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  1. SamW

    Ken Onion Leek

    Like a very large green onion.
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    The Story of Iron

    In regards to the history of iron, one might find the book "The Arms of Krupp" an interesting read.
  3. SamW

    Engraving a chrome plated axe head

    The axe will likely be very tough or hard metal and the plating will chip if you can cut through it. To properly engrave a chrome plated item requires the plating (usually three layers of copper, nickel and chrome) to be removed and then perhaps re-plated after engraving which means you will...
  4. SamW

    The Story of Iron

    "I wonder which star it was" Makes me wonder...can you make a wish upon a star that no longer exists?
  5. SamW

    The Secret Meeting of the Bulgarian Engravers

    Nothing beats fine friends, fine engraving and fine food all wrapped up in one gathering! Thanks for the photos Evgeni and I bet next year is even better.
  6. SamW

    I hate lettering

    You can often tell how engravers got started by their "lettering attitude". Those who start out on guns and such, like me, cringe at lettering and learn to tolerate it. Those who start out in the jewelry trade learn lettering first and develop a liking for it before moving into other areas...
  7. SamW

    Garage News: The Eternal Project

    Sorry to be so slow responding but I had to dry out my keyboard after drooling on it so much...............
  8. SamW

    New to the Cafe

    Shucks, not even a nibble! Robert Catesby and Guy Fawkes were co-conspirators in the gunpowder plot to blow up King James I and parliament in 1604. There were others involved, captured, tortured and executed.
  9. SamW

    New to the Cafe

    So, MN, are you in Danger of doing Catesby as well?
  10. SamW

    Random pictures

    And another one
  11. SamW

    Random pictures

    For William Henry...
  12. SamW

    Help me identify engraver

    They not only make a lot of knives, they also use a lot of engravers from around the world.
  13. SamW

    Returning from semi-retirement

    Probably just the three of us that still used it Bill.
  14. SamW

    Returning from semi-retirement

    I am with you Leland!!
  15. SamW

    Returning from semi-retirement

    Welcome back Brian...wondered where you were!
  16. SamW

    Garage news: mini hagn underway

    Reto has been an outstanding 'maker for many years! Lee if you bring this to Vegas you best bring a large bottle of Renaissance wax...as it will get drooled upon much.
  17. SamW

    Garage news: mini hagn underway

    Most impressive Lee! And thanks for sharing!
  18. SamW

    finish's

    No additions JJ just straight out of the bottle. Wipe it on (with a q-tip) keeping it moist until the blue fades out then rinse under hot water. Repeat until satisfied. Rubbing with a non abrasive (Pink Pearl type) eraser if needed then two coats of Renaissance wax blackened with lamp black...
  19. SamW

    finish's

    Never had that problem JJ. Here is a sculpted scene grayed with Naval Jelly. No damage to the details.
  20. SamW

    finish's

    I have never tried the tb cleaner though I know of other engravers who also use it. The Naval Jelly does not pit the metal...if there are pits it is because the rust has pitted the metal. A rust blue finish does cause some pitting, the amount depends on the aggressiveness of the formula used...

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