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    Things I have learned about grinding and Finish Sanding

    Gentlemen, most of this is probably second nature for the majority of you, but I just wanted to share some of the things I have learned through trial and error and of course from a lot of you over the last month with some of the new guys like myself. GRINDING: 1. Go SLOW and take your time when...
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    Plunge Line Question

    Gentlemen, I have a question.....In relation to the theoretically 90 degree intersection of the plunge line and the top edge of the bevel, what exactly causes this to become a curved intersection rather than a sharp 90 degree angle? I am still learning to grind properly, that being said, I have...
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    2nd Project Finished

    Gentlemen, for your perusal, this is my 2nd project completed since I got my grinder. Made from 3/16" 01 TS. I used OD G10 for the handles, held together with epoxy (of course) and SS torx fasteners. Still pondering on what to call it..... Your questions, comments and (constructive) criticism...
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    Grinder/Belt Question

    Why would my blade be rattling and banging all over the platen face when I'm using finer grit belts? Smooth as silk with 60 and mostly 120g.....It is not a chattering or skipping, but more "knocking" and only when the blade is on the platen. Brand new belts, so I don't think that is the issue. I...
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    First Knife From Start to Finish on My Grinder

    Hey guys, I really dug in this weekend and wanted to FINISH a knife....so, after several attempts to grind a larger knife (which seemed like a good idea at the time) I decided that I need to set the bar a little lower and start with a smaller blade. This was made from an OLD file we dug out of...
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    Advice on bevels

    Hey guys, back again with even more questions. As some of you know, I've been fighting the bear for the last week trying to figure out my grinder and how to cut nice clean even bevels. So, that being said, as a beginning knifemaker, what "type "of bevel should I be shooting for? To the best of...
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    First attempt with grinder

    Hey fellas, so I got my Wilton grinder set up and just couldn't wait to start tearing into some steel. After a few horribly sorry attempts at bevels I was ready to explode. I couldn't grind a straight line (top of bevel) to save my life, I couldn't grind even plunge cuts, I ruined the tip of one...
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    Heat Treat Question

    Hey guys, I have a new question...I am using a two-brick propane forge for heat treating and Canola oil for my quench. I would prefer to be a bit more "high speed" but this is what I have to work with at the present time. So, my first few knives were successfully heat treated with this method...
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    Problems with finish

    Hey guys, you have all been helpful so far....I got another issue hopefully some of you may have an answer for. I hand sanded this knife from 150g to 800g grit for two days, heat treated last night then began sanding with 320 and worked my way up to 2000g. So, problem number one: I have sanded...
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    New (to me) Grinder

    Hey guys, new user here...I've been using a filing jig up until today (posted a few pics of my WIPs in another thread) and just bought an old Wilkins Square Wheel Grinder about 30 minutes ago. Guy selling it didn't know what it was and I think I got a smoking deal ($500.00). I'll pick it up...
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    Handle Attachment with Filing

    Hey guys, I have a question....I have been building a knife and recently did some file work on the spine. The guy I am making it for wants Merino Ram Horn for the handle material. So, my question is (as this is my first attempt with decorative filing) will I need a spacer material between the...
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    My WIP-Tactical Cleaver?

    I am very knew to this hobby, so please be kind! This is my newest work in progress...a friend asked if I could make one and my answer of course was, sure! I just joined the forum today, so I don't have any prior pictures of the progression to here. I have a very simple garage/shop and not a lot...
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    Hello from Oklahoma

    Hello all, I just wanted to introduce myself...my name is Jeff and I am from Yukon, Oklahoma. I've been making knives for about six months now. I started out by just buying a few pre-made blades online and making handles out of various materials (G-10,Micarta, etc) after a month or so, I sorta...
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