Clay digging

Hi there

Today is all about how to dig clay out of your garden ground and purifying it for art & crafts activity.

I had a few Yucca trees lying around in my garden. I don’t like to throw away plants, so I decided to plant them in remote part of the garden.

Also, at the time of my decision to plant the yucca trees, I did try to fit brass guard to one of my knife. It didn’t fit, so I decided to cast my own brass guard (on that in deferent post).

Anyway back to the clay, as soon as I started to dig hols for the trees  I notice significant clay lumps mixed with the soil that I dug. So,,, hey presto. I can make clay out of it and use it for the guard moulding. Clay1

My clay purifying process:

I began by sorting out the clay lumps from the rest of the soil and as the clay is sticky, that process is very easy.

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Now I gave the clay lumps initial washing under running water.

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Then I went and mixed the lumps with plenty of water to dissolve them  into the water.

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Now I sieved the clay slurry through coarse strainer and gradually reduced the mesh size of the strainer, until I got read of the entire small particle that is not clay (pebbles, gravel and organic maters).

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Now you can pour the slurry to the widest trough that you can find, end place it in the hottest place in your property. The idea behind it, is to let the water evaporate to leave nice shiny clay.

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I did make mould for my knife guard, then I burn it in my wood burning stove for few hours, and the end result is not bad. It will be interesting to give the clay a proper burning in proprietary kiln to see the real quality of the clay. Maybe one day I get to it.

One last thing.

You can look at your local area Engineering Geology Map.

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something like that

That will give you clue in regard of clay presence in your garden.

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Adonit JOT script stylus review

Adonit JOT script
Adonit JOT script

Today review is about the Adonit JOT script pen stylus.

I have that pen for about one year now. I bought it for using as a pen for sketching and writing text in my iPad mini. I use various sketching Apps, but mainly with app name Noteshelf.

The stylus is one slick and cool looking pen. I read a lot of reviews about it, and largely it got good reviews.

It is: Fine point active stylus for iPad and iPhone, with 1.9mm tip. It made of aluminium, compatible with iOS devices with Bluetooth capability. It runs by one AAA battery.

My problem with it is:

It is not very accurate; it always starts the mark on the pad with offset, i.e. If you start a line or text, the actual mark will be at least 1.5 – 2mm off the intended spot, and it is near impossible to stop tracing line and continuo to do it, from the exact end of the line point.

As I mention, its slick and cool looking pen but because of it, you can barely see the on / off batten, and you can barely fill it. I understand the desire of the designer to keep it round and uncluttered device, but lack of clip handle or any other mean of prevent it from rolling over, made it ho so irritating.

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Adonit JOT script

Hope it help.

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How to built KMG type belt grinder

Hallow there

This post is about how I built KMG type belt grinder, belt size: 72” x 2”.

KMG clone belt grinder
KMG clone belt grinder

After spending around fifteen years making knifes, I realised that belt grinder is the most important tool that you can get. For sure you can build high quality knife without any electric tools. What make the knife high quality are the blade materials, the handle materials, and the heat treatment you give the blade. For constructing and finishing my knifes, I use mainly files, sand papers and drill press.  I use mainly scrap metal. For it I use small gas forge, shaping the blade up to around eighty present of its final shape. As I use only steel and not stainless steel, I can do all my heat treatment. So I know exactly what the inner quality of the blades is.

Problem with that method of building a knife is the finishing. The knife is good as any ABS master smith knife (I know, because I did test my knife), but the finish is less the perfect. It is very difficult to keep the knife shape symmetrical and it takes forever to build it.

Most of the knife collectors go by the look of the knife and by the name of the maker. It is hard to make them buy my type of knifes, and I can’t blame them for that.

So the solution for all of the above is: a Belt Grinder. It will significantly reduce construction time and the finish can be perfect.

The image sketch is taken from one of the British knife making forums. Several years back a guy publishes series of posts about how to make that type of belt grinder. I can’t remember his name, but I will be more than happy to give him the duly deserved credit, if someone will email me his name.

Probably you can find his instruction posts on the web’ and use it, it is what I did.

However, like all the instructions out there, part of it was clear to me and some not. I thought that in my article I will add more details to the ‘how to’.

I will not get into the exact construction, but I will go to lengthy details about the materials, dimensions, brand name and supplier in England and will supply CAD drawings.

KMG Drawing

Hope it will help you in your belt grinder project.

 

 

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Knife making and other sharp tools course.

 

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Make your own knife, no prior experience is required.

Using basic tools, scrap metal and very hot fire (from gas forge) you will learn how to build knifes or other sharp tools.

You will learn: basic design, materials, metal manipulation, hand grinding, heat treatment, bolster fitting, handle material and fitting, polishing and finishing the knife.

You will also learn how to design and make a leather sheath.

For more details, contact Ronen Burstein

Email: ronenburstein@hotmail.com

 

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My latest knife

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That knife is my last knife that I made for the 2015 British knife show. I put it into the competition.

The competition was for two categories: for professionals and for hobbyists, but not to any sub category such as Damascus, Pen knife, Artistic Knife or any other style, only for blade from scratch and from blank, i.e. readymade blade.

However, there was maybe eight knifes in the hobbyists category. I did get fife vote for me, I wasn’t the last and the first one got around twenty two votes.

After all of that what I wanted to say is that the knife is not that bad.

 

The blade forged from car suspension coil, so presumably the steel is 5160. The handle is from exotics hard wood with checkering pattern (not bad for my first attempt ever), plastic spacers, brass pins and guard made from copper.

I don’t have belt sander so the blade may not be 100% symmetrical and same go for the handle.

The blade selectively hardened to give the hedge very good hedge holding ability while keeping the middle hard but not brittle and the back springy, then I triple tempered at 375 degrees F and finally dipped in acid.

Overall length: 260mm Blade length: 130mm Blade width: 25mm Blade thickness (tapered): 4mm Weight: 175gr

Sheath made of leather, more about it in future post.

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