View Full Version : On the bench, or what I am up to

Delbert Ealy
02-16-2014, 01:22 AM
I have a few thoughts that I would like to share about what is going on.
I think I have enough work to keep me going until the middle of next month, and then I will have to begin making knives for the show I have at the end of march.
So, I am also announcing that I will be taking no orders for a delivery date earlier than april 15. I am not closing down order taking entirely, just letting you know now that I am going to be busy for awhile. If you have a project in mind for me to make, I would be happy to discuss it with you.
I have several times last year promised more than I could deliver, so I am making a conscious effort to remedy that.

I also wanted to talk a bit about the Badger knife club show. held in Janesville Wisconsin, the weekend of the 30th of march. I have been doing this show for many years and it is always a good time. Early on, when I was working another job, I would take vacation time to go to this show and others. I still see it as a bit of a vacation, even though it is a sales and marketing event for me. I know that with the expansion of the internet, doing knife shows is no longer necessary, and this is the only knife show I do. I do attend other events, but they are not really knife shows in the way this one is. It entails over 1000 miles of travel and weeks to prepare for, but I still love to go. It is a way for me to keep in contact with the larger knifemaking community as well. I have old friends that I visit with at the show, and there are always new friends to meet and see.

Last year I made 21 knives to take to the show and I sold seven there. I have never had a sold out show, although there is always hope. I would like to have an equal number for the show this year. So I may have a few knives available for sale after the show. This also gives me the opportunity to try out some new ideas, handle combinations and other things that I am not free to do when I have a backlog of orders. I also get to exchange ideas with other makers, and sometimes some real cool stuff comes out of dinnertime conversations after the show.
This was just some of the stuff bouncing around in my head while I was in the shop today.

02-16-2014, 01:46 AM
Awesome, can't wait to see what(if any) you have left after the show. Have a blast, Gary.

Delbert Ealy
02-20-2014, 11:24 PM
My days are going better, but slower than I expected. I have 2 of the koontz spoons done, except for etching and the Damascus done for one other spoon, and another billet in progress. I also have another 7 blades of AEBL cut out, but not quite ready for heat treat. I was also working on Damascus today for one of the line knives.

Burl Source
02-21-2014, 09:45 PM
The photos don't seem to be showing up for me.

Delbert Ealy
02-22-2014, 02:29 AM
The photos don't seem to be showing up for me.

There's nothing wrong with your screen, no pics until tomorrow, ugh, I mean later today. Just got out of the shop.
Will post some pics.
I got some of the desert walnut in today. That stuff is real cool. It's definitely going on at least one knife that will be going to the show with me.

Delbert Ealy
02-24-2014, 11:17 PM
So, not the best weekend I've had. Blew a brake line on the way home, it's not really much fun driving on snowy roads with no brakes. Today was ok,didn't sleep well then I woke up late and didn't get as much done as I had hoped. Came in to cook dinner (lasagna rolls) and just as I pulled them out of the oven, found out my dog had jumped the fence and was roaming the neighborhood. An hour later I wrestled him into the backseat of my wife's car and drove him home. Exhausted and cold dinner. I was planning to go back out to the shop tonight to try and make some more progress, but I'm done in.
I do have four spoons done, and two more very close. I also have the Damascus done for all the spoons, I think, the last billet still needs some more work. I am hoping to be done Wednesday, and be able to start heat treating AEBL line knives on Thursday. That's a full days work, if not more. For those who ordered spoons, expect to hear from me in the next few days.

