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  1. BR549? You still remember that number?! I think Junior Samples kicked the bucket 30 years ago.
  2. TexasJack

    FIF Knife Sheath

    The knife is too pretty not to post! Made by Dustin Rhodes, FIF Season 4 Episode 2 winner (also Season 1, Episode 1 winner of Master of Arms). 9260 steel spring for the blade and 1018 mild steel for the guard. Stabilized elk tine handle. Blade is 7 1/8 inches long.
  3. The smiths who have competed on the History Channel's Forged in Fire have an auction site on Facebook. I really liked this knife and managed to have the winning bid. However, it didn't come with a sheath, so it was time to dig out my leather tools and make one. I think that piece of stingray has been around for 10 years waiting to find a home. I think the next time I do one like this again (because of the large guard) that I'll probably use a frog.
  4. I think the late Chuck Burrows pointed out in one of his holster videos that dyes have solids in them that remain on the surface. If you don't let it dry and wipe them off thoroughly, they will end up in the top coating.
  5. A good source would be to ask Will Ghormley, who is a member on here. I don't know if he did the Doc Holiday rigs, but he did some of the others, including Johnny Ringo's (which he described in detail on this forum). Here is someone selling a rig based on the movie rig. You might be better able to see the design in the picture than from the movie still. http://www.westernleatherholster.com/western-movie-holsters/
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    So, let me ask this: If you look at the photo, what things would you do differently? Every new piece should be a learning experience. And it's probably better to discuss issues among friends, rather than among customers.
  7. TexasJack

    Are expensive whet stones worth it?

    A great stone means nothing if you don't learn how to use it. Also, when you sharpen a knife, you wind up with what's referred to as a "wire edge", where there is a very thin amount of metal sticking out of the edge. It will feel sharp, but fold over and become dull quickly. To get rid of that, you use a leather strop after sharpening. Many people think they've failed at sharpening the knife, but don't realize that it's just that last step that's missing. As others pointed out, there are videos all over the place for sharpening. And they're free. Avoid the ones that are selling you sharpening devices. If you don't want to invest in stones, get a series of very fine sandpapers. (Some hardware stores sell it by the sheet.) Tape the sandpaper down on something VERY flat - steel or a piece of glass. (This is a technique woodworkers use called "scary sharp".) Start with the lowest grit - maybe 400 - and work your way up to the finest grit - say 1200 or 1500. Put oil on the sandpaper and it will make the process work better. Wipe ALL the grit off the knife before going to a finer paper. If you want to get really good at sharpening without screwing up your good craft knives, go in the kitchen and get all those dull knives out of the drawer. When all of your kitchen knives are razor sharp, you're ready for your good knives.
  8. Nice job on the sheath, and there are some pretty accurate comments to consider. In my mind, the most important thing about a sheath is whether or not the construction will insure that it holds the knife and stays intact. I think you easily meet that goal. After that comes the various levels of "fit and finish". There's ALWAYS room to improve on that, no matter how many sheaths you make.
  9. TexasJack

    Big knife sheath question

    The thickness shouldn't be an issue. The design of the sheath will determine the "support" - i.e., how comfortably it will attach to a belt. Take a look around at some of the longer sheaths for ideas.