Back When I Was A Young Whipper Snapper. . . . . . My first grinder!

Discussion in 'Busse Combat Knives' started by Jerry Busse, Dec 31, 2019.

  1. Jerry Busse

    Jerry Busse Moderator Moderator

    Aug 20, 1999
    Some have asked to see what we use for the background on a number of our knife pics.

    Well, here ya go! :thumbsup:

    My dad bought this old grinding wheel at a farm auction and I then proceeded to build a frame for it. It had a pine board seat at one time along with pedals. I would sit there for hours trying to grind and sharpen anything I could find on a wheel that was way out-of-round!:eek::eek::eek:

    I bent all of the angle iron in a vise and had to use bolts to put it together since I didn't know how to weld yet. I was 13 years old when I built this. The seat was made out of a 1x8 board and was held on by the U-Bolt that you can see on the back of the frame.

    My biggest accomplishment was building my own ball bearings out of scrap. They have actually held together to this day. :eek::D

    All in all it's a terrible grinder.:D But I learned a lot when building it. . . .

    Fun times!!!

    Let's Drink!!!



  2. Baron83

    Baron83 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 7, 2017
    You serious, Clark?
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  3. ScoMa

    ScoMa Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 13, 2017
    Nice! I see no pedal or hand crank. How’d you power it?

    Now I’m thinking about making a grinder out of an old bicycle. :rolleyes:
    Don’t tell my DeWALT.
  4. mqqn

    mqqn Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    I call shens - no alcohol bottles present. How you going to drink and pedal that thing? :p


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  5. Ankerson

    Ankerson Knife and Computer Geek Platinum Member

    Nov 2, 2002

    I used to sharpen knives on one of those back when I was young.
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  6. Ankerson

    Ankerson Knife and Computer Geek Platinum Member

    Nov 2, 2002

    Crank is on the other side.
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  7. Thesian

    Thesian Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Thanks Boss for the back story!
  8. fbusmc

    fbusmc Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 28, 2008
    I used to take aluminum poles and a hammer and hammer them into swords , then go snake hunting.. but i think your grinder is much more cooler!
  9. lex2006

    lex2006 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 20, 2014
    Ive seen that in previous photos, nice to hear the history on it .
    Very cool
  10. Dangerneck

    Dangerneck Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 13, 2012
    From humble beginnings an empire was ground from the iron maw of the earth. Happy New Year, Hogs!!!
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  11. David Lennon

    David Lennon Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 26, 2017

    Funny only watched a guy restore one in the last week it popped up on something.
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  12. DirtyPhill


    Nov 13, 2007
    You’re are very industrious 13 year old.
  13. tuica

    tuica Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2013
    Thank you, Sir. Have a happy and safe New Year’s Eve celebration.

    Last year I purchased my final Bussekin on New Year’s Eve. This year? Picked up a gently used NFNO just yesterday. And the night is not yet past.

    Be well all. From Richmond, Virginia.
  14. lmcq784

    lmcq784 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 5, 2010
    Great beginnings!
  15. duramax

    duramax KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 29, 2012
    Very cool history and even cooler that you still have it :thumbsup::D
    Thank you for sharing :)
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  16. Private Klink

    Private Klink Gold Member Gold Member

    May 30, 2017
    That was a LONG time ago; Jerry is not 13 any more.:D:D
  17. Ironkid883

    Ironkid883 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2018
    If it was good for our ancestors we all gotta start somewhere .
    Cool bit of historic nostalgia
  18. 6850

    6850 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 5, 2013
    Mr Busse, my “brother” bought one of
    those for me, pedal powered!

    When I worked at the slaughterhouse we had one of those grinding wheels that had an electric motor, it had a small water pipe to drizzle, & it ran all shift long...
    There were over 50 of us that shared that thing...

    Very cool you had that thing working as a young lad!!
    Happy New Year to you & yours Jerry!!
    I figure what’s the harm in saying it more than once?

    All the very best to all you Blade Forum knife Knuts...!
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  19. brenden23

    brenden23 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 28, 2019
    Some quality old school Pittsburgh steel right there!

    Thanks for sharing Jerry
  20. Garth Reckner

    Garth Reckner Moderator Moderator

    Dec 13, 2004
    Just glad that this grinder was retired before I started here. I am a huge fan of motorized grinders. Plus I don't think I would like the 1x8 board for a seat. Doubt it would even hold me. Definitely a cool piece of Busse History for sure.


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