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About Jspool

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  • Birthday 03/20/1956

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    Port Orchard, WA
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    Blade smithing, wood turning, photography, music, fishing

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  1. Hey Mike, Any chance we can see a video of this thing hammering on some steel?
  2. Nice lines. Great steel. The relatively small blades of folders requires damascus patterns that are, well, smaller. This is a great example of that.
  3. Pretty cool kiddo. You really have no concept of what you can't do! Did you work in a way to create a detent to keep it open?
  4. Dodo, I too am tooling up to move into maling some folders. I'm leaning toward framelocks. To have something to aspire to, I picked up a Rick Hinderer MP-1. Great fit and finish. Interestingly enough, it flips open very well and doesn't utilize bearings. Just teflon washers. Now I'm rethinking whether I really want to use bearings in mine. If you are using bearings, are you inserting a ready made race into the liners, or spinning the race in with a drill and extra bearing?
  5. Thats a beautiful blade. Great execution on the fabrication and finish of the handle. I like your lathe, even if it is hand held!
  6. I must be learning like crazy!
  7. Really nice work. Thanks for posting the second set of pics.
  8. I'm real interested on seeing how this plays out. I can't imagine that so fine a wire wouldn't get burnt beyond usability during the welding process. The guitar strings that are steel are so fine that they make the individual strand of 1" 6x19 cable look fat. I would suggest winding them real tight once they are just red hot, prior to bringing them to welding temp.
  9. Great daggers JPH! Love the handles. Love the damascus. Love the grinds. Love the sheaths!
  10. Thats a very attractive knive. Great job.
  11. Beautiful work Daniel
  12. Little Manmays, That's a nice looking spike knife you made there. Spikes are great for practice, and provide a good platform for developing shapes and design as you have a common, limited, chunk of steel each time you begin. I stopped making anything out of rr spikes when I finally made something I really liked, but it wouldn't hold an edge. Think about using some old car spring (52100) or another high carbon steel next time, and ask your brother to teach you how to properly heat treat it. The root of any knife is its edge, and it's ability to hold it, next is toughness and the ability to hold up under the task it's designed for, and last (but not least) is its ergonomics and lines. As HoJ said don't sweat the the mistakes. Knife making is a process of recovery!
  13. Looks very nice. Clean lines, great finish, and functional to boot. It's good that you are wary of the buffer. Keep the blade on the lower quadrant, wear a heavy leather apron, and don't be distracted in the slightest way. Make sure the buffer is not bench mounted and the blade has a clear path to the floor in the event it gets thrown. You don't want it bouncing off of your workbench!
  14. You can also get a curved plunge line with a flat grind on the platen by lifting the handle end when you draw the blade across for the grind. Unfortunately this takes consistant talent to pull it off well which is why it has eluded me.
  15. Here you go https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qTdubvo2ZMg