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I braved the cold, unheated shop (temperature: 16F) and put in a couple of hours of grinding on the cleaver after work. I did the profiling, beveling, and shaped the tang. I finally gave up for the evening when frozen fingers (despite the searing heat grinding generates, enough that, as you can see on the tang, it hits "blue" temps ~540F) made control difficult and grinding dangerous. Also, I need to adjust the rotary platen on the grinder, and my fingers were sticking to the metal, the wrench, the cleaver . . .  

The body is 270-year-old colonial-era wrought iron from an old safe, not a very high quality of wrought iron, so there's lots of flaws and imperfections in the body, which are those little squiggles and dark spots on the blade. That said, I'm really liking the pattern that's starting to come out with grinding. I forged thick and ground thin, so there should be lots of figuring in the body when I've got it polished and etched.
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Your work is wonderful. 
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Another phone interview conducted this morning, I hope one of these pans out soon.
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The word from the hospital is that mom's surgery went well. She'll be in the neural ICU overnight, and in the hospital until at least Monday.
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My mom will be undergoing major spinal surgery tomorrow afternoon. Please keep her in your thoughts.
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Hugs. May it go well and may she have complete recovery. 
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Odd question of the day: "What does a Packet Buffer smell like?"
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Styrofoam. Keeps them from getting damaged during transport.. 
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It looks like I'll be in Tulsa, Oklahoma for some training for a few days. What's to do in Tulsa in the evenings in the middle of summer?
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Bring books.  Lots and lots of books.
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Some photos of a knife I'm working on. Wrought iron body, high carbon steel edge. This shows the process from raw materials to the as-forged state, all ready for final grinding and heat treatment.
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So where'd you find the kryptonite?  ;)
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Tomorrow (Nov. 4) I turn 45. Anyone interested in getting together for dinner somewhere? I'm open to suggestions.
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Oh, wait I missed that date completely.  I read this on the wrong day and thought, "I'll say happy birthday on the right day!" and flubbed it. Happy belated birthday anyway!

A Very Merry Unbirthday to You! (yes, you)
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Shop time, with some pics of works in progress. 
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Sulfur, phosphorus, and other contaminants are always a potential issue, but the process for making cast iron has pretty much had that worked out for the last couple hundred years. Still, this is why I bought some old cast iron, instead of modern stuff, for the experiments.
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Considering that I can clearly hear the concert going on 2 miles away, with the bass sounding quite loud, I can only pity the concert goers currently losing their hearing.
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Two miles away? That's a little dis"concert"ing. :) 
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