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1  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: dropping by with a photo on: September 02, 2017, 11:36:00 AM
I can't believe what photobucket did is legal. They are going to get a big chunk of money, and sail away. Hopefully someone will sink that boat with great fury and fiery vengeance.

2  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: A few Neckers on: August 14, 2017, 01:50:49 PM
Rapid is less than an hour from here! Come on up!
3  KNIFE TALK / Ed's Thoughts / Re: Been declared to be an official Cancer Survivor! on: August 14, 2017, 01:45:02 PM

You're tougher than hell, Ed.  Wink
4  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Wet Forging!!?? on: May 11, 2017, 11:36:44 AM
Thank you both, much appreciated.  Smiley
5  KNIFE TALK / Ed's Thoughts / Re: My favorite Loveless knife on: May 02, 2017, 08:40:52 AM
Ed, your use of the vibro-graver is very artistic compared to anyone else's IMHO.

Also, you have the ability to reproduce your personal mark like nobody else I've seen.

6  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Wet Forging!!?? on: April 26, 2017, 07:52:42 PM
Ed, in Wayne Goddard's book, "The Wonder of Knifemaking", he wrote a blurb about the traditional Japanese method of "wet forging".

Basically water is applied to the anvil, and the hammer stays in a bucket of water. When the blade is removed from the fire, the blows from the wet hammer against the water between the blade and the anvil causes little steam explosions that loosen scale.

Do you have the book? Do you know what he's talking about?

He wrote a very favorable paragraph of it, and that's all, as far as I know.

I thought I had a fairly good understanding of Japanese methods, but I've never heard of this.

7  KNIFE TALK / Ed's Thoughts / Re: My favorite Loveless knife on: April 25, 2017, 04:42:03 PM
I wonder why he used such a huge, silver butt cap.

One that matched the guard would have made a more cohesive knife IMHO.

Still, seeing "R.W. Loveless" in vibro-graving has got to be priceless.
8  KNIFE TALK / Ed's Thoughts / Re: April 3 17, gathering of HEPK Mastersmiths on: April 25, 2017, 04:23:59 PM
All I can say is that I loved every minute, and it was great to finally meet a few guys in person!

Thanks a ton to Ed and Chris for giving us a chance to get together.

If you said we were having another rendezvous next week I'd be there. Can't wait to do it again!

9  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: I made a chef! on: April 16, 2017, 04:31:02 PM
Beautiful! Great work, Daniel!
10  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Blade on: April 16, 2017, 04:24:00 PM
Looking forward to it.
11  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: A few Neckers on: April 16, 2017, 04:21:32 PM
Lookin really good, Daniel!

Are you doing clay spines on 1095?

Making your own pins?
12  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Been waiting for this for a long time!! on: March 07, 2017, 01:10:13 PM
This doesn't make any sense to me at all.  

3150 knives out of 2,007,000 knives broke. That's 0.15%, or about 1 broken knife out of every 637 knives.

Of the 3150 knives that broke, less than 1% of those caused injury. WTH? That seems like a pretty good record to me. One out of every 637 broke, but that's also 66,900 knives/reported injury!! 

I agree that cheap knives get more abuse. Say I need to scrape mud off my boots, or tighten a screw, or pry on a lid. Most wouldn't use a good knife for that.

The question is, how many of those knives broke with reasonable use?

What would you say if you built 637 kitchen knives, and a single customer broke one?

Maybe, "How were you abusing it?"

They say, "Doesn't matter, your knives are dangerous!"

I'd say, "Just a minute, Obama..."

13  KNIFE TALK / Ed's Thoughts / Re: Cracks in spine on: January 03, 2017, 10:10:25 AM
Sorry, but someone posted while I was writing. I didn't read it, so this was what I had to say.

Anyway, forged between 1625 deg. F and 1650 max, when finished forging to shape, left a bit thick, both because of wanting to protect the steel and because 52100 is a bear to move compared to something like 1084, 3 edge quenches in type A oil from critical, held for 30 seconds.  3 Normalizing cycles, first at high end of critical, 2nd just at critical, 3rd below critical.  Then to the oven, 1625, air cool.  Heat to 1600, quench in oil, heat to 1350, quench, heat to 1250, quench, heat to 900 and air cool.  Grind to shape.  This is where I noticed the cracks.

