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1  KNIFE TALK / Ed's Thoughts / Re: Blade Show on: July 06, 2012, 06:46:02 PM
Thanks a bunch you guys for the great photos of the Blade Show.    Ed you sure are looking swell.    We haven't seen each other face to face since the good old days when you could be found at the New York Show  . That was when I purchased my first Ed Fowler knife   . I would rather not publish the price as many folks would turn green with envy.   I hope to get a picture to this site one of these days.   Thanks again folks and Ed for all your selfless efforts to further the cause of full-tilt knife making.   BYRON
2  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Off Topic Question For Gun People on: January 01, 2012, 06:15:23 PM
Good questions for the new year.  I have a suggestion for your chimney situation. One of the fellows in our blacksmithing group here in Pennsylvania had an interesting solution. He had a nice big coal forge table in one of his out buildings and instead of a chimney he simply had a big exhaust fan in the wall a few feet above the table. It was great to see the coal smoke go up and be sucked right out the fan. If I had seen that soon enough I would not have chopped a hole in the roof of my smithy (always leaked a little around the chimney liner I put in no matter what I did). I think you might give it a try before a major project like building a chimney or a hood and smoke stack.  Good luck and Happy New Year all.   BYRON
3  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Scale or not on: October 24, 2011, 05:56:26 PM
Howdy Folks,  Whilst reading your discussion on firescale I felt I just had to pass on a handy tip we were given by Joe Cordova at a Bill Moran seminar a few years ago = Scale can be easily removed by simply soaking the blade in WHITE VINEGAR overnight. I have tried it and all the scale just floats off miraculously. Keep up the info sharing. I love it.    BYRON
4  KNIFE GALLERY / Show & Tell / Re: From bearing to knife - WIP on: December 27, 2010, 07:00:59 PM
Thanks Gents for the intensive demonstrations and information sharing. How important it is for collectors to get some understanding of all that is involved in the creation of a quality knife. I'll bet many don't even realize what the materials look like before and during the process. They would surely have a better appreciation of the value of the finished creation.   BYRON
5  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: blood stain on: December 08, 2010, 05:56:20 PM
Howdy Folks, I have been enjoying this discussion and feel the need to add my two cents about the use of horn for handle material. I have a very special knife made by a really talented smith years ago that has a buffalo horn handle. The blade is a beautiful pattern welded steel with a very light etch and visible temper line. I am sorry to say the horn is severely split in several places along the back. It is a shame to see such a beautiful creation spoiled by the natural movement of the material. I would rather have black micarta for the handle but I have tried to grind some of that stuff my own self and the smell that comes off it was so bad I could not stand it. I have had the splits repaired but they continue to open up in other spots. My question is: can buffalo horn be treated to avoid this problem or is that just the chance you take? The sheep horn on my Ed knives has remained perfect over these many years and does not move at all.   Thanks,   BYRON
6  KNIFE GALLERY / Show & Tell / Re: Up Close and Personal on: October 13, 2010, 06:46:30 PM
Hello Ed and everyone,   On the subject of signing your work, I have heard tell that the most famous Japanese sword master smiths would not sign their blades because if you found one of their masterpieces and could not tell who had made it just by looking at it then you did not deserve to know what you had.   Fortunately that does not apply in the world of custom knives. I feel strongly that every handcrafted knife should be signed by the maker even if he will only ever make one knife.  I have often thought it would be a valuable service if some enthusiastic person out there would start an official registry of makers' marks. Anyway, good to be back.   BYRON
7  KNIFE GALLERY / Show & Tell / Re: Cold Forged 52100, Bronze guard, elk brow-tine and Desert-Ironwood on: April 19, 2010, 07:04:49 PM
Very nice knife Kevin. I like the pointiness. Where is your signature or touch mark? BYRON
8  KNIFE GALLERY / Show & Tell / Re: something new from the shop on: March 22, 2010, 07:43:51 PM
I like it. Nicely done.   BYRON
9  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Your favorite "Knife Talk" articles on: February 14, 2010, 05:48:05 AM
Excellent answers Ed. Thanks for all that you do for us fans.   BYRON
10  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Your favorite "Knife Talk" articles on: February 11, 2010, 08:31:53 PM
Great questions David.  The answers will be even greater. Thanks.  BYRON
11  KNIFE GALLERY / Show & Tell / Re: Fowler Bowie on: January 30, 2010, 06:53:03 PM
Thanks Phil for all the good teachings on successful photos. Say, do you guys polish these brass guards every day? When I polished mine they started to oxidize before I could set the knife down so I just leave them "au natural". Kind of matches the scuffed up sheath a bit more naturally. BYRON
12  KNIFE GALLERY / Show & Tell / Re: Fowler Bowie on: January 25, 2010, 04:33:08 PM
13  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Makng DVD's on: January 16, 2010, 04:19:12 PM
I am guessing I am not alone in anxiously awaiting the availability of these new tutorial DVD's.
14  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Lets talk about gut hooks on: January 14, 2010, 06:08:52 PM
I have heard that the most efficient use of the gut hook feature is lifting the handle of a hot pot off of the fire.
15  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Loveless Knife? on: January 07, 2010, 06:30:31 PM
Loveless knives are extremely valuable and collectible due to their perceived value. All Loveless knives can be documented and assigned a definite value. Don't give them away too quickly. Remember that to ask a buyer how much is this worth? is not the same as how much can you give me for this? One well known collector I have met is J. W. Denton at  .Check with some others.  BYRON
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