Recent content by Heikki

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    New tool in the shop

    I found this one on eBay for just under $620 including tax and shipping. Took only about 12 days to get here from China.
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    New tool in the shop

    I just received my portable hardness tester today. It's the Chinese version of the Ames tester. Seems to test a point high. I'm hoping it will help me tighten up my process a bit.
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    Various knives

    That's beautiful. Love the wood.
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    A couple from the shop.

    I second what Gene said. Try outside, either after the sun has dropped a bit or even in the shade.
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    What's going on in your shop?

    That sounds pretty cool too.
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    What's going on in your shop?

    I've got some Birchwood Casey Plum Brown finish that's supposed to do the same thing I believe. I picked it up thinking it might be an interesting finish to use on steel spacers or guards.
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    What's going on in your shop?

    So I started shaping the handles and had to share this one. This is why I'm addicted to handle material. This is dyed Buckeye burl after the first coat of Tru Oil. It looks like it's on fire...
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    Kevin Zito - KITH 2019 Bowie WIP

    I say go for it. You can always go back if you don't like it, right?
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    What's going on in your shop?

    Just finished gluing everything up. Hoping to get several shaped this weekend. I've been using a lot of G10 liners lately, and have some handle combinations that I really want to see how they turn out. Has anyone here use G10 pin stock? I found a source and was contemplating using some of the...
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    Lucius KITH 2019 WIP

    That's gonna look great. Those really pop.
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    While the KITH Bowie is tempering:

    Nice pattern on the file work. Copper liners look good too.
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    GeneK's KITH Bowie

    Excited to see what the hamons show.
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    Question on portable hardness tester..

    So, I'm just about ready to pull the trigger on a portable hardness tester, most likely the PHR-1 model. I'm finding prices all over the map, from $600-$1200 for what looks like the same thing, and they all appear to come from China. Anyone have this model, and is the quality good? I don't have...
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    2019 KITH Special Edition Sign up

    I'm going to have to remove myself from the list. I've kind of over committed myself going into the fall. I'll re-assess before the September entry deadline to see where I stand, and may throw my hat back in.
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    Design questions for the KITH

    The recurve is designed for slashing cuts, "pulling" the target into the belly (for lack of a better word). So functionally, it works on a Bowie, which is basically a fighting knife. I also like the aesthetics, at least on the more subtle varieties. Too much and you end up with more of a kukri...