Your most useful tools in the shop

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by PEU, Jan 25, 2021.

  1. Signalprick

    Signalprick Jason Ritchie - Ritchie Handmade Knives Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 3, 2009
    Without question my most useful tool is my mini mill. I've saved thousands alone by using it to make a surface grinder attachment for my 2x72 and Kennedy gauge. It doesn't hurt that I got a great deal on it either. One of my best purchases ever!
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  2. Mark van Elteren

    Mark van Elteren

    69
    Jan 5, 2020
    I bought some cheap (10€) digital callipers about a year ago, before that I only had vernier callipers. They are no good for absolute dimensions, but for making knives, where pretty much everything is relative, they work great. I use them all the time, even more so when making folders. When I need to make something more precise, I use a micrometer.

    I also use a small hammer a lot - I made a very short, ~12mm handle for it, I use it for everything between centre punching and peening.
     
  3. Natlek

    Natlek

    Jun 9, 2015
    12mm is really , really short handle :) BW , good one vernier calipers are pretty much precise :thumbsup:
     
  4. Britt_Askew

    Britt_Askew Dealer / Materials Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Dec 9, 2010
    My computer and Shop Talk
    before I came here and started reading I knew absolutely nothing about working with metal. Would have never learned how to make a knife or build and use a grinder or HT oven without Shop Talk and the fine bunch of folks here that share their knowledge so people like me can learn the craft :thumbsup:
     
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  5. Mark van Elteren

    Mark van Elteren

    69
    Jan 5, 2020
    Whoops, that was meant to say 120mm :)
     
  6. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Ti anodizing, and mods Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    I do a lot of small layout work (big surprise) and these pens are indispensable...they write on metal with very little trouble and they're WAY finer than an Ultra Fine Sharpie (second picture).

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