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1  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Last Falls test session on: January 17, 2018, 10:01:15 PM
Been a while sense checking back in here! I'm really glad to see you testing Ed! That's a nice looking knife, to bad she was got to hot;)  Sometimes mess ups are just the perfect excuse to test! Great stuff. Fantastic group of guys behind you as well.
2  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Quenching oil alternative for 52100 on: May 14, 2016, 01:53:05 AM
Nothing too fancy from me. I use it at about room temp most of the time, but heating it too 120F is a good idea. You just have to keep in mind that its a faster oil. I know of a lot of people that use Parks 50 for there 52100 ( a HEPK master smith as well) and its a similar speed quench to canola(as far as I know anyway). You just need to test your blades with the system you go with. I tend to need to temper blade from canola oil just a bit higher than ones from Texaco. Edge flex is a good friend for those sorts of things....There are many variables with heat treating and everything that leads up to heat treating, I'm not sure how much the oil will hold you back, and canola should be fine IMHO.

As Ed likes to say"test it, test it, test it"....and a favorite of mine...."play with it" 

Keep asking good questions! I'm far from good at answering but I'll keep trying(Joe and Ed correct me if I'm wrong). Joe and Ed are really good teachers and they sure like testing.....
3  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Quenching oil alternative for 52100 on: May 13, 2016, 06:54:58 PM
Joe knows his stuff alright:) as for your question about Canola Oil, I have used it for 52100 and it had performed very well. I have some Texaco type A from Ed that I use also. I would say you can get "good" results with any oil but you might have to prepare and temper the steel differently depending on the oil...
4  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: New Knife on: May 03, 2016, 03:47:57 PM
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I do like that blade style, gets you into your work and nice belly.
Thanks Ed! I really like that ones shape too, it reminds me of a Price knife(which may, or may not have been the inspiration....)

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Daniel, you always take some amazing pics!

what is the hump near the tip on the top one for?
Thanks Joe, I guess it's because I try to take nice pictures of them:)

Do you mean the hump on the spine?  It doesn't have any major benefit to it's use other than to steeped the angle of the tip a bit so that its not as weak, but I mainly added it as an aesthetic feature to give the knife a sort of visual symmetrical "balance" , and I didn't feel that it was in the way of function at all, so I tried it:) I'm still sort of "trying" things to get a feel for what I like, what works, and how do to it.
5  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: etching to reveal faults in knife blades on: May 03, 2016, 03:40:59 PM
Great videos Joe! While I was already aware of most of what you said, I always learn somthing from your videos. Thanks for making them!
6  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: New Knife on: April 25, 2016, 08:05:47 PM
Thanks John!

This is the other one I finished up:


7  KNIFE TALK / Ed's Thoughts / Re: The learning never stops on: April 21, 2016, 07:21:37 PM
I just saw this! Thank you for sharing those thoughts! I really appreciate it and all that you have done! Jared and Nate deserve a thumbs up! wish I new more about them!

BTW I just found Jared on Instagram! (Nice work!)
8  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / New Knife on: April 21, 2016, 07:17:06 PM
One I just finished up!






I haven't had a lot of shop time but I had a lot of fun with this one.

Sorry I haven't been around here much, I have been pretty busy, I haven't been able to get on chat either....Sad
9  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Blade Show 2016 on: April 05, 2016, 02:31:35 AM
Good observation Ed! Glad you got it done in time!
10  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / A few pictures of Time at the Creek on: April 05, 2016, 02:27:32 AM
There's a creek that runs through our property that I fish in(I catch trout in there) and I took the camera and just shot a few pictures while I was at it

Nothing much,


Waiting for spring!


the endless road....reminds me of my knife making path  Wink


I just had to share this picture of our cat! she sleeps for like 18 hours a day and still seems to be tired!



Like I said nothing much, just a nice day and a few pictures!

Have a great week all!
11  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Calton-Rohde Collaboration Pictures! on: April 02, 2016, 05:58:39 PM
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I realize that you wanted a photo of the handles being glued up to also show the blades and they are beautiful.

