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  1. Sean Jones

    Sources for Ferric Chloride and Silicon Carbide

    Amazon wait time on the FeCl is three weeks and the Silicon Carbide isn't much better. Any other places to look? I found some on Ebay ready to ship, but I'm always leery of Fleabay.
  2. Sean Jones

    Sean's KITH 2020 for Heikki

    I've gotten started on my KITH knife for Heikki. This is the first time I've sort of let the design come to fruition as I worked on it. I've done this before when I've done free hand sketches before but not with a knife profile. So hopefully it's turned out OK. Though I would appreciate any feed...
  3. Sean Jones

    Leather very stiff and hard to work with. Storage problem?

    Since my leather working skills aren't very good I purchased some leather bellies from Tandy awhile back to practice with. Our humidity around here is usually somewhere in the neighborhood of 10% sometimes less. Especially during the summer. I've literally have had to dip the leather in water...
  4. Sean Jones

    Small wheel attachment

    I finally broke down and ordered a small wheel attachment and a 3/4" wheel from Boss Dog. Other than running it at low speed, is there any caveats or tricks to know about? I'm really looking forward to it speeding things up and also improving my knives. Should be here end of next week I believe.
  5. Sean Jones

    Scuff marks behind lanyard tube

    I'm having a devil of a time cleaning up a Cocobolo handle I'm working on behind the lanyard tube. I'm thinking I'm approaching this wrong. In the photo you can see the scuff marks behind the tube. I've tried removing them with an 800 grit belt and also hand sanding. I went back to 400 briefly...
  6. Sean Jones

    Custom EDM pins

    Does anyone know who makes custom EDM Mosaic pins? So far the only one I've found is out of the UK and they don't list their prices
  7. Sean Jones

    Tru-Oil on Cocobolo?

    I'm about done with a Bird and Trout knife that has Cocobolo scales and I'm loving the way it looks as is. However the wood appears to be a bit granular, which I like but I'm thinking some oil would help seal any potential problems. The question is then will the Tru-oil darken the Cocobolo...
  8. Sean Jones

    When to taper tangs and when not to

    Of those of you that taper tangs do you always taper, or do you have certain knives you taper and some you don't? I find myself frustrated with the tapered tangs that I've been doing and wondering if they are really worth extra effort. Any comments appreciated.
  9. Sean Jones


    This anvil is up for sale here locally for $900. 182 pounds. I can't quite make out what it says on the side even after enhancing the photos with GIMP. Does it say Sweden? Or something else? I can't make out that first letter.
  10. Sean Jones

    5. 7 Earthquake in Salt Lake City and surrounding area

    With COVID-19 virus making the news, I don't know if this will or not, so I thought I would mention it here . We have just experienced a 5.7 earthquake along the whole Wasatch Front.. Our house is about five miles from the epicenter. Everything's OK. Still have power. No cracks in the...
  11. Sean Jones

    Spoke shaves

    Anyone here use spoke shaves as part of their handle making process? There's a set of three mini spoke shaves for sale here locally. The seller says They are particularly useful for detailed work such as: Pattern making, Cabinetmaking, Model making, Carving and Instrument making.
  12. Sean Jones

    Recommendations: Machinist Parallels 1/8? or 1/32?

    After almost ruining another pair of bolsters because I can't support them properly in the vise, I need a set of parallels. Little Machine Shop has these and Amazon has these. I like the 1/32 ones but I'm a bit concerned about them being so thin. Recommendations? I don't have a mill (yet) so...
  13. Sean Jones

    For those of you that keep a Knife Making or Shop Log

    I was looking through a shop log I kept last year and realized most of what I had put in there didn't help much on future projects. Probably one of the reasons I quit using it. What do you guys put in your log/journal or what ever you want to call it, that you find helpful as a...
  14. Sean Jones

    Paint can forge frustration - can't reach normalizing temps

    I have a small paint can forge that I've been attempting to get some 1084 to harden correctly without success. Here's my procedure so far. First forge attempt. 1. Brought the forge up to about 1450 (I do have a temperature probe, though I don't know how accurate it is in such a primitive forge)...
  15. Sean Jones

    Epoxies and unheated shops

    I'm curious those of you that have unheated shops like I do, how do you handle glue-up on your knives? This time of the year my garage hovers somewhere between 35 to 38 degrees. What I've been doing is bringing my epoxy into the house until it's time to glue-up my scales. Then I use a space...
  16. Sean Jones

    Received my Christmas gift exchange from John Wilson

    Well...I'm one lucky guy! John was my secret Santa, and outdid himself as Santa on the exchange. He sent me two AEB-L blades already profiled and heat treated. I just need to grind the bevels and attach handles! What a treat! He also sent along a lot of quality wood, some tubing, brass pins...
  17. Sean Jones

    I received my KITH from Retroguy

    This blade is a beauty! Nothing out of place...all well balanced. Love the Damascus and Ironwood. Thanks Mark! The sheath is very well done. All in all a very professional job! And the musket ball lanyard is very cool. I'll take some more pictures later to show the lanyard.
  18. Sean Jones

    KITH Knife is done

    Retroguy has drawn to my attention that my WIP thread isn't showing up correctly. For those that may have missed it, here is a link to my WIP and final photos.
  19. Sean Jones

    What's a good finish for Claro Walnut?

    I'm about at the point on my Bowie to either put a finish on it, or perhaps just leave it be. Any suggestions? I have Tru-Oil on hand, or I can get Linseed Oil. I like the look on gun-stocks to a point. Though sometimes they end up looking rather plastic. I put some Claro walnut on another piece...
  20. Sean Jones

    Pointers on tapered tangs

    I've done several tapered tangs now. However I always seem to end up with the same problem. One side of my tang will be almost completely flat even before I hand sand it on my granite table; which is good. However the other side, almost always the right side, I end up spending hours chasing...