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  1. MikeL

    Need hollow grind info

    I use a 16” wheel a lot for my hollow grinds but, as Ed says, that is the max size for my grinder. I just wanted to add that I spend most of my time on instagram and ran across Bill Behnke who makes radius platens. For my larger hollow grinds I now use one of his 36” platens. It works well for...
  2. MikeL

    Bowie/Fighter Video by Jason Volkert Knives

    Pretty dang nice!
  3. MikeL

    Gents knife

    Excellent!
  4. MikeL

    4BAR TWIST

    This is going to look great!
  5. MikeL

    IWB (in the waist band) sheath

    Yes, totally separated. Obviously they do cross each other but there is leather layers between the knives. Thanks
  6. MikeL

    IWB (in the waist band) sheath

    Thank you. I agree on re sheathing. He’s does martial arts so I hope that means he knows what he’s doing.
  7. MikeL

    IWB (in the waist band) sheath

    I haven’t posted knives in a while but wanted to share this twin sheath for twin knives. The customer wanted matching left right belt carry and also an IWB carry for the small of his back. This sheath is all the work of my brother with some input from the customer. Took him quite a while to work...
  8. MikeL

    Chef knife quandary

    Sound advice as usual. Thank you. I just learned from the engraver he likes a hamon as well. While I thought it would detract from his engraving it looks like it will be good in his eyes so I’m going with 1095. Thanks again.
  9. MikeL

    Chef knife quandary

    Thanks ahead of time for any advice. An engraver who made some rings for some clients now have the same clients asking for an engraved chef knife. He asked me to make the knife. He wants the spine area clayed so when I send the finished knife that part is not hardened. So a hamon is not the...
  10. MikeL

    Sheath Makin Hatin Club

    Very nice sheath Justin. I for one do not like to make sheaths but would if I had to. My brother makes mine and I don’t think I can do better than him. If he calls it quits I’ll step up. I love the smell of leather. I love the small of coffee. At first I much preferred the smell of coffee over...
  11. MikeL

    Re heat treat 1095

    Thank you very much. I’ll add the stress relief step.
  12. MikeL

    Re heat treat 1095

    I appreciate your opinion and input.. Thanks and thanks to everyone else. I’m going to just re-heat treat with new oil (no anneal) and see what happens.
  13. MikeL

    Re heat treat 1095

    Changing the oil out is definitely one thing I’ll do. It’s also in a small container (about a gallon) so it’s probably easier to contaminate. Thanks
  14. MikeL

    Re heat treat 1095

    I have some more reading and learning to do! I thought, perhaps wrongly, cycling benefited forged blades. I guess it can also be useful for stock removal. I’ll do some more reading. Thanks again.
  15. MikeL

    Re heat treat 1095

    Yes. I try to follow Kevin’s and a couple others expert advice. Thank you.
  16. MikeL

    Re heat treat 1095

    Put it in the oven, ramp to 1475, hold for 7 mins, quench in parks, two 2 hr tempers at 500. Thanks for the input guys.
  17. MikeL

    Re heat treat 1095

    Okay. I can try that. Thanks I’m gathering with the responses it must be kinda rare to not get hardened 1095?
  18. MikeL

    Re heat treat 1095

    Yes. It’s 1095. I’ve been using the parks oil for a while. That could be the issue. I had planned on using new oil. Know where I start? Anneal? Thanks
  19. MikeL

    Re heat treat 1095

    It just ‘felt’ soft just like when I did the pre HT grind. I don’t have a any testers other than files. But I did decide to see if I could drill a hole in the handle. The entire blade including handle was quenched. The drill bit dug in without issue just like pre HT. Based on that unscientific...
  20. MikeL

    Re heat treat 1095

    I heat treated 1095 bar stock using my paragon. So temperature control was not the issue. Quenched in parks 50. Seemed to be hard with the file test so I did the two temper cycles. However, after doing some grinding, I now feel like it’s not hard as it should be. So I want to start over on the...
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