Delbert Ealy
02-25-2014, 09:42 PM
I noticed the other day when posting in this thread that it is my 100th thread and was wondering if I should do something to mark the occasion. So I decided to have a giveaway. I'll be giving away one of the knives I take to the Badger Knife Club show. I don't know what it will be yet, but I am hoping to take a bunch, of all of my designs. It may be a paring knife in Damascus, or it could be a line knife, or a gyuto or nakiri. I'll choose the knife when I see what I have left.
I'll do the drawing on april 1, and no its not a joke. That is just the day I'll be getting back. In the unlikely event I have a sellout, then I'll make something to give away.
I also wanted to let you know that all new orders will be subject to a slight price increase. Many of my expenses have gone up in the past two years, and I just need to level things out a bit.
I also wanted to see how many of you were taking a look at this post as well.
So the giveaway, for those of you that have one of my knives, post a pic and let everyone see what you have. For those yet to get one of my knives, let me know what style of knives are on your wishlist; gyuto, nakiri, ect.
One post per person, and I'll pic the post by its number, I'll use the first 2 numbers from the Michigan daily 4 lottery. If it happens to hit one of my posts, then I'll go with the next lowest post number.

02-25-2014, 09:58 PM
im in Del

02-25-2014, 10:09 PM
I'm in my wish list a Nakiri , suji , or a line knife Thanks for the chance at one of your knives Del

02-25-2014, 10:24 PM
Two I have on hand. Have gifted a few more. Apologize for the size but I ain't puter smart.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/55001407/Temp Share/2014-02-25 21.15.45.jpg

Pls close entries now.

02-25-2014, 11:35 PM
Oh oh, I'm so in! Here's the parer from you, Del.



Photos courtesy of Lefty.

02-26-2014, 01:28 AM
Will post picture of line knife when arrives, but count me in!

02-26-2014, 01:35 AM
Oh I am so in, no Ealys' for me yet, but a gyuto or suji is topping the wish list currently

02-26-2014, 02:41 AM
I'm in. I've got two parers and will take anything you have.
Probably my wish for a gyuto is strongest by a short head though....

02-26-2014, 02:45 AM
I am in the wish list for line knife Del , had to sell my parer :(

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02-26-2014, 03:10 AM
Wow, I'm in.

So far I've only been able to get in for a spoon, which I'm eagerly awaiting. The wish list at present would be a gyuto and a parer.

02-26-2014, 03:23 AM
Oh great, I am in too.

Really digging my parer:


02-26-2014, 07:08 AM
I'm definitely in! Will post pics of my parers when I'm back home

02-26-2014, 09:02 AM
I'm definitely in! Here's 2 of my top 10 knives


Pensacola Tiger
02-26-2014, 09:30 AM
I'm in!

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx226/Pensacola_Tiger/Delbert%20Ealy/IMG_3319_2_zps6be977d9.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/user/Pensacola_Tiger/media/Delbert%20Ealy/IMG_3319_2_zps6be977d9.jpg.html)

02-26-2014, 09:45 AM
I'm in
http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s482/54cclin/20140225_210853_zpsb13f3841.jpg (http://s1054.photobucket.com/user/54cclin/media/20140225_210853_zpsb13f3841.jpg.html)

02-26-2014, 09:50 AM
I'm in! You parer is on my wish list. One day…

02-26-2014, 10:00 AM
I'm liking the shape of the line knife.

02-26-2014, 10:22 AM
I need a Del petty or gyuto to round me out.http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll207/dinnibj0/IMG_20140210_160134_913.jpg (http://s289.photobucket.com/user/dinnibj0/media/IMG_20140210_160134_913.jpg.html)

02-26-2014, 12:08 PM
I'm in as well please. My wishlist was a line knife but since thats in the works how about a gyuto.

02-26-2014, 12:19 PM
This is amazing Del. Thanks for doing this! I don't have one if your knives yet, but can't wait for one to be in the family!

My wishlist: wa suji then gyuto :D (hahaha! I know, I know, not your style, but you never know! Your wa style knives are gorgeous!) or gyuto then suji in your awesome hybrid handle style.

02-26-2014, 12:29 PM
Del, what an amazing gesture. One of your knives is on my list of ones to add to my collection. I'm in for a gyuto or suji. Thanks again.... Come on Lotto!!!

02-26-2014, 12:38 PM
Count me in. Own one parer (seen here with some other older American work) and gifted one as well to a friend who adores it. Thanks for doing this!


