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  1. Kevin Zito

    Christmas Present from Owl

    Wow! Owl, you nailed it!!! 3 amazing DIW blocks, a Blackwood block, and 4 sets of scales (2 presentation grade DIW and 2 micarta). He topped it all off with a VERY NICE center scribe. I love the design, and hat the one that I currently use. This is truly a super useful set of gifts that I can’t...
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    Shaft/Bearing question

    If a shaft is .620, would a 15mm ID bearing be acceptable? I’ve also seen “6202” bearings... are these the right ones to use? Thanks
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    Rare Earth Magnet Source

    Does anyone have any experience with rare earth magnets? Are all N52’s created alike? Same quality? Are certain companies/brands better than others? thanks. z
  4. Kevin Zito

    Epoxy Pump

    How do I pump epoxy into things like mosaic pins and handle holes? Thanks
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    Handle Contouring

    Can anyone offer any advice, tips, video resources, ... etc on properly contouring a handle? Thanks in advance.
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    Kevin Zito - KITH 2019 Bowie WIP

    First pics!! Lol In all seriousness though, I think I’m going to go with the design below. Critique, insult, bash... etc. thanks for looking. z
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    Junk Knives

    A student brought me a straight razor that he purchased at a local knife show. He asked me if I could get it sharp. It was made by a Louisiana maker, and the fit and finish of the razor is pretty darn good. However, the blade is NOT HARD.... not even close. It is soft throughout the entire...
  8. Kevin Zito


    So this one will be the third wippish type deal lol. I’m going to try to finish up this one with the other two. It’s 154 cm, 1/8 ish at the spine, 8.5 in OAL, 4 in blade. I’m going to taper the tang, fix the bump in the belly of the handle and clean/make choils. I’m also not fully done with the...
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    Hunter WIPish

    Might end up in the garbage but here goes. .156 stock 154 cm, 9 in OAL. I put a swedge on this one as well. I need to thin out the belly of the handle a bit. Critique and advice always welcome. This knife is far from done. Thanks for looking, z.T
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    So Close with Pics

    I’m almost satisfied enough with this one to finish it out. It is 154 cm steel ... 9 inch oal... 4.75 ish inch blade.... hollow ground with false edge at the top. Spine is .150 inch. I’m still not quite happy with my skills especially when it comes to the grind line. I’m doing it all freehand...
  11. Kevin Zito

    Work Rest for Contact Wheel (1.25 Inch Tool Arm)

    Any recommendations???
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    Update?, Knife Pics?, Am I Alive? Lol

    I have attempted to type something right here for months. Nothing comes out right. So I can only really say the following. It’s gonna sound weird probably lol. I’m grinding. I’m grinding all the time. It’s the only thing I do. As for the pics... they’re coming, I promise... just not quite ready...
  13. Kevin Zito

    File to Razor 99.9% Complete

    Almost done with this one... I think lol. I have ZERO idea what a “great straight razor” is really is supposed to be. I’ve googled it some, but this project was more about me playing around and getting to know my grinder. I have already posted pics of the razor in another thread; however, I’ve...
  14. Kevin Zito

    Critique Please

    Something is off here I think. I’m trying to design a somewhat original hunter/skinner. Is the handle too short? Blade too long or too wide? It’s a very rough sketch at this point. Please critique and let me know. Thanks for looking! Z
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    Buck 110 Project

    A friend of mine asked me to “clean up” his uncle’s 40 ish yr old Buck 110. The uncle passed away back in the 80’s, and my buddy wants to give the knife to his dad for his birthday. One issue that I had with the project was the fact that the uncle had carved his name and initials into the...
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    Tracking Problem

    I need some help. So my flat platen and the 8 inch contact wheel run perfectly. However, I run into issues when I put on the 12 in. I want to the belt to hand off the left hand side of the wheel say 1/8” to 1/4”. I can get the belt to ride in that spot to say my life. It will ride perfectly on...
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    Eventually I’m going to get a HT oven. However, some of things that I’m trying to do require a little heating and bending along the way. At any rate, my question is can I convert this old air compressor into a forge? I’m wondering if it’s too thin. This may be wayyyy too much of a headache...
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    File Work Lol

    So my cousin gave me some old files. Some are still good, and I’m using them. Some, however, have seen their better days. I decided to work on a couple while I wait for other stuff to come back from heat treat. Let me know what y’all think. I still have scratches to remove. The boning knife is...
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    How to change bearings in contact wheel?

    I ordered the wrong size ... my fault. So what I’m really asking first is.... how do I get the wrong ones out?
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    6 Skinners Ready for HT

    Thought I post some pics on a lil batch. Three of these were done this morning. I can move so much more metal now. Thanks for looking! Critique away. Ps I etched the file work to see what it’s going to look like. I know I have to clean all that up after HT.