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Lady's and gentleman’s when we decided to make first knife - we are beginners! We have a lot of questions; unknown things, tips and tricks! I start my first knives and that’s why I decided to start this group! Professionals are invited!

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Saw Cut Marks on scales, any tips?

Started by Michael Squier. Last reply by D ale Apr 30. 9 Replies

I'd like to make those neat looking saw marks on some scales im making, any tips on getting the saw cut marks. Its ususlly seen in bone but im hoping I can do it to some hard wood scales. Thanks for any ideas. Im guessing a very coarse band saw…Continue

Self taught trick to making pins like this-

Started by John McCain. Last reply by D ale Sep 19, 2015. 5 Replies

This is stabilised Malachite stone and brass,for example.As this is a 1/4…Continue

Whats the preferred width and length of belt sanders

Started by Kevin (KWJ). Last reply by Jeremy B. Buchanan Sep 17, 2015. 12 Replies

Hi I've been looking at a variety of belt sanders lately and was wondering what the preferred width and length of sanding belts are? And I would like to know why one size is better then other sizes ?Thanks Kevin Continue

whats the best way to achieve a good and symmetrical primary grind?

Started by Nick Arsenault. Last reply by Alexander Noot May 5, 2015. 15 Replies

whats the best way to achieve a good and symmetrical primary grind?  i have several tools at my disposal (bench grinder, sanders, hand held grinders, chop saw) and a friend with an old school milling machine... is there  a way to get a good…Continue

How to keep forging after a heart attack

Started by Jan Carter. Last reply by Jan Carter Apr 30, 2015. 3 Replies

Again, Thank you all for the prayers.  Donnie is feeling better but wears out pretty quick.  Doesn't have the authorization to be playing with the forge or hammer yet so our friend Tate came by the last few days to be "the hammer man"…Continue

Tags: help, Forging

What steel to use?

Started by Brad T.. Last reply by Jan Carter Mar 25, 2015. 18 Replies

This is not going to be a steel snob topic, but I will research and list all the steel alloys that pique my interest. I invite you to do the same about your preferences. I am going to start off by saying that I prefer a carbon steel like D2, but…Continue

Tags: steels, Blade

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Comment by Jan Carter on September 28, 2015 at 19:35

Just a heat treat company that I had not heard of

Comment by Jan Carter on September 28, 2015 at 19:34

Comment by Alexander Noot on August 11, 2015 at 4:54

It's one way of working. I liked my Dremel with diamondscribe better. 

Now I like my etch better. But then someone nicely did the stencils for me and that helps.

Comment by Jan Carter on August 10, 2015 at 19:37

Found this on a preppers site.  LOL, I dont know why you would be engraving a knife after SHTF but hey, maybe.....

How to Engrave on a Knife


This method was widely used during the Middle Ages and all the engravings in swords or armors. Here are some armors engraved using this traditional way: example 1example 2, example 3.

Instructions: “The steel to be worked upon should be covered completely with a coating of beeswax. The lettering or design to be engraved can then be drawn with the point of a clean quill pen. This lays bare the metal. A strong solution of sulphate of iron should then be repeatedly poured over the exposed surface for about ten minutes. The more prolonged the action of the sulphate the deeper will the steel be engraved.”

Comment by Alexander Noot on July 28, 2015 at 3:42

Love what he did with the tail Jan.

Comment by Jan Carter on May 25, 2015 at 21:10

Thanks Bob!

Comment by Bob Robinson on May 25, 2015 at 20:25
Now that is cool Jan.
Comment by Jan Carter on May 25, 2015 at 19:02

The before and after.  The small bar on the right is the before

Comment by Alexander Noot on May 11, 2015 at 2:25

Doesn't look half bad there. What's the handle material on that one?


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