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About HondoWalker

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    Albemarle, NC
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    wood turning, blacksmithing, geology

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  1. Been a couple weeks since I hit the forge. While the last couple of knives have gone their own ways I felt it is time to up the difficulty a little. This one will have a guard and a pommel. And no rivets. Also my belt sander has gone useless on me so I'll have to figure another way to shine it up right. Harbor Freight tools seem to only last 3 or 4 years if you use them a lot. Got an angle grinder that is 7 years old and it died. Started using it a bunch and poof it got dead. Belt sander, bandsaw, angle grinder, oscillating saw, mini lathe and air compressor. I think that is all that have di
  2. When I bought my house one of the clothes hanger rods was 5ft of 3/4 inch steel rod. I have been using that. Have no idea what kind od steel it is.
  3. Here is the same blade after a week's work week's work on it.
  4. I ran out of them and need to buy more. Unfortunately all I can find are coby bolts and they are priced ridiculous. I need a bag of like 50 brass rivets for less than $20. I bought 25 sets a few years ago and they're all gone. Epoxy/glue won't hold my scales on so rivets are a must. I've tried to glue/epoxy on 5 knives so far and every time they pop loose when I'm filing them down. Rivets hold them on. Any ideas?
  5. I knocked one out today. Only took me 3 hours. The handle is a bit too narrow but I'm still learning. Here's mine. Post yours.
  6. I started at 80 and worked my way to 2000 then I put it on the buffer. Yes that's my touch mark. It has a L on it because I couldn't make a H And my middle name starts with L and most people know me by that name. The other is 245. I found it in my dad's old machinist toolbox. I figured it would be unique enough to set mine apart from any other L out there. I made the knife for a woman with small hands so the handle is a bit small. Also I was finding out how much steel rod I need to cut for more knives. Started at 8 inches, then 6 then 4. Next one will be 5 inches.
  7. No, not the first one I made, my first sale. I got $50 for the knife pictured. Is that a fair price? Did I get robbed or got lucky?
  8. I guess you could call me a new knifemaker. I made my first knife 30+ years ago when I was 14. My dad made knives and he showed me how to do it. I made a few simple knives out of old saw blades but they were for use as tools and met their fate long ago. 3 years ago I got a small cheap lathe and learned to make bowls. I made hundreds of them. I've only sold around 20 of them. Last summer I was watching Forged in Fire and got to wondering if I could still make knives. My dad did stock removal. He would grind a knife to perfection. I'm not so good at it because I've had strokes take away my abi
  9. Yeah they are fine. It was 36 years ago. The er told them if they had been inside any longer they would have died. I got up early and left to go do whatever it was I did back then. I only had a headache and didn't think anything of it when I left. I have always slept with the door shut. That is what saved me. And nearly killed them with their open doors.
  10. Yes I do. I'm originally from West Virginia and seeing online sales of $25-$50 a bag coal is completely unreasonable. Been trying to get someone with a truck to take me WV so I can buy a $25 truckload of coal. My sisters have 3 trucks between them. I'm sure someday they will help me get some coal. The funny thing is my house has a coal fireplace. If I could get bituminous I could heat my house with it. But I wouldn't. Last time I heated a house with coal my mother and sisters nearly died from carbon monoxide poisoning. I was 16, I didn't know better.
  11. Me too. They seem to be glass/iron. I use anthracite coal and those clinkers make me wonder what was that coal other than dead wood. I did find a broken piece of pottery in my last bag of coal. Gotta wonder where that came from. I took a picture of my latest spoon. here it is
  12. Today I made another knife. I used that same steel rod I've been using. First knife I used an 8 inch piece. Next it was a 6 inch piece. Today I did a 4 inch piece and figure that's about right for a small knife. I only used the three pound cross peen to spread it some and the two pound ball peen for the same reason. The rest of the forging I used that little bodywork hammer. I didn't wear out as fast this time and the metal responded well. Also made another spoon. Used an allen head bolt and this time it welded just perfect. And the thing might be useable when I'm done with it.
  13. My stepson lost (and I found and kept) a small hammer with a very flat square end. It's a bodywork hammer for beating pieces of fender strait. I gave it a try on this latest knife and had pretty good results with it compared to just trying to smooth it out with the flat side of a ball peen hammer. I should have qualified that heat treating just the edge doesn't work for me these last couple of times. Parts of the edge are hard to file on and other parts the metal feels soft as butter. Going to take me a bunch more practice to get good at it.
  14. Made my first knife when I was 14. Then in the next 35 years only made 3 or 4 simple knives that weren't very good. Now I'm in my 50's and have become disabled I needed a way to force my brain into learning something new I figured black smithing might be cool. And I gravitated to knives soon as I started. It was then I discovered that I hadn't forgot most of it. And what I don't know is the smithing part. My dad made knives and he taught me, but he never forged any. He ground his knives from flat steel bars he bought. Last night though I had missed a big one. That is, use a countersink
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