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  1. EdCaffreyMS

    How do you protect your blade during construction?

    I only "protect" my blades during specific times during construction......and when absolutely necessary, the whatever is on the blade comes off. Why? Time and again I've seen people who tape up their blades right after finishing the blade, then go through finishing down the handle with...
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    Merry Christmas from The Caffrey's!

    Craig..... YOU BET! I've been doing better, and would really like to see you folks!! This week they are starting me on Benlysta infusions....... first one is this Friday at 8am (they say it'll take 2-3 hours), then a second on the 30th. They call those "loading doses", and it should be...
  3. EdCaffreyMS

    Finishing G10

    I learned a long time ago..... never buy handle material sight unseen! It's a recipe for disappointment at best, and being ripped off at worst. I generally do not buy from any source that represents themselves at "knife" related.....why? To be clear, I am speaking of those sources who...
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    Teak Oil

    Sorry I didn't see this sooner. Teak oil is a finish that is more for "beauty" then durability. It's often used on fine furniture and other items that will not see exposure to the elements or otherwise require durability. Of the "oil" type finishes, I would suggest Danish Oil, or my...
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    Finishing G10

    I run about a 50/50 mix in my cabinet of 70 grit aluminum oxide (harbor freight sells it) and medium glass beads. (not sure if it's the same thing, but harbor freight also sells "80 grit glass beads" For most jobs like what you're doing, medium or coarse glass beads are a good choice. The...
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    Finishing G10

    I bead blast G10, then put a single coat of Tru-oil on it. In this case I would tape off everything else, then blast the bolsters. If you don't have a blast cabinet, then just carefully clean with acetone, being careful to not get any on the other handle materials, the, a single coat of...
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    Merry Christmas from The Caffrey's!

    Just finished putting up a Christmas page on my website....it contains a few of the things I really like, and some that are very sentimental to me. Follow the link below to view our Christmas page. Merry Christmas, and God Bless from Cindy and I!! http://www.caffreyknives.net/christmas.html
  8. EdCaffreyMS

    For Sale - Tools New Angle Peen Hammers Available!

    One is sold...... two still available!!
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    For Sale - Tools New Angle Peen Hammers Available!

    I'd encourage anyone to give it a try. I was very skeptical when Wayne showed/told me about it.....but because it was coming from a legend like Wayne Goddard.... I tried it, and within a month, EVERY hammer handle in the shop was split. :)
  10. EdCaffreyMS

    Filet Knife Steel Choice

    OH, there's no doubt what so ever that it's me! There is likely some "little" thing along the way that I'm either just missing, or not doing "right"..... I'll keep chipping away, and maybe get it one of these days. Always up for learning.....so this is just one more of those. THANKS!!!
  11. EdCaffreyMS

    Band saw cutting issue?

    I gotta ask the question..... why are you even taking the chance of buying that stuff, when for just a few more dollars you can get a full 48" bar from New Jersey Steel Baron, and be assured it is the best quality 1095 you can get?? My guess is that you just became another victim of the "bait...
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    Filet Knife Steel Choice

    HOW TRUE!! ^^^^^
  13. EdCaffreyMS

    Filet Knife Steel Choice

    That's essentially the process I've used on AEBL in the past, and compared to my carbon steel blades, it just doesn't display what I would call good cutting performance. The test blades always dulled quickly/easily, were a pain to resharpen, and were certainly what I would call brittle in...
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    VFDs out in the cold

    On the subject at hand, I agree with Ken. Could it be a problem? Of course, anything is possible. Is it likely? I suspect not. Reading this thread reminded me of my days working in unheated shops...having to haul anything freezable into the house at the end of each day, and all the...
  15. EdCaffreyMS

    Pipe Threader turned Twister

    It's funny, I had a close knifemaker friend gift that machine to me, along with a whole slew of other things that Forgers would use. It sat in my shop for a couple of years while I've been dealing with the health issues.....and I finially started working on it, as I could. This one has...
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    Band saw cutting issue?

    My guess is the bandsaw blade(s). Knife steel if very tough on blades of any cutting machine. Although Lennox is known for their "quality", if you purchased the bottom end/cheap Lennonx blades, they are no better then the cheap ones that Harbor Freight sells. Personally, I run 8% cobalt...
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    Damascus welding

    Just as a side note..... Forges, and especially those that are used for welding, should be considered "consumables".....because there simply isn't anything out there/available that will hold up indefinitely under the uses/circumstances with put them through. Any welding forge is going to need...
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    Filet Knife Steel Choice

    YUP YUP!^^^^^ I've tried a bunch of different methods when grinding fillet blades (most any blade 1/8" or less get ground post heat treat in my shop)..... mainly because for me, they will always warp just enough during grinding to be very noticeable. I started clamping fillet blades to a...
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    Sharpeners

    This thread came back to my mind this week. I had a gentleman send me two knives, a folder, and a straight knife, and wanted me to put convex edges on both. Now, the folder was a popular "mid-tech" model, and the straight knife was from a "custom" knifemaker. The folder had a decent...
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    Pointers on tapered tangs

    I've been reading what you wrote, and am not completely sure that I understand the issue(s). Are you seeking to make hidden tang knives with a single flat plane throughout it's length, from blade to the end of the tang? OR, are you designing/grinding the blades to an elongated diamond (as...
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