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by Mike Blue
Wed Oct 14, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: A Spyder With A "Sintered" Blade?
Replies: 6
Views: 375

Re: A Spyder With A "Sintered" Blade?

Pokey, you’re correct. Powder metals are much finer, with less porosity, essentially it’s the same process.
by Mike Blue
Mon Sep 21, 2020 1:28 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Jeweler's Loupes & Magnifying devices?
Replies: 45
Views: 2824

Re: Jeweler's Loupes & Magnifying devices?

I found these and several others on Amazon; https://www.amazon.com/Dental-Power-Bin ... 225&sr=8-3

Pretty close to what you want marketed as Dental visors. Not bad prices really. I'd wear them.
by Mike Blue
Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Jeweler's Loupes & Magnifying devices?
Replies: 45
Views: 2824

Re: Jeweler's Loupes & Magnifying devices?

I'm a bladesmith at heart but I pay the rent working in healthcare. The above link is a reasonable copy of the double lens headset but at a considerable savings in cost. If it has medical/dental tagged to it the price is automatically 10-15x higher. I keep a pair in the shop for working on folding b...
by Mike Blue
Sat Sep 19, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Jeweler's Loupes & Magnifying devices?
Replies: 45
Views: 2824

Re: Jeweler's Loupes & Magnifying devices?

I have multiple options to use in the shop. This set gets the most use. They are comfortable, interchangeable lenses for different magnifications and have a light built in. https://www.amazon.com/Beileshi-Magnifier-Professional-Interchangeable-Magnifying/dp/B00KAU5FSC/ref=sr_1_48?dchild=1&keywords=m...
by Mike Blue
Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Z-Cut blade discoloration
Replies: 15
Views: 663

Re: Z-Cut blade discoloration

First, you're right handed, or you were cutting corn right handed. These are oxidation colors/patina but boiling water for corn should not be enough to cause steel to lose hardness. Increased heat may make this process more active than room temperature. Possibly something in the water as a chemical ...
by Mike Blue
Sat Sep 05, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: "Torture Test" cringe videos = childhood nostalgia for Millennial
Replies: 4
Views: 300

Re: "Torture Test" cringe videos = childhood nostalgia for Millennial

Yeah, a good blast from the past always brings a tear to my eye: https://youtu.be/1s0dRcdyizU
by Mike Blue
Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: VG-10 or S30V first knife steel?
Replies: 22
Views: 567

Re: VG-10 or S30V first knife steel?

I like Twain quotes no matter the context. Thanks wrdwright.
by Mike Blue
Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: VG-10 or S30V first knife steel?
Replies: 22
Views: 567

Re: VG-10 or S30V first knife steel?

Is it not fair to say that knife makers are an opportunist bunch? In searching for that grail blade steel (or just value-judged one), they’ve tried any number of recipes, even ones where the resulting steels first found a role outside the world of knife making? Maybe just call them human beings? On...
by Mike Blue
Tue Sep 01, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Advice for new knife designers
Replies: 15
Views: 443

Re: Advice for new knife designers

The Tower of London excavation was a complete surprise when I first learned of it. It settles, in one piece of evidence, the argument about originality of knife design. But there are other museums that help that too. The other three books (you ordered), I consider the basic starting set for anyone w...
by Mike Blue
Mon Aug 31, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Advice for new knife designers
Replies: 15
Views: 443

Re: Advice for new knife designers

There is nothing new under the sun. Start here: The Tower of London Moat: Archaeological Excavations 1995-9 (Historic Royal Palaces Monograph) Paperback – Illustrated, 15 May 2004 Step-by-step Knifemaking: You Can Do It! by David Boye The Wonder of Knifemaking by Wayne Goddard How to make folding kn...
by Mike Blue
Fri Aug 21, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: In praise of Mr. Ed Schempp
Replies: 61
Views: 3824

Re: In praise of Mr. Ed Schempp

Please add the Balance to the sprint run list. And the small Persian. There's a knife that wants to cut things.

Ed has accumulated a list of some of the most interesting friends.
by Mike Blue
Thu Aug 20, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Comandante Grinder - Nitrogen Steel
Replies: 3
Views: 108

Re: Comandante Grinder - Nitrogen Steel

When you find out, it may be a let down. It reminds me of all the names applied to various steels as a marketing ploy.
by Mike Blue
Fri Aug 14, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Anyone else Aeropress coffee?
Replies: 52
Views: 5168

Re: Anyone else Aeropress coffee?

Aha, the coffee cocktail. More data points for this chemistry experiment would be helpful. Your lab is as good as any.
by Mike Blue
Wed Aug 12, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: What Other People Think
Replies: 39
Views: 1887

Re: What Other People Think

Psychologically Jim, you've identified the margin between external locus of control and internal. The process of maturity includes this shift in point of view for many but not necessarily for all. If you are swayed by what others think, the control point for you is outside yourself. On balance more ...
by Mike Blue
Sun Aug 09, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Straight Razor from Spyderco
Replies: 173
Views: 11681

Re: Straight Razor from Spyderco

The prototype is 8/8.
by Mike Blue
Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Flesh Eating Bacteria in Australia? Where Else?
Replies: 22
Views: 1589

Re: Flesh Eating Bacteria in Australia? Where Else?

It's interesting that you bring up spider bites. Very often when someone comes to the office they complain that they got bit by a spider (brown recluse spiders) and it turns out to be a MRSA infection. Those can look nasty even if they don't race away with you.
by Mike Blue
Sat Aug 08, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Flesh Eating Bacteria in Australia? Where Else?
Replies: 22
Views: 1589

Re: Flesh Eating Bacteria in Australia? Where Else?

The medical reports for the unfortunate woman indicate the dog licked a cut on her skin. I agree that this case is rare and unusual. That her heart exhibits compassion suggests a great strength in her life.
by Mike Blue
Sat Aug 08, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Flesh Eating Bacteria in Australia? Where Else?
Replies: 22
Views: 1589

Re: Flesh Eating Bacteria in Australia? Where Else?

A human bite contains more dangerous pathogens than any other animal. Our bodies have developed to manage, accomodate, coexist with a host of bugs. Trust it to do it's job, feed it in a healthy way and don't stress (this reduces immune competence) about coincidences you can't control. Learn some goo...
by Mike Blue
Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Flesh Eating Bacteria in Australia? Where Else?
Replies: 22
Views: 1589

Re: Flesh Eating Bacteria in Australia? Where Else?

Aeromonas is not nearly as common in tissue infections, with increased risk due to exposure to a water source contaminated with the bacteria. MRSA on the whole remains far more common. There are relative seasons (warm weather) and locations around the world where Aeromonas is more likely to be found...
by Mike Blue
Fri Aug 07, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Flesh Eating Bacteria in Australia? Where Else?
Replies: 22
Views: 1589

Re: Flesh Eating Bacteria in Australia? Where Else?

JD read about the syndrome: necrotizing fasciitis. It's not merely the bug that causes the problem, it's the risk factors that make a human susceptible. We live in a microbiological world. In fact, our bodies can be discussed as the cruise ships of the bacterial, fungal world. About 40% of the weigh...

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