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  1. Mike Carter

    Our May WIP give-a-way WINNER

    Wow! Thank you!
  2. Mike Carter

    Brass Bolsters

    Thanks. Yes, I finish brass, nickel silver and stainless steel with the green stainless compound.
  3. Mike Carter

    Brass Bolsters

    http://youtu.be/gw2ND9inUdE
  4. Mike Carter

    Handle Pins

    Here is a quick video about some different types of knife handle pins. http://youtu.be/79HzrIEknzA
  5. Mike Carter

    black 'n' white twist

    I like it. Is the sheath micarta too?
  6. Mike Carter

    Heat Treating Railroad Spike Knives

    RC 57 is really surprising. According to the railroad specs I have "High Carbon" spikes may contain NO MORE THAN 0.30% carbon yet you are getting a hardness equivalent to steel with 3 times that much carbon.
  7. Mike Carter

    Matchlock Axe/Pistol

    As always, outstanding work and a great photo tutorial.
  8. Mike Carter

    which etcher works well ?

    I used a Etch-O-Matic for years. It works but has it's flaws. The head is large and it is hard to make a mark close to a guard. It is a self contained unit and a bit of a pain to disassemble for cleaning. I switched to a Personalizer Plus and I like it much better. It is more expensive but it...
  9. Mike Carter

    "My very first knife" - post up!

    Well, considering that I didn't start making knives until I was 49, I needed to cheat a little. I don't have much hope of gaining 50+ years of knifemaking experience so I had to take advantage of Gils. I couldn't agree more that a mentor or taking a class from an experienced maker is money well...
  10. Mike Carter

    "My very first knife" - post up!

    Good thread. It is interesting see all of the first knives. I had a bit of an advantage and greatly reduced my learning curve as I made my first knife in Gil Hibben's week-long knifemaking class in 2003. I would have spent years learning on my own what I learned in that week. I am still proud...
  11. Mike Carter

    Knifemakers Guild Show

    I'll be there. Looking forward to seeing you and everyone else.
  12. Mike Carter

    Cow bone for handle scales

    I go to the local pet supply and buy the big bones for dogs at $2-$4 each. I lay them outside and let them weather, dry out and sun bleach for year. Then I cut them, put them on a knife, sand it down and give it a light buff. Works great for me. Sometimes I use the whole bone on a large knife as...
  13. Mike Carter

    Updates - Hometown Hero Build

    I shipped my knives today. Thanks for the opportunity to participate in a great project.
  14. Mike Carter

    An interesting predicament

    There could be some confusion. There are a couple of well known Carters in the knife world so I always made it clear that my knives are by Mike Carter and use a distinctive mark and signature that would not be confused with the other Carters.
  15. Mike Carter

    Making list of makers seeking knife related work..

    Email sent. Thanks Tracy.
  16. Mike Carter

    Updates - Hometown Hero Build

    Overall I like the design a lot. All of the grooves in the grip are a bit of a pain to work around and keep cleaned out but other than that I think it is a great knife.
  17. Mike Carter

    Hometown Hero build ~WIP~

    The cammo handle is some material I picked up at the 2010 Blade Show. It think it was from Texas Knifemaker Supply but I am not sure. It is some kind of synthetic. It works like the polymer materials I have used but it seems a little tougher.
  18. Mike Carter

    Updates - Hometown Hero Build

    My 5 are almost done. I just need to sharpen them and make the sheaths. I decided to mix them up a bit. The first two are the supplied handle materials and cold blue. The third one has a mustard patina. The fourth one has a black Gun Coat coating and plastic/nylon cammo handle. Number four is a...
  19. Mike Carter

    Hometown Hero build ~WIP~

    My 5 are almost done. I just need to sharpen them and make the sheaths. I decided to mix them up a bit. The first two are the supplied handle materials and cold blue. The third one has a mustard patina. The fourth one has a black Gun Coat coating and plastic/nylon cammo handle. Number four is a...
  20. Mike Carter

    Updates - Hometown Hero Build

    I have 5 knives nearly finished. I have kydex but I am not very experienced with it. What kind of belt loop or attachment do these need? Photos would be helpful.
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