Fruitful Day

murphda2

Super Moderator and KD Blade Show Boss
I woke up on the couch last night around midnight and lounged around watching tv for a bit. Then the I hit the shop around 0330 with a plate of W2, my Pocket-Muk pattern and my custom Jeff Pearce carbide scribe. A couple of hours later I had six blanks cut, drilled and profiled before breakfast. After getting the monsters fed and Lil’ Bit off to school, I grabbed some coffee and chow before going back after it. I managed to get all six ground before needing to take another break. Grabbed a snack and a nap before firing up the grill and getting some chicken smoking. I then got the blades thermocycled and clayed before dinner. After dinner it was time to fire up the forge again. In no time I had them heat treated, cleaned up (with a quick etch check) and into temper. Around 2300 I finally did some clean up grinding. I still have a bit of work at the grinder before heading to the bench for hand sanding. Hope to have all of these completed with the others on my bench to have available at the Arkansas Knife Show in a little over a week.
 

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Bruce McLeish

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I woke up on the couch last night around midnight and lounged around watching tv for a bit. Then the I hit the shop around 0330 with a plate of W2, my Pocket-Muk pattern and my custom Jeff Pearce carbide scribe. A couple of hours later I had six blanks cut, drilled and profiled before breakfast. After getting the monsters fed and Lil’ Bit off to school, I grabbed some coffee and chow before going back after it. I managed to get all six ground before needing to take another break. Grabbed a snack and a nap before firing up the grill and getting some chicken smoking. I then got the blades thermocycled and clayed before dinner. After dinner it was time to fire up the forge again. In no time I had them heat treated, cleaned up (with a quick etch check) and into temper. Around 2300 I finally did some clean up grinding. I still have a bit of work at the grinder before heading to the bench for hand sanding. Hope to have all of these completed with the others on my bench to have available at the Arkansas Knife Show in a little over a week.
Makes me mighty tired just readin that
 

murphda2

Super Moderator and KD Blade Show Boss
Thanks guys. Got a lot of irons in the fire getting ready for the Arkansas Show next weekend in Little Rock. Trying to decide what to take. This is what all I’ve started. Plan to narrow it down to probably sixteen knives. Finished cleaning up those six at the grinder yesterday and four more of the same model. Had planned to roll into hand sanding after dinner, but my thumbs were hurting. Around 1240 I walked into the shop to check something and ended up sitting down to sand a blade. The Mrs let me know at 0630 this morning that there was a fresh pot of coffee if I wanted a cup. Managed to get eleven blades sanded to 400 in that time. Now time to decide what handle materials to prep. All will get vintage micartas or desert ironwood most likely.
 

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