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  1. Austin Thrasher

    KITH for Brad Walker

    Finally getting around to getting this started. Life is hectic and I apologize for the delay but am excited to get some shop time! I picked out a few of my “best sellers” for @Brad Walker. Which one shall I go with??? The two Hunter/Skinner knives are Tony Bose patterns that he graciously let me...
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    Couple of leather work firsts for me.

    Hey guys thought I’d post this up. This is my bushcrafter pattern I came up with and have had pretty good luck selling on a Bushcraft forum and at shows. Nothing fancy but just a nice little woodsy pattern. The sheath definitely not perfect but is the first time I’ve done a dangler which is not...
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    Steak knife brainstorm questions.

    Hey guys, I just got an order from a repeat customer for a set of 8 matching steak knives for his brothers birthday. I’ve never even thought about steak knives design wise and would love to hear what y’all thought. I want to use stainless but am not sure what to go with. I have an Evenheat oven...
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    Micarta/G10 handle pin concerns

    Hey guys, have any of y’all fastened handles with pinstock of micarta or G10? I’m curious as to the best way to securely and permanently fasten the handle to the knife using these since they cannot be both epoxied and peened like I do with metal pinstock. I really like the look that can be...
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    Forging with natural gas

    Hey guys, does anyone know if natural gas is a viable option for forging instead of propane? The reason I ask is because my wife and I are buying a nice place with a house, garage, several outbuildings, and 9.25 acres. Back in the thirtys they came to the folks living in this area and said...
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    Free unlimited steel supply?

    Ok guys I’m a bit excited about this. I work in a tool and die shop that makes and services stamping dies for the automotive industry. To cut to the chase here, I just found out today that some of the steel we stamp is 1055 and 1074! Now, I (think I) understand that 1055 is decent knife steel...
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    Scandi Grind Finish Problems

    Hi guys I just designed a bushcraft knife that I’m really liking and would like to make a lot more of but have a few questions on how to keep the finish of the Scandi edge nice and clean after I sharpen it on the stone. Since a Scandi edge is sharpened with the whole flat down on the stone and...
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    Checkering G10.

    Has anyone here ever checkered G10? I have a customer I’m making a chef and cleaver for that wants G10 handles but wants them textured for grip and would really like them checkered in the style of a gunstock. I’m not sure the best way to try this... I do have a checkering file but definitely...
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    Is stabilized wood impervious to moisture like a synthetic is?

    Is stabilized wood impervious to moisture like a synthetic is? Hey guys. Yep the title pretty much sums up my question. I have a customer wanting a chef knife and is asking about a rubber handle because of moisture concerns. This blade will be in Damascus and it goes against my grain to put a...
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    Razor Sharp Edgemaking System

    What is yalls opinion of this product? I bought one and while it does get knives really sharp, really fast, I’m just curious to see if there is any downsides I should be aware of. Sorry I don’t have any pics but this sharpening system is the paper wheels that go on a buffer. Silicon carbide grit...
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    Lets talk the Business of Knifemaking.

    Ok so I am curious to hear any and all suggestions about how to grow a knife business. I’m not necessarily talking about going full time. I’m not ready for that yet. I guess my question could go a lot of different ways but as soon as my new shop is built and I start filling the few orders that...
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    Austin Thrasher Photo Gallery-past work, current wips, etc..

    I reckon this’ll be the place I upload photos of my past work and whatever else I think of. I’ll guess I’ll start with these: Alabama Damascus with Padauk wood handle. Alabama Damascus with Olive wood handle. I’m definitely not a fan of the modern interpretation of the tanto knife but if...
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    New Shop WIP!

    I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile now but just finally learned that my pics needed to be resized. So anyway the shop has been making progress but I’m behind on the wip. I am currently in a 12 x 12 shop that I bought on craigslist a few years ago, drove to Kentucky to tear down and rebuilt...
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    Hi all.

    I am a part time maker. I’ve done a few small and local shows just trying to get my name out there. I am a machinist by trade and currently work in a die shop repairing and making stamping dies. My knives are starting to look halfway decent and I am constantly striving to make each blade just a...
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