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    Knew it had to happen....eventually....

    I've been grinding for several years and maybe I've just been lucky but this morning I blew my first belt. OMG.... it scared the living crap out of me!!! I swear I may have wet my pants just a little. All of the noise and stuff flying every where. I didn't have a clue as to what just happened...
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    Working with Kirinite...

    Using Kirinite for the first time. I'm seeing an abundance of "pits" that I can't seem to get out no matter what I do. Any tips for working this stuff???
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    Most bandaids.....

    It's only 1:20 EST and I'm on my 3rd bandaid. I think I'll knock off early today, I feel that the handwriting is on the wall. What's your record for one day???
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    Tapering a tang...

    How do I get started in doing this??? My common sense tells me that the taper must travel the entire distance that my scales would cover or else they'll rock front to rear. But then how do I get a clean "cut off" at the ricasso??? Most of the blades I work with are 1/8" and rarely over 6" in...
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    Sometimes ignorance is bliss....

    Last week I decided that I had to make a couple of sheaths out of self defense. I normally refer my leather work to a much better leather worker than I will ever be. Anyway I decided I needed a piece of granite to work this leather on so I stopped by a granite countertop/headstone place and...
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    A first (and possibly last) attempt at a riunded spine....

    Working on a little knife 6.25" in length with a 2.75" blade. The type you would choke up on to do something with the first part of the blade. I thought a rounded spine might be more comfortable as well as add a distinctive look to the piece. What I discovered is that doing a rounded spine...
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    Atlas Mini Etcher...

    Just got stencils from Patricia at IMG and get okay results with my current set up but looking for something a little better. Saw the Atlas unit but can't find any real world experience. Does anyone have one and if so how do you like it??
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    Help on a couple of issues....

    "Belt slap"... what is causing my belts to bump on the platen when the seam comes across??? If I put the least amount of pressure on the belt while using the platen I get a bump when the seam comes around.... Obviously not good... Screwed up pins.... I check my pin stock with my fingers when it...
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    Showed up out of the blue.....

    I've been lurking for a month or so and finally decided to register yesterday. I'm a knife "assembler" meaning that I don't have the ability, expertise or machinery to actually make a blade so I use blades from major suppliers and I do the rest. I'm looking forward to hanging around and...
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