Do a YouTube search for Portland Razor Company. They must have 50 videos up and talk about every facet of straight razors. I stopped in and talked with them and they are very good about telling you anything you need.
The steel band that holds the oven together can be tightened. Have you tried something easy like pushing the brick back into place and retightening the band? Even our ovens need a little TLC once in a while.
Kevin, I know pics can be diseptive, but the first one of the 12” wheel appears that the bar is slightly twisted. The 12” wheel would magnify this problem and may way to shove your belt in a certain direction. You may want to check the shaft just to rule it out.
Call your steel provider. I happen to buy bulk from a supplier and they have a great store front but not everything they sell is in it. You want to make sure you have enough to get the job done when you start your project. Will 4” really draw out to what you need and give you room to work?
I bought my KO18 with Tap controls about 6 months ago. I love the oven and it can be a rocket if you want the temp to climb fast.
When I bought it, I was told the the difference between the KO and KF was two things. One, the walls in the KO are a little thicker. I went and measured mine and...
Ted, I don't really think this is a "stock removal" question. The underlying question is relivent to forging too. Are we starting with a steel that is consistent from knife to knife, batch to batch and year to year. If we truly are getting that in the steel we buy, then we as knife makers can...
I don't think a year would truly be enough time to properly evaluate the folder. I'd say more like 5 years to get a good sense, maybe longer!
I don't think a year would truly be enough time to evaluate it properly. Ma