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1  KNIFE TALK / Ed's Thoughts / Re: Knife for springs test. on: August 08, 2018, 04:46:20 PM
That is a beautiful knife. The reduction is unreal, it's hard to imagine beating down a piece steel that much.
2  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Last Falls test session on: January 17, 2018, 01:57:28 PM
That's a good looking blade.
3  KNIFE TALK / Ed's Thoughts / Re: Knives for Blade Show 2016 on: June 09, 2016, 02:54:40 PM
We really enjoyed the show. I liked your table, it was full of options, all good.
Always the table for me where I handle the most knives, many times over.
I am glad to hear you had a good show.
It was good to see all the old friends, and great to make so many new ones.
The show is an education for knife people, and for my wife and me,
a must do each year.  HEPK is good stuff!
4  KNIFE TALK / Ed's Thoughts / Re: Knives for Blade Show 2016 on: May 24, 2016, 10:44:03 AM

That is an impressive portfolio Ed!
We are looking forward to seeing you.
Good traveling.





















5  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: etching to reveal faults in knife blades on: May 03, 2016, 07:52:24 PM
It is a shame that saw sharping is a lost art. I have a few very old hand saws and they are still sharp.
I would not have a clue as to how bring them back if they get dull.
The idea of using rough grit up front to remove metal makes sense due to reducing heat.
I had never really thought about it, thanks for bringing it to my attention.
 
6  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: New Knife on: May 03, 2016, 07:43:12 PM
Dan,
I like this profile. Those grind lines are really nice. It may be a sticker, but functional, good knife.
Keep making just what you want to. I enjoy your pictures, they are great. This pattern is different
and I wonder what inspired you to make it. Thanks for sharing.
7  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: etching to reveal faults in knife blades on: May 03, 2016, 02:02:57 AM
Thanks Joe. Enjoyed watching, spent an hour or so, so much information.
Though I don't make so many knives it makes me consider how I sharpen
My tools. Often I apply pressure and get the blue edge we see. I now know that
I have changed the heat treat I bought the tool for. Perhaps this is why they
Don't hold an edge like new.
You are giving information that is quite valuable, may save some of my every
Day tools from my rush to sharpen,
Knowledge had many applications and you sure show lots of them.
Thanks again!
8  KNIFE TALK / Ed's Thoughts / Re: The learning never stops on: April 19, 2016, 06:46:28 PM
I am looking forward to seeing your results this year at the Blade show.  It sounds like you have been busy.

The use of low quality steel for making a High Endurance Performance knife speaks to high skill and an understanding
of blade smithing.  I imagine a century ago, or even a couple, guys that knew their business understood it and made a
good living.  The key, I guess, is to never be willing to take a chance and learn something. 

Nate and Jared deserve a lot of credit and thanks for what they have shared.
9  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: A few pictures of Time at the Creek on: April 08, 2016, 06:19:28 AM
That looks just like the bridge a white German Shepard chased me across as I kept him away with my fishing pole. He owned the fish, I guess, and wasn't letting me go. I got lucky that day, and didn't get bit. Didn't go back either. I love to trout fish. You are lucky to have a good place. Don't catch them all.
10  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Blade Show 2016 on: April 08, 2016, 06:12:23 AM
TV has some good information sometimes. But mostly it is gone and I don't remember it for more than the length of the program. Books on the other hand are always with me and I can go answer a question quickly, assuming I can find the book. I wish that I had your talent for understanding what you read Ed. Reading is one of my favorite pass times. I always pick up some books at the show. A year or two ago I got one of Kessler's books and it has been a pleasure to visit his perspective on knife making. The books knife makers write are especially interesting to me and are an inspiration.
11  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Blade Show 2016 on: March 25, 2016, 05:02:02 AM
Look forward to seeing everyone at the show.  We are driving down on Thursday. It seems to get bigger every year now.
That last scratch always seems to be there, and never goes away for some reason.  I have found if you get it in one place it always has moved.  The only way to overcome it is to put the knife to use and all of a sudden, the knife becomes just exactly what it was supposed to be.
12  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Forge Build WIP FINALLY!!(VERY picture heavy) on: March 08, 2016, 09:26:19 PM
Looks like it will work.  And you made it yourself, makes anything pretty special coming out of it. I hope you have a good anvil, ext. When I first did a massive amount of work, not knife work, but maintainence, with a 3 pound hammer, I blew out my elbow and it took 2 years to get over it.  Make sure you watch and develop you hammer with careful technique and save your elbow.
You can still do the work, but your elbow stays sore a long time if you don't figure it out.
I wish I could tell you what to look for but it took me years to figure it out just by finding the right way to protect my joints.
There are lots of sources, Ed talks about it some, available. Hammers are the bottom line in steel work and using them is an art as well as a skill.
I look forward to seeing your first project.
13  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Comparing knives: custom vs production? on: March 01, 2016, 01:00:04 PM
I thought chopsticks were just big tooth picks. A fence post might tell you more about a knife.
14  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: aluminum scrapping furnace running on used motor oil on: February 09, 2016, 10:52:24 PM
I have some literature on casting somewhere that I will revisit.  I may have some time coming up and can, perhaps figure out the mold thing.
The things that can happen when you start making stuff are limited by just what you are able to think up. 
I think I will primarily try to figure out knife things, like bolsters and guards. They have always intrigued me.
Casting metal is a skill I would like to acquire.
15  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: The Next level bladesmith (= on: February 09, 2016, 10:38:37 PM
Either a shopped photo, or here we have a guy that makes knives for a market that requires much more than I can imagine.  I sure would like to see the finished product.  Looks like he doesn't fool around with light tools either.
 An Arab country, (I can't recall), used to make automatic pistols and AK's, ect. with just hand drills and files.  Craftsmanship is judged by the consumer and I will bet if it works, it sells.
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