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  1. MikeL

    Sheath Makin Hatin Club

    Very nice sheath Justin. I for one do not like to make sheaths but would if I had to. My brother makes mine and I don’t think I can do better than him. If he calls it quits I’ll step up. I love the smell of leather. I love the small of coffee. At first I much preferred the smell of coffee over...
  2. MikeL

    Re heat treat 1095

    Thank you very much. I’ll add the stress relief step.
  3. MikeL

    Re heat treat 1095

    I appreciate your opinion and input.. Thanks and thanks to everyone else. I’m going to just re-heat treat with new oil (no anneal) and see what happens.
  4. MikeL

    Re heat treat 1095

    Changing the oil out is definitely one thing I’ll do. It’s also in a small container (about a gallon) so it’s probably easier to contaminate. Thanks
  5. MikeL

    Re heat treat 1095

    I have some more reading and learning to do! I thought, perhaps wrongly, cycling benefited forged blades. I guess it can also be useful for stock removal. I’ll do some more reading. Thanks again.
  6. MikeL

    Re heat treat 1095

    Yes. I try to follow Kevin’s and a couple others expert advice. Thank you.
  7. MikeL

    Re heat treat 1095

    Put it in the oven, ramp to 1475, hold for 7 mins, quench in parks, two 2 hr tempers at 500. Thanks for the input guys.
  8. MikeL

    Re heat treat 1095

    Okay. I can try that. Thanks I’m gathering with the responses it must be kinda rare to not get hardened 1095?
  9. MikeL

    Re heat treat 1095

    Yes. It’s 1095. I’ve been using the parks oil for a while. That could be the issue. I had planned on using new oil. Know where I start? Anneal? Thanks
  10. MikeL

    Re heat treat 1095

    It just ‘felt’ soft just like when I did the pre HT grind. I don’t have a any testers other than files. But I did decide to see if I could drill a hole in the handle. The entire blade including handle was quenched. The drill bit dug in without issue just like pre HT. Based on that unscientific...
  11. MikeL

    Re heat treat 1095

    I heat treated 1095 bar stock using my paragon. So temperature control was not the issue. Quenched in parks 50. Seemed to be hard with the file test so I did the two temper cycles. However, after doing some grinding, I now feel like it’s not hard as it should be. So I want to start over on the...
  12. MikeL

    Forge-finished finery, bush swords, etc.

    These style of forged blades is what motivates me to want to forge more or at least be a better student of forging. Great looking wraps on the handle. Would like to learn that also. Nicely done!
  13. MikeL

    My prettiest knife (so far)

    Great looking knife. The corian has a very rich look to it. Prayers to Judy and her family and friends.
  14. MikeL

    My first AEB-L kitchen knife

    Great job!
  15. MikeL

    My biggest challenge yet. Now a WIP

    Excellent job. Looks great.
  16. MikeL

    A couple more

    Thanks Dennis. I do enjoy photography. I don’t have a lot of skills but have a good camera and lense to cover for the skills.:)
  17. MikeL

    A couple more

    I forgot to mention Ian, I also use these as a last step to help get scratch lines across the blade more consistently. They are fairly firm rubber yet pliable. It is what helps me ride the scratch lines down the plunge line as my last step. Still not the perfect solution but i have found them to...
  18. MikeL

    A couple more

    Thank you Ian. What has really helped me on satin finishes is to have a more gradual plunge line. Not sure what you call them, sweeping plunge line? When I tried to put satin finish on a sharp 90 degree cut plunge I could not get into the corners very well. Also, an abrupt plunge, in my...
  19. MikeL

    A couple more

    Thank you. Here is the last of this style for a little while (the new one is ringed gidgee wood). Also got sheaths from my brother for two of them.
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