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    power source for a carbidizer

    Has anyone ever used a power source like what you'd use for anodizing TI as a power source for carbidizing? I thought I'd check before I blew mine up.
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    Starting the New Texas Knifemakers Association!

    What time will the meeting be?
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    Burnishing

    Yep, a candle or any sort of wax. It helps seal the fibers down
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    How do you grind a round knife {for leatherwork)

    There is a lot of ways to skin this cat, I have looked at it and studied on it but am looking for guidance. I'm wanting to flat grind it with a taper to near zero. The working it around on the curve has me buffaloed since it will be such a slight angle. What I have profiled is 1/16" 01
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    Leather tool quality explanation

    I agree with Paul, most maker have LOTS of tools but only use about 10 favorites. I can floral carve a whole saddle with 10 tools. To answer your question about tools you get what you pay for most of the time Tandy- really old ones are OK, new ones are a waste of money Gomph-Hackbarth- more...
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    Burnishing

    run it on your belt grinder slow with a 220 grit new belt, fast enough so as not to burn the leather. Wet the edge with a sponge and rub it with a little candle wax or bees wax then rub it real hard with a canvas rag or a hard stick like maple or cocobolo. I use cocobolo
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    Anybody know........??????

    wouldn't graphite work?
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    Folder pivots

    Where do you boys get your folder pivots, I have used Tracy's and was satisfied but I was wondering what was popular.I am just starting to build my sources. Thanks
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    French blade or german profile?

    Thanks, Laurence, I figured you would know
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    French blade or german profile?

    What makes a french profile and what makes a German profile? I have 2 pics from a customer and only see subtle differences.
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    what steel for a fillet knife

    How thin can s30vn be ordered?
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    Anybody ever made a knife steel?

    Good idea Laurence, I was heading toward heat treating but that would be easier.
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    Carbon steel for chefs knife?

    Thanks Darrin, just wanted reassurance from those that know. I'm still learning
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    Carbon steel for chefs knife?

    What would be the carbon steel of choice for a chefs knife? I was thinking 01 but what say ya'll?
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    Anybody ever made a knife steel?

    I had a customer ask this question and I had never thought about it. Would you just do a rough grind on a rod and heat treat?
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