Got some shop time in to finish off a bunch of stuff!!!
Where do I begin? 8 piece order, 5 steak knives from premade blanks with BubbleGum TJ Lam handles, chisel pry knife in 3/16" 80CRV 2, Acid etched with Halloween TJ Lam handles, 240 and 200mm chef knives in 3/32" Alabama Damascus and Halloween TJ Lam handles. Guy and his wife like colorful handles!
Also did a 3" EDC blade in Alabama Damascus and Desert Ironwood, kydex sheath.
Last up is a 210mm Nitro V 3/32" blade, 62 rockwell, convex grind with red G10 bolster and liner, black G10 frame and Carbon Fiber burl that I made for the handle.
I played with 3 different firmness of felt (S2-32 from McMaster, F3 and F5 from Amazon. F3 seems to work the best for kitchen knives. The S2-32 from McMaster is very firm and I use it to help blend the full flat grind before I go to the F3 felt. It doesn't give much of a convex to the side of the blade, but works nice to blend and clean up the finish. The F3 gives a nice convex grind for a kitchen knife and I can thin behind the edge with it. The F5 is a bit soft and the area behind the edge stays thick.
One thing I played with it how the platen and belt interact. I have top of the F3 platen slightly back from the belt under tension below the top roller. This created a slight gap between the platen and belt, so when I push into that area, it gives a little more convex, but the belt is still very tight. Works very close to the Rotary Platen I used to have and worked great to thin out just behind the edge. It lets me grind and finish the whole blade on the belt and have a progressive convex grind.
the Midwest Knifemakers Guild hosted a Hammer In at USAknifemaker this weekend.
2 things to consider if you haven’t.
1. Join a knifemakers group. You make friends that actually listen when you talk about knives as opposed to your wife and normal friends.
2. Go to Hammer In’s. You will gain 1 to 2 years knowledge. I made that up but I’m not far off.
Jason Krause shows how to enhance a hamon.
Peter Martin and I made some Ti-zirc canister Damascus. 2 billets, both turned out pretty good.
Carlin A managed the forging tent and ran several people thru making their first knife shaped object.
ABS MS Howard Clark gave a heat treating demo using both water and Parks 50
Tyler Turner gave a couple sessions on making a slippy.