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    9 months of soak time at 98.2F and a air quench...

    9 months of soak time at 98.2F and a air quench followed by a short bath in medium warm water


    :doublethumbsup::rofl2:
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    Not a Knife but I'm proud as Heck

    I know it's not a knife but I just had to share the newest addition to my family


    Say hello to my little girl



    Elin Anne Fowler was born on July-08-2012

    8Lb 1Oz
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    I can't speak to a comparison on cpm154 but I...

    I can't speak to a comparison on cpm154 but I have a Les George folder in CTS-XHP that easily outperforms any other stainless I've ever used


    and I've had folders in-
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    s30v
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    440c...
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    It's certainly possible to have hard and soft...

    It's certainly possible to have hard and soft spots from the heat treatment.
    It's possible to overheat the steel so much as to lose carbon in a certain area of the blade, especially when working...
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    yep, just don't leave the tape in place for long...

    yep, just don't leave the tape in place for long and you'll be fine.

    I wrap with paper and then tape. which is nice because it slides on and off so it's really just a temporary saya
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    there shouldn't be a whole lot of heat involved....

    there shouldn't be a whole lot of heat involved. how long are you going between degaussing?
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    One option for displacing epoxy is to stuff the...

    One option for displacing epoxy is to stuff the void space with bamboo skewers which weighs much less than the same volume of epoxy. but really only a good idea if your filling the entire handle...
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    you would need some very very sophisticated...

    you would need some very very sophisticated equipment to find any difference in weight from one type of steel to another.
    the differences would be in the thousandths of a gram in most cases, due to...
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    mostly a useless test but it's fun. I like to...

    mostly a useless test but it's fun. I like to take a quarter sheet of newsprint, roll it in a tube about 2" diameter and try to slice it free standing off the edge of a table
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    I've made a bunch of steel over the years using a...

    I've made a bunch of steel over the years using a Kodai furnace (scaled down version of a Tatara)

    I know Bill Burke has done a bunch over the years too. and from talking to him his process has...
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    it's not ruined but CERTAINLY compromised I...

    it's not ruined but CERTAINLY compromised

    I wouldn't mind doing some light ornamental work or tweek some horseshoes with a setup like this, but for any serious forging I want a couple hundred...
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    Actually these are VERY useable setups for...

    Actually these are VERY useable setups for someone who needed to travel with tools on horseback or carriage.

    you can do a lot on these teeny anvils if your patient.


    but a full time...
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    The problem is moreso that when you sharpen the...

    The problem is moreso that when you sharpen the knife normally you will end up with an area of the blade that doesn't contact the board, and without correction it will just get worse and worse
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    I appreciate your forthcoming adult manner. ...

    I appreciate your forthcoming adult manner.

    have a wonderful weekend
    Stephan
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    Burt Foster has some superglue that might help...

    Burt Foster has some superglue that might help you out


    :curse::justkidding::curse:
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    yep, that's one of the reasons I can't manage to...

    yep, that's one of the reasons I can't manage to hang out here very much.

    as a knifemaker my posts and conversations tend to center around the knives I make which I'm not allowed to discuss here...
  17. I've made a good handful of 1084 knives and would...

    I've made a good handful of 1084 knives and would say that even with the added V of Aldo's 1084 they won't tend to get as crazy sharp as W2.

    and it will have a more aggressive burr and it's kind...
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    I hope Thanksgiving goes well for you Linda

    I hope Thanksgiving goes well for you Linda
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    i found vinegar to take too long and never really...

    i found vinegar to take too long and never really got it all off.

    I got some muriatic acid (pool supply store) and mixed it 1 to 3 with water

    takes two or three cycles soaking for 15 minutes...
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    sad thing is a HUGE percentage of the population...

    sad thing is a HUGE percentage of the population feels that shaving is the standard test of sharpness.

    if it can shave then it's "sharp"

    .........
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    when the water hits the steel at working...

    when the water hits the steel at working temperature it creates a small steam explosion which blows the scale off of the surface.
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    one thought to consider is that the slightest...

    one thought to consider is that the slightest flaw in the weld with San-Mai will act as a harmonic dampener.

    a good way to check a bar of damascus for solid welds is to hold it lightly 1/3 from...
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    The bad one's are EASY, I could knock one out in...

    The bad one's are EASY, I could knock one out in 10 minutes easily

    I'm still learning how to grind a good one but it takes me around 2 hours to really set the profile on a knife and get all of the...
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    I've subbed pork loin for the chuck roast before...

    I've subbed pork loin for the chuck roast before and it works ok

    the pork tends to dry out if your not really careful

    I went with 4 hours on the crock pot and it was about right
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    it's fairly easy to say no sometimes

    it's fairly easy to say no sometimes
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