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  1. EdCaffreyMS

    Do you own an oscillating tool??

    That's pretty darn sassy Chris!! I love it!! Do you remember what it's called.....that would make searching for it on Amazon a bunch easier! :)
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    Do you own an oscillating tool??

    If so, then you own something that can be a great help with "hand" sanding! This lupus stuff, has proven a challenge for many of the things I do. Hand sanding is a biggie....may hand hurt so bad I can hardly grip the sanding stick. So, I found something that has helped me tremendously. An...
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    Bonding and trust of my dog?

    I gotta wonder if the OP is serious, and thinks this is a dog owner's forum? Or maybe a troll?? I wasn't going to respond in this thread, but Whew! Boy, whomever wrote the information in that link is educated WAY beyond their intelligence! I've been a dog owner and trainer for most of my...
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    Ladder question

    Any "stock removal" damascus pattern (such as ladder....where you remove stock in order to create patter) can be easily erased by too much grinding. You cannot just make a ladder pattern billet, then stock remove it. The ladder will be erased through grinding. With any stock removal damascus...
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    Keeping bevel clean while gluing up?

    I neglected to say anything about gluing, but was reminded when I read Chris's post. Always totally finish out the front of scales, or guard before gluing. False fit everything (put it in place in such a manner that it's removable), then use Vaseline to cover the blade, and front of scales or...
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    Keeping bevel clean while gluing up?

    I don't use anything to cover blades, but just try to be mindful, cautious, and blow away swarf with compressed air as I go. Most "staining" that can happen from various wood dusts are easily cleaned up during final finishing with a dab of flitz or similar metal polish. Some woods, such as...
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    Controls on H/T ovens

    Because what I heat treat contains such a tiny percentage of stainless steel, I just use foil wrap.... I've been on the same roll for nearly a decade now. I never heat treat carbon/alloy steels in the oven..... I prefer/use my salt tank.... I do a lot of differential heat treating too. ;)...
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    Controls on H/T ovens

    IMO.....Yes. The required hold times and ramp requirements for heat treating most Stainless steels make a digitally controlled oven a necessity if you intend to heat treat stainless steels. Most of the stainless steels will also require some type of "shielding" during heat treating.... unless...
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    Controls on H/T ovens

    If "best" in a heat treat oven means holding the tightest temp tolerances, then among the commonly known brands, Paragon is first in line, followed closely by Evenheat. Evenheat has really hit a "home run" in regards to controllers. The TAP is simply the best thing out there right now in...
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    Ameribrade Rotary Platen - Reviews?

    I've not used that specific rotary platen, but it looks a lot like the prototype from Beaumont. Personally, if you're gong to have a rotary platen, I'd go with the one from Beaumont. More versatile, and better/heavier built.
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    What's going on in your shop?

    New folder pattern. Liner Lock, very slim. I had one of my "good" days today, so got them to the point of ready to set the locks....but thought I'd better do that in the morning when I'm rested. These both have 80CRV2 blades, and will have a tumbled finish and clear gun kote. Hope to have...
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    Knifemaker's Vise....

    OH YES!! When there is a blade in a vise like that......you best be on high alert all the time. As my Granddad taught me.... "Ed, there's traps everywhere for a man!" :) Even with that wisdom, stupid has walked right up and slapped me in the back of the head a few times..... as in going to...
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    Knifemaker's Vise....

    Little late to the party, but I'd suggest whether you buy or build, make it a vise with enough jaw opening to hold a finished knife handle. There is always some touch up that needs doing before a knife goes out the door.....and a vise with jaw big enough will save you a lot of frustration. I...
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    apply scales w/ C/A glue ?

    Some of the "rubberized" or flexible CA glues MIGHT be successful in holding handle scales, also there are now some "industrial" CA type glues that really straddle the fence on being called CA type glues that may be more shock and heat resistant then common CA glue. If the individual is...
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    KBAC VFD controller tip(s)

    All great info Tracy! I've been running VFDs in my shop since they first became readily available to ordinary consumers....prior to that, I was running 180V DC motors, with KBAC DC drives. Far less technical than the 220v single phase to 3 phase controllers. I can't count the number of...
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    Knife polishing needed

    Whew! There would be a LOT of work involved to properly finish that blade/knife. I can't speak for everybody, but do know that most professional Bladesmith/Knifemakers are reluctant to work on any knife they did not produce, and consider work of this type as "repair" work.... and in my shop...
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    Knife Care Woes

    I said it that way, because I've been in your shoes! It took me getting hosed by several "friends" before I got tired of it and put the monkey right back on them! :) I've also had A LOT of customers do some really "duh" things to knives/blades, and then expect me to fix it for free...... so...
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    Knife Care Woes

    It's pretty easy to see.... whomever "washed" it, got their fingers wet/soapy, and lightly rubbed the blade back and forth a couple of time....no rinse, and no dry. You can see the "finger" tracks in the mess. LIGHTLY scrub with Flitz and #0000 steel wool, then a coat of a good quality...
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    Should I save swarf? (question for the canister damascus folks)

    Catching swarf isn't a good idea for canister damascus. It's often full of other impurities such as grains of abrasive grit, and just plain other "dirt" from around the shop, and unless meticulously gathered/cleaned, will usually end up producing voids and cold shuts. I tried it in the past...
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    Pin & Hole Sizing - What method do you use?

    That... everyone... is GOLDEN!! Paste that on your grinder! :) I can't tell you how frustrating it is to try to explain that to someone who's having the issue, and just can't get it through their cranium to SLOW DOWN. :)
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