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Old 06-20-2019, 03:16 PM
Doug Lester Doug Lester is offline
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That's nice to know about the "in between" carbide bits. I hadn't been able to find them before. I'll have to look into them.


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Old 06-22-2019, 07:43 AM
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Being 1080 and annealed, you're dealing with dull bits. Probably hardened your spot as described previously. Just take a torch (lp will work) and heat the tang area to cherry red then let air cool (hold with pliers until cool to touch). Center punch from other side at pin location then use a sharp bit to cut your hole. No need for expensive carbide bits for 1080 series steel that's not been HT'd.

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Old 06-26-2019, 07:37 AM
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You are surrounded by GA Guild members in that area. Check the Georgia Custom Knifemakers' Guid facebook page. We will be having the next meeting just up the road in Braselton. You are definitely welcome to attend and meet a bunch of makers from your area. Great networking op. We are a teaching guild and anyone interested in knives/knifemaking/supporting crafts are always welcome.
Thanks. I just sent a request to join the FB page.
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