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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. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. What did I miss?

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

    Oops, I just posted in the gallery. Very nice kris!
  8. 3-8b.JPG

    Cool dagger. Is it a kris? Is this a b&w pic or color? Very dramatic. What are you doing for the handle?
  9. What do you think about this knife?

    I dig it. remarkable texture.
  10. Anvil Genealogy

    My Trenton came over on the Mayflower. Before that it was used by a farrier in Napoleon's army... The guy that sold it to me told me all about it's history.
  11. Nice! (not so itsy is he?)
  12. Mixed metaphors, or just misused

    Or, "As nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of Ranchmanben's rocking chairs"
  13. Mixed metaphors, or just misused

    For heaven out loud... (Actually this one is oft used by my wife who's first language is not English. Lol)
  14. Anyone in NW Washington?

    Welcome to the great Northwest. I’m in Granite Falls, (closer to you than Seattle) 4elements is a a very knowledgeable smith that lives out this way too. Navy? I worked in the safety office at Whidbey NAS for a time. Beautiful area.
  15. Forged Rocking Chair WIP

    That is absolutely amazing Ben. Very well done!