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ShannonSteelLabs

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Scheduled delivery for Wednesday. Counting down!
Couple days of part time work then buildng new stuff.

Work bench.
Grinder stand, tables, dust collection, lighting.
Best case scenario, I can fire the grinder this weekend. Hell I would love to be able to at least turn it on this week!

FREAKING STOKED!!!!
 

ShannonSteelLabs

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Awesome...best of luck Colin!:thumbsup:
Thanks John!!

Feels good to be making expensive dust again.
The drill press in the landowners shop is amazing.
I just wish it had a movable fully square workrest. But the low speed is PERFECT. Cuts like butter.
 

Currawong

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Great news! :) You must be excited to get back into it.

No vanax or Rex121? :(

Look forward to seeing what models you're producing. :thumbsup:
 

ShannonSteelLabs

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Great news! :) You must be excited to get back into it.

No vanax or Rex121? :(

Look forward to seeing what models you're producing. :thumbsup:
Unfortunately at this time its very difficult to find both of those steels.

I've got some end cuts of vanax I plan of using for little 3 finger knives.
They will be posted here and on Instagram. .
 

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It's a shame you can't find those steels.

I wonder if it's because they're growing in popularity for knives, or if their production levels just go up and down for other (non-knife) products.

Let us know when Vanax is back in stock.
 

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It's a shame you can't find those steels.

I wonder if it's because they're growing in popularity for knives, or if their production levels just go up and down for other (non-knife) products.

Let us know when Vanax is back in stock.
It is getting more popular (vanax).
And I know more of my customers want REX 121. I currently have someone that wants a Rex 121 Nakiri.........
Only downside is I have to buy a full plate. And thats $1,500.
 

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I will be ordering some 3/16ths CPM 3V plate soon.
Big enough for a water jet run.
If anyone has ideas let me know!!
 

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How about a fighter-hunter?

I don't often see this combination, at least, a design optimized for both. (there are plenty of designs that will do both task poorly, e.g. survival knives)

In other words:
- sharp geometry!
- very sharp point, for penetration (e.g. in hunting - piercing the hide during gutting / skinning)
- not too much of a drop point, because a large drop makes it hard to angle the tip to penetrate hide
- sharp, but still robust enough to do boning, or to hit bone with the tip now and then
- as an added bonus, the use of 3V at 3/16 would mean some camp tasks would be viable, despite the thin geometry, so it would be a fighter-hunter-camp knife. Just not the over-built 'survival knife' that is so common.

Blade length 3-4 inches: good for processing small and medium game.
Blade length 6-6.5 inches: good for processing meat on large game, dispatching wounded game (cut it's throat), and even as a pig-sticker for smaller hogs.

Reasonably thick handle with good belly. Grippy handle texture and large guard to stop your hand sliding around.
 

ShannonSteelLabs

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How about a fighter-hunter?

I don't often see this combination, at least, a design optimized for both. (there are plenty of designs that will do both task poorly, e.g. survival knives)

In other words:
- sharp geometry!
- very sharp point, for penetration (e.g. in hunting - piercing the hide during gutting / skinning)
- not too much of a drop point, because a large drop makes it hard to angle the tip to penetrate hide
- sharp, but still robust enough to do boning, or to hit bone with the tip now and then
- as an added bonus, the use of 3V at 3/16 would mean some camp tasks would be viable, despite the thin geometry, so it would be a fighter-hunter-camp knife. Just not the over-built 'survival knife' that is so common.

Blade length 3-4 inches: good for processing small and medium game.
Blade length 6-6.5 inches: good for processing meat on large game, dispatching wounded game (cut it's throat), and even as a pig-sticker for smaller hogs.

Reasonably thick handle with good belly. Grippy handle texture and large guard to stop your hand sliding around.
I think I can build something like that.

I already have a few ideas for it.
I'll be watching a movie and brainstorming very soon. I'll post pics of the designs I come up with.
 

ShannonSteelLabs

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Ordered some V4E from Bohler.
Wow that steel is pricey!
(Insert shocked face)

Should be a super sick camp knife.
Gonna be expensive, but totally sweet.
(Below model is Zwear at 0.220-0.250 thick with RCF handles)
Screenshot_20201219-172257_Instagram.jpg

Also vanax can basically only be ordered through Bohler. None of the usual suppliers have it available currently. So the wait for more vanax stock continues.
 
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