02-26-2014, 03:48 PM
I'm In!
http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/y386/ggg16902002/Delbert%20Ealy/P2260449_zps36397027.jpg (http://s1272.photobucket.com/user/ggg16902002/media/Delbert%20Ealy/P2260449_zps36397027.jpg.html)

02-26-2014, 05:10 PM
These parers would like to have a big brother :)


02-26-2014, 05:35 PM
I'm In!
http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/y386/ggg16902002/Delbert%20Ealy/P2260449_zps36397027.jpg (http://s1272.photobucket.com/user/ggg16902002/media/Delbert%20Ealy/P2260449_zps36397027.jpg.html)

Man alive. I forget how gorgeous your hybrid handled gyutos are Del. Forget the wa gyuto on my wishlist. Still would love a wa suji because your petty's are top-notch, but on the list is definitely your hybrid handle gyuto. I should just put myself on your list now actually.

02-26-2014, 06:04 PM
Im in would love a gyuto.

02-26-2014, 07:06 PM
I'm in, I've always wanted a parer, a gyuto, a like knife, a nakiri, a spoon........

02-26-2014, 07:30 PM
Cool, thanks! On the list for a line knife. Gyuto on the long-term wish list.


02-26-2014, 07:50 PM
I'm in - thanks Del!

Wishing for a suji or a line knife.

02-26-2014, 07:51 PM
I want to buy a parer every time they are available. The line knife in stainless looks pretty great too!

02-26-2014, 07:52 PM
I am so in!

Best of luck for the show, Del!



Steel in Texas
02-26-2014, 08:34 PM
Thank you Del.
Would really like a friend for the paring knife with snakewood handle that I picked up from you last year.
Anything in AEB-L will be wonderful: gyuto, line knife, santoku...

NO ChoP!
02-26-2014, 11:26 PM
I am absolutely in!

Can't figure out how to post pics from my cell yet, but I love my Del gyuto and parers...

My gyuto is 01, so I'd love to try his aeb-l in a gyuto. I think I remember seeing some more western'ish handles from him, too....hmmmm. Or some damascus...how are you supposed to just choose one?

02-27-2014, 12:55 AM
I am in. I have a parer and absolutely love it, but I do not have permission to post attachments yet. I would be a very happy man with any of your damascus in my hands. Thank you.

02-27-2014, 12:36 PM
I'm in.

I don't have a Ealy knife, but I do have Ealy wedding rings:


I'd love to get a petty or suji. Ideally damascus.

Or a gyuto.

Or a line knife.

Or a nakiri.

Or a ...

Doug Seward
02-28-2014, 07:14 AM
Del, this is amazingly generous of you. Thanks for this. Sorry about the phone pic of the parer. Only half of the second knife is from Del, the other half is from Home Depot. A gyuto or line would be outstanding. -Doug


02-28-2014, 07:57 AM
Please add me in...

I love all the pictures! I haven't quite got the hang of posting images but my parer is looking forward to meeting it's big line knife brother... And wishing for a sister damascus gyuto.

Thanks Del, great and generous idea!

02-28-2014, 02:01 PM
No Ealy to show, but hoping to fix that.

02-28-2014, 02:22 PM
I'm in Del. This is a very generous offer. Received my parer yesterday and I'm very pleased with it:


Delbert Ealy
02-28-2014, 04:41 PM
I had another snag with the spoons and rather than fret, I just changed gears again, and I'm working on the line knives for a bit.
Don't worry guys I'll get them to you.
The frustration I was feeling has turned into serious motivation on the line knives. I have a few partially ground now and I am planning to finish some over the weekend. I should be able to ship some of them on Monday or Tuesday.
In anticipation of that I will be sending out a few notices for final payment later, so when they are finished I can box them up and ship with no delay.
Thanks for posting the pics guys I am enjoying seeing the knives again.

02-28-2014, 05:28 PM
I'm in.

I don't have an Ealy knife, yet. I did preorder a line knife and would love to get another to give to a friend.

