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    Some things never change...

    LOL. These days they'd be wary of sharp tools in the hands of an such a person.
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    black paint?

    That had been my suspicion that this is a readily available enamel type paint packaged and priced as a speciality paint for this segment. I've not tested this against the Testors enamel model paint which is near equal in price for the relative quantity. Wife has some of this paint too. I...
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    Wasn't sure where to introduce myself (new member)...lots of progress pics

    Anodizing will wear at the edges or places of constant contact. It is a very thin layer although I am not aware of how thick the anodized layer is. Anodizing is pretty easy to remove with a 600-1000 grit abrasive for a redo when I've messed up. I've flame colored timascus and surprisingly that...
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    black paint?

    How is this stuff? Black Antique. Found a bottle of this among her accumulation. https://www.gesswein.com/p-13395-black-antique-2oz.aspx
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    GRS Acrobat Microscope Stand ---or--- Ebay Chinese knockoff????????

    That's a challenge when trying to get as much bang:$ when getting set-up. When I was setting up shop for making knives my peers had a progression of gear working the way up to the Burr King, Wilton or Bader grinders. All pretty big $ that a couple hundred at that level wasn't significant. OTOH...
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    Wasn't sure where to introduce myself (new member)...lots of progress pics

    Very nice! Have seen past works from the old school anodizing by Patricia Walker, Judy Beaver, etc. I don't see these often with the current tactical styles. Some past shots I'd done long ago from Gary Blanchard:
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    GRS Acrobat Microscope Stand ---or--- Ebay Chinese knockoff????????

    The term 'you get what you pay for' aptly corresponds in most cases. If buying higher line Chinesium parts they cost more. (Which seems amusing because of their long earned reputation for cost cutting products.) They have their place for one shot short use but there is often disappointment...
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    Suggestions on pricing equipment for sale?

    I thought I might want to have a go at some engraving but between the usual day to day, that's not going to be realistic for me. Gear that I'm not sure how to price are: Meiji EMZ-5 microscope and GRS dual arm stand. Meiji FL 180 fiber optic halogen dual arm lighting. GRS positioning vise...
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    Alternate tools for graver sharpening

    Similar had been mentioned to me by a lapidary buddy. In my case I may begin using ours when working stone.
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    Problem with GRS Power Hone

    Yes, motors available in CW and CCW. :thumbsup: Also asked if there was a reversable unit and basically, no. Good to know that if there is an issue, they can be replaced.
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    Random pictures

    The 1999 Bay Area Knife Collectors Club knife by Jim Sornberger.
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    Problem with GRS Power Hone

    Thanks for looking! The suspicion was that, that size motor would be a challenge. I may hit up one of the lapidary guys and seek his suggestions on building up a reversible lap set-up. My uses are to do the flats for stone and at the same time this would be useful for sharpening the handgravers.
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    Random pictures

    Jim Sornberger's sole author knife and engraving from a folder at the 2018 California Custom Knife Show
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    Random pictures

    The thought of this thread is to display your's or other's works: This is a snap from a photo thread on a photo forum where we were discussing engraved pieces. Bruce Shaw's work on a Stan Fujisaka folder.
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    Benches and studios

    Enjoyed viewing these set-ups! Many years back we'd been to Jim Martin's shop and he had used a pneumatic cylinder to raise lower his vise. Gil Ruldolph's set-up was equally nice. I wish I snapped pic as my memory is fuzzy after all these years.

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