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My latest knife


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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Dualit Coffee Grinder

My first review is going to be on the Dualit Coffee Grinder.

I bought it some three months ago, on-line from John Lewis. Prior to purchasing I did some research and decided to go for the Dualit machine. It was well recommended by other user it’s not looking that ugly and it wasn’t ridiculous expensive.

I will say from the start it does work well. Haaaaa, here come the but, there are few problem with it.

It seems as if only the young ones drinking freshly ground coffee. You can barely see the marking on the Dosing Control knob and because of that you can never be sure for the amount of coffee you are going to grind. Is it on the marking three or ten? Well you need to fetch your glasses but this is a deferent story.


The other problem which is more disturbing is that after two and a half month of grinding coffee, probably once every other day, a hairline crack appears on the Ground Container Lid.

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I did contact John Lewis and they asked me to bring or to send the machine to the nearest JL branch. As it is the nearest branch to my place is two and a half hours by car or good few pounds to send by post. So we settle to send only the lid, so I guess I will grind one kilo of the good stuff and will send the lid.

And lastly, some friend of mine left in my house bag of coarsely ground coffee. It was to coarse for using in my espresso making machine so tried to give it a further grind in the Dualit, but the coarse coffee powder didn’t free fell in to the grinding burr and i ad to shake the machine to help it flow.

I wander what will happen with the broken lid? But I keep you up dated.


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Chicken casserole with broad beans


Not a lot to say, it is jus good.


2 tablespoon vegetable oil

10 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

2 cups chicken stock

3 cups broad beans

4 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tablespoon minced fresh coriander

1 young courgette sliced

2 red bell peppers coarsely cut

6 cherry tomatoes

1 tablespoons cumin

1 tablespoon ground coriander seeds

1 teaspoon turmeric

¼ cayenne peppers

Salt and pepper


Method Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat, and brown chicken thighs on all sides, put aside.

Add the peppers and fry for few minutes then add the garlic and keep frying for few more minutes but make sure the garlic is not burnt. Add the spices and chicken and mix well.

Pour the stock and mix well. Add the beans and cherry tomatoes. Bring to boil while scraping the bottom of the pan.

Cover, and cook 1 hour on low heat.

If need be:

Mix cornflour and water in a small bowl. Blend the cornflour mixture into casserole and cheerfully, that will thicken the sauce.

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The dyslexic craftsman

Hi there

This is my blog.

It will going to be about knife making, Art & crafts, Products review, The App’ corner and Food recipes.

I use to do architecture and as it was my main occupation, I didn’t have time to be really creative. Fortunately or not? at the moment I am not particular busy, and to my surprise I find that my creativity is back, and my sketch book starting to feel up quickly. But art in the closet are not good, so I started the blog to expos my stuff and myself.

Maybe it will help like minded people, and maybe it will generate some on-line interesting dialogue.




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