03-01-2014, 02:21 PM
I'm in, and thanks for the wonderful opportunity. Here are the two Ealy items I am fortunate to own.22468

03-02-2014, 12:43 AM
I'm in unfortunately no early yet but I would love a Damascus suji some day when I can afford it

03-02-2014, 01:28 AM
I'm in. Would like to get my hands on a Wa-Petty or a Gyuto some day. Thanks for offering up this great opportunity to own one of your knives.

03-02-2014, 10:08 AM

Another nice Ealy parer waiting for siblings...

03-02-2014, 02:11 PM
I'm in, thanks Del very generous of you.

http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag39/Zero1079/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-02/B88929A4-5DBC-4C02-85B6-8A107A5150EF_zpsz4yqyij5.jpg (http://s1297.photobucket.com/user/Zero1079/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-02/B88929A4-5DBC-4C02-85B6-8A107A5150EF_zpsz4yqyij5.jpg.html)

03-02-2014, 03:05 PM
I'm in- I don't have an Ealy yet, but am eagerly anticipating a Damascus line knife from the prebuy thread that I've signed up for. I'd love to get a hybrid gyuto/suji with that Ealy character, either in stainless or Damascus.

Just gorgeous knives Del!

03-02-2014, 03:54 PM
I'm in. These are great knives.


03-02-2014, 04:34 PM
I'm in. I took pics of my wife's parer but for some reason am not allowed to post pictures in this forum.

03-02-2014, 04:37 PM
I'm in. I took pics of my wife's parer but for some reason am not allowed to post pictures in this forum.

I couldn't directly post my picture from my computer, I had to go through photobucket to make it work

03-02-2014, 05:45 PM
Of course I'm in. I'll take some pics of my new parer tomorrow and edit this post with them. Thanks Del.

03-02-2014, 06:47 PM
I'm in!

Shot of a couple of Del's knives that were bought by other forum members + a couple of damacus spoons, damascus fish tongs and a Cheetah-pattern damascus knife that lives at my house. A petty and a couple parers were recently added to keep them company :cool2: Home cooks (me and the Mrs)

03-02-2014, 07:12 PM
In, please. My wish list item is an Ealy damascus parer. (But of course would be delighted with anything.) Thank you.

03-02-2014, 09:23 PM
My trio. All are great cutters and a lot of fun! Beautiful designs too!

03-03-2014, 08:49 PM
Pair of nice Parers. One AEB-L, one Damascus.


03-05-2014, 11:28 AM
I'm in. Here is a gyuto I used to own, but times were tight and I had to sell it :scared4:
It was a great cutter though and the O-1 steel was great.

Thanks Del!

03-06-2014, 03:34 PM
I'm definitely in! Hard to choose between a parer or a gyuto, but I think I would have to say most wished for is a gyuto.

03-06-2014, 03:51 PM
I'm in. How often do you make short 210-225 gyuto's? Also, when are you coming to another ECG?

03-06-2014, 04:43 PM
Im definitely in. Parer pictured, Line Knife should be on its way, would love a Gyuto to round it out.

http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i64/KidAnkles/ealy.jpg (http://s69.photobucket.com/user/KidAnkles/media/ealy.jpg.html)

03-06-2014, 07:52 PM
Line knife showed up today and...... WOW! I can't wait to prep dinner tonight!


Delbert Ealy
03-06-2014, 08:05 PM

I know I have been a little quiet on here in the last week. The two photos above are the reason. Ten finished knives in the last 7 days, as well as many blanks cut out and heat treated not pictured here. So if I'm a little quiet on the board it means I'm busting my a$$. The first batch was sent on Tuesday and the second was sent today.

On a lighter note, I usually wear a beard from dec 1 to feb 28.

I have decided to keep it for a few weeks more and the next pic is the reason why.
The stick pictured is 3 inches wide and 3 feet long, this is in my front yard.


03-06-2014, 09:27 PM
I'm in!

