Sunday, January 9, 2011

Friday, October 8, 2010

That quench I mentioned

And I had such high hopes. ):

Last night was a disappointment.

The knife I'd been working on for a client... may not be any good.
I was polishing it (the videos I took of this will be uploaded by the way, regardless of the result of the blade,) and once I'd gotten one side up to about 600 grit, I thought I'd give it an etch in some vinegar for a few minutes. I was trying to bring out the hamon line (a video of the unexciting quench will also be put up later,) which DID in fact work. It wasn't particularly pretty, or active, but... it was there. I was happy about that.
But then, as I was sharing photos with some friends... I noticed a problem.

Here you can see the hamon line, in the middle of the blade. It spikes up, settles back down, evens out for a ways, and then spikes again. I'm happy I can see anything at all- a lot of beginners see nothing, even after an etch. Some people can see the hamon after polishing up to only 300 grit.

The hamon is faintly visible here, still. It's not very active, or attractive.

In this image, it's most apparent where the fracture is- approximately 1/3 of the blade length from the tip, there's what looks like (and what I inittially thought was) either a hair, or a steel wool fiber. No such luck, I'm afraid. It's a fracture.

I'm not sure how to handle this. Gut instinct says to scrap the whole blade, but part of me thinks that if I put it through some stress tests and it holds, it'll be fine. Do I really want to go through with that, though? This is my name I'm putting out there. Even if the blade is still balls-sharp, holds the edge well, and is durable... am I really fine with selling a fractured blade? I don't know. I really don't.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

I'm just about to fall asleep

So I'm half-assing this post and I'll get to doing my 'rounds tomorrow, alright everyone?
In the mean time, here's a video documenting how I made the jig I'll use for handles. As suggested, I've removed the original audio and implemented a commentary track.

By the way, this was unscripted, so... forgive the stuttering and whatnot.
No, I won't read from a script in the future.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


In anticipation for more disappointment...

I'm making an early blog post this morning and simply embedding some music I've been enjoying today.

The internet is home to all sorts of things. Some of it beautiful, some of it terrifying. This is both.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Oh God I am so razy

Well, the Vado HD didn't come last week. It SHOULD BE HERE TODAY. It better be. And hopefully, belts will be arriving, too. Supposing the Vado HD arrives, I will at least use the angle grinder to do some work on the Sgian Dubh for my friend's friend's friend.
Also, I'm in the middle of uploading a video to youtube (althoughf or the life of me I cannot remember what it's of xfd)

Looks the video is me taking the rough cut of the Sgain Dubh to the belt grinder. Also, please note that in this video, you don't actually see the belt snap. That happened a while after I turned off the camera.