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Old 07-14-2018, 10:14 PM   #1
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Default Sonís knife making takes the next step forward

My 11yr old has been forging now and then. Mostly playing around, but he hammered out a good hunting knife sized blade a while back. I tried sharpening it for him on my work sharp, but it was just too rough. So today he took his allowance to Harbor Freight and got himself a belt grinder. Itís perfect for him. Itíll allow him to shape and edge his blade but itís small enough that he will have to be patient. Itís also not so big that Iím worried about it being too powerful for him to control. Canít wait to see what he does with it.




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Old 07-14-2018, 10:29 PM   #2
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Old 07-14-2018, 10:32 PM   #3
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Awesome! Looks like he's focused
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Old 07-14-2018, 10:40 PM   #4
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Old 07-14-2018, 10:46 PM   #5
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Old 07-14-2018, 10:57 PM   #6
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That's awesome!! Wish I would have started at that age!!

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Old 07-14-2018, 11:03 PM   #7
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That’s cool stuff!
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Old 07-14-2018, 11:51 PM   #8
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Good to see a kid out in the shop doing that instead of in the house playing Fort Nite!!


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Old 07-15-2018, 07:58 AM   #9
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Old 07-15-2018, 08:05 AM   #10
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Greatness!
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Old 07-15-2018, 09:12 AM   #11
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Looking good! For safety sake, might get him a pair of gloves that fit better.
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Old 07-15-2018, 09:14 AM   #12
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That's great to see!! For putting an edge on I used to use 120# followed by 320# followed by stroping on leather. I use a more complicated system now but I used that method for a few years. If you use sharp belts when you sharpen it will prevent the convex edge that dull sandpaper will create. Keep up the good work!!
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Old 07-15-2018, 09:26 AM   #13
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Looking good! For safety sake, might get him a pair of gloves that fit better.
Class 5 NoCry brand no cut gloves are only about $ 12 I believe - and that's what my son's are using, they've even bumped a new 36# belt on the big grinder w/o any injury! They give you a lot of control and are available online at ebay, amazon and several other sources. Once a knife is sharp they are priceless!!! All it took was one good look at my scarred up hands and they are believers.
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Old 07-15-2018, 09:58 AM   #14
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Looking good! For safety sake, might get him a pair of gloves that fit better.


Yeah thatís been the hard part. Those are his forging gloves. Everything that is his size is like wimpy gardening gloves. For some reason they donít make kid sized gloves for working with molten steel LOL
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Old 07-15-2018, 09:59 AM   #15
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Class 5 NoCry brand no cut gloves are only about $ 12 I believe - and that's what my son's are using, they've even bumped a new 36# belt on the big grinder w/o any injury! They give you a lot of control and are available online at ebay, amazon and several other sources. Once a knife is sharp they are priceless!!! All it took was one good look at my scarred up hands and they are believers.


Thanks I will look into those!


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We have some pretty small tig gloves at work that are size small and good Tillman gloves. Hit me up next weekend when I get home from Florida and I will get him a pair they will fit pretty good. Alot better than what he has.
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Old 07-15-2018, 10:16 AM   #17
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Old 07-15-2018, 01:40 PM   #18
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We have some pretty small tig gloves at work that are size small and good Tillman gloves. Hit me up next weekend when I get home from Florida and I will get him a pair they will fit pretty good. Alot better than what he has.


Many thanks bud! Iíll bring your torch back along with some axis meat
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Old 07-15-2018, 04:10 PM   #19
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Awesome. I made my first 50 or so knives with one of those.
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