Ed Caffrey
Ed Caffrey
Master Bladesmith
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Joined: Feb 15, 2021
Last seen: Apr 19, 2024
Topics: 62 / Replies: 684
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RE: can you make a living one bladesmithing alone?

That's a question that has been asked for as long as I can remember. To start off, there's an old saying... Behind every full time knifemaker, is a ...

3 weeks ago
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RE: New old stock belts are separating

The best advice I can give.... Throw those belts out, or use them as "strips" for hand sanding, and buy/start again. You're going to spend a ton ...

3 weeks ago
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RE: Best mini-Milling Machine

"it was the best COMPROMISE for me"... OK Gotcha! Before I purchased the Grizzly 0704 Mill, I had/have a large Grizzly Knee Mill in my "Hot shop". T...

4 weeks ago
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RE: Best mini-Milling Machine

Couldn't edit my last post, so had to make another. Here are those pics... First.... the square column: [img/p> Then the digital readout for...

4 weeks ago
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RE: Best mini-Milling Machine

OK... to the question about why a larger mill? Its all about weight and rigidity. Larger mills simply have more material in them, which increases t...

4 weeks ago
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RE: Best mini-Milling Machine

IMO, "Best" and "Mini Mill" do not belong in the same sentence. Why? Because I have been there, and done that, and after TWO "Mini-Mills", I would N...

1 month ago
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RE: Best 8” Buffing Tool

At the risk of being dramatic, SPEED KILLS! At least when it comes to the speed of a buffer in the knife shop. I've had at least one knifemaking fri...

1 month ago
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RE: Black fox knife works grinder

Aside from the fact that this grinder looks like a knockoff of a well-known brand/model, I'd think about what happens if/when you need parts or servic...

2 months ago
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RE: Satin finish on guard

Just a heads up about those Sandaflex blocks.... you can purchase them individually at TruGrit Abrasives. I've been using these blocks for years ...

3 months ago
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RE: Anvil

The overall shape and look lead me to believe it is a Kolashwa, or an anvil made by the same company....possibly a forerunner of the Kolashwa brand of...

3 months ago
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RE: Quench tank for 36 OAL sword?

If this is something you're doing, just to do it....... Whew! Asking for that, and using the words "cheap B@stard" in the same post go together like ...

3 months ago
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RE: first antler handle

The only "foolish question" is the one not asked! 😉 The vast majority of natural handle material that does need to be sealed, I either use so...

4 months ago
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RE: first antler handle

Actually, nothing is necessary. Typically in nature, a shed antler will last a LONG time without anything as a "sealer". Most of the time antlers ge...

4 months ago
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RE: ARMADILLO SCALES??

I see.... armadillo hide pieces. Still would have to be utilized with some type of clear material for handle scales/blocks.... Not something I would...

5 months ago
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