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1  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Last Falls test session on: January 25, 2018, 01:40:56 PM
I reckon all your customers are "a little particular", Ed. That's the way it should be, and why people insist on having YOU make their knives!
2  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Last Falls test session on: January 23, 2018, 11:05:30 AM
IMHO, that is one of the best blades I've ever seen, Ed! Such perfection needs replication before destruction!

Good to see you here, Daniel, and Thank You Kindly. Smiley

Annie and I had a fabulous time at the Fall Test Session, and we are very much looking forward to the next gathering.
3  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Just Wondering... on: January 23, 2018, 10:58:35 AM
Is it me, or have we lost a hear or so worth of the Forum?

I kind of like looking back through the old threads, and I'm glad we have the recent pictures, but can someone explain?

I'm sorry, but I've forgotten who takes care of maintenance, or I'd ask the right person.
4  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Brittle steel & Quenching speed on: May 25, 2015, 11:22:03 AM
That was Awesome, Chris! Thank you very much for presenting that in such a practical way.  Smiley
5  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Stuff going on in the shop! on: May 25, 2015, 11:06:24 AM
Much awesomeness!

Do you HT AEB-L?
6  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: What do you think! on: May 01, 2015, 06:38:03 AM
I think you did well, whatever you did, Daniel. The first picture looks clearer, and you can see more detail.

Very Nice! I need to try something like that.

I also like your idea of marking the knife on the spine. That makes good sense.

Re-marking a blade that comes in for an overhaul is not optimal.

I believe that knife would look good in hand. Guess you'll have to send it.  Grin
7  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: A few for Blade Show on: May 01, 2015, 06:28:56 AM
Those really are coming along beautifully, Jared!

Looking forward to seeing them in person!
8  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: What do you think! on: April 30, 2015, 08:06:22 PM
The point being that I have no idea of the before and after photo, so did you airbrush some wrinkles or give it more cleavage or what?  Grin Grin Grin

9  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: hot oil - cold oil - what are the effects ? on: April 30, 2015, 07:59:45 PM
Sometimes I forget to add smileys...
10  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Testing 5 1/2" 52100 blade on: April 30, 2015, 07:58:04 PM
I'm pretty amazed with your cutting! Damn that seems like a lot. I've never even cut 3/4" rope, but that must be double 1/2".

I would really like to see how much work that is. My arthritis detests that job.

Have you checked out the jig I made for Ed and Chris? I'd like to know if it suits you or if you'd change something.

You have added considerable length to the pivot point of your torque wrench, and your knives are way stronger than your set-up indicates.

I center the force from the torque wrench on the blade, so there's never side torque issues, then shorten the torque wrench to get accurate values.

11  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: What do you think! on: April 30, 2015, 06:40:23 PM
I love it!

How much is real?  Grin
12  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Is the HEPK Legit... on: April 30, 2015, 06:35:32 PM
You're like my evil twin.

If you were better looking we could be regular twins.
13  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: hot oil - cold oil - what are the effects ? on: April 30, 2015, 06:32:39 PM
Ed, do all the Mastersmiths get to send a blade, or just me?

When is the project deadline?
14  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: at what temp ? on: April 05, 2015, 12:03:14 PM
Really nice, John!

I don't think I've heard of any heat treating procedure that isn't a matter of both temperature and time.

I read of a guy the other day that was making kitchen knives out of 52100. He was talking about super low austenization temps of 1420 (of which I was unaware), but he soaked it for half an hour or so. Claimed normal high RHC.

When I start looking at all the variables of heat treating one simple steel like 52100, I get a sense of working up a pet load for a precision firearm. Just as no single "pet load" will work in other guns, it seems like no one heat treat will optimize 52100 in two different shops, in the hands of two different master smiths.

I'm really tired of the bs surrounding heat treat. It's incredibly divisive. Even revealing or not revealing your heat treat will start an argument on facebook's "secret" knife related pages. It's ridiculous.

I looked at my HEPK Certificate of Apprenticeship the other day, and I'm pretty sure it says we need only divulge information to those Deemed Worthy. IMHO, nobody is deemed worthy in my eyes unless they are genuinely interested in trying to make knives that perform like mine.

As I think of this, I remember Ed saying not too long ago, "If I had it to do over, would I do it  the same way". I'm not sure if we discussed it because my memory is my second shortest thing. If Ed's thoughts coincide with mine, I am way sick and tired of talking about ht in outside circles. In fact, I simply won't disclose mine, because  it's very likely you will be drawn out to be bashed.

When they cry "elitist secrets- whine whine" or "if you don't disclose your ht you're going outside parameters and your blades can't be trustworthy"... I've heard a LOT. I understand where John was coming from describing fb compared to here.

I don't understand why people can't comprehend how our knives perform, and just frickin put up or shut the hell up. 

...uh, sorry for the rant... 
15  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: New Neck knife! on: March 28, 2015, 10:10:18 AM
The difference in edge geometry is a huge variable.

Try putting a 25* convex edge on the knife. You might have to look closely to see a dent.

I've hammered neck knives through regular grade 3/8" threaded rod a bunch of times, just testing different edge geometry.

The difference can be very dramatic.
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