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Thank You! Well, im a recycled teenager like to have a lot of fun in whatever im doing, firstmost. I was a Slot Technician of 30 years until about a month ago. My boss didnt deserve my respect. Now when I say this I really mean it. So we started this escalation and to make a long story short. He canned me. So here I am a curmudgeon that doesnt like to take crap facing a really bad job market. So the answer was actually pretty easy for me. I decided to start making knives for a living. A life long dream. Am I crazy, a little. But, Ive been very happily after it like white on rice and getting ready to go into my initial production in less than 2 weeks. I have a reputation for being a tim allen or tool guy that likes to fabricate stuff. Im currently working out of my garage/ shop. I have a beautiful old 50's Craftsman table saw, router/table, 1x42 w disc belt grinder (for Now) a coal fired brake drum forge w 30" stand, railroad iron anvil w 1x4 x 14 plate welded to top on 15" dia. walnut log, compound miter saw on dedicated table, Craftsman 12" bandsaw, full size standing drill press, Craftsman 12"x48" wood lathe, 6" dedicated buffer, 8" grinder, and old 70's stereo and speakers. I will have Forney 140A mig welder, Primeweld 50A non touch pilot arc plasma cutter, and Rigid 3 blade 13" planer on the way next week. Ive got 40 some knife patterns and a lot of 5160 and 15N20. I will be adding a gas forge as the weather will enclose my shop. I tie fishing flies, woodwork, hunt, appreciate leather working and have a lot of leatherworking tool but have little knowledge. I really enjoy science and astronomy, and think stone masonry and wood crafting things like Spanish Galeons and post and beam construction are truely beautiful. Oh, and Im very proud of my Scottish heritage. One last thing, I plan on making my own axe and hatchet handles for items i forge and as replacements. I currently have walnut, hickory, white oak, and red oak. I will be getting some rock maple, and black locust shortly. Shwew! 

 

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Can you show us pictures of some of your blades?

And if you ever get down this way the Very Large Array is 55 miles west of Socorro NM and the Etscorn Observatory has star parties when things get more towards normal.  I was looking at the Milky Way last night; we're high and dry out here and lots of good astronomy observing!

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Once AGAIN it was overcast for the Perseid meteor shower here. Seems every time something good is predicted it clouds up. Friends and II used to lay on our sleeping bags in the Mojave watching the Milky Way, stars and meteors. 

Frosty The Lucky.

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Oh yeah, the cryptobatics get . . . interesting every time the guys who own the OS decide to Up(?)date it. Then we all get to do some learning curve climbing. 

We used to run lakers at El. Mirage Dry lake. High school friends and I put together a "racer" though didn't have the money or expertise to put together a streamliner. El Mirage  is a tune up dry lake for Bonneville racers. It was also an alternate landing . . . lake for experimental aircraft including the SST and space shuttle. 

It's a wonderful place to see how fast your car really is, got my 62 Vette up to 135 once. Second time I turned the wheel and hit the emergency brake. Turns out spinning a car at that speed wasn't really much fun. Didn't barf in my car though so it wasn't a total bust.  

We even got chased off the lake a couple times when they were testing aircraft. 

Frosty The Lucky.

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4140 is a little low in carbon for use in knives, so if you're doing to use it for damascus I wouldn't include it anywhere that will make up the your cutting edge. You also won't get much pattern when combined with 5160/6150. Out of curiosity, what are your 11 herbs and spices? 

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