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    How long will I make rookie mistakes?

    You can save a little of that length by cutting a slot in the top of the slightly over final length pin so that you can index it with a flathead screwdriver. Assuming you're talking about mosaics.
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    How long will I make rookie mistakes?

    At some point after your first season, they just become mistakes rather than rookie mistakes. But everyone else is right--take it slow, batch the HT and focus on that while you're doing it, and use sharp belts. In Swahili they say,"haraka, haraka, haina baraka," which literally translates as...
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    Mesquite Chef

    Thanks! Should clarify that I've made 150 or so, just not in a long time. I started back in 2009. This is my just my second since early 2017 because of moving, new jobs, generalized distraction, etc.
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    Mesquite Chef

    So it's been a minute since I've made many knives. In fact, this is the second knife I've finished in 3 years (the first was last week!), but I'm trying to get back to it. I ground and polished the blade many moons ago, and completed everything else over the last few weeks. Anyway, enough about...
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    Anyone using Cru Forge V?

    CruV is great steel, but if you're planning to hand sand these blades, pick something else. It's REALLY wear resistant, and you will hurt before you're done.
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    Getting back in The Game

    Many of you who were around since the beginning of KD have probably wondered, at some point, whether I died. Or lost all my fingers. Or was imprisoned. Thankfully none of those things happened. I moved from the Houston area back home to the Austin area. I changed jobs twice. I remodeled a house...
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    Thinking of a new grinder..... but oh, the hurdles

    That all makes perfect sense. Same reason I'll buy another Canon camera instead of a Nikon--all my lenses are already Canon.
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    Thinking of a new grinder..... but oh, the hurdles

    Ed, don't overlook the Esteem. It's configured similarly to a Bader B3, but it's a bit more robust. Also, Brett Matthews is a good guy, and has taken good care of me when I have questions or random ideas. He's also seemed open to customizations, though I've not ever sprung for any. I'm super...
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    Made one for me

    What level of finish to you take it to before tumbling? I'm still trying to work out my process, and it isn't going especially well. I use the same media as you, presumably in the same/similar tumbler.
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    KD Awards Winners

    Wow guys (and girls)! This is exciting. Thanks for the votes--this really means a lot to me, even if I do think I won only because John Doyle didn't have one in the category ;). I'm honored to be a part of this great community.
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    Hello from East Texas

    Welcome! Fill out your profile with at least your location. There are a lot of knifemakers here in Texas, probably some near you. Also, check out the Texas Knifemakers' Guild. Currently it's just on Facebook, but will have a website up soon and just got approved for 501c(3) non-profit status...
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    2015 KD Members Choice Awards - NON TACTICAL FIXED BLADE 10" and longer (Over all) Pl

    You had to go there didn't you ;). Here's another:
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    First Website! please check it out :D

    I'm pretty critical when it comes to websites, but yours is nice and clean and well organized with good navigation and an appropriate minimum of categories. One of my favorites, and I really the best I've seen that wasn't done by my wife. Pictures are good and clear, colors are pleasant, it...
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    Knifedogs Choice Awards this year?

    Are we doing this? I always look forward to this time of year because we get to see everyone's best work on display. I'd hate to miss out.
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    Hello, from small town Alberta Canada.

    I strongly suggest that you fill our your profile to let people know where you are. There are some very talented makers in Alberta who also happen to be very nice folks that love nothing better than helping folks learn to make better knives. I spent a year in Calgary a short while back, and even...
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    Knifemakers' Holiday Blessing

    I was thinking about what a blessing it is to be able to make knives, to have gotten to know so many wonderful people in the worldwide knifemaking community, and also about how short life really is, so I have composed the following Knifemakers' Holiday Blessing for all knifemakers everywhere...
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    Howdy from new guy in Texas.

    Texas is a big place. Fill out your profile--there's likely a lot of us near you but we don't know where that is.
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    Anyone using the HF 18 LB vibratory tumbler??

    Ed/Everyone, How much do you finish blades before tumbling? If I could take them up to a 220 or 400 grit belt finish and then tumble it would save me a lot of time on some of my more basic blades. Is it even necessary to go that fine? The world of blade tumbling is completely new to me.
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    "Sibling Rivalry" Stiletto Dagger

    They're both for sale. I prefer "votes" via PayPal ;) .
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