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    K type temperature sensors choice for propane forge?

    Type R is just about the best for long term use in high temp, reactive environments. We used them in hydrogen flames. They do not last forever and being platinum/rubidium (i think) they get quite pricey in larger sizes. The larger ones will last longer for ~$100+ per. I think I ordered them from...
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    How To Handle hand sanding

    I had this issue on my last handle. I decided to put paper on my flat reference surface and lay the handle on there and do lengthwise sanding strokes, rocking side to side as needed for the contour of the handle. I think i went back a grit to coarser paper. Fixed it right up, flat enough for my...
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    K type temperature sensors choice for propane forge?

    Thermocouples can be re-welded in an argon purged plasma. We had a tool for it back in school where we used them constantly and destroyed them regularly. Also, copper leads are compatible you just need to keep the copper electrical junction to the K leads outside the forge near room temp. The...
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    Chinese cleaver edge not straight. Help?

    I do a few things in my process to help keep a consistent bevel. 1. I start with the 45° edge to mark the centerline and make it as consistent as possible. 2. I grind with a jig at 90 degrees (blade horizontal, belt vertical). But after I get close, I do a freehand grind with the blade at 45°...
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    Recommendation? Shop clothes - apron for grinding and general shop work?

    Why not coveralls? I have a thin pair of dickies that serve me well enough for stock removal. You could get FR for forging. With summer coming, I can see the value of an apron. But with coveralls you can wear gym shorts and an old T underneath and still only need to wash your hands and face.
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    2021 Summer Kitchen Kith

    In. This will be my first kith
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    I need a flat platen for a grinder.

    They come with a platen that works ok, not great but workable. I did most of the modifications, the best being removing the side guard, removing the top and bottom wheel guards, and cutting off part of the work table. All easy with an angle grinder and a cut wheel. Be sure to use coarse grit...
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    Recommendation? Handle Thickness

    I think it depends on application, user preference and user hand size, kinda in that order. A knife meant to be carried a lot should be thinner. A knife that gets used, then stored should be thicker, but not too thick. A person with big hands, but sausage fingers will want a thinner handle...
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    Warping during hand sanding

    It was 0.063 inch stock, so about 1/16 inch, but with a distal taper and very thin at the edge where I hit it and left the dent. I went back a grit to 220 or so to sand it out, but it was getting pretty thin, so I stopped. I didn't want to reprofile the cutting edge yet. It may be a gift or a...
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    Warping during hand sanding

    Be careful peening a thin blade, the peens can quickly turn into dents that can be seen on the opposite side, and be very deep on the peened side. I did it on my last blade in a very similar situation as yours. I ended up shortening mine since the bend was near the tip, but the one dent I put in...
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    Laser is on its way

    Awesome. Please post your requirements for transmitting a mark to you. File formats, etc.
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    wa handles wonky

    If you are just bedding the tang in the handle and pulling it out, why not do that step at the beginning? Grind the profile, especially the tang, then fit the handle while the steel is still flat. Avoid all the complications of distal taper and little ricasso. I guess if you grind pre heat...
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    Giveaway for knifemakers WINNER PICKED

    Congratulations on your new business! I'll definitely give it a look.
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    Help please, pins won't fit hardened blade pin holes

    The pin can be a little loose in the tang, but the scales need to be close fit, just enough for the pin to slide without resorting to a hammer. Epoxy can fill that interior space and still retain the strength. Since you sanded the pins small, now you have to be cautious about drilling the...
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    Two part handle question

    I have read some good pointers on building knife scales out of two different primary materials front and back with a spacer. I think I get the gist of it, but I had a thought that I dont recall seeing. What if the front handle pin bisected directly in the joint line of the two materials? Is it a...
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    Need Help Replacing Handles on vintage Knives

    On the chef, you have to remove the scale on the tang. It doesn't have to be smooth, but all rust needs to be gone. The patina on the spine of the handle will be gone in handle sanding, but the rest can be preserved. The blade you can leave alone if they have lived with that crack for years, no...
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    What's going on in your shop? Show us whats going on, and talk a bit about your work!

    Why not just use some flat stones or paper on a flat surface to thin it all down to uniform? Shouldn't take long, and it would only reduce the height slightly. This is what I do in my hand sanding progression to alternate scratch patterns and show the high/low spots.
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