billet intended for feather.....edge/corner cracks are a huge enemy....the more you can seal/clear/grind, or whatever is needed to eliminate them....will make the rest of the job go MUCH more...
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    Tempering in oil?

    Chris is correct..... 400 degrees, is 400 degrees, whether that be from a liquid, or air (liquid being conduction, air being convection) The key is..... will the device offer the accuracy required to heat and HOLD the oil temp for the duration needed? I have no doubt what you're wanting to...
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    Trying a Hawk?

    Hopefully there's something in all my yammering that is helpful! Keep us posted on how things go with this project!
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    Trying a Hawk?

    TEACHING/SHARING/SUGGESTION MOMENT: IF you can do it this way.....weld your mild steel body together first. Then, get a localized heat in the eye area and drift it to shape. Anneal the entire piece, the carefully cut what will be the cutting edge on a band saw to about 1/2"-34"...
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    CA glue as a finish coat?

    Just a note ..... a CA finish will not allow any oil type finish to adhere/absorb. If you use the CA as a "filler", and then put Tru-Oil over it....... what you'll get are very high gloss "spots" where the CA is..... and the Tru-Oil will be more mellow/satin looking. I would encourage...
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    Press

    AWESOME! Just be VERY cautious about pressing out on the edges of the dies (try to keep the area of the billet your pressing, under the middle/center of the dies). I almost never allow anyone who isn't familiar with forging presses to use mine.....because they ALWAYS put a billet out at the...
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    CA glue as a finish coat?

    While I personally do not like nor do CA handle finishes, what I pasted in bold above is the key..... and as with most things, requires a significant amount of time and effort to come out smooth, even, and looking good. I'd recommend folks give it a try, just to see if they like it...... it...
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    Well Darn it anyway!

    Just saying 1x30 kinda hurts! :) I ordered a whole new VFD..... it'll be here next Monday. Hopefully I'm feeling good enough to get it installed and things running again.....never know just how much you use, or miss, a tool until it's sitting there unusable!
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    Hidden tang pins vs. no pins

    In my experience, clients prefer to see at least one pin in a hidden tang handle. Why? Having asked many folks about it, the universal response is that they feel the handle is more secure when there are pins through it. Is that true? Personally I don't believe it is.....PROVIDED the tang...
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    Sharpen vs non sharpen display knives?

    Precisely my viewpoint!
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    Forged texture on chefs/ kitchen knife

    It'll help....but in just the opposite way you're thinking! :) All the "texture" will be a place for food to "hide". The best thing I've found to date, to keep food from sticking to culinary cutlery is a good coat of wax....something like caranuba wax. I can't recall the last time...
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    Wood glue vs epoxy on handles?

    Yes.... it's the ONLY adhesive that I use on knives. In the future, I'm sure something better will come out, but for right now, there is no other adhesive that beats acraglas in term of shelf life, hold life, and durability. There is a difference in how it's mixed versus traditional...
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    Wood glue vs epoxy on handles?

    I'd recommend the original..... the gel is too thick for most applications...and doesn't work well at all if building hidden tangs.
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    Wood glue vs epoxy on handles?

    What you have to consider is the use of the item being "glued".....most wood glues are not weatherproof. Some will say "weather resistant".....but that just means it will take longer to fall apart when exposed to the elements versus something like plain old elmer's glue. Without getting...
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    Well Darn it anyway!

    Tim and Mandi were here yesterday.....hanging a new finish shop heater for me (the old one is 25+ years old, and last year I had to sink $350 into it during the coldest part of winter) So anyway, Tim cut some exhaust pipe, then used the KMG to deburr it....... Then later, after they'd left, I...
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    Hand Made Gadgetry

    Diifferent approaches to knifemaking I suppose. If an individual makes multiple "models" of knives, then having a grinding jig for each is a plus. I think my premise holds water though...... grinding jigs do limit you to specific styles and shapes for the given jig...... if a person...
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