Thursday, December 21, 2017

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Fellow Makers!

It's a busy time of year for most of us with holidays, visiting friends and family. It's also a time to reflect on the past year and be thankful for everything we have. A year certainly goes by faster as we get older. ;-)

I'd like to say a great big thank you to all my friends in the knifemaking community and wish them and their families all the best in this holiday season.

My friend Mike Ware has a YouTube channel called Absorbed Self Reliance. Mike put together an Oregon Blade Maker 2 x 72" grinder with a VFD and motor in which I offered him some help with the electrical things.





Thank you Mike for this great look at your machine. We  hope it serves you well.

Look after each other and remember to support your local food bank.

All the best for 2018!
Happy grinding!

Dan

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Some Honesuki Ready for Shipping

Three honesuki wa made from AEB-L ready for new homes. 





































The left knife is desert ironwood with jade composite spacer. The middle one is stabilised koa with stainless and brass. The right one is rennaisance acrylester with brass and black paper micarta.

Lots more to do before Christmas!

Dan

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hollow Grind Calculator

The Perplex of Convex


The discussion comes around every once in a while about wheel diameter to stock thickness and how high a concave or hollow grind will be. Some time ago Bimjo published a web based calculator for this based on Rob Frink's formula. Bimjo's widget seems to have disappeared from the web, but some Wayback pages can be found. Using the same formula I made a new online version.


The idea is that you choose a wheel diameter and some steel thickness and lastly the edge thickness. The calculation is done and you receive the height of the grind. Link is here: http://dcknives.com/public/grind_angle_concave.php

Cheers!

Dan


Sunday, September 17, 2017

KN20 Large Honesuki (garasuki)

This is a larger version of the KN20 honesuki sometimes called a garasuki. The blade is generally a little thicker and longer than a typical honesuki. This one is made from 0.130" AEB-L and features through-tang construction with brass, black paper Micarta and fibre spacers, with the main part of the handle being a synthetic material known as Acrylester Renaissance  #102 . The blade is 175 mm or just shy of 7" long.

West Systems G-flex is used to all the handle pieces together.

Once the stack is all in place the butt is threaded on to the tang screw and a 3/16" mosaic pin is peened into the remaining hole.
Some work on the slack belt really shows how Acrylester is going to turn out. After 400 grit, I took it over to the bench and hand sanded to 1500 grit, followed by some Meguiar's Plast-X plastic polish.










And some photos from the light box...



















Thanks for looking!

Dan