Got two parers in December. Gave one of them, kept the other one for myself:


03-07-2014, 01:29 AM
Geez that's a lot of snow Del! Just means to keep warm, more time with the forge! ;)

03-07-2014, 01:38 AM
I just received the top line knife in the mail today. Used it a little for dinner, quite a fun knife. I will report back after using it for service over the next couple weeks.

03-10-2014, 08:47 PM
Im in with a grin! Cant post pics for some reason but i have a 210 AEB-L Gyuto in spalted oak and amboynia and a new profile stainless dammy parer wearing buck eye and bog oak. Love them both. The line knives continually perk my interest although i have never worked on the line in my life.... Ahhhh knifeknutism! (ill post pics when i figure out whats goin on)

03-11-2014, 01:32 AM
Don't have anything of yours yet...but I'm in need of a quality paring knife, and the ones you do are amazing.

03-11-2014, 01:40 AM
I'm in! Wanting to try out a 240 gyuto in O1 from you. Nice gesture with this giveaway!

Brad Gibson
03-11-2014, 06:11 AM
I'm definitely in!

Delbert Ealy
03-11-2014, 06:41 PM

Really crappy pic of the batch I finished today, I was in a bit of a hurry. I barely made it to the post office today.
I did decide to take the second pic of the first Damascus one. I have to say it was hard to say goodbye to that one.

03-11-2014, 06:56 PM
zounds.... dat damascus!

that's just gorgeous. looks really organic, and alive.

03-11-2014, 06:57 PM
That's some fancy work Del! Love that damascus. You should've kept it and made another one for the customer hah!

Is it yours Hans??

03-11-2014, 07:43 PM
If I'm not mistaken, I think the bottom one in the top picture is mine............ can't wait!!!

03-11-2014, 07:44 PM
Btw, the Damascus one is insane.

03-13-2014, 11:49 AM
That damascus is absolutely incredible. I don't think I would be able to use that. I'd be too afraid to mess it up.

03-13-2014, 10:05 PM
Those line knives are beautiful

03-13-2014, 10:42 PM

Del, The line knife arrived and is sooo much more impressive in person!! This knife exceeded all my expectations - gorgeous handle, nice weight, fit & finish.... I'm thrilled to have gotten in on the pre-buy and i hope you do many more.

For what it's worth- what you charge for it puts it squarely in the 'use it daily" category. I will give it a good home and use it (and appreciate it!) in my daily rotation...

Thanks again!!


03-15-2014, 03:23 PM
that crazy cool damascus line knife arrived yesterday - I waited a day before saying anything here as I knew I'd be using it today for breakfast and lunch, and wanted to see how it was working out. bad cell phone pic below, but this knife is really great - has a very solid feel in hand, a bit handle heavy, and just amazingly gorgeous. Definitely a winner - I think I'll be using this a lot.

thanks Del!


Delbert Ealy
03-15-2014, 04:28 PM
That really did turn out to be an awesome piece, I may have to start using that pattern a bit more.
Forging out Damascus today for the last of the line knives, just finished. I'm welding up a billet of San Mai with 416 and O-1 since I have the forge going anyway. I'm hoping to make some knives out of it for the show if everything goes right.
Spent time yesterday grinding out the last of the line knives, except for the Damascus one. Spending a few minutes here and there planning out what I'm going to make to take to the show. It was nice to fire up the forge after eating dust for a couple of weeks. I finally let my beard go yesterday too, it just felt like the right time.

03-15-2014, 04:38 PM
That damascus line knife is a stunner Del! One lucky HBeernink :)

03-16-2014, 01:21 AM
OK better pics- had a bit of time this afternoon and shot some knives. After doing some work this morning with the line knife, I'm pretty hooked on it. I really like the balance on this style (handle heavy) and the overall profile. Really excellent design.



03-16-2014, 01:15 PM
That is sweet looking.

