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  1. Latticino, you are probably closer to the mark, the blade length is 9" for sure but the rest was an estimate, embarrassing certainly haha. The rear finger notch on the handle I find comfortable for my pinky/ring fingers to land when using a pinch-grip where the hand rests mainly above the ricasso, something that this chef does almost exclusively. If you are referring to the notch on the heel of the blade, that is simply aesthetics. The blade shape is designed to be a quick mince with a full roll. Davies, I have not made it to an IBA meeting yet, my work schedule prevents me due t
  2. Thanks! Absolutely, I am a cook by trade so all chef knives that I make go through a week long test in the kitchen. edit: blade is 9", 12.25 oal
  3. Hands down my best work to date, a chef's knife for a former employer that is going to a large cooking competition next week! Handle is stabilized and dyed box elder burl purchased from a supplier, blade is recycled 1930s era sawmill blade. For whatever reason the pins appear misaligned due to the shape/angle of the handle. I do most of my handle shaping with a rasp and sandpaper, if anyone has pointers for a nice glossy finish they'd be appreciated. I treated with boiled linseed oil and a butcher block wax mix.
  4. I find that doing at least a 6+ hour soak in a coffee etch is ideal. I usually return to clean the blade off with isopropyl every hour or so helps achieve a nice dark, even etch. The patina from working with it afterwards looks really cool too, the etch stays put with no problems. As others have said carbon content may be a factor, but your welds in the final blade look like they held up nicely!
  5. Very impressive! I'm up to 40 layers on my second pattern weld, I can only pray that it comes out 25% as nice!
  6. I've come across multiple non-zirconia hones that were sans-knurling, and they work just fine. I'm with Kozzy in thinking you would want a fairly high rockwell value compared to the knives you've produced. Perhaps even a few passes of hot sanding to give the rod some "grit" prior to HT and do a snap temper to prevent over-tempering. (by no means am I an expert, just my flow of consciousness on the matter)
  7. Very nice, and that's why we're craftspeople first with some scientist secondary, we're allowed to let things go unexpectedly.
  8. I've worked in several kitchens around the city where I live, so I luckily have a large group of people eager and willing to test my work. I usually leave them for a week or two and ask that they don't hone or strop at all. This also has the helpful side effect of advertising my work and nabbing a sale or two.
  9. sure thing, unfortunately the side logo was poorly stamped intially and time has not helped it stick around, but here's what I can get.
  10. Here is the only picture that I currently have of it, it does have the pill indent on the underside and has the steam hammer marks on the underside of the heel.
  11. I recently inherited my grandfather's Belknap anvil. The serial number is either 87420 or 37420, anyone out there with a copy of AIA that could shed some light on the history? My family is from Louisville and the "knap" is the only identifiable part of the original logo stamp, so I assume it was a licensed A&H from the early 1900's. The edges are still sharp and the striking face is dead flat, I never knew my grandfather so I feel extremely lucky to have this piece of history connecting us.
  12. Thanks for the replies, all good advice; especially the part about getting away from the humidity all together! I know the rust isn't a major hazard to the anvil, but my day job can keep me out of the shop for days at a time and I always feel a little guilty when I see that rust starting to form
  13. I'm having problems with moisture condensating on surfaces in my shop, namely my anvil and (propane) forge. (I know this is not a good thing for the liner, I take extra cautions to preheat slowly) I started working out of my detached garage around 3 months ago in the dead of winter and this issue had not occurred to me. Now that spring is -kind of- here in the Midwest we are seeing rain almost every day. A powered dehumidifier is not sufficient for the space, and I'd rather not throw more money into my electric bill. Does anyone else have this issue, and what are your solutions?
  14. Thanks for the input everyone! I am gathering the parts I need and I'll get back with an update when they're complete.
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