What's going on in your shop? Show us whats going on, and talk a bit about your work!

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by WillSwift, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. Chalet

    Chalet Gold Member Gold Member

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    Aug 23, 2013
    I’m pretty new to this but having a really good time! Took a class a year and a half ago or so and now have my own little shop set up in the garage. I’ve started way way more things than I’ve finished. I’d like to try an antler on this. Is there a place that’s recommended to get antler pieces from?[​IMG]
     
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  2. Nick-D

    Nick-D

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    Apr 17, 2017
    Still fiddling with different polishes playing around with my first hamon, pretty happy with it now. Lots of learns, including how easily the soft metal marrs/ & scratches. The hand rub finish isnt as clean as I would like but its an experiment knife that will be used in my kitchen so will move on to finishing now
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  3. HSC ///

    HSC ///

    Nov 7, 2012
    Hey friends. It’s handle day

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  4. FredyCro

    FredyCro

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    Jan 11, 2019
    Off topic but I think I got a new bug. Is there a sub forum to discuss knife non related things? I am sure there are bowyers among the knife makers. I really want to try to build a fiberglass bow :)

    This recurve bow with ski limbs is a beast, i can pull it maybe 25" (still need to taper and round off the limbs, shape the handle, do tip overlays and so on).

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  5. Blackdirt cowboy

    Blackdirt cowboy

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    Oct 29, 2015
    Finished up these four castration blades. I think they came out fairly nice. I’m still not convinced my work belongs on the website amongst some of the work of you true craftsmen, but as always, these are better than the ones before. As long as I keep improving, I’ll be happy.

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  6. Kevin Kf knives

    Kevin Kf knives

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    Jul 2, 2018
    Etsy is a decent place to get antler
     
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  7. Cushing H.

    Cushing H. Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 3, 2019
    I don’t know ...if your customers are buying them ... you have every right to post :)

    a question - why the concavity on the spine? They all have them ... so I presume that is intentional?
     
  8. HSC ///

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    Nov 7, 2012
    One improvement you can consider is rounding the spine of the blade or at least breaking the corner. It doesn’t take long at all to do this
     
  9. WValtakis

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

    May 29, 2004
    I know a lot of you are tool nerds, if you're not familiar with Knipex adjustable pliers you definitely need to check them out:cool: (These 5" babies are adorable:D)

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  10. Blackdirt cowboy

    Blackdirt cowboy

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    Oct 29, 2015
    It’s what the first customer wanted and everyone whose seen it, wanted one just like it, so I continued doing it.
     
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  11. Blackdirt cowboy

    Blackdirt cowboy

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    Oct 29, 2015
    Thanks for the tip, HSC. None of the custom knives I’ve ever purchased had the spine rounded over, so it’s not something I’d have ever thought to do.
     
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    Nov 7, 2012
    Now I’m going to have to go downstairs and take a picture of my Knipex :)
     
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  13. WValtakis

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

    May 29, 2004
    I've had the 7/10/12" pairs of these for YEARS, they are hands down THE best adjustable pliers.
     
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  14. Scaniaman

    Scaniaman

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    Jun 15, 2012
    I've had my eyes on that baby cobra on the right, very nice. These are mine, all used frequently.

    Ps. Being a tool and machine nerd, is why you get into knifemaking right?
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  15. HSC ///

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    Nov 7, 2012
    We should have a thread of top ten most important tools or something like that

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    HSC ///

    Nov 7, 2012
    What is the 2nd from the left for?
     
  17. WValtakis

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

    May 29, 2004
    These are damn handy too...almost forgot about them:cool:
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  18. PEU

    PEU Gaucho Knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    924
    Aug 6, 2006
    Bolt cutter, they are very similar to piano cutters.

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  19. PEU

    PEU Gaucho Knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    924
    Aug 6, 2006
    Neocriollo, 125mm edge/5" Bohler K720 O2 steel, handle in paper micarta and ironwood. Forced Patina.
    Criollo style sheath by Adrian Sanchis.
    These work great for table eating and also as petty knives.

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  20. Scaniaman

    Scaniaman

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    Jun 15, 2012
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