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Hello All (belated)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by TheCivilman, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. TheCivilman

    TheCivilman New Member

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    Hello to All

    Allow me to introduce myself. I am Kevin from Prince George BC. I moved out here ~8 yrs ago from Atikokan ON, (where I see a couple others on this forum reside or have resided.). I was born and raised in the small NorthWestern Ontario town of Manitouwadge. I love fishing and hunting and btw I really miss fishing on the floods in Atikokan. I am a welder/fitter by trade and with a civil eng. tech. diploma from con college in Thunder Bay. I have worked in the steel fabrication industry most of my adult life. I have worked both underground and on surface at a couple of different mines as well as metal fab and machine shops. Currently I work at a metal processing and supply shop...

    Many years ago a friend of mine was given a custom knife as a birthday gift and from that point on I was interested in making my own knives. When I could never find a skinner that felt good nor hold an edge, I decided to try making my own knives. Over the past few years I have made several knives and done some leather work as well. (If interested some of my work can be seen on my Facebook page.) I make knives with stock removal method but have plans to forge knives soon. My steel of choice is CPM 154 because of the finish it provides as well as the excellent edge retention. My focus over the past year or better had shifted more to that of leather work but I now intend to refocus have now on knife making for this winter.

    Although I joined this forum a while back I never really looked around until recently. There is a lot of good work here from people with great skill and I hope to get to know some of you to learn and hopefully share. Stay sharp.

    Sincerely
    Kevin Glaab
     
  2. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Welcome Kevin. I'm glad you decided to take another look around here. We really do have some skilled makers here, as shown in their work. I hope you join the discussion and share some of your work.
     
  3. Rob W

    Rob W Active Member

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    welcome aboard Kevin !!
    I'm not a facebooker , photobucket is good and simple for posting pics as well on here ............
    Rob in Kelowna
     
  4. Jim T

    Jim T Active Member

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    Hi Kevin! Always nice to welcome a westerner transplanted from the east. I'm originally from Winnipeg myself although I've been living in Alberta for over 30 years now. Funny, neither the east nor the west really wants to claim Winnipeg.

    Jim T
     
  5. TheCivilman

    TheCivilman New Member

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    Thx guys
    Back in the shop 2nite where I had to clean up a bit and reorganize back to my knife making set up. I have a lot of 0-1 to use up and will get back into things making a couple of knives that I haven't made in a while. (I hope) It won't hurt as much if I ruin as it would with CPM 154.
    krg
     
  6. Rob W

    Rob W Active Member

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    I prefer O1 so keep me in mind if you want to part with any !! :cool:
     
  7. TheCivilman

    TheCivilman New Member

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    I'll definitely keep that in mind Rob, but the main reason I use O1 is I can heat treat myself and retreat if I screw it up. :)
     
  8. Rob W

    Rob W Active Member

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    its great knife steel and probably one of the easiest to ht.............what are you using for heat ?
     
  9. TheCivilman

    TheCivilman New Member

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    I used to use it quite often but quickly realized that many are not as fussy about taking care of their knife no matter how much I preached. I have returned to it but I now finish with a forced patina.
    I have a home made gas forge that I use for heat treating and annealing old files. (Which is how I started with knife making). Ruined a lot before I ended up with some half decent keepers. How about yourself, do you have an oven?
    krg
     

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