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  • Well that looks excellent to me so I'll try it as an option. I don't think you could describe yourself as a " beginner " though !

  • I have made the punch and tried it on 01 steel blade cold and heated to red hot. The result was better red hot but only marginally so. Probably because it is much easier to align the blade/punch when the blade hasn't been heated so you can give it a bigger smack! If you don't get it right first time, it's almost impossible to hit the blade in exactly the same place twice so you get an ugly overlapping mark. No pressure when you're practising but a different matter when you have spent so many hou…

  • Oscillating belt on grinder

    Woolfy - - How do I...?

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    Thanks Jimmypie, It 's certainly a relief to hear that. I'll try all the tips you and Mason Knives have suggested and let you know how I progress in the weeks to come. Nick is making me a 14" contact wheel as well and I'm hoping to get delivery in the next week so that'll be another adventure for me.

  • Oscillating belt on grinder

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    Hi Jimmiepie, I have been leaving my belts on the machine so perhaps this will account for the problem I'll take your advice and see how that works for me. The machine was made by a guy in Greece, Nick Argyropoulos. I have seen him mentioned on this site and others. The belts are German made ACT ceramic. I have taken this up with Nick who is making a new tracking arm to try to solve the "wander" but I want to explore as many options I can in case the arm doesn't solve the problem. I really am mo…

  • Oscillating belt on grinder

    Woolfy - - How do I...?

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    Hi Mason Knives, I thought it might be the tension and tried to get it really tight with the tracking wheel "off" then gradually raised the tracking wheel to align the belt. Also used a straight edge to align the edge of the drive wheel with the front idler wheel when I first set up. I think that's the correct process isn't it? Anyway I'll try setting up again from scratch. I've tried different belts and some are better than others but they all seem to start wandering sooner or later. It's so fr…

  • Oscillating belt on grinder

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    Hi, I have a 75 x 2000mm belt grinder, and while trying to grind a plunge line noticed that the belt oscillates 2-3mm left to right across the grinding platen, making it difficult to create a crisp plungeline. When applying blade pressure on the platen edge the belt moves rapidly away from the edge leaving the bare steel platen. The belt also has a tendency to drift first one way, and then, after adjusting the tracking wheel it overcompensates and goes the other way. I don't seem to be able to g…

  • Hi Shing, That is a really kind offer and I will bear it in mind. But you are selling your knives and I wouldn't dream of asking you to do it for nothing. Already I've learned how to heat treat and built a mini furnace, make mosaic pins, started basic grinding and made a vacuum chamber and stabilised most of the wood I've acquired. Today I've just spent the day making a nail nick punch which I'm going to harden tomorrow and try out when I heat treat the blade. I might also invest in a dovetail c…

  • Thanks Shing, I did see this in my search and did a little experiment with my dremel with mixed results. I think I might have to make up a pretty solid jig to get it to work. Thanks for the help it's much appreciated. Regards Woolfy

  • Thanks Paul great help as usual! Woolfy

  • Yes I sent my address, if you need it I'll just send a PM to you let me know Cheers Woolfy

  • Hi William, Have you had chance to look at that video yet? I would like to see it when you're finished with it. Cheers Woolfy

  • Hi everyone, Can anyone help with a couple of problems please? ( Don't worry it's only about knife making not my other problems). I have been trying to make my first folder from scratch. Can anyone suggest a way of adding a nail nick to the blade? I can't find a supplier that makes a punch and don't have the luxury of a milling machine. Might try a dremel but that doesn't give me the tradition "scoop" shape I like. I also have tried to obtain nickel silver bar stock for bolsters, occasional avai…

  • That's most kind of you @Chui, I'm sure that would help me a lot. Thanks everyone as usual for your help, amazing!

  • Hi @mason knives Paul, I would love to have a crack at making a slip joint folder. Are there any sources in the UK for patterns/designs I could start on with just a single blade? I've looked on the internet with little success. As I only have simple heat treating facilities made in my garage, would O1 Tool steel be Ok? Do I heat treat the backspring to give a "spring steel" hardness? I hope you might be able to shine a little light for me. By the way, your creations are absolutely stunning!! I h…

  • "Tapered Knife tang"

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    Thanks Ian, very encouraging, I've taken a look at some of your work and am very humbled indeed. Fantastic quality I can only hope to achieve with a lot more work and dedication. I realised as soon as I started looking at this subject that I needed a wheel. I have spoken to my supplier a guy from Greece called Nick who hopefully will be supplying me with a 10" wheel when he gets around to it! My small Record Power pillar drill's just given up on me so I have to buy another, hopefully, more robus…

  • Bench drill what to buy?

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    Thanks Jimmpie, when I get back from my hols I'll take a closer look, the Titan certainly would be a strong contender!

  • Bench drill what to buy?

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    Hi, My bench drill a Record Power DP16 has just given up the ghost on me. I want to replace it but find most of the bench drills speeds start at 500 rpm which is not slow enough for drilling larger 8-10mm holes to lighten full tang handles. Does anyone have any ideas? I only have a bench in my garage so a compact machine is important, as is of course is the cost. I can pay up to £200. Any guidance would be appreciated Woolfy

  • "Tapered Knife tang"

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    Thanks for all the help on this guys. Blimey!! Guess I'll concentrate on straight grinding techniques for a while before I delve into the deeper delights of tapered tangs!

  • "Tapered Knife tang"

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    Thanks for the info Jimmypie, not an easy thing to achieve I would imagine?

  • "Tapered Knife tang"

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    Hi, I would like to know the purpose of tapering a knife tang. Is it just the obvious reason to reduce weight in the handle area or is there another reason? I can understand why you would need a taper on a hidden tang knife to be able to slide the guard down to the shoulder, but wondered why you thinned the tang in a full tang blade.

  • Welcome to the site and your knife looks good, we need all the support in Swindon we can get!! I'm a new member myself and just learning how to make these tools, hope you like the learning curve as much as I am doing.

  • Thanks for the note Mameluke, that sounds optimistic and I'll certainly look for a use for the material in my next project. The rod is 37mm dia x 600mm long plus another offcut at 60mm so a fairly sizeable piece!

  • Thanks for the note guys!

  • Hi, I have recently been able to get hold of a 37mm diameter piece of phosphor bronze rod. I was thinking of using it for pommels, guards etc. Does anyone have any experience of using this material for knifemaking, and what advantages and disadvantages are there please ?

  • Hi Everyone, I've just joined this great site and am looking forward to seeing some wonderful creations that will inspire me to get out into my workshop and produce some knives and other goodies. Since retiring in 2009 from a busy Marketing Department I felt the need to get down and dirty and start to use my hands again after 40 or more years in an office, so I took up where my father left off in 2001 by making a few walking sticks he bequeathed me. But I have always had a weakness for a well-tu…