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Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by WillSwift, Oct 8, 2013.
Wabacho freestyle tall heel
Hitachi white core and stainless
Cork belt high polish finish
Marblewood frame handle
Here's a new smallish Nessmuk just finished up. 80CRV2 with Padauk and Wenge, with yellow G10 accents. Still needs some final touchup/polishing and sharpening. Seems to me that Padauk/Wenge goes together like ice cream and apple pie!
John ... I’ve used wenge a couple times..
And I note it is really porous (but it DOES look great).. how do you deal with the pores?
Hi Cush, Normally I'd follow the recommendation from here to wet sand to a slurry from about 320 on up but with two colors it migrates from one to the other (especially the red onto black). So on this one I'm just dry sanding to 1200/2000 grit and oiling the heck out of it then the usual wax and buff. I didn't try taping them off and sanding in 3 operations, has anyone tried that?
John ... what oil? Tru oil perhaps?
Grinding! 61-62 RC Nitro-V and Beta Ti, both are relatively hard on the ceramic belts
I forgot how A blackwood is a b* to grind. Any tips there? Will zyrconium belt do a better job then an AO belt? Ceramics?
very coarse belt (like 60 or 36) to do rough shaping, then go very slow and use sharp belts to refine surface up to finer grits.
Japanese hacksaw rasp. Eats hard woods like nobody's business and leaves a nice-ish finish.
Those are great! I have one with a straight handle that has a coarse and fine side.
Looks like a Bondo rasp, which I have somewhere, which I will have to try.
That hamon is unbelievable! I'd love to hear about the material and process.
I haven't make a knife in a long time...................
Yeah, it was just a worn belt. Fresh 60 ripped through it
Those look nice and handy for bigger projects. Another thing to buy...
Chinese cleaver, O2 K720 steel, 2mm/0.08" thickness, 180mm/7" length 100mm/4" wide. Ebony Macassar and paper micarta handle with 3 corby bolts. Last minute Kintsugi repair with CA and golden powder.
Don't use your ceramic belts. They are I think what they call closed grit and you want something like zirconia or AO belts that are open and don't clog as bad. Use a belt cleaner frequently.
forged 80crv2 and curly eucalyptus
I like it , but what the hell is this