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    What's going on in your shop? Show us whats going on, and talk a bit about your work!

    I think my current build times are 60% executing the design and 40% fixing the stuff ups I make along the way....
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    2021 Summer Kitchen Kith

    What about grinding a wide fuller nearish the edge like Dan Bidinger has been doing? Looks rad will still reduce suction/friction and should be easier to achieve on your 10inch wheel.
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    2021 Summer Kitchen Kith

    Very true, However I have about 20 knife designs that I would like to try so for this instance I will chose another. Have wanted to try a "bowie chef" style for a while so will probably have a play with the below design. Been musing about playing with a don carlos style differential heat treat...
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    2021 Summer Kitchen Kith

    Hmmm Hmmm. I was thinking about doing a nakiri too. Maybe I will switch it up,
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    Progression question...

    I think it's important to try new stuff, but also to be realistic about your skills, tools and overall capability. Pick projects that are achievable but that will also force you to learn a new technique. Of course somtimes you will inevitively fly to close to the sun and mess things up but...
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    2021 Summer Kitchen Kith

    I will do whatever, but being in new zealand the logistics are a bit tougher so prefer to do my own
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    What's going on in your shop? Show us whats going on, and talk a bit about your work!

    My experience with stainless clad San mai has been that the etch contrast improves with use. A nice dark patina makes for great contrast with the clean stainless
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    What's going on in your shop? Show us whats going on, and talk a bit about your work!

    Finished this up today after much futzing with the handle flutes. Very happy with the results. Knife is being put to work in a commercial setting so be very interesting to get some feedback on geometry and profile from the pros. Geometry is improving with each knife, although they still take me...
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    First hidden tang construction...need help with handle design

    Yeah with elk antler the porous bit in the middle is quite large, so you cant shape/taper it much before you strike that core and end up with a ruined/ugly handle. That's why people use rusa antler a lot, as its core is small and you can shape it quite a bit before running into the core.
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    First hidden tang construction...need help with handle design

    Personally I think you would want to cut a radius into the heel of the blade there to create a bit of a ricasso. If you butt the antler hard up against the square shoulder it interupts the eye to much (at least in my opinion) especially considering you have a nice organic flow/feel to the blade...
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    What's going on in your shop? Show us whats going on, and talk a bit about your work!

    Playing with some fluting on the latest frame handle. Harder than it looks! got the shape dialed just need to get it polished out and glued. Also had some crazy g10 lying around, which I didnt love in scale form. Chucked it on a handle, like it better but to busy for my tastes really. Still...
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    Kitchen knife frame handle questions

    I finished one recently, I went with a spacer that was just slightly undersized. Then just tapered the tang roughly until I got a nice fit. Was easy enough and only took a few minutes.
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    Cork belts?

    Haha yeah should do. Probably send it all off shore! I'll keep looking but may end up taking you up on that
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    Cork belts?

    New Zealand
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    Lightweight Scale/Handle Material?

    Most of the light woods are not going to be particularly durable or stable. So not great for handle scales. You could stabilise, but then they won't be light anymore. What about something like micarta but with a skeletonised tang and scales? Either that or just use some thin scale material.
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    Cork belts?

    I really need to find a supply of this felt here, or a replacment. I've tried a couple of things for the platen and neither has worked satisfactorily.
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    Recommendation? SS foil heat treating decarb depth

    +1 10 thou bte is perfect for a hunter imo, can go thinner on some steels but as a general rule 10 thou is hard to go wrong. See way to many hunters that are far to thick bte.
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    Kitchen knife convex edge

    Tried a hard rubber as a platen backing. Yeah nah don't do that, now I have half burned rubber everywhere. Need to find some of this felt locally....
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    What's going on in your shop? Show us whats going on, and talk a bit about your work!

    How I do a satin is to take it one grit higher than I want for my finish, ie if I want a 600 satin I take it to 800 (sanded longways) at 800 then drop down to 600 for the finishing pulls. I find it faster to get a really clean satin this way, particularly with longer thinner knives which I've...
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