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Updating Fiddleback Forge's Capability!!

Discussion in 'Fiddleback Forge Knives' started by Fiddleback, May 19, 2019.

  1. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    I'm excited to report to y'all that I have invested in some new equipment at Fiddleback Forge, and that this equipment will definitely enhance the finished knives!

    Firstly, at the guild show a couple months back, I had a long talk with Todd Begg about the Moenworks rotary platen. I had seen this platen before, and I wasn't impressed enough to spend the money. The new version is quite an upgrade though. What got my attention was when Todd mentioned that it allowed him to go up to higher finishing belts. I've never really been able to go beyond 400 grit or so because the lighter weight J-flex belts (all the high grit belts tend to be Jflex) just do not perform at the plunge correctly on the old rotary platen. Actually, that rotary platen has limited my useful belts that I can get to do the grind correctly to about 4 choices. This will open me up to be able to do a LOT more.

    Next I came home and staerted looking at the KMG's in the shop. I had a good bit of maintainance coming at me, and they run rougher than direct drive machines. What was the point of getting that expensive platen and running it on a rough riding macnine. This led me to (again) search for grinders. Now most of the big popular grinders have two things going against them wrt to my needs: they are very expensive, and they try to do too much in one machine (flipping sideways for horizontal grinding). When I say expensive, I'm talking over 3K each. The basic Wertz is $3600, that is prohibitive. Additionally, they don't sell a motor and base option that would allow Fiddleback Forge to buy 5 or 6 without spending 15K. Which was not an option at this time. One of the appeals to the KMG for me was to buy a motor and base and add a station for under a grand. Then I stumbled onto the Ameribrade grinder. Not only are they reasonably priced, but they sell motor base combos, and even single speed grinders that are extra cheap. This is important because we have two grinders dedicated to a single operation.

    A few weeks ago the first Ameribrade showed up. Game changer for me. I had no idea how badly I needed a VFD speed controller. Not long after, the Moenworks Platen showed up. And last week I finally got the benches re-built and the Ameribrade in place. I am blown away. The amount of control I have while grinding is off the charts with the new platen. I took knives out of the dud bin this week and re-ground them with ease. Also for grins I took the finish on a knife up to 600 grit. I definitely wish I'd have had this thing when I was jurying into the Knifemakers Guild.

    You will also notice that when I took over the jobs Allen had been doing for us I have been having a lot of fun doing bolsters again. I hope you like them. I think the knives are looking awesome. I hope you do too.
     
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  2. RobbieB

    RobbieB Gold Member Gold Member

    426
    Jul 13, 2017
    Now I want a new Fiddleback just to see if I can tell a difference. :)
     
  3. varga49

    varga49 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 1, 2016
    I love how the Fiddleback Forge story keeps unfolding!
     
  4. prom52

    prom52 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 13, 2014
    Andy:

    Will we see any knives with the upgraded grinds at Blade Show ?

    Peter
     
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  5. VANCE

    VANCE Allen, I have an axe to grind with you. Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 13, 2006
    Yes Peter
    For sure
    See you in a few weeks
     
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  6. David L

    David L Gold Member Gold Member

    372
    Feb 8, 2018
    Lots of great news coming to the shop but I have to admit that after you mentioned bolsters you lost me to day dreams of glorious bolsters!
     
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  7. Bmurray

    Bmurray Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    Congrats. I can make you a VFD to put on that motor my friend
     
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  8. jaz322

    jaz322 Gold Member Gold Member

    526
    Feb 1, 2015
    Great update. Continuous improvement at the fiddleback forge — can’t wait to see the results!
     
  9. swonut

    swonut KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 1, 2007
    Pictures or it didn't happen!
     
  10. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    Yes you will. I cant wait to see Yall.
     
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  11. prom52

    prom52 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 13, 2014
    Susan and I are both excited as well.....it's been too long !
     
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  12. Bmurray

    Bmurray Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    So we can finally get a quality knife from the forge
     
  13. RobbieB

    RobbieB Gold Member Gold Member

    426
    Jul 13, 2017
    Bob, that's right, but it doesn't sound like any of this will strengthen the tips, so any new knife you purchase will still be at risk. :D
     
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  14. ndmiller

    ndmiller Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 30, 2015
    UGH, not yet and it's exhausting. Clearly Andy's spending his Dremel money of frivolous crappy "upgraded" grinders and platens. Maybe next year he can come up with the Fiddleback "Dremel" Series we've all been saving our hard earned money for............Love you man!
     
  15. VANCE

    VANCE Allen, I have an axe to grind with you. Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 13, 2006
    Ameribrade & Moen Works rotary platen
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    2 more showed up today & 2 more on Wednesday iirc
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  16. varga49

    varga49 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 1, 2016
    :thumbsup:
     
  17. madhatta

    madhatta Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2003
    This! I have really been missing bolstered knives recently. Look forward to seeing what you have planned!
     
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  18. B Griffin

    B Griffin Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    Nice!! Glad to hear this. I guess I'm not the only one who's had to do some upgrading lately.
     

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