I notice a couple things, Will.

Did you mean to say you edge quench instead of full quench on your three post forging quenches?

If so, where the cracks close to the place where your edge quench met the spine?

I don't know if heating your quench oil far above spec speeds up the quench. I've never tested that, I just use faster oil. Whenever I quench in a smaller container, I always have cool oil to add to, or replace overheated oil. I know it's damaging to the oil if it gets much above specified temp.

After the 3 full post forging quenches from critical, I flash normalize three times from critical. This is exactly what I remember from the Willow Bow.

From there, normal procedure in my own understanding is cycling the steel down with accurate Full normalizations (not quenches).

Since 52100 does air harden to some degree during normalization, I quench the last heat, in the 800-900 degree range. That alone fully anneals the steel. Normal hardness at this time is around RHC 15. That final quench from black heat makes a significant difference.

IMHO, it sounds like the main issue is too many quenches more than anything. If you're post forge edge quenching, that sounds like defeating the purpose of stabilizing the whole blade to me. 
14  KNIFE TALK / High Endurance Knife Discussion / Re: 52100 straight razor? on: December 28, 2016, 07:18:09 AM
I've re-handled several straights. I find it much easier and more durable to ream the blade pivot with a 3/32" carbide bit, and not fool with the silly little pins and washers.

I like to use 1/4" canvas micarta for handle material. Alll you have to do is cut out the profile, drill two 3/32" holes, then split it down the middle on the bandsaw. I leave 1/2" or so on the non-pivoting end, and pin it too for looks and added strength.

I always use a taper reamer for the pin holes on all handle material. I like to reuse the thin washers that normally come between the tang and handle material, but if I only have a blade, I don't use washers.

I've never run into any problems with blade alignment that weren't easily solved with careful peening.

This all takes little time and about $1 in material, so if it doesn't come out right just try again.

If I can figure out how to resize a picture I'll post it.
15  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Integrity on: December 12, 2016, 07:40:54 PM
I've been pondering this each time I log on, and something struck me as I was driving home this evening.

A lady called me a few days ago. She said her husband had passed away recently and he had an extensive collection of nearly 1000 knives. Someone had given her my name and number, and she asked if I could help her get some kind of estimation on the value of the knives. I simply told her I would help to the best of my ability.

Here's what I Humbly offer. Integrity is an encompassing quality of the way a man leads his life more than anything specific. You can't buy it. You don't suddenly come down with it. You can't tell anyone how honest or trustworthy you are. You can't even do something to convince someone of the status of your morality.

Integrity seems more like a description of the way people come to perceive someone. It has to be earned over time. It has to be consistently constant in every way, every day. In other words, it's a lifestyle.

It's not a measure of how correct your answers to questions are. It's the way you answer questions.

As Ed said, does one offer glimmering bits of information, or do they tell the whole truth as they understand it to be, no matter what?

Sometimes it hurts to have to say you were wrong, but it's a hell of a lot worse when you're wrong and won't admit it or correct it.

What boggles my mind is how people can vote for politicians with absolutely no integrity. The old "I...did not...have sexual relations... Oh wait, you found the blue dress?" Ad infinitum.....

Unfortunately, that says a lot about how much weight the average citizen places on integrity.

Sorry, I digress...      

So anyway, I spent the better part of the afternoon evaluating the knives. There were lots of knives, but unfortunately, he was a very poor collector. The best knives he had were some NIB Cold Steel carbon blades. They were the cream... uh, skim milk of the crop.

I felt awful for her, but she insisted on giving me something for my time. I don't have any Cold Steel knives, and I certainly don't need any, but I gave her $100 and left with a NIB Master Hunter (which I've  always thought was the best thing Lynn's ever sold), and a used SRK.

I'll remember the experience fondly. It's been a good day.  Smiley
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