Still seeing the naked blades sticking up in the air is one of the most dangerous events of knife making, puts chills down my back. Jerry Fisk was teaching a new maker and cautioned him about a naked blade in a vice. The new maker either forgot or ignored his advice. He was working in Jerry's shop and left a naked blade sticking out of a vice, Jerry walked by and reached for something on the bench and stuck his forearm into the blade. The blade went all the way through and Jerry had to go to the Doctor. He was very lucky, no tendons were cut and although probably still a little painful he healed up and still has 100% use of his arm. The accident could have ended his knife making time.
That's a good observation! thank you Ed, I'll remember to not do that again.
12  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Calton-Rohde Collaboration Pictures! on: April 01, 2016, 12:20:40 PM
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Daniel,

you did a fine job cleaning those up and installing the handles on them!!

you can really tell some differences in the way that you and I do the same pattern. I can point out some of them and give you my thoughts on why I do them the way that I do.

first off is the amount of hardened steel. on a hidden tang knife, I do like the hard part to stop before the blade enters the guard. usually knives with guards are a bit thicker so you have more room in the guard slot to get your files in to fit the guard, and the guard and handle material gives some rigidity to the whole knife. on these thin little blades {1/16"} though, if you leave the tang completely soft, you can run into problems in heavy cuts where you bend the tang permanently. so I like to have a small ribbon of hardened steel that runs through the tang to give it some stiffness. also I like more hard part on these thinner blades. not only to give a bit more stiffness to the blade since its so thin, but also I use the heck out of the ones that I keep. the stainless prototype that I kept, and used for about 8 months, I used up about 1/8" off the width in that amount of time. of course I use them harder than I expect most of them to be used, and so wreck the edges a lot, and have to sharpen much more often than someone using them for what I make them for :}

the second big one is where to end the handle material on the ricasso. I like to take it up a bit higher to where it meets the point, and then round the point off a bit. that way the handle scales soften that point so that its not so hard on the hand in different grips.

the finish also. I usually stop at about a 400 grit finish. it doesn't show off the hardening line as well as your nicer finish, but also the scratches that will happen with a kydex sheath blend in a bit better with the coarser finish.

but man you got some finishing skills that is for sure :} that koa is especially nice looking!

Hey thanks Joe!

I was hoping you would reply;)

I thought that you hardend at the way through the finger choil because you couldn't avoid it with how you heat it in the kiln? I guess I always thought that have any hardend steel in the ricasso(with this design) was a bad idea so I have always tried to keep it just in the blade(or petering out just at the start of the choil). What do you think? I usually use 3/32" stock on my neckers and I haven't really noticed flexing problems, But I could be wrong. I guess me using 3/32" stock is another thing we do differently;)  

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the second big one is where to end the handle material on the ricasso. I like to take it up a bit higher to where it meets the point, and then round the point off a bit. that way the handle scales soften that point so that its not so hard on the hand in different grips.
Humm, that's interesting that that would be the second big differences. Seems like if you had the wood up higher eventually aren't you going to ware the wood away and have a sharp untouched corner there? I like to have my wood a little bit lower so I can fully buff and round that spot so it's not sharp and won't be sharp if the wood shrinks or somthing. Having it lower also seems to make it a little bit more defined and in turn more secure in the hand.  
This is a good point and I'll have to look at it further to decide how I want to keep doing it.

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the finish also. I usually stop at about a 400 grit finish. it doesn't show off the hardening line as well as your nicer finish, but also the scratches that will happen with a kydex sheath blend in a bit better with the coarser finish.
Are you talking about the blade finish? Cause that IS a 400 grit blade finish;) I don't want to spend all day sanding away...I will admit though, there are several things that I do to make the knife look nicer and really don't add to the practical value(they hopefully don't take either;)) but I really take a lot of joy and pride in making them look nice to so I  work a little more than maybe necessary to make them look nice, just because I want to;) I figure pretty much any finish is gonna look like crap after a year of hard use anyway but I want to have it look nice of a little while of its life but in the end I still don't want to trade looks for how it works.
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but man you got some finishing skills that is for sure :} that koa is especially nice looking!
Thanks Joe! it's not that hard really I just decide to spend more time there. I debated using the Koa; I wasn't sure if you would like it or not but I had a scrap peice that was the right size and I figured why not?

Thank for your input Joe! I do really appreciate it!  

DR.....
13  KNIFE GALLERY / Show & Tell / Re: Walrus skinner......... on: March 31, 2016, 05:54:29 PM
Nice knife! I like the loveless bolts in there, very strong.
14  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Narrowing the field. on: March 31, 2016, 01:15:18 AM
I think that is my favorite loveless knife. it's Classic!
15  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Calton-Rohde Collaboration Pictures! on: March 31, 2016, 01:10:41 AM
More pictures:








Working on the Koa one:




And that's about it from me, Joe has them now and will make sheaths and sharpen them.

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