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Chris623

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  • Birthday 06/23/1945

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  1. Chris623

    Needles

    Ha-ha. She refuses to let me make any kitchen knives for her because she'll just cut herself. She uses dull bargain store steak knives to do all her kitchen stuff. Hurts my feelings, because as you say I could easily provide custom kitchen cutlery for her. Told her I've got a nice paring knife in the process for her and she asked "WHY??? You know I won't use it." Oh well, "the worst shoes in town are on the cobbler's son".
  2. Chris623

    Needles

    Maybe, maybe not............we'll just have to see.
  3. Chris623

    Needles

    Get's expensive to set up a forge and knife shop and my little wife is none too happy when UPS comes down the driveway!
  4. Chris623

    Needles

    Thanks, Chuck. I filed the bevels by hand on this one. "Had" to sell it because I was saving money for my 2x72. (another toy for the shop) I'm sure you know how it goes! The more toys the better, but they cost.
  5. Well, a little followup. Took my "slab" back to the folks who installed my countertops and left this beautiful piece of Granite for a "future project". They wanted a minimum of $100 to cut out a piece for me to use as a stamping surface. Of course, that included putting a radius on the edges and polishing them like my countertops. Didn't ask what it would cost to just cut out the block.............but I've decided I'm going to buy a blade for my Skil-saw and do it myself. Anyone on the forum done that? If so, what blade did you buy? There are a lot of them out there and I don't know where to start in making a choice.
  6. Chris623

    Needles

    Simple? Naw, I never do that. I just dive in and do it. Here are some pics of my first sheath knife. Wasn't simple by any means. Never got to make a sheath for it.......................it sold too fast!
  7. Chris623

    Needles

    Yup! My late Uncle always used to add when introducing me to someone that I was just a grown up Boy Scout lookiin' for my next merit badge!
  8. Chris623

    Needles

    Thanks for the links, "Bohunk". (had to look that one up!) When I was last in Tandy's they had a 3-Book series on sheath making. Written by David Holter. It was a spiral-bound book that would lay open on a table so you could work as you looked at it. I thought it a bit pricey at $25 plus tax for each book but ome day I might buy the set. A quick browse through looked as it it would be pretty nice to have to get started.
  9. Chris623

    Needles

    Thanks for all the comments, guys. Helps a lot. So many things to consider, so many things to learn. I feel somewhat on overload because in the last year and a half, I started blacksmithing.............built a forced air ribbon burner propane forge, bought a 100 pound anvil, bought a Lincoln Tombstone welder and am teaching myself to use it, bought a leg-vise and built a stand for it, built a hammer and tong stand with my new welder, started making tongs and hammer heads in preparation for starting bladesmithing. Have bought a 2x72 belt grinder, built a tilting table for it, run 220V lines all over my shop to supply the new welder and the new grinder, bought buffing motors and all sorts of hand-tools for the process. Then I was told I have to get into leather working to make sheaths for my knifes...............so now I'm gathering the tools/supplies to do all of that. And you see, a year and a half ago I knew nothing about any of those subjects. So I've had to learn new-to-me terms and tools and a whole lot of processes I'd never been involved with in my entire life. So the "pouring" of information into my feeble old brain has put me near to losing my mind at times. So all the patience and help you folks have given me has helped greatly.................as has the help from the Bladesmith forums and the Blacksmith forums I've participated in.
  10. Chris623

    Needles

    It was aimed at all of you danged enablers. Just remember, "I'm offended that you're offended". (that's on one of my brother's t-shirts.) So, no, don't be offended....................at least not for now. I may take liberty to offend you at some later date.
  11. Chris623

    Needles

    Danged enablers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Every craft forum I get on, no matter the craft, is full of stinkers like you guys!
  12. Chris623

    Needles

    Frodo, I have 1, 2, 4 and 9 prong set of Craftool Pro 3mm Chisels from Tandy's, so I'm fixed on that point. Thanks for the link. I've watch that and multitudes of other videos. I've never been accused of just sipping and spitting when it comes to knowledge. My main problem is I keep sampling too many different flavors!
  13. Chris623

    Needles

    Please tell me you are kidding!!!!! Believe me when I say I was dragged kicking and screaming down this leather working rabbit hole because I "have to make sheaths for my knives".
  14. Chris623

    Needles

    I don't use thread............at this point! Admittedly I've never done any hand stitching, so I have no idea what thread I'll be using I'm trying to get set up to make knife sheaths for the custom knives I make. Of course my attitude may change, but I really have no plans on making anything else in leather. One of my friends has told me I needed the size #1/0 harness needles. I don' know anything about needles other than they have a one point on one end and a slot on the other end for the thread. He said that's what I needed to do my sheath work. So I'm assuming he based that size needle on the size of thread I'd be using on sheaths. I've a WHOLE lot to learn about the craft. Thanks for the RMLS thread tip. I'll check that out.
  15. Chris623

    Needles

    John James was the brand I ordered. I just now found and placed an order for them with Rocky Mountain Leather Supply. We'll see if it takes THEM 18 days to get them to me!!!!!
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