Delbert Ealy
03-16-2014, 10:41 PM
I mostly took today off, everyone needs those now and then. I did go out to the shop and take a look at the San Mai billet I did yesterday. Not quite the yield I had hoped for, but I did get enough for one line knife and a parer. I may try to squeeze in making another billet in a few days. The last batch of line knives is ready for hand sanding and handles, I did the finish grinding on them after I finished forging last night. Tomorrow is going to be putting handles on the line knives, and then working on some show knives. Tuesday I should be finishing the handles, and getting them ready to ship. I'll try to take some pics of the knives I'll be doing for the show before I leave.

03-16-2014, 11:31 PM

Delbert Ealy
03-21-2014, 05:51 PM
I know I've been kinda quiet here, but trust me I've been busy in the shop. Glued up a dozen knives today, a couple of line knives, a couple of pettys and some paring knives in AEBL, stainless Damascus and carbon Damascus. Finishing handles over the next few days, and starting on some more knives as well. It's going good, but as always, I wish the pace was a bit faster. I have steps that I go through with each knife to make sure that it is done properly and the best work that I can do. I've had many late nights this week and I'm in for more. I'll try and take some pics when I go back out to the shop after dinner.

Delbert Ealy
03-21-2014, 11:55 PM
And I left my camera in the shop.
It's one of those days.

03-22-2014, 02:21 AM
And I left my camera in the shop.
It's one of those days.

Hahaha, get your act together, man.

Just kidding Del, pls don't cut me off from buying your knives =)

03-22-2014, 12:49 PM
Great looking knives Del. Please put me in for the drawing. Any of your knives would be a joy to own I'm sure.

Delbert Ealy
03-24-2014, 12:17 PM
All the line knives are on the way to their new owners. I have ten knives done for the show and about a dozen more on the bench in various stages of completion.

I will be offering a Damascus 150mm petty for sale in the next day or two. I looked at my funds available and I'm in need of a bit of travel money to get to the show.

03-24-2014, 12:29 PM
Del do you plan on being at the show Friday?

Delbert Ealy
03-24-2014, 01:02 PM
Del do you plan on being at the show Friday?

Yes I do, Hopefully with lots of cool stuff.

03-26-2014, 01:43 PM
I'd be up for a gyuto in the taller profile, probably in O1.

03-27-2014, 11:01 PM
All the line knives are on the way to their new owners.....

Not anymore, got mine today. Beautiful work, thanks Del! Yeah, yeah, I know, will take and post a picture later ;)


Delbert Ealy
03-27-2014, 11:12 PM
Not anymore, got mine today. Beautiful work, thanks Del! Yeah, yeah, I know, will take and post a picture later ;)


I would appreciate that, I didn't get a chance to take pics of the last batch.

Delbert Ealy
04-01-2014, 01:10 PM

So this is the knife I am giving away.
I just caught the drawing and the first two numbers of the daily 4 are 97
So the winner is toddnmd

Thank you all for posting the pics.

04-01-2014, 01:29 PM
Congrats todd!

04-01-2014, 01:31 PM
Congrats, Todd! Del's parers are really nice. Del, thanks for the give-away.

04-01-2014, 01:36 PM
Congratulations and thanks for the opportunity, the parer looks like a winner!

Delbert Ealy
04-01-2014, 01:39 PM
Todd was the one looking at the Damascus pettys I have for sale and in my message I gave him the option to take the parer, or to take the parers value off the price of the petty.
So this one will be going on the block in a few.

04-01-2014, 01:44 PM
I want to thank Del for the generosity of this giveaway! And even better about his flexibility so I could get the knife I really wanted! (Though I would have been quite happy with the parer, I'm sure someone is going to snatch that up soon!)

And just this morning I was telling myself, "Come on, you've only got a 1% chance of winning . . . "

And thanks for the congrats from the other folks on here!

04-01-2014, 01:49 PM
Congrats Todd!! Great giveaway Del:doublethumbsup:

04-01-2014, 03:00 PM

04-01-2014, 10:38 PM

Delbert Ealy
04-08-2014, 11:34 PM
Havnt posted here for a few days so I thought I'd let you guys know what's going on.
I have had an interesting couple of days. It's tax season, spent all of yesterday organizing my paperwork, and today was my appointment. Spent two hours in there with my accountant today. It's no fun, but I have had the same accountant since the beginning, and we both know the routine.

