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    Winkler rescale

    Well done! Looks great.
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    New shop question

    I'm with MTBob about not purchasing any Horrible Fright tools that have to be plugged in. However I do buy some cheap stuff like spring clamps. For me about 75% of them survive the first use, and I figure I'm still ahead cause they're so cheap. Here's a good article that explains HF in terms we...
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    Not funny to me April fools

    So, OK, if they wanted to do something for April Fool's day, this would have been more appropriate...
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    Not funny to me April fools

    I received an email today from a place called Maverick Abrasives saying "Your PO #3249 order confirmation". I've no idea who this is and I haven't placed an order. The email only contained ads for their disc abrasives. Based on this I would never place an order there, or with Combat I suppose.
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    What's going on in your shop?

    Good looking knife, Daniel. How do you finish out your G-Carta? I like the material but sometimes I have a hard time getting a nice finish.
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    New Around Here

    Welcome to KD!
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    All black/dark knife question

    It depends on your handle material. Most dark woods and synthetics will not be affected by ferric. You would have to test it first on a scrap piece of your handle material.. I use a lot of ironwood scales and damascus, After the handle shaping I use a Q tip to apply ferric along the exposed...
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    Harold Corby

    Wow! What a great story and information. Would love to hear more from him.
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    Looking for a Tapping head for my drill press

    I bought a used Tapmatic 30X on Fleabay a couple years ago. They show up there all the time, but they aren't real cheap. It works well for the small stuff I use. Make sure you get the collets with it if you buy one.
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    What's going on in your shop?

    Your knife looks great. Sheaths are a whole different skill set. I finally took a class which helped out a lot, but it still takes practice. Did you start your sheath with a pattern? I use file folders to draw out and cut a pattern before cutting the leather. DeMo or some of the other leather...
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    Belt slides on platen

    Sounds as though you don't have enough belt tension.
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    Working with dry ice questions

    I got some 1/2"x2"x12" aluminum plates and drilled a hole in each end for a 5/16" bolt. I sandwich each blade between two of these immediately after the plate quench, and they stay in there through cryo ( I use LN ) and during tempering. I haven't had warps since I started doing this. I suppose...
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    building a cannon...

    Oh yeah! Sweet! We will need a video, of course, Steve.:D
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    Tru Oil tip

    How many coats of Teak oil are you using?
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    Trizact Belts

    I was amazed at how much faster I learned when I had an instructor standing with me at the grinder. Books and YT videos are OK but it just isn't nearly as good as in person teaching. If you can take a class or work with a bladesmith in your area it will boost you way up on the learning curve. I...
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