"Something I picked up recently that has been a tremendous help for me in finishing my projects is a set of 1" sanding discs for my dremel. I start around 400 grit and will double the grit up to 1200 - 2000 grit depending on the material…"
"Just a note on precaution Andy. Be careful to make sure you don't apply too much lateral feed pressure. Spindle bearings in all but the most robust drill presses are not designed to handle lateral stress. Camel bone probably cuts…"
"Wow....so I really procastinated on this project. I was able to finish it and hand deliver it a couple weeks ago. What I ended up using was an improvised milling machine which consisted of my small drill press and an inexpensive 2 axis…"
"I nearly forgot about this...LOL....I just received the camel bone the other day and plan to work on this soon. I'll be sure and share some pictures of how it happens.
I agree, camel bone cleans up quite nicely."
"Always have several old sawblades laying around that wind up as broaches eventually. Actually those old junked handsaws are easy to convert as well and you can make any length you might need. Make up a few with the teeth working on "draw"…"
"Great information. I'm getting ready to do my first 2 hidden tang knives. I had considered just using my dremel "drill press" stand and run the handle under it like on a mill. Will be working with Camel or Bovine…"
I became interested in knives at an early age. I can still remember the first combination knife-axe set that I received on my 10th birthday. I opened the gift and was at awe seeing the gleaming; stainless steel blades snuggled in their tight fitting leather sheath. I was the proud owner of a nice knife set and assumed the responsibility that went along with my being trusted to have such a treasure on my hip. Over the years of being a sportsman and having used my knives in the field, I have learned what it takes to make a serviceable knife.
I made my first knife in 1980. I learned the hard way by having to “re-invent the wheel” as one might say because I had no help. The feeling of personal satisfaction stirred my interest and I have been making knives since. During my early years as a maker I employed the stock removal method utilizing 440C, 154CM, and D2 Steels. Today, I forge 5160, 1084, 52100, L6 and 15N20 steels. I make Hunters, Fighters, Bowies, Camp Knives, Bird and Trout knives. I offer flat or hollow ground blades, custom file work and custom sheaths. I prefer to use natural handle material such as Curly Maple, Exotic Burls, Giraffe Bone, Desert Ironwood, Sambar Stag,Sheep Horn and Ivory etc. I am an active member of the American Bladesmith Society, Arkansas Knife Makers Association , Oklahoma Knife Group Association and the Custom Knife Collectors Association..
I like the outdoors and am a avid hunter and fisherman. I like photography, gardening, nature and Jesus Christ and His word
Bladesmithing, stamp collecting, artifacts, playing guitar and keyboard and singing southern gospel music
J. R. REEVES KNIVES
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5&6
I hope you're having a great day, my friend! You sure do make some splendid looking knives. I envy your talent and ability to transform the various elements into such beautiful pieces of useful art. Truly amazing!