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Random Thought Thread

Discussion in 'Carothers Performance Knives' started by Nathan the Machinist, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. bluemax_1

    bluemax_1 Gold Member Gold Member

    674
    Jan 17, 2014
    Yeah, it's crazy. When you outlaw any/all defensive options, the bad folks who don't care about breaking laws are the ones still armed. Either that, or it's down to a physical advantage, and criminals tend to be a lot more comfortable with physical violence.

    I've spent a lot of time training in various styles of martial arts and combat, but how's the average female supposed to stop a male aggressor?
     
  2. bluemax_1

    bluemax_1 Gold Member Gold Member

    674
    Jan 17, 2014
    As far as a tool for the auto accident you described, even though I always have at least 1 knife on me, I keep these clipped to front visors on all vehicles (1 each on the driver and passenger side)
    https://www.amazon.com/RESQME-Orang...ywords=resqme&qid=1555526932&s=gateway&sr=8-3
    ResQme tool. Integrated seatbelt cutter and window breaker. I doubt even Aussie cops would have an issue with these, as they can't be used to stab.

    As for having the Swiss Army Knife in school, yes, it was in High School. They've since changed the laws prohibiting knives or anything that can be considered a weapon in those schools.

    Don't know where Hard Knocks is, but it's probably one of the few remaining places that allow students to have a knife in school. I think the overwhelming majority of schools in the US now have rules banning knives (or anything that can be used as a weapon).
     
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  3. Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    Is the new machinery helping to make any of the production process for something like this any easier?
     
  4. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    I remember when you could bring a .22 rifle to HS for show and tell. Boy have the times changed since then...
     
  5. Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    We shot competition air rifles every day in phys ed, and every truck had a deer rifle or shotgun on the back glass.
     
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  6. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    Yes, yes they did. You'd have SWAT on your ass nowadays! Well, unless you're down here in the South during hunting season. A lot of folks still carry guns in gun racks in the back window.
     
  7. Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    My rig is still the same but I get to spend about a third of my days in the field. I know I'm in the extreme minority with the world changing around me
     
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  8. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    That's the way I feel sometimes too.
     
  9. bluemax_1

    bluemax_1 Gold Member Gold Member

    674
    Jan 17, 2014
    But probably not in the school parking lots, unlike back in the day :(

    These days, they'd call SWAT and shutdown the whole school and all the surrounding schools.
     
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  10. betzner

    betzner CenCal Coast Platinum Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    Yeah, and in SW Texas, one would be called a "KIKKer", Kikk being a former country western radio station (now sports format) in the Houston area, "KIKKer" (think redneck) being a more appropriate moniker for them than shitkicker.

    EDIT: And you could always tell who the KIKKers were, by the bumpersticker advertising them as a KIKKER, with all the K's shaped just like a boot, LOL.
     
  11. Phill50

    Phill50 Gold Member Gold Member

    236
    Jan 6, 2018
    My wife is a high school principal and out of 20 or so knives she has taken from students they all have been junk. Kids now days!
     
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  12. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    oh my god yes. Our other "mold class" machine is too small for this project and not in the same league as this Mori. This Mori is marketed as a high-precision high-end molding making machine and the surface finish and lack of artifacts in the finished work allow us to start the stoning process at a high grit. Not only will this speed the stoning process, it helps keep everything crisp and correct. The precision and accuracy allow cuts made in different setups to blend together better. The machine design and things like refrigerated coolant circulation and ceramic spindle bearings and dual contact toolholder interface allows the tools to touch off and repeat within .0001 so one tool cuts the same depth as another later in the day. I loaded about 28 tools in the carousel for this project and used fresh carbide for the finishing cuts on each feature and all the tools blended perfectly. A good machine doesn't make complex machining projects easy, but it eliminates the tedious repairs and fixes and frustration of dealing with a regular machine tool. Having done tool and die work and made tools for lenses and optically clear parts on things like a Haas in the past, using a Mori has been wonderful.

    obviously I would never be able to afford a machine like this new, but I found a pretty good deal on a low hour used machine coming out of a shop that was closing down. The owner had sold the building and everything had to go quickly. I feel like I got a pretty good deal by being in the right place at the right time.
     
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2019
  13. gusbuster

    gusbuster Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 30, 2011
    I heard it was commissioned by Arya Stark to replace her current Valyrian dagger she got from little finger with an improved Delta 3V Valyrian Dagger for better edge retention.:thumbsup:;)

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  14. betzner

    betzner CenCal Coast Platinum Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    From what I had understood, it was going to be an improvement, but reflecting on your comments above, and esp. seeing how quickly that dagger is progressing, well, sounds like this is one whale of an improvement that will free you, in particular, up a bunch for other stuff.

    Very, very cool, just the thing all customers should really appreciate! And - congratulations!
     
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  15. Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    Jealous! We can hold .0005" on our tool & cutter grinder. I'd love to hold .0001" but like you say, it's big money to the next step. I'm glad for you though Nathan, because I remember a time when you were discussing integral daggers and I believe the words to the effect of 'never again' were uttered.
     
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  16. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Platinum Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    Gosh darn it, Nathan! You can finish a knife like no other if you really wanted to. Your knowledge, understanding and knack for an exquisite + superb fit & finish is simply par excellence! Too bad that you are also as stubborn as a friggin MULE stuck on producing as many knives as possible for the everyday-man (pays the bills better, totally understandable).

    Nothing wrong with your ways to please all hearts but I would love, Love, LOVE to own something custom made by you with your signature F&F for the family heirloom for multiple generations. In fact for that ONE, I would trade away all my 30 or so CPKs! Fark it!

    You are master smith / machinist and ought to be working on that burnt down Notre Dame cathedral place :p

    Matty out, for now!
     
  17. Standard78

    Standard78 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2015
    Don’t be a stranger, bud!
     
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  18. UffDa

    UffDa Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 1999
    Not to be pedantic or anything, but her sword is castle steel, not Valerian. ;)
     
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  19. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    ^ Folks we have a confirmed Matty sighting here
     
  20. UffDa

    UffDa Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 1999
    Well, they do have some rather large spiders in Australia.

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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