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  1. izafireman

    Acid wash stainless steel

    Also what ever you use heat it up.....easy to do , put the solution into a suitable container , I use a soil or drainpipe (UPVC) with a glue weld blank on the end. Placed in a deep bucket of water into which a travel immersion heat has been placed , they are used to heat a cup of water in a...
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    First Hamon 26c3

    And three more lemon juice cycles done, a couple more than a final polish I think.....But do I polish the darkend area in order to lighten.....what's the score as such please?
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    First Hamon 26c3

    OK as above here are some photos. This eve I did two 5 min or so cycles in warm ferric and then neutralised. Cleaned with Ammonia solution again and then did one ten min wipe down with lemon and dish soap (hot) .... This was them polished with Autosol. Now I am planning to repeat the lemon...
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    First Hamon 26c3

    Need to do some over the next couple of days
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    First Hamon 26c3

    After a little advice if possible please regarding hamons. Just had some 26c3 clay quenched and have ground it out and also taken it up too 1200 grit. I then cleaned it up and used ferric to develop the hamon, a few cycles with a light sanding in between each dip but there wasn't much...
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    S Grind

    My problem is I am in the UK. But I just thought about asking a pal of mine who is an engineer to make me something ;)....always the best way.
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    S Grind

    I thought about wood as easier for me to do , maybe with a thin titanium sheet covering over the radius?
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    S Grind

    With the heat I was thinking about the platen itself getting hot/wear , not the knife as I grind everything post HT and keep cool anyway.
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    S Grind

    There is not really that much in the way of information on the internet but I am pretty sure I know the method but it is just a case of knowing the radius to use on say a deep blades kitchen knife as surely if the wheel was too small the middle of the blade would become impossibly thin. I was...
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    S Grind

    Well having done my second ever kitchen knife the other day I decided to free hand flat grind it, wow what a revelation, I wish I had done free hand years ago as it went like a dream and sooo easy. Oddly I learnt to free hand hollow grind years ago but never to free hand flat. My next learning...
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    Smiling

    Thanks for the detailed answer. I was thinking 52100 or O1 steel. Oh and the other wheel I have is 12 inch from memory, not sure if that is ok for a straight razor having never ground one.
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    Smiling

    Ahaaa , smiling today as I finally got back on the forum. Not sure why but I could not get back on , I even created another account, but as my old account just worked I will stick with it. looks like I have loads to catch up on with the threads here but shall read them over a glass of Rum ))...
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    Warped Scales

    I knew someone would ask ;) ...The info came from Gougeon Brothers who are GFlex agents in the UK. Yes I told them in my email the woods are stabilised and even included a link to this thread.:)
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    Warped Scales

    Sent a question out to an epoxy manufacture and here is their reply regarding warping of thin wooden material, which if I am correct mirrors the previous statements. Whenever you add a liquid to a bare timber surface the timbers nature is to wick up that moisture this will have the effect of...
  15. izafireman

    Scottish Sgian Dubh

    Very nice. I know a few guys up North who would be very proud to wear it with their Kilts. :)
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    Warped Scales

    Just reading this and reckon the PID oven I built might be worth using for glue ups in future as depending on the temp/oven loading I am getting 1-3 degrees accuracy. I am wondering if the epoxy companies will have information on the best cure temps in such a situation and I could 'ramp' the...
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    Warped Scales

    Well its not just me then :) ….I had this problem only this week. I stabilised some Elm burl and G flexed G10 scales to them. Three days later warped, they were all super flat before gluing. My thoughts were the same as above with regard the bi-metallic strips as G10 and wood are dissimilar...
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    TUS Stencil Cracks & finger nail polish?

    Nice n crisp etches.
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    TUS Stencil Cracks & finger nail polish?

    Stencil cracking will be due to the amperage or the way it is delivered to the steel. If the amperage is too high the stencil will over heat and breakdown....which was said above . With cheaper machines you will normally have to dab the stencil then lift the pad to let the heat and gases out...
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