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  1. weo

    Bauer Portaband opinions?

    Thanks, all. It sounds like things haven't changed regarding Harbor Freight tools, one might get a good tool, or one might get a bad tool that is exchanged any number of times until one gets one that lasts, but one might also end up with a bunch of duds due to poor quality control. I think...
  2. weo

    Takedown Damascus Bowie WIP

    On that note, here's what I was taught by Dave Lisch, MS (might not be an exact quote, though): For most general use chef's knives, you don't want any truly flat/straight lines on the edge. Having said that, however, when using the blade in a rocking motion from tip to heel (like when mincing...
  3. weo

    Sheath idea wanted

    Very true, but not everybody has a automobile trunk to transport the 30-pack. Some folks only have enough room to carry one at a time.
  4. weo

    Takedown Damascus Bowie WIP

    Nice re-direct! Can't wait to see the end result.
  5. weo

    Strange knife making traditions? Like giving a coin with a knife as a gift

    ahhh...I wonder if that's it then, my relations are all from northern Italy. No offense intended to your girlfriend (or any other Sicilian for that matter), but a phrase I heard numerous times from my Italian relatives while growing up in the Chicago area was something like: "Sicilians aren't...
  6. weo

    Belt life

    Like john mentioned above, it's really only the profile grinding that will quickly strip the grit off the belt. In my experience, surface grinding will only ruin belts if you don't take the scale off the steel first because the scale dust seems to clog up the grit on the belt. But what was...
  7. weo

    Strange knife making traditions? Like giving a coin with a knife as a gift

    Italy too??? Never hear that one, but my family wasn't 'into' knives.
  8. weo

    Sheath idea wanted

    Haven't you learned yet never to ask Dave that question??? I don't think he understands what "a pic" means....o_O;)
  9. weo

    Takedown Damascus Bowie WIP

    That's a bummer, brother. But welcome to the wonderful (albeit frustrating) world of scale management. Were you extremely diligent about brushing off scale each heat? Did you have a reducing atmosphere in the forge while forging? These can help to mitigate the pitting you're experiencing...
  10. weo

    Bauer Portaband opinions?

    I hear you all on the foot pedal. I have one that came with my multi-tool that I've used for other things occasionally but mostly with the really cheap porta-band that was here when I moved in. It turned that useless tool into a slightly useful tool.
  11. weo

    Takedown Damascus Bowie WIP

    I'll agree with a lot, but I'm not sure about "the majority"...it all depends on what pattern/effect one is going for. There are many folks like me (I hope) that prefer blades where one can see the how the forging manipulates the pattern, even better when the pattern relies on the forging.
  12. weo

    Takedown Damascus Bowie WIP

    That's one of the best things about forging damascus, watching the pattern in the heat as you forge! 😁
  13. weo

    Making Anvil

    I don't see why not...
  14. weo

    Takedown Damascus Bowie WIP

    Looks good so far...waiting impatiently for the final pics.
  15. weo

    Bauer Portaband opinions?

    Thanks for all he responses. I can't find the ad anymore so I guess it's a non-issue now. I'm still on the fence...So I guess it's good that I still need to figure out where it's going to go before buying.
  16. weo

    Bauer Portaband opinions?

    Good morning all. I hope everyone is enjoying cooler fall weather. Sometimes Harbor Freight has decent, functional tools. Any opinions on the quality of the Bauer portable bandsaws? Do they last and handle cutting well? I'm looking to set up a swag table with the main use being splitting...
  17. weo

    Takedown Damascus Bowie WIP

    Looks good! Nice job on keeping the drops relatively circular during the forging. (Not sure if you saw the pics I posted somewhere a while back of using my drawing dies to stretch out a raindrop billet and ended up with ovals.)
  18. weo

    Heat Treating Multiple Blades at once??

    IIRC, the data sheet for Parks 50 says it's good from ambient temp up to 120F. I'll suggest doing a bit more research and reading on the topic, focusing on scientific studies opposed to random people's experience/techniques. It's common on the web (especially blacksmithing sites) to read that...
  19. weo

    Takedown Damascus Bowie WIP

    Not a problem! I forgot to attach the sketch I drew explaining why I now grind my initial stack weld in the comment above:
  20. weo

    Recommendation? Making a knife for a professional kitchen

    Yes, but possibly not right off the bat at a new job. I have, for a chef to use at his restaurant in Chicago and he wanted a 1080/15N20 damascus blade with a stabilized maple handle. I expressed concerns about the Heath Dept regulations and such, suggesting a synthetic handle material and he...
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