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  1. Heikki

    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...
  2. Heikki

    Scale removal- Vinegar soak question...

    I'm trying vinegar to ease the pain of removing scale on some blanks. What I've read says to leave it overnight after heat treating. Is there a minimum time for decent results? I just put em in this morning and was hoping it wouldn't take all day. Guess I'm being impatient.
  3. Heikki

    Maker retiring, equipment available

    I've been in contact with Dan Freda of DF Custom Knives and have his permission to share this information. He is retiring and will be selling all his knife making equipment: belt and disc grinders, oven, even a mill. It's pick up only in Red Creek, NY (Finger Lakes area). You can get details and...
  4. Heikki

    Repurposing "scrap" materials

    So, I have this tendency to save all the off cuts and leftover pieces of material in the knife making process: pieces of handle material, pieces of steel, bits of leather. I'm always thinking "hey, I can find something to do with this", but really I'm just tracking to become a hoarder. Recently...
  5. Heikki

    What Is This Called?

    I'm going to try to make 2 more of these soon, but I'm not entirely sure what they're called. I've done some searching and come up with different variations. I've seen them called "curly Qs" or "pig tails". Is there an actual blacksmith or knife term for the curled steel at the end of the...
  6. Heikki

    Hello From Pennsylvania

    My name is Tim, and I've been doing stock removal knives for almost 3 years now. I've been frequenting this forum as a guest for awhile now and decided it was time to join. I started with hand files and a HF 1X30 and this year upgraded to a 2X72. I love to experiment and learn new things. I have...