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    Olive wood: do I need to stabilize?

    Super thin CA. Do it outside. Quickly saturate both sides. Do not glue fingers to body or tools. Do not smell the fumes. Let it cure overnight - outside. Begin sanding process. Be easier just to pick a different material. Redheart Desert Ironwood Ebony Cocobolo African Amazique Most Rosewoods...
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    First Scales

    Your wedge does not have enough taper. Also, the tang is tapered, so you would have to put some spacing washers on the inside of the scales at the pivot. If you used plastic, you would not need much spacing at all. Wood is not as forgiving. This thread may help you a bit...
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    Olive wood: do I need to stabilize?

    Olive wood is notorious for warping when it gets a bit thin. Stabilizing the wood before it's cut would eliminate the problem. If you don't want to send it off to have it done, make a one-piece set of scales out of it. Cut the thickness at 5/16's and go from there. It's also a bit on the soft...
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    wedge or hollow grind for a big blade razor

    As long as you realize that 16/8's is not going to be functional, have fun. To clarify, very few razors made after the 1700's are true wedge blades. They are all ground on wheels of varying diameters, making the majority of razors... wait for it... hollow ground. Most were ground on a set of...
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    Advice on modifying my bench block for peening...

    Not necessarily, because you will continue to "tap" the surface of the pin on both sides while using the dimple in the steel. To start flattening the pin, you would continue peening on the flat surface of the steel until the pin is "spread" concentrically to the washer and to the diameter you...
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    Advice on modifying my bench block for peening...

    3/32nd's Diamond bur ball for a rotary tool. Only go as deep as the amount you want the peened pin to stick above the washer.
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    Ugly duckling turning into a swan...

    While I think the symmetry on the front of the scales ends a bit abruptly, and could use a little less curvature for the GD profile, I think the overall project came out very nice. Super job on the wedge. Great fit and finish. Nice looking wood. Looks like you have the mechanics handled for...
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    7K giveaway

    Good on ya, Seraphim... :thumbup1:
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    Smoothest Production Straight

    That! Was priceless. :thumbsup:
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    What do you drive?

    Oh, please. Where can I get one of those?
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    A couple of ?'s before I jump into making a Straight ..

    Here's the skinny, Wm. First and foremost, you cannot compare making knives and making razors. It's like drawing a parallel between softball and baseball. To put it in a perspective you may relate to, allow me to guess that there are thousands of knifemakers in the US, no? Do you not think that...
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    ultimate straight razor,

    70 Rockwell? You might want to consider that if that hardness was a goal, that manufacturers would have done it before you decided to try it. I'm thinkin' 70 is way too hard and, consequently, brittle to a flaw. I'd say that 60 is closer to the sweet spot for hardness on razors.
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    First Custom: 17/16 Spanish Point in Ivory

    You have more good going on than bad, for sure. Nice lines and crisp edges, both signs of good work. It may just be the photo, but it appears that the cutting edge is slightly off a perpendicular 90 degrees to the spine/tang. Clear witness lines at the start of grinding will help with that. I...
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    What do you drive?

    I don't think I've been that close to snow since 1972. Thanks for the reminder that I still don't like it. (smile)
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    Quick and easy tapered wedge idea.

    Is the finished product durable? Is it flexible? Brittle? Can it snap easily using finger pressure? Can it be coated with the different finishes like polyurethane? You might be on to something. I applaud your innovative approach to the matter.
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