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  1. TK Steingass

    Can a Cutter be Made?

    yes, the original fighting knives had their serrations hot stamped prior to heat treatment
  2. TK Steingass

    Can a Cutter be Made?

    Greetings Gentlemen: It's been awhile since I've posted, so here goes. I'm a custom knife maker up in Bucksport, Maine. In my shop I have an old Clausing 8530 that has served me well for 12 years. About eight years ago I made a 20 knife run of my interpretation of the Fairbairn-Sykes...
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    Clausing 8530 Help

    Greetings All: I bought my Clausing 8530 about five years ago and have used it extensively in my knife making hobby. Lately my end mills have either been starting to spin in the collets or creep downward while machining. I pulled the drawbar and noticed that there was electrical tape wrapped...
  4. TK Steingass

    How Can I Machine this?

    Fellas: I got a lot of real good ideas here. I'm going to start out with the cheapest way. I'm going to make a punch out of tool steel, checker it, heat treat it, and try and forge it in. I'll keep you posted. Thank you all for taking the time to help out :) TK steingassknives.com
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    How Can I Machine this?

    Hi - thanks for the input. I wanted to use a checkering file but the depression is oval and the file is flat - won't work :angry:
  6. TK Steingass

    How Can I Machine this?

    Not sure if a 1/8" wide cutter wouldn't be too wide
  7. TK Steingass

    How Can I Machine this?

    I like your idea - thank you for sharing your experience
  8. TK Steingass

    How Can I Machine this?

    No, my intent is to machine both the depression and the grooves
  9. TK Steingass

    How Can I Machine this?

    I have a Clausing 8350 vertical mill and a South Bend Heavy 10 lathe in my custom knifemaking shop. I use the mill to machine guards and mating slots in knives. The lathe is used to turn an occasional handle or end cap. I would like to machine a grooved thumb recess in my new dagger line and...
  10. TK Steingass

    Casting Epoxy and Tooling Recommendations

    Hi fellas: I'm a custom knifemaker and I want to reduce my hand fitting time and improve the fit where the knife handle meets the S-Guard. Currently, I make the guard, rough out the wood and inlet it using inletting black and tapping with a hammer, like a gunsmith does. Here's the picture -...
  11. TK Steingass

    Suggestions for Machining Knife Guards?

    Ha!! I do get a lot of grief at work about how bad my hands look. No problem there. I'm thinking the CNC route is the way to go.....I'm already looking at a Tormach 770. Thanks for the help fellas.
  12. TK Steingass

    Suggestions for Machining Knife Guards?

    Fellas: Below is a picture of one of my custom knives. The guard is 416SS that I machine out of 3/4" x 1 1/2" bar......I'll trace the S curve on the bar, hog out most of it with my Clausing 8530 mill, then grind in the finish line using a 12" disc grinder. Then, I'll use the guard to trace...
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    Wtb 12" disc grinder

    WTB Burr King Model 12 Disc Grinder Hi all - I'm looking for a used, single phase 1 1/2 - 2 HP Burr King Model 12 disc grinder, either single or variable speed. TK Steingass Knifemaker
  14. TK Steingass

    Clausing 8530 - $2400??

    smdubovsky: No offense taken. Thanks for your input - I agree, the Rockwell is one helluva machine - it was the other one I was considering besides the Clausing. It was either going to be a Clausing 8530 or a Rockwell 21-122. The Rockwell you mentioned is sold by the way. The way I look at...
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    Clausing 8530 - $2400??

    Waterlogged: Thanks for the support! I'm 63 - I don't have forever to wait for the deal of the century - Steve Jobs just died and he was 56. I'd rather be machining now with a good mill rather than wait five years for a great mill at a great price. TK
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    Clausing 8530 - $2400??

    Well, GPS says it's 6 1/2 hours......wifey is thrilled to go on road trips, should be in full color up north, we'll go to Niagra Falls, I'll get a Clausing - hell, it's worth the extra $400!! What am I going to do - stuff the money in my coffin??:eek:
  17. TK Steingass

    Clausing 8530 - $2400??

    Well guys, thanks for all the good input - the price is a bit high but I've decided to buy the machine - I put a deposit down and am picking up the machine next weekend. You all were very helpful - after reading the thread, the seller agreed to throw in a $200 vise that was not included in the...
  18. TK Steingass

    Clausing 8530 - $2400??

    I read the classified - "well used" equates to lots of backlash and broken/missing parts.
  19. TK Steingass

    Clausing 8530 - $2400??

    Maybe I should have been more specific - I came across an ad in Craigslist.
  20. TK Steingass

    Clausing 8530 - $2400??

    Terry: Thanks - it's a bit over-priced......hell, I just sell another knife!!
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