So, now for the good news, I had the opportunity to go to a local sawmill that I havnt been to in quite a few years. In the past they have had some of he best curly maple I have seen. I spent a couple hours there today, and picked out a bunch of great wood. I got one board of bicolor curly maple, and one of curly with just insane curl that was 8 inches wide and over 8 feet long. I also got a couple of good sized boards of spalted beech too. My last find was a bicolor Birdseye maple with the tightest grouping of eyes I have ever seen.
I spent a little time cutting some of this stuff up tonight, the Birdseye is the only one I really have to spend much time on, there are some blank areas on that one.
I'm thinking about getting some of the curly maple color processed like what Mark has been doing with the maple he has.
I have been using some of the colored woods lately and the response has been good. It will take a bit of time to get this stuff processed and back to me, but I will have lots of maple available soon in various forms.
I have two boxes of stuff ready to go now to be stabilized, and there is another two boxes, at least in the stuff I got today.
There is curly maple, Birdseye maple, spalted curly maple, and lots of maple burl, along with some spalted beech, and a few other things I forgot.

Delbert Ealy
04-09-2014, 06:02 PM
Sent 30 lbs of wood off for stabilization today. Should be at least one more box going out and probably two.
I still have a bunch of the maple burl, and lots of the curly that I'm planning to have dyed.

04-09-2014, 10:57 PM
Birdseye is my favorite wood. I hope you share some pics when you get it back. Would love to see it :)

Delbert Ealy
04-12-2014, 12:44 AM
Sending off another box of wood tomorrow, this is all stuff to be dyed. About half is maple burl and curly maple to be dyed brown. The other half is curly maple that will be red, blue, green, and purple.
I cut my blocks a bit smaller than Mark does, usually suitable for one knife handle. There are 77 blocks in this batch.
This is all in one box, in addition to the two boxes I sent off earlier this week for clear stabilization. Now I will have some maple to use for awhile.

Delbert Ealy
04-22-2014, 01:59 PM
So, I was reminded that I did a sale for mothers day last year, and asked if I was going to do another one this year.
It is a lot later than when I started last year, and I still don't want to do a prebuy for it.
However, I am going to start a run of parings, and a few more mini nakiris.
I just got some AEBL in today, so I'll be cutting baldes today and heat treating tomorrow.
I don't know how many there will be, given the time we have left, but I'll be posting them as I finish them.
I don't have any word on the wood that I sent out yet, so we will just have to see how that goes.
I did score a couple of big boards of curly Koa the other day, so I may be able to put that into service in a month and a half or so.
There should be enough for more than 50 handles, assuming the figure is good throughout.
In my digging I also found a large block of curly bubinga that I didn't even know I had.
That will be going out in the next batch of stuff for stabilization.
BTW my forge is down for a week or so, while I wait on a new blower for it.

Delbert Ealy
04-30-2014, 03:01 PM
Another bit of news, I decided to get a new eletro-etch machine for my makers mark. They were able to pull the artwork from my previous stencil and make a new one. I have a couple of options, but from now on all my knives will be marked with my last name, with the possible exception of my initials D.E. in script. I might just reserve that for special occasions. I can also use ealy knives, but I think its a bit gaudy.
So, no more misplaced letters when marking, and if I screw up, I can always redo the mark.
I feel like a kid with a new toy, but I had one of these years ago, and switched.
There is also the possibility of new artwork in the future as well.
Anyway, I figured it was time to switch.

I got the Koa in and cut up, but it needs some drying time, I also got in some nice red mallee burl, and some curly pyinma that has some nice character.
I'm working on some paring knives, so I won't be cutting that stuff up right away, it will need to dry as well. Although its agony just letting it sit there for me to look at. The pyinma block is 7"x 8"x 9" which doesn't sound like a lot, but its an 18 lb chunk, and will make a lot of handles.