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Be sure to go with a finer cut on the hardening aspect of polish.. That aggressive of a grit can lead to a lot of stress fractures in hardening.. 

More pics of the grinder please.. 

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made some handles for a draw knife I'm making.   and I learned that 36 grit belts will take off a knuckle like it's not even there!

 

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typically the handle were driven all the way through and peened or they were riveted in..  Nice handles just didn't see a way of mounting them solidly.. 

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Made a split cross for a silent auction to benefit my son’s swim team:

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Also tried out the guillotine I made yesterday to make the stem on this fuller:  

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It worked really, really well. Forging the stem took about five or six heats; I estimate that I could probably do it in four, maybe even three.

(This after I figured out that I could get more power out of the treadle hammer by dropping my weight on my supporting leg before engaging the downward thrust of my stomping leg.)

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Yes 36 grit will do that!  I've seen the results with a blademaker friend of mine---over 2 months of downtime with no money coming in and high medical expenses...

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Also a hollow chisel for cutting the back of the bosses on split-rein tongs. 

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And reshaped the handle on the knife I started with Latticino. 

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3 hours ago, jlpservicesinc said:

typically the handle were driven all the way through and peened ... 

thanks Jen.  that is useful info.  I was planning on epoxying them in, but I might drill them through and do the traditional install.  I have enough tang to draw it out enough to do that. 

 

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John, I really like the coarse texture on that split cross. Can we see the hammer that created it, please?

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Finally made my first knife. Made from mystery metals with sparks I liked. Not sure how many layers or what the pattern would be called if it even has a name. Elk handles with copper rivets. 

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Nice little blade! I've not made a knife yet... Too scared.

Also, pretty impressive castings! Great detail

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