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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Sniper X, Dec 22, 2008.
Sorry, RR, the largest blanks we had were 15".
what does one of those weekends cost? They do 3 events a year that I could see, might be worth taking a trip for.
This past one was $175 for the materials for 1 knife with Micarta or G10 scales and plain pins, plus $30 for the Saturday meal, which was well worth it. Additional knives started at $60, IIRC. This was the thread for the event:
great thanks for the info
having to travel will add a bit, but looks like a lot of fun and a great result at the end.
edit: oh and good work by the way
Nice? Well I don't know. It's kind of special as I inherited it from My Great Uncle Tom when I was about 20. I figure this set is from the 40's or 50's. Anyway it has a pocket knife and then the attachments all hook into the other end of the knife. Sort of the not so convenient swiss army knife idea. Accessories include the small hammer, a file, an awl, flathead screwdriver, fish scaler/hook remover/say and bottle opener combo, a wide flat blade and , of course, can opener.
Blade is stamped "Utica Cutlery Corp, Utica, NY Made in USA"
The whole thing came in a tooled leather (maybe) zipper case. All of the metal polished right up with a touch of simichrome and now I just keep it around to play with now and again.
Kind of an interesting deal to me anyway...
I had a kit like that! I probably had it in the early '60s. It wasn't quite as extensive, but I remember the screwdriver, bottle/can opener, and file attachments.
On another subject... I picked up some P1800 belts for the Work Sharp Knife and Tool sharpener. I find them better than the 220 grit for touching up a blade before hitting them with the 6000 honing belt. My wife noticed the difference in her favorite kitchen knife (and she didn't know I'd sharpened it). It was good, it got better.
Thanks to all who mentioned the Work Sharp. I also picked up the 40º Outdoor knife guide now that it is available. Good stuff.
The Work Sharp is fantastic. Just tonight, in a fit of stupidity, I snapped about 3/32" off the tip of my BlackJack Necker. Using the Work Sharp green belt I reshaped the tip on the top and bottom and then to get an edge started in the area. The finer grits finished it off and it's back to razor sharp from tip to choil.
But after my weekend of knife "making" I'm thinking of upsizing. What about this: http://www.vansantent.com/multitool.htm Smithy? Anybody?
Found some SS bar stock in the shop and an old floor jack handle. Decided to throw something together for the hell of it.
I think might you guys will enjoy this:
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Directly from Portugal...
The accepted wisdom on belt grinders is this... the longer the belt, the cooler it stays; the wider the belt, the fewer dips and waves in your grind.
I use a cheap-ass Craftsman 2x42, but buy really good belts from trugrit.com. Just put in an order last night, in fact, 'cause there's a couple projects I can't finish with out restocking.
Speaking of knife grinders/belt sanders/linishers --- whatever you call them --- Has anyone here built their own belt sander along the lines of the "No Weld Belt Sander"? I'm interested in feedback - how do they track, what is the usefulness of the options, would you build it differently, would you build another one, what was the cost? Of course, any link to an existing thread would be useful as well.
Nice video, BTW.
So are "nice knives" not carried???
A "nice" knife is very subjective. Some are carried and used. Some are collected. Kind of like firearms, ya' know?
What I'm thinking is the difference between this type of nice knife:
and a knife you would carry:
BTW I carry my knives...
Good for you! How many do you carry at once?
one in my pocket and two in my bag.
maybe one around the neck.
Good question. Got me wondering what is it about motorcycles and knives? Normally I carry a simple pocket knife. But when I'm on the bike I not only have that knife in my pocket, I also have
* Original Leatherman that lives on the bike
* Ontario machete that lives in a pannier (that may or may not be on the bike)
* Leatherman Juice that lives in my riding jacket pocket.
And I finally removed the extra "spare" knife from my tank bag when I added the pocket chain saw.
Yesterday I carried an Emerson on the left (love the wave!) and my Strider NM Grind SMF on my right.
After using and abusing my Mora clipper for a couple of months, it was looking a bit rough.
Since this is the carbon steel version, it was super easy to put a nice protective patina on.
A little hot vinegar and about 45 minutes gave me this.
I also added some gimping and texture on the spine of the bade to hide previous damage.
Now my $9 workhorse does not look so bad and it has a bit of rust protection.
A picture to show how the blade looked when I started.
Your question is too subjective Rouge. This (IMHO) is because there are so many different categories of knives and any can and do have what I personally would call nice in them. And again IMHO a nice knife doesn't have to be expensive or hand made even. I have only what I would call nice knives some that cost 50 dollars, some that cost many hundreds and I usuually carry one of any of them at any time....sometimes two or even three. Today of course I forgot to stick even my daily carry in the pocket and I noticed almost all the way to work. If it was less than 35 miles from work, I would have gone all the way home to get it as I feel totally undergunned without a knife even though I do have a full size 1911 on the hip.