WIP Pictures for January Batch... Merged the threads.

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Obviously I'm missing something here, but if you grind down those bars to the right shape with a belt grinder, how do you have pieces left over?

Obviously you are. I first use a big miter saw with a cutting wheel to cut the bars to the length of the knives that are scribed on them. If there's any bar left at the end where another knive design won't fit, you and up with extra. If the extra pieces are big enough for some future project like PSK size knives or something like that, I save them.
 
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Obviously you are. I first use a big miter saw with a cutting wheel to cut the bars to the length of the knives that are scribed on them. If there's any bar left at the end where another knive design won't fit, you and up with extra. If the extra pieces are big enough for some future project like PSK size knives or something like that, I save them.

Oh. I feel dumb now. Thanks for the clarification. Your knives always make me drool.
 

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According to the scales this morning, I'm down 15.7 lb. In 10 days, that's not too shabby at all. :D Aint gunna slow me down though. If anything, I'll be able to move faster since I won't be running into table corners and stuff with my big ole' gut. lol

What are you doing differently to lose weight? In the old days when I was in shape I was 185....I'm north of 220 now and I don't like it. It's hard to take the time to go for a run when there are 6 kids to play with, and my wife is a GOOD cook!
 
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What are you doing differently to lose weight? In the old days when I was in shape I was 185....I'm north of 220 now and I don't like it. It's hard to take the time to go for a run when there are 6 kids to play with, and my wife is a GOOD cook!

This is way off topic, of course... but what has helped me (and I'm doing again now!) is eating 5 or 6 smaller meals instead of 2 or 3 big meals.

You don't even have to work out at first, just eat something small (like an orange or half a sandwich or a hard-boiled egg and so forth) every two hours and DO NOT EAT after 7pm.

The weight will melt off.
 

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The simplest trick is to lower your daily Calorie intake. Eating 6 meals compared to 3 meals a day won't help if you're eating just as much food, the 6 meal "condition" was meant to supply your Muscles with Amino acids 24/7, not lose weight :cool:

"Portion control doesn't mean diet and deprivation, it means eating enough so that you are not hungry but not so much that you gain fat."

"Smart Substitutions. Just make one or two healthy substitutions in a day and in a year it will result in losing tens of pounds of fat! How easy is that? Have mashed potatoes instead of french fries. Have a grilled chicken sandwich instead of a cheeseburger. Drink water instead of coke. None of these sacrifices is too great but yet they have a powerful effect over time."

Look into this page: http://www.scoobysworkshop.com/6packabs.htm

No you do not have to build a 6-pack but losing weight and building 6 pack has the same goal: Lose Bodyfat

Good luck!

Last but not least, Dylan I cannot wait to see your finalized work. Good job!
 

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jsdvnc said:
Oh. I feel dumb now. Thanks for the clarification. Your knives always make me drool.

hahaha. Don't worry about it bro.

What are you doing differently to lose weight? In the old days when I was in shape I was 185....I'm north of 220 now and I don't like it. It's hard to take the time to go for a run when there are 6 kids to play with, and my wife is a GOOD cook!

That's the problem. I was in almost the same boat. Taco Bell, Burger King, Subway, the chinese take-out place down the street, and all the other stuff were really great cooks. Unfortunately, my wife cooks food that is even worse for me that those places so I was forced to eat there out of fear for my health. You understand, right? LOL! I'm on a psychotic version of the Nutrisystem diet. It sucks unholy bawls, but it seems to be working like a champ.
 

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Unholy bawls would certainly kill your appetite, resulting in weight loss - got it, thanks! Now back to knives! :)
 

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Got all the blades drilled, chamfered, and ready for grinding the bevels tomorrow. Oh yeah!
 

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I didn't have time to take good pictures with a decent camera because I was busting my ass to get done. Here are some quick pics I snapped with my phone.

Here you can see they are all drilled and chamferred. Also we grind what we refer to as "the 45's" on the blade blanks. That's an approximately 45 degree angle we grind at the edge first with an old belt. The reason we do this is because we grind edge up and the sharp 90 degree angle of the steel would knock too much of the grit off the belt right off the bat and wear them out quicker. This way, we greatly extend the life of a belt.

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Next is grinding the bevels till they're ready for heat treat. The trick to this is that you want them ground enough that you don't have to work on them forever when you're doing your finish grinding, but you also can't do them too thin or the edge could warp during the heat treat process. I do mine pretty damn thin these days. I've checked for what thickness other makers grind their edges to before heat treat and before they put the final edge on the knife. Surprisingly, Andy and I both grind our blades down to the same thickness for heat treat that a lot of other popular knifemakers do when they're ready for the final edge. We be makin' some slicers yo. The grind height is going to come up a little further when I'm doing the finish grinds, but not by much. These Bush Operator XL's are going to be some STOUT knives, but still able to slice like a champ. Here you can see how high the grind came up, about halfway, before heat treat. Also, you can also see how thin I grind the blades before heat treat.

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All of the Bush Operator XL's are ready for heat treat, along with this terrible beasty.

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That was it for today. I'm hoping that tomorrow, while that set is heat treating, I can knock out the rest of the batch. Most of the others, aside from the High Plains Duo and a Hatchula, should go pretty quick.

That's it. Peace out!
 
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Awesome.

:D

So far I think the XL is the knife I've been looking for (some dirt time with it will confirm my suspicion). A combination of all the things I prefer in a woods knife. Stout enough to baton with, but slices like a champ. Five inch blade (not too long, but long enough for more demanding tasks). And no choil to aid in choking right up to the edge to get the best leverage for carving.

Perfection.

Very nice, brother!
 

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Ok guys. I decided to merge these threads so that I wasn't making a new thread everyday.

Here are the pics I had time to snap on my phone today.

First, here are the knives that got heat treated today, all of the Bush Operator XL's, a Delta-4, and a Hatchula II.

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These are the only two left to grind tomorrow. I saved this big ass chopper for last on purpose. Every time I start a new batch, it takes me grinding a few knives I'm used to grinding before I'm confident enough to grind something totally new. Every blade grinds differently.

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Here are the knives that are ready for heat treat tomorrow. Two more Delta-4's, two Pocket Kilos, Bush Operator, Tango, B&G, and a High Plains Jr.

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The High Plains Jr. came out PERFECT. This is going to be one impressive piece when it's done.

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That's it for today!
 
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Damn Those look good. Your not kidding about that High Plains coming out perfect.
Is that Hatchula II gonna be a regular production? If so, whats the price gonna be, that things hot!
 
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Thanks again for doing this Dylan, it's so cool to see the progress each day (or each step at least).

Like watching a child being born... but not as disgusting. (Believe me.) :barf:

Anyways...

How many knife makers would go to the trouble?

You are the man, brother. :thumbup:
 

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Damn Those look good. Your not kidding about that High Plains coming out perfect.
Is that Hatchula II gonna be a regular production? If so, whats the price gonna be, that things hot!

Yep. I made a pattern from the first one because I knew I would like it enough to add it to the line. They are $220 for the basic.
 

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Thanks again for doing this Dylan, it's so cool to see the progress each day (or each step at least).

Like watching a child being born... but not as disgusting. (Believe me.) :barf:

Anyways...

How many knife makers would go to the trouble?

You are the man, brother. :thumbup:

No problem at all Joe.
 
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