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Random Thought Thread

Discussion in 'Carothers Performance Knives' started by Nathan the Machinist, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    It occurred to me, many of you may not be familiar with hand engraving or what an Airgraver is;) It's a palm sized pneumatic jackhammer that uses tiny chisels to remove and shape metal :)

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  2. trevitrace

    trevitrace Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 21, 2013
    Looks great, Chip.

    Do you know what the metal is you're working on? Also curious if you do all that free-hand or if you put some sort of stencil down.
     
  3. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    This particular piece is titanium (hence my earlier anodizing comment). It would be madness to attempt engraving on unknown material...a recipe for disaster for sure.

    LOL, my eyeballs are good but not that good...I layout the pattern on the piece beforehand and follow the lines;)

    Outline cut on side two :D

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  4. jlauffer

    jlauffer Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 11, 2016
    Damn Chip, that's awesome! :thumbsup:
     
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  5. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    I actually traced out the pattern to see if it was an *infinite* knot or two separate knots. Made my eyeballs go wonky.

    I like the finished product where you have the little shading detail where each ribbon goes under the other. Very cool.
     
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  6. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Try staring at it for a few hours under magnification...remembering to blink is critical;)

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  7. woodysone

    woodysone Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    Kind of reminds me of “beer goggles “
     
  8. fonedork

    fonedork Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Or Bubbles
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  9. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
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  10. jlauffer

    jlauffer Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 11, 2016
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  11. TommyGun56

    TommyGun56 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 29, 2014
    Whatever you guys are taking, I need some:pWhere is NinJO?:)
    EDIT: Never mind just got a shipping Notice from NinJO, Apparently she is the only person working:cool:

    Where's Bo?
     
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  12. fonedork

    fonedork Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Ninjo is fluttering around the shop regurgitating worms
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  13. - SpyderMan -

    - SpyderMan - Gold Member Gold Member

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    Mar 28, 2015
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  14. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    When I am logged in on a computer with the desktop view, on the home page you can see a window with the most recent posts to threads, and the most recent public profile messages posted to individual profiles. Sometimes they catch my attention and I find them funny. This one caught my attention, mostly because it is strange without any context:

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    I'll make a note of it....
     
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  15. jlauffer

    jlauffer Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 11, 2016
    Chip, do you also use a red stapler? :D

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  16. betzner

    betzner CenCal Coast Platinum Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    I see the middle SHIV has a sharpened top clip. I imagine the two SHIVS on the right are 3V and the one on the left is perhaps A2?
     
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  17. fonedork

    fonedork Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    I dunno if the left is A2 but I do believe it is acid washed
    And belongs in ebonite
     
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  18. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Platinum Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    Now that I have a chance to view it on a bigger and clearer screen as opposed to the phone's screen, the one on the left is AW finish. Hard to tell as to whether it is in A2, but as you know the earlier A2 versions had the smooth thumb ramp whereas the 3V versions had the thumb ramp with notches. No matter how much I zoom in and use a magnifying glass, I am still not able to discern.

     
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  19. PeteyTwoPointOne

    PeteyTwoPointOne Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 10, 2014
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  20. betzner

    betzner CenCal Coast Platinum Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    Eric and Mat, yeah, I see now that the left SHIV looks like acid wash, so no telling which steel. But I know that the two SHIVS on the right, whether I can see the ramp or not, are 3V.
     
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