Tips, Tricks, & Useful Finds(FAQs too)

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by ddean, Sep 27, 2003.

  1. Yvsa


    May 18, 1999
    Dean you mentioned the old used Butcher Sttel's in one of the above posts.
    You're right about getting them cheap sometimes. I used to think I needed a brand new steel with the new grooves to do a good enough job, but that was before I found blade and knife forums dot com.:)
    Actually the old worn out steels, if they're hard, are really good buys for burnishing or repairing the edge of a kukri.
    I would cut any I would buy off to about a 6" length on the steel part. That will give you enough room to hold the bottom of the steel in your off hand and with your strong hand on the handle a Great Deal of force could be put on an edge.
    It oughta make the most resistant blade lay down and cry, "Uncle!!!!":D
  2. SeanH


    Oct 3, 2003
    Hey Dean,

    If you wanted a full tang, natural materials (visible) and anti shock handle, could you Dremmil out cavities between the rivet holes and fill them with plastic worm material?

    If you leave the handle material alone around the rivet holes, would that retain enough structural contact with the tang to be strong? Would it dampen enough shock to be noticable? If so, could you retrofit the fine HI handles without destroying them?

  3. ddean


    Mar 26, 2002
    I have a couple old ones I found for $2 & 6$.
    I'll leave mine long for now, I let the weight do the work.
    Might cut one to smaller pieces later for handiness.
  4. ddean


    Mar 26, 2002
    Maybe, depends.

    The material is Not strong, it needs to be completely surrounded
    if any significant pressure is being applied to it.
    Get a worm & hit it with a hammer--that's what it would look like.
    Now a layer of some leather or heavy duty rubber under the slab
    on each side; that might work.

    Any point of contact with handle material is where pressre
    is exerted & damage occurs.

    HI handles get modified all the time, & sometimes replaced.
    Depends on -exactly- what & how to know it it will work.
  5. ddean


    Mar 26, 2002
    At Harbor Freight:

    50-Yard Abrasive Roll for only $3.99 standard price.
    Brown Aluminum Oxide
    grits: 80, 120, 150, 240
    "Cut a strip of this highly efficient abrasive for polishing or smoothing of steel.
    Cloth-backed, stretch resistant, tear resistant. 1" width."

    Tear off a strip and grab both ends.
    Manual slack belt?
    Buff your steel-toed shoes.

    Turn it over and load the cloth backing with compound.
    use it in hand, or glue grit side down for a strop.

    I like a 2-3" piece when sanding small areas by hand.

    Many other ideas.
  6. DKP


    Nov 15, 1999
    Folks at Razors' Edge used to recommend a very smooth, polished steel. I've tried it on pocket & kitchen knives & it seems to work pretty good.
  7. Thomas Linton

    Thomas Linton

    Jun 16, 2003
    I was just looking at a 4.5" overall, 2" blade Finn puuko. It would make quite a Karda.

  8. ddean


    Mar 26, 2002
  9. ddean


    Mar 26, 2002
    If you're like me your always in need of containers for liquids
    for mixing in
    for heating in
    for storing in
    for dispensing

    I have seldom been pleased with containers I've purchased.
    But there's a better, cheaper source;
    the kitchen & bathroom.

    Containers that are shipped with the liquids they contain
    are better than anything you commonly buy empty.
    Matter of economics.
    If the liquid spills the company loses money from decreased ordering.
    If an empty container costs more to make, the profit is less.
    Plus, I think volume is usually more important than shipping-weight
    when filling up a truck with boxes of something (or nothing).

    I'm beginning to buy particular brands
    because I want to scavange the bottles.
    Clean 'em, dry 'em, use 'em.

    condiment squeeze bottles
    soap & shampoo bottles
    drink bottles
    milk bottles
    baby food jars
    soda cans (tear off the tab & use a funnel to get liquid inside)
    metal cans (get a $5 can-top unroller opener
    (instead of cutter opener)'s safer & the top fits back on nicely)
    screw-top plastic jars
    cleaning spray spray-bottles
    many, many more.
  10. ddean


    Mar 26, 2002
    Speaking of milk bottles.........

    Never again pay for for packing material.

    Save a few clean, dry plastic milk jugs
    (with lids, or without)
    to pad your larger packages of breakables.
    Mash across the middle to bend, shape and smallify the jug.

    If you feel like putting a few minutes
    into packing much smaller items,
    cut each jug into 2-3 pieces,
    maybe a slit down the side too.
    They can then be folded/bent and shaped around the packed items.


