Terry Waldele
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jan Carter Apr 10, 2012. 31 Replies

Are you interested in knife politics and laws?  If so, read on.Member Clint Thompson recently posted a poll of iKC members entitled "HELP! FELLOW iKC MEMBERS.  I NEED YOUR HELP",  in which he asked…Continue

Tags: Policies, Government, Laws, Knives, Politics

Making a Modern Survivalist's Hiking Staff

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Burris Aug 13, 2011. 91 Replies

After my latest fishing trip, which I discussed in this group earlier, I decided to look into the design and creation of a handmade multi-purpose hiking staff. There is one on the market made by…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trent Rock Feb 20, 2010. 3 Replies

Added photos of three of my antique rigging knives, all made in Sheffield, England.

Do you own an especially cool antique or ancient Ethnic Knife? If you do, tell us about it!

Started Jan 25, 2010 0 Replies

If you own an especially cool Ethnic Knife or sword, which we have defined as one that is handmade, custom-made, traditionally-styled, tribal or ceremonial, and it's an antique (i.e., 100 yrs old or…Continue

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"This may make an awesome project for someone!!!Cargill handmade folder sliplock but with a big chip ot of the wood handles If the link does not take you there just go to Bruce Voyles newest auction and it is item #22"
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The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of tyrants and patriots . . .
- Thomas Jefferson

We have met the enemy and it is the deluded belief that American capitalism is sacred and self-regulating. We also suffer from our deluded trust in the goodness of our fellow Americans which leads us to believe that politicians, elected officials and appointed public officials need not have any substantive minimum education or other minimum qualifications to be elected or appointed, nor do they need any limits on campaign donations, any age limits, any restrictions on serving as lobbyists after public service, or any limits on multiple terms in office.
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41 to 45 years
Favorite Kind of Knives
Ethnic knives.
About Me
Retired Civil Engineer. Married.
Current events, antique hunting, knife collecting and making, travel.
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Fishing, hiking, shooting sports, woodworking, lamp making, music and art.

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ATTENTION: Sale of an Oregon Knife Maker's Shop Tools and Knife Making Materials

Posted on May 7, 2011 at 1:52 3 Comments

Someone in McMinnville, Oregon has listed their grandfather's entire stock of knife making tools, equipment and huge stock of materials for sale in the Portland, Oregon craigslist.  If you're interested, here's the link to the craigslist listing.  This listing includes a link to a site with over 260 pictures of the sale items. 


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At 7:53 on December 23, 2014, larry said…
Terry thanks for the info on the Krunkris if you don't mind me asking what did you give for yours? And I feel the same way as you its wicked cool, I know I'm keeping this one!
At 22:13 on March 29, 2012, Lee Saunders said…

Hi Terry.  Another member suggested I check with you on this.  I put up a bblog post about a knife I was trying to fully identify.

It's an old Russell that the seller said was a Civil War era knife.  I bought it but thought it was an old Navy Knife.  Couldn't read the etching on the bblade ut it looked like (Blank) KNIFE.

Since then I read in a research book that the Russell Navy Knives have Cocobolo handles and mine has Stag.

Then later today I found they do also have stag handles.

So do you know anything about these Russell's?  Are they indeed Civil War knives?  Issued to the US Navy or what?

Any info you might give me would really be appreciated.



At 21:52 on October 30, 2011, Billy Oneale said…
Congrats for being a featured member, Terry.
At 18:27 on August 7, 2011, Jan Carter said…


Your a featured member!!

At 13:28 on May 11, 2011, stephen tungate said…
terry thats cool. my brother is the manager of a big subaru store at the auto mall in ohio.
At 19:20 on May 10, 2011, stephen tungate said…
terry i have a sister that lives in salem or.is that far from you? she is secartary of state..
At 19:01 on May 10, 2011, stephen tungate said…
thanks terry nice to be friends with you.this is a great site i you learn alot here and meet good people at the same time...
At 13:28 on January 3, 2011, Halicon said…

Oh, just a FAST fix for your recurve blades. Get a cheap synthetic stone, cut it into finger stones (whatever size you will be able to hold securely in your hand). Do it with a small hammer and a knife with a flat belly unless you have a rock-splitting chisel or stone saw and then just tap it slowly into the stone. Eventually it will break in two, try to keeps the taps controlled and make sure the force is constant at the same angle, you don't want to switch angle inside the stone.


After that you can get a Belgian Coticule bout stone along with some finger stones to get the slurry up. I can recommend many other stones but it depends on the kind of finish and action you want from the stone. The reason why is because coticule also works great for restoration, because they consist of garnets they cut differently than other stones. So, if you grind it down into a powder, apply some water and dip your fingertip in the powder and then rub on the steel, you have full control of how much good vs bad oxidized steel you remove with the addition that the garnets won't leave scratches because of their round shape (perfect for restoring filemarks or details like stamps too).


Now I'm off to deal with my bloody 17-pack of chisels I have to restore. Blargh, some stuff are 80-100 years old, the steel has become insanely hard from age-hardening! Most chisels are aged for a max of 20-30 years. Boy it's harsh to bring these puppies out, but it will be worth every second after it's all done.


Hope to talk to you soon

Regards Hal

At 13:13 on January 3, 2011, Halicon said…

May I ask what your main tools are? I take it that you work mainly with stones and compounds (like rust removers, abrasive powders etc etc, all the stuff that goes into restoring).


The very hardest thing to make on a stone is a perfect belly. It depends if you meant a single or double bevel because the second option is much more easy. On the first one you basically have to step into the hardest sharpening process in the world, combining tangents into one single flush bevel.


I take it you aren't working with single bevel tools however so that shouldn't be a problem. I would say that you need a good bevel gauge (if you don't already have one) and some tips of how to work on the stones.

If you want to I am more than happy to share what I can with you (so far 1 out of 50 has listened to me about sharpening, the rest are hellbent on powertools. Sorry to ask such a question but it's frustrating to type up long replies only to have them land on uninterested eyes). Basically what I specialize in is perfection polishing, I have two separate rooms when I polish to keep out coarse particles from the foundation stage (shaping and sharpening stage) when I move to the polishing stage. At that point it's all cosmetic polish, way beyond functional sharpness (20k grit plus, natural stone ofcourse).


Tell me what you think and if you like it we can start sorting out your problem of getting flush bevels. Once you get the feeling for it then it will be there. Similar to riding a bicycle, when you develop that "sense" you feel exactly where the steel is touching the stone and can literally ride it in any direction, at any part of the stone.

The stage after that is how to wear down a stone evenly so that you don't have to dress them - saves material and time, but we'll get to that later :)

At 9:00 on January 2, 2011, Halicon said…

Hey Terry, I just read a post of yours on the sharpening section about you having difficulties maintaining a constant angle.

If this is still a problem I wish to offer my help. I polish HRC 62 up to 69, flat bevel tools every day by hand.


I'm also looking at your pics and I have to ask, are you a restoration lion (the kind that hunts collection pieces).


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