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    I would argue that accurate is a matter of...

    I would argue that accurate is a matter of context; I would have had a great deal more trouble with accuracy on the curves of this saw handle using a bench chisel, but perhaps Iím simply lacking in...
  2. Interesting. It seems that you've had quite a...

    Interesting. It seems that you've had quite a different experience.

    Among the differences, it sounds like you may be using heavy pressure, which is not my typical practice.

    I haven't observed...
  3. If a stone is desired rather than sandpaper,...

    If a stone is desired rather than sandpaper, sharpeningsupplies.com has a very coarse silicon carbide stone that they call ďthe grinder stone.Ē They recommend that it be used with water rather than...
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    Hi Luke, The Victorinox was purchased in a...

    Hi Luke,

    The Victorinox was purchased in a retail store, in one of those thick plastic packages that are clearly factory sealed; if it was damaged, I would guess it must have been so at the...
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    My experience with Swiss stainless hasn't been...

    My experience with Swiss stainless hasn't been great. I have two stainless Swiss Army knives; one Wenger, purchased about 25 years ago, and the other Victorinox, purchased about 5 years ago when the...
  6. While I havenít closely watched any skilled...

    While I havenít closely watched any skilled Japanese woodworkers pry waste out of mortises, my guess is that they do something similar to what I do. Specifically, I do not pry in lieu of cutting,...
  7. What Derek said. Iíll reiterate for emphasis:...

    What Derek said.

    Iíll reiterate for emphasis: use Japanese chisels to only cut, and their edges will stay sharp much longer than at least the modern Western chisels I have tried (standard Narex,...
  8. Hi Phil, and welcome! I'm glad to hear you're...

    Hi Phil, and welcome! I'm glad to hear you're enjoying the hand tool side.

    That handle should be fine, at least for a while. There's little grain runout, so strength shouldn't be an issue as long...
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    Hi Dirk, I just sent a PM.

    Hi Dirk,

    I just sent a PM.
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    I expect youíre thinking of Florip Toolworks...

    I expect youíre thinking of Florip Toolworks (https://floriptoolworks.com/ready-saws). They do indeed make a saw similar to the OPís.
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    Hi Assaf, I have done this a number of times,...

    Hi Assaf,

    I have done this a number of times, with varying degrees of success depending on the wood and its internal stresses; in one example with long-dry (10 years or more) oak, the material...
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    Iíve often said (and demonstrated more than once)...

    Iíve often said (and demonstrated more than once) that a brace makes a fantastic high-torque screwdriver. Itíll easily drive big lag screws that cause my 1/2 inch Makita cordless drill/driver to...
  13. Very well done, Mike. Thatís a beautiful saw. The...

    Very well done, Mike. Thatís a beautiful saw. The saws I built from Blackburn kits are some of my favorites, though that may have as much to do with making the handles myself as with how they...
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    I sharpen everything to the highest level I can;...

    I sharpen everything to the highest level I can; a refined edge is a more durable edge as well as being more pleasant to use. I previously sharpened only as far as I deemed necessary for a task,...
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    Another point I didnít see mentioned above is...

    Another point I didnít see mentioned above is something often called ďchasing the burr.Ē I had previously underestimated how tenacious the burr can be on a number of different steels, and had issues...
  16. According to MatWeb, grey cast iron (which is...

    According to MatWeb, grey cast iron (which is what Stanley used for their plane castings) has a Brinnell hardness of less than 235, which would put it somewhere around HRC 23 or under. If you try...
  17. Christopher, thanks for the kind words. Maybe...

    Christopher, thanks for the kind words. Maybe someday soon Iíll actually start a build thread. My main hesitation has been that my projects usually take a number of months, for a few reasons.
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  18. It sounds like you have a good plan for the...

    It sounds like you have a good plan for the handle contour: my suggestion would be to keep the same hang angle as Isaacís template. Itís my understanding that he put a good deal of thought and...
  19. Mark and Tom, thanks for the kind words. I have...

    Mark and Tom, thanks for the kind words. I have no doubt that your skills far exceed my own; if I can build a saw from one of these kits, I am sure you can, too.

    Tyler, the saw plate is 1095...
  20. Blackburn Tools Smithís Key Carcass Saw

    I got around to finishing another saw kit from Blackburn Tools; this time the 12 inch Smithís Key carcass saw, again in quartersawn cherry. As before, I used Isaac Smithís handle design, available...
  21. Thanks for the feedback.

    Thanks for the feedback.
  22. Hi Derek, Thanks for sharing your experience....

    Hi Derek,

    Thanks for sharing your experience.

    Iíll remark on a few points, and bring up an additional point for possible consideration.

    Yes, I pointed out that I was speculating and also...
  23. Interesting question, Michael. Well, the LN...

    Interesting question, Michael.

    Well, the LN #62 has a 40% thicker iron than their #4 (0.175 inches versus 0.125, according to their website). However, as long as the iron is well supported it...
  24. Interesting; in my admittedly very brief...

    Interesting; in my admittedly very brief experience with a bevel up plane, I perceived more feedback from the bevel down plane. Perhaps it is my inexperience with reading the feedback from a bevel up...
  25. Some like the extra weight of the bronze and the...

    Some like the extra weight of the bronze and the fact that it wonít rust the way iron will (though it will tarnish and leave black streaks on your work if not used often enoughóthis is certainly true...
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