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1  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: A few pictures of Time at the Creek on: April 09, 2016, 05:14:51 AM
Nice photo's, looks like a great place to ride as well.
2  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Calton-Rohde Collaboration Pictures! on: April 09, 2016, 05:11:48 AM
Good looking knives, I like them.  I love seeing the harding line going into the handle area and high enough on the blade to give it some stiffness.
3  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Super Glue Finishing? on: April 09, 2016, 04:58:49 AM
I tried the superglue finish a few years ago.  It's great for a presentation piece, provided the handle material isn't too oily.  For a working knife that sees any use at all it starts looking like it's got leprosy real quick, the superglue is hard and chips and peels in use.  Your better off with stabilized or oil finished wood, or natural horn and wax.
4  KNIFE GALLERY / Show & Tell / Re: Walrus skinner......... on: April 01, 2016, 09:20:40 AM
She's a beauty, looks very comfortable to use and I love the the Loveless bolts as well.
5  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Blade Show 2016 on: March 23, 2016, 09:46:06 PM
Good luck, I hear you on finishing time!
6  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Some more on the road to Knifehod on: August 22, 2015, 07:58:19 AM
Nice!  And I love how the hardened area goes onto the riccasso.
7  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Where to get bentonite to draw my spines on: December 05, 2014, 01:36:04 AM
Huh, been working with powdered bentonite or as we call it gel for years in the oil field.  Never though about using it for knifemaking.

If you've got a friend or know somebody that works on a land rig you should be able to get a couple of cups worth no problem, we use it by the ton on the drill ship I'm one.  Be kinda hard to get it through customs though.
8  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: fixing a cut in the tang on: December 05, 2014, 01:29:53 AM
Welding high carbon steel can be done, but isn't easy and due to the extreme heat can cause real bad problems like massive grain growth.  Especially with some of the higher chrome steels like 52100.

Not saying it can't be done, just that it's a good idea to pre heat the base metal, and a very very good idea to spot normalize and anneal the weld zone after.

As for adding tang extensions or screw extensions for pommels silver braze works very well, but again it's a good idea to normalize the heat affected zone.  What's nice about this method is that if your tang is say 1/4", you can go up in size for the threaded rod instead of threading a flat section.

TIG is basically an electric torch weld, just a lot finer control.  Still extream heat and still need to normalize and anneal the weld zone, but with a good machine and someone that knows how to use it, you can get very small welds.  Saw 1873 single action that had the frame's worn edges restored by tig welding prior to re color case harding.
9  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Curious about grain patterns on etched 52100 on: December 05, 2014, 01:16:55 AM
I'm with Ed on this.  Don't worry about grinding the pattern away, I don't normally forge 52100 real close to shape, pretty tired out just getting it into a knife shape after reducing it from 2" square bar.  If I've done everything rite I get the "alloy banding" your talking about, and it's throughout the blade.
10  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Salt Pots on: October 19, 2014, 10:30:43 AM
Salt pots look to be really nice if you use just one or two similar steels.  But, seems to me they preclude the use of edge quenching(possibly a way to do it), and are extremely dangerous and a royal PITA to use safely.  On the positive side they appear to be extremely accurate and produce very repeatable results and after quench a very clean blade.  Not worth it for me, I like to play with different steels and temps and edge quench and such.  Your milage may vary. 

Read and talk to people that use them and learn all you can then decide if the pro's out way the hazards and cons.
11  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Type of Forge on: October 19, 2014, 10:26:05 AM
I've had good results before I got a heat treat oven, but I got better results after getting an oven.  For the record mine's a Paragon, most any will work, but the Paragon is nicely put together and easy to use and not a flimsy as the Evenheats I've seen.

You could dial in a gas forge and use it for long soaks and such, but you'd need to add an accurate thermocouple and really fine tune it.  Way too much effort in my opinion when a decent oven is fairly reasonably priced and more accurate temp control.
12  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: how I fit a guard on: September 28, 2014, 04:41:45 PM
Thanks  for the tip Ed, but I've spent so much time getting to where I can do a tight solder-less fit and after experimenting I've found I prefer it to solder.  At least on a hidden tang, on a Loveless style with a guard I haven't managed to get what I consider a tight enough fit to not solder it.  Now that I know what solder to use however, I might just use bronze on a few.
13  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: how I fit a guard on: September 17, 2014, 05:15:30 PM
Nothing really special, but here's some of the reasons I use it.  It's got a "brass" look without being brass for the snobs who hate brass, doesn't tarnish quite as easily, is harder to scratch, and has a different color than brass and ages/patina's differently than brass and machines nicely.  On the other hand I haven't managed to solder it and had to learn to tighten up my fit so that I could do a solder less fit.  Also it can be a pain to file and shape compared to brass and doesn't have the warm light color brass has.

I use a lot of bronze on damascus and higher end, for purely working knives I like brass.

For example, I'll often use bronze on a damascus hunter instead of brass.  I could use stainless, or any number of metals for a guard, but I like a blade that can rust/patina to have a guard that will do the same.  For most stainless blades I do I like to use stainless for the guard, though there are enough exceptions to both that I hardly call it a rule.
14  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: One going out for delivery on: September 01, 2014, 05:59:01 PM
Cool, love the look of old and new with the blade shape and antler handle.  Should be a proud owner out there.
15  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: New blade with Patterning . Dendrites ? what's correct term on: September 01, 2014, 05:55:46 PM
My question is, how do they perform for you now without the patterning?  Better, worse, the same?  For me I get better perfomrance with the patterning than without, but am interested in other's results.
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