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    Full tang vs hidden. Difficulty?

    Is one more difficult to make than he other? Seems like there would be fit up issues associated with a hidden tang and guard. But it doesn't seem terribly difficult.
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    Blueing / dark metal ?

    I saw a knife today that had a beautiful finish and haven't a clue as to what it actually was. It was polished to near a mirror finish and was very dark blue, almost black. It was the blade, hilt and I think even the pins. Almost like it was a dark chrome. It was a hand made knife, in a...
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    Cut off disc for profiling blanks?

    I havent bought a bandsaw yet so im wondering Would using an angle grinder and a thin cut off disc to cut out blanks be a bad idea? People always talk about overheating the metal, but does it even matter how hot it gets before heat treat? Or does it depend on the type of metal? I know...
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    Is rc hardness the measure of sharpness / durability?

    Like it says, if something is x hardness in carbon and the same in stainless, will they preform, sharpen, handle the same? I realize that the resharpening and maintenance will differ as in the case that carbon sharpens easier than stainless. Thanks for answering these basic questions, or...
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    Skinner steel type ?

    I was talking to someone who wants a skinner and I tried to explain the relationship between durability/difficulty to sharpen, and something like carbon that gets really sharp, but is easyto sharpen. They wants something that stays sharp throughout cleaning and maybe quartering a deer...
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    Steel types - characteristics / uses

    Is there a comprehensive list of this information that might help is material selection? Thanks!
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    Frankenstein 2x72 grinder - bounce ?

    It's sort of a freestyle version on the nwg but welded and pieced together from various parts. I am still trying to tinker with the alignment of the wheels but I have a air amount of bounce and wondering if there is a common cause of this. My tensioner and 8" contact is from an old grizzly...
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    3 axis milling table? - where can I find one?

    I've been warned not to make my own surface grinder, but!, I'm one of those hardheaded types that doesn't learn until I fail myself? That said, if it's even called that, anyone know where I can find a small cheap one? I found a bunch of small 2axis, but none with a vertical adjustment unless...
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    Grinder on the cheap. Drive Wheel / contact wheel sources / solutions?

    I understand that 50 - 90 bucks is not outrageous for them, but, anyone have another source or solution to the drive wheels and contact wheels? I checked tractor supply, northern tool, etc. nothing so far. I've seen people use all sort of things from cart wheels to skate board wheels but...
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    Variable speed controls on a 1 phase?

    Someone told me yesterday that they are giving me a brand new 110 variable speed controller unit. Or whatever it's called. Can this be hooked up to the 1 phase motor that runs my grizzly? For some reason I was under the impression variable speed drives could only be hooked up to a 3hase...
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    Cold steel magnum tanto IX - made in Japan

    I'm curious. Its an awesome knife but I have one but rarely use it. Rarely even see it so I am thinking of selling it to fund another project. It's not in brand new shape, but very good. A few very minor nicks in nthe blade, and only slight wear on the sheath. Nick would probably come out...