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  1. John Wilson

    What's going on in your shop?

    Beautiful! How difficult is mammoth to work with?
  2. John Wilson

    What's going on in your shop?

    same here. it’s been brutal. Every year I promise myself that I won’t take orders in the summer next year. I like to lie to myself. Turns out I’ll do questionable things for money.
  3. John Wilson

    ceramic belts?

    I do almost the same. I start with a 60 grit ceramic running wide open. Then I go to a 120 grit at about 75% and slow it down progressively as I near my finished dimensions. I don’t use much pressure at all. Pressure is almost always how I ruin a good thing. In fact, I know it’s time to...
  4. John Wilson

    KCB77 German Army Knife/Bayonet Blank

    Good question. It’s probably just for production purposes / work holding. The same reason your soda and water bottle has a neck ring under the cap. That’s how the preform / bottle is held by the machines during the bottling process.
  5. John Wilson

    KCB77 German Army Knife/Bayonet Blank

    I'd imagine the extra steel is there to withstand twisting/torquing of the bayonet without snapping the tang since that's where the guard goes.
  6. John Wilson

    ceramic belts?

    Same here. They may work best at high speeds, but they work just fine at any speed. I suspect the "high speed / high pressure" aspect is more important in a production facility where increasing belt life by 10% adds up to tens of thousands of dollars over the course of a year. In a...
  7. John Wilson

    I’m okay but here are two things to avoid.

    my wife is big on storing things in the oven, too. I cooked the handle off a frying pan by preheating the oven without looking in there first. Glad you’re okay!
  8. John Wilson

    Evenheat 110 volt unit

    i can put my hand on my Evenheat while it’s running
  9. John Wilson

    Mesquite Chef

    beautiful! That’s some seriously nice mesquite.
  10. John Wilson

    Maker’s Mark On Damascus

    love it!
  11. John Wilson

    Perfecting bevel line?

    I’ll be the oddball here. This is exactly why I freehand grind. Sooner or later jigs and tool rests just get in the way. Freehand grinding does take a long time to get good at, but once you have the hang of it there’s nothing you can’t do- because there’s nothing in the way. For tricky...
  12. John Wilson

    50th Wedding Anniversary

    Dennis over here creating beautifully intricate heirlooms for fun and I’m over here like “I air fried pizza rolls.. hooraaayyy meeee!”
  13. John Wilson

    What's going on in your shop?

    Casey, that looks awesome! The parkerizing is perfect for the green and tan tactical scheme. I would never know that it isn’t a hidden tang except for the really cool black line. Love it!
  14. John Wilson

    What's going on in your shop?

    i haven’t attempted a frame. this gives me some inspiration for an idea i’ve had for a knife.
  15. John Wilson

    What's going on in your shop?

    that came out great! beautiful!
  16. John Wilson

    Thinking about a Dedicated Handle Grinder

    i thought of doing something very similar. I’ll be interested to see where this goes.
  17. John Wilson

    What's going on in your shop?

    It really is beautiful wood. I've always loved cocobolo. I didn't know until sanding it that it hates me and wants me to die.
  18. John Wilson

    What's going on in your shop?

    That is a nice piece of cocobolo. I'm glad you found a good use for it. I personally can't work with it anymore. Cocobolo and I don't get along. Please be careful and wear a respirator around that stuff when sanding it.
  19. John Wilson

    Thank you very much!

    Thank you very much!
  20. John Wilson

    Noob maker, lemme have it!

    Otto, let me start off by saying that you have a very good eye for balance and proportion. These are very, very good for anyone’s first knives. The next step is to continue what you are doing with a focus on improving the finish. Hand sanding to remove any remaining scratches will elevate...