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About HammerMonkey

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    Granite Falls WA or maybe Puerto Vallarta...
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    Fabricating, welding, learning about the old arts, kayaking, laying on the beach with my beautiful wife, a cold adult beverage, and a grilled shrimp taco, and throwing a stick for my chocolate lab, Coco.

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  1. HammerMonkey

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Very nice Jennifer, I saw some of the other items you did at ABANA as well (I just saw the sets briefly, but I cannot remember where). Fantastic work as always!
  2. HammerMonkey

    Camp Ax

    Very nice! I really like the shape.
  3. HammerMonkey

    Wagon wheel clock.

    Very cool!
  4. HammerMonkey

    Handle Material

    Early spring is when deer shed their antlers. If you live near the forest you can hike around and if you are lucky, you can find sheds, but as 4elements said... for all we know, you might live in the middle of Antarctica, Death Valley or on a coral atoll in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Lol.
  5. HammerMonkey

    Welcome home knife

    Very nice. I like the shape of the blade a lot. He will love it I’m sure.
  6. HammerMonkey

    What did I miss?

    Truth! I spent many a night in the scud bunkers of Camp Victory in Baghdad in 2004-05. They liked tossing mortars at us too. Keep your head down brother.
  7. HammerMonkey

    Gift for Brother's New Restaurant

    A forged meat cleaver with oak scales and a thick, matching & branded cutting board would be cool. (When you are ready for that level).
  8. HammerMonkey

    Mini Camping Cleaver

    I agree with the statements above. Food borne illness is a serious risk in our world today. One must take care to be safer. But relying on a shiney knife alone to keep you safe is like wearing a very expensive helmet when skydiving with a hello kitty backpack for a parachute... Again, I submit the example of a cutting board (of wood, bamboo, plastic, or other typical materials used). Unless they are only a one use, disposable item, I’d like to see how they compare to a rough finish knife for the potential of trapping harmful bacteria. I look at my cutting boards (that do not get a tiny fraction of the use one might get in a commercial setting), I see hundreds of tiny cuts that could hold literally billions of bacteria. Of course I scrub my cutting boards and knives with a stiff brush, and I use bleach after cutting poultry or other meat. I don’t see the health department banning their use, but they probably do have something to say about use and cleaning. I just believe that a knife with a rough finish would be much easier to clean/sanitize than a soft and/or permeable surface of a cutting board. I understand health department rules, but they are practically overzealous. That is to say they have to be stringent, out of an abundance of caution, and because if there were little or no standards, some commercial food handlers would not practice any kind of safety or food borne illness prevention at all.
  9. HammerMonkey

    Show me your blacksmith pets

    Jim Dandy is just that! What a handsome little guy. I agree with Aus... he does look like he could get high centered on a bottle cap.
  10. HammerMonkey

    What did I miss?

    Thank you for your service. Stay in touch with us, and stay safe in the ‘stan!
  11. Like when the skydiver was asked if he broke his leg jumping... and replied “no... landing”
  12. I wonder if the trend to launch anvils into the sky with explosives was responsible for many of the sheared off horns and heels?
  13. HammerMonkey

    curves ahead

    Oops, I just posted in the gallery. Very nice kris!
  14. HammerMonkey


    Cool dagger. Is it a kris? Is this a b&w pic or color? Very dramatic. What are you doing for the handle?
  15. HammerMonkey

    What do you think about this knife?

    I dig it. remarkable texture.