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    I'm back!

    After being away for two years due to a busy schedule with a job and senior year of high school, then the hectic schedule of first year of college, I will be back to playing around with steel soon. Looking back, the biggest turnoff from knifemaking for me was that I didn't have the money to...
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    Trip to Wisconsin

    Hey everyone, I haven't been on here in so long because I've been super busy with school and work and vacationing. I just got back from a trip to Wisconsin, after getting an 18-250mm lens for my sony A55, so I took quite a few pics. I decided to pick a couple for you guys to see. This is a...
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    Spectacular Birdseye Maple Blocks

    I was shopping for some wood, and I came across a spectacular piece of birdseye maple. Keeping a large portion for myself, I have a few (24) blocks to get rid of. This stuff is some of the busiest birdseye I have ever seen. Each block is just .950" thick (over 15/16"), 1.75" wide, and 5"...
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    100x100

    When you see the numbers 100x100, you would think it's a simple math problem equaling 10,000. What do these numbers represent to me? 100 sets of 100 yards in swimming. Each hundred is started on 2:00 from the previous start. That takes 3 hours and 20 minutes to swim a 100x100 at this pace. By...
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    What is your (favorite) sharpening method?

    I wanted to start a thread here about how knifemakers sharpen knives. I have been using the paper wheels to get very sharp knives (still need practice though) but the knives knock hair off when I'm done. While I love the edge these things put on a blade, I would hate to think what would happen...
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    Mahogany Blocks $7 a piece, or $20 for 4!

    I got a hold of some nice ribbon stripe mahogany boards that I thought would look great for knife handles. I couldn't help myself and I bought tons of this stuff. Way more than I would ever be able to use. I asked a few opinions and decided that the cut of the wood is the opinion of the buyer...
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    Super Glue Finish

    I needed to polish up a couple pieces of mahogany for some pictures, so I decided to use a super glue finish and take some pics to show others how I do it. I have the mahogany blocks ready, sanded to 220 with an orbital sander. I also just use the cheapest thin super glue that I got for free...
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    Threaded rod for pivots?

    Hey guys, I had a thought... I have a bunch of threaded couplers that I am trying to use like loveless style pins. They work great for handles, but I was wondering if there was any way to use them for a pivot? I use regular screws for the handles, but I was wondering if a screw were to be...
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    Who like's Mahogany??

    Haven't posted much in a while. I've been busy with schoolwork and a part time job, and now with swimming starting, there goes the rest of my time! Anyways, I just picked up some mahogany with some great grain that I figured you guys would appreciate. I might cut some of it up into blocks and...
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    Scoliosis... My story

    Hey everyone, I am writing to ask you guys for some encouraging words or prayers. I'm not big on asking for prayers from people, but this is a major thing for me. In 7th grade, 4 years ago, I was diagnosed with scoliosis, the abnormal curvature of the spine. I went to a specialist and he put...
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    Smaller pieces of 3/32 stainless steel

    I am looking to buy some smaller pieces of stainless steel for blades and springs of slip joint folding knives. If just asking for some good stainless steel wasn't hard enough, I'd also prefer if it was hardened before shipping (so I wouldn't have to worry about doing that/sending it out) I'm...
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    Customer Treated like a Customer

    I just wanted to share my recent experience buying stencils from Ernie Grospitch. I emailed him back and forth on the 2nd to come up with the best logo that I would want. I had to call him to pay with a credit card, and he said that he would ship it on Tuesday the 6th. I checked the mail every...
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    Just got back from an Auction... Anvil ID help?

    Today, my dad an I went to an auction that listed that they would have an anvil for sale and other tools. We showed up, found the anvil, and by my rough guessing (trying to pick it up from the table it was on) it was a little over 100 lbs. I felt a little bit of rebound with a small socket that...
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    Here comes the new Mill/Lathe! :D

    Right now, it's garage sale season for around here at least, and in the paper, there was an ad listed with a metal lathe in it. My dad and I went to go check it out, and sure enough, it's a benchtop mill and lathe combo! The asking price was $800, but we got it down to $700. It's from Enco, so...
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    New Approach to Knife Making ... Files

    I have not made any knives for a while. The main reason was that school was getting in the way, and taking all my time. Another reason was me getting a job, so I work some days. I am really not satisfied with how my knives are turning out though. The fit and finish will improve, but the quality...
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    My apologies, both now and in advance.

    I first want to apologize for any incoherency in my posts that I may post in the next few days, or posted already. I can explain some of it. Here's how my story goes... Wednesday, I did not work, so my friends and I went to play laser tag, which is sort of like paintball, but with infrared...
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    Case xx Kitchen Knives???

    I was volunteering at my local church's rummage sale set up, and I found a set of Case kitchen knives. They were in very good condition (appears that most of them have gone through the dishwasher more than just a couple times) :mad: The spines of the handles appear to have warped or shrunk...
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    Just got a job!

    I'm pretty excited right now. I just got hired by Mike's Express Carwash. Part time, of course, to work around my school schedule. Put in my application on Monday, first interview on Tuesday, now on Sunday I get the call for a second interview. They said I'm hired as long as I pass a drug test...
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    My New Hobby

    I started to get a little bit bored making knives, so I decided to try a different thing to make: bows! I researched, researched, then researched a little more, and I found simple plans to make a bow. I didn't follow them exactly, but using many of my knifemaking tools, I built a hickory bow...
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    Harbor Freight 20% Off Coupon

    Here is the most recent Harbor Freight 20% Off Coupon. Print it out and bring it in every time you walk into the store! This one lasts until the new year! http://www.bargainez.com/printable-coupons/20-off-any-single-item-harbor-freight-tools-printable-coupon/
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