    Cut the bottle in half and---
    Wally World!
    Big funnel & seed sprouter cup!

    Cut a hole near the top and you have a great carrier for....
    Depends on the hole.
    long tools
    welding rods
  11. PZ93C


    May 12, 2003
    You can also fill that milk jug with water and use it for a target. It explodes quite nicely. :D If you want something that'll take a beating.... freeze it. Also works well with soda bottles.

  12. ddean


    Mar 26, 2002
  13. ddean


    Mar 26, 2002
    Metal powders

    copper / brass / aluminum

    Found in art/craft supplies near metal 'leaf' supplies.
    Very fine -dust-, like talc powder.
    about 1-oz about $6

    Also, found at auto supply
    in solution or dry form as sealants for radiator & other
    Coarser powder.

    These could be good for mixing with epoxy for various
    glueing & filling needs.
  14. ddean


    Mar 26, 2002
    Wool in loose 'rope' form.

    Found at a craft store, but labeled as Tandy Leather.

    15-yards=45-ft long; weighs 12-oz. $12

    Could be used as mop for finish/oil application.
    A stick & thread (or zip tie) could make a real mini-mop.
    Tandy sells a small wad of wool in a loop at the end of a
    piece of wire for daubing dyes & finishes onto leather.

    Use anywhere you would use a cottonball,
    but sturdier/longer lasting.

    Braid 3 sections & make a 'rope' to buff/polish metal or leather.

    Glue some to your eyebrows to scare the grandkids.
  15. ddean


    Mar 26, 2002
    Silica Gel

    Used to control humidity ranges in display cases
    & as a dessicant to remove moisture from air or from
    a material (flower, wood, anything) buried in it.

    To reuse the material almost indefinitely,
    you heat it to above 300-degreesF
    to drive off the absorbed water,
    let cool, then reuse.

    Usually found in craft supply locally, but I was
    surprised to find that locally the cheapest source
    seems to be pet supply;
    ----cat litter------around $8 for 10-pounds.
    Look for silica gel content only in the ingredient list,
    no fragrance, & no other absorbents/additives.
    Some varieties have an indicator that is blue, then pink when
    the silica gel has absorbed all the water it can.

    see info on silica gel at:
  16. Thomas Linton

    Thomas Linton

    Jun 16, 2003
    BTTT:D :D :D
  17. ddean


    Mar 26, 2002
    & I should say some sources of CaCO3 are:

    Cheapest, most convenient source found:
    ...Bon Ami kitchen cleanser, dry powder in shaker can.
    ...57-cents for 14-oz at the grocery.

    Hardware/Paint/Sports supply ----
    'whiting' for "Swedish putty"
    and used for:
    tile & glass cleaning
    sports field marking (-not- the same chemical as lime)
    temporary paint
    sports chalk

    some antacids

    And, of course, many cleaning products.
  18. ddean


    Mar 26, 2002
    Matt Matheny

    "Good hot melt
    I had a problem with my 9" dankuhta. The butt cap on the karda and chakma fell off. I thought hmmmmm. What is the best way to repair this?

    Then the answer struck me. Arrow glue. Beeman Hunter makes carbon graphite arrows. (low maintaince either broke or straight) Anyway the make a hot melt glue that you can heat with a lighter. It is a flexible hot melt, not brittle. So I sanded the end of the horn handle (just to get some of the old laha off) heated up the glue and the brass and put the whole thing back together. Clean up was easy. I waited until the glue wasn't blistering hot, and rubbed it off with my finger. Now both are good as new!!
    Life is short, art endures."
  19. Rusty

    Rusty Moderator Moderator

    Mar 8, 1999
    The round burnisher you describe is for smoothing outside edges.

    For burnishing inside edges ( like inside tubing? ) they sell triangular burnishers.

    I smoothed a triangular burnisher 7/16th across on all sides, down to make a 7&1/2" long triangular dagger blade similar to Dan Dennehy's 4" bladed triangular knife that he'd only make for military and police personnel. I may shorten it some,to maybe 6&1/2" as they say a blade will penetrate half again it's length into flesh ( i.e. a 4" blade could go 6" deep, a 6" blade up to 9" deep ).

    :eek: :eek: :eek: :D
  20. ddean


    Mar 26, 2002
    Here's a resource of mixed interest.
    "formulary archive......product formulas supplied by producers of raw materials"

    Mostly hair, skin, makeup products,
    ??? moisture control, oils........???

    But also some formulas for:
    household cleaning, car polish, other

    -----------more formularies along the same lines------

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