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  • Birthday 17/05/1976

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  1. Bought some manista, you're not wrong, it's good stuff, game changing that one hand-wash of about a minute can have my hands clean enough for dinner - used to monopolise the sink for ages, scrubbing and swearing. Thanks for the recommendation
  2. Thanks, I am happy with it, can't wait for the customer to see it, he's been following it's progress and getting all excited! The blade being sharp to the heel let's you use most leverage when cutting root veg - he's got a postage stamp of a garden which he still manages to grow several types of veg in, and is one of the annoying types who used lockdown to get fitter and improve their diet (as opposed to me, who'd lost 5.5 stone up to march 2020, and then fell off the wagon with a thump!). He cooks a lot with squashes etc making 1 pot meals full of veg for 2 growing lads and 2 working parents, and specifically wanted this sharp heel, and a rounded spine to make pressing down on it more comfy. The blade width is 50mm, so when the handle is gripped the fingers are well out of the way of the sharp edge, and the knuckles are clear of the cutting board. Next in line ready for heat treat are 2 chinese style cleavers, a sheepsfoot chef knife, a hocho inspired chef knife, a couple of smaller prep knives, a pruning knife, some classic ziel - style throwing knives, but rather than the 4.5mm stainless these are in 6mm carbon steel, and a brisket knife with kullenschliff notches to reduce the suction of slice to blade. Been very lucky to have been gifted a load of African hardwoods, and some gorgeous burls, and a joiner pal saves me all the interesting looking walnut, maple, etc that crosses his bench, so the handles should be fun too.
  3. I WISH I was hard-core, its just after scouring the ******* with a pan scourer whilst waiting for the water to heat up, then realise it's set to 95° 9nce I've plunged my hands under the tap, only to realise I've STILL got black embedded in my hands, I just gently smooth the lines out til the dirt has nowhere to hide! Dremel is great for taking the tiniest amount off without hurting my fairy-soft pinkies! I'll grab some Manista, thanks for the advice.
  4. No, not tried, but I will now, thanks for the recommendation. I have swarfega, but that's really for cleaning oil/grease, though it does ok on ground in dirt when you add some sugar or salt for abrasive action. I'll have a look at manista.
  5. Regarding the ceramic honing rod, I was taught lots of different ways to steel a knife, away from you, towards you, as long as the angle is correct and you end up with an aligned edge, I don't suppose it matters. I'll be showing the gentleman purchasing this knife to use the ceramic rod like sharpening a pencil with a Stanley knife, pick your angle, and try to slice off a thin sliver of rod, with very light pressure. The steel is thinly ground high carbon steel so will react well to steeling, and if he does it regularly, he'll need precious steel ground off the blade far less often. No matter what I do I can't get the damp things clean, sharpening tools everyday has steel dust driven into the lines of my hands that no scrubbing will remove - when I want to look halfway decent I have to sand them with the dremel to get the dirt out!
  6. Thanks. A set like this from similar materials would be around £200. Thanks
  7. A customer asked for a large kitchen/bbq knife, with a bold outdoor look - after a little back and forth decided on claro walnut for the handles, brass liners, 52100 ball bearing steel hand forged, with mosaic pins. He wanted his initials electroetched into one side of the blade, and we etched our mark into the other. Once the blade was made, I figured as he has kids it would live in a drawer, so knocked up a cedar sheath from wood I had lying around, and then with some time to kill, used the left over walnut to handle a ceramic honing rod. The wood was soaked in linseed oil to protect and bring out the figure of the grain, its gone a bit dark in the pics but is more obvious in good light. the blade is 2.5mm thick, with a slight taper, full flat ground to a 15° convex edge, acid washed to darken the blade and inhibit rust. It flexs nicely, and the brass liners counterbalance the long blade well, so it's very agile in the hand. I'm quite pleased with this one, it cuts like a laser beam, with enough flat for chopping, enough belly for slicing, and a fine tip for detail work. Tried to add a pic, added one many times, and I'm not tech enough to fix it. Oops. Sorry.
  8. I heard the same thing, way back, but in conversation with Dave the gunsmith, he mentioned that covid had allowed him to pretty much clear his backlog, and he had my guns for 3 days before phoning to say they were done, including 1 day which was letting the epoxy set in a crack in the stock, invisibly fixing it. It's a 35 min drive to Leech and son, but I first used them to service a pal's beretta, and fix a seized hatsan, and the level of service and value for money made me a confirmed customer.
  9. A friend's o/u stopped firing the 2nd barrel, and I decided I wanted to have the extra full choke on a semiauto barrel bored out a bit, so off to Leech and sons gunsmith in Boreham, near Chelmsford. I was primed to hear bad news, as her o/u is old and all manner of issues could have arisen, but he said he'd call with an approximation of cost before he went ahead with any work. He found a couple of issues, but sorted them with no problem, and the whole cost was less than I expected, done quickly and with total competence. Can't recommend Dave at Leech and son enough, my semiauto barrel looks like I took it out of the box yesterday, and her o/u is ready for another few decades of clay busting.
  10. tx4cabbie


    Agreed. This thing raped and murdered 2 15yr old girls. There is no use for him in our society, unless in pieces as an organ donor. I understand we don't kill people, in case we got it wrong, but this was the first case where DNA said we ABSOLUTELY DIDNT GET IT WRONG. Either run a few cc's of something terminally toxic into his arm, or keep him locked away until he passes to that great septic tank in the sky.
  11. .22lr firearms also chamber and fire. 22 short, and. 22cb caps, don't they? Would they be a reduced risk option?
  12. Badgers cottage, in Langton herring, nr Weymouth. No mobile phone reception, so no disturbing you. Short walk puts you on the shore by Chesil beach, good pub with excellent food opposite, open fire in inglenook, 2 beds, enclosed garden for dog to drop parcels off. Not expensive. Only issue is shower is halfway up stairs in miniature nook - it takes a little getting used to. I think you book through dream cottages, its been a few years since we went but it was lovely.
  13. It worked, and the barrels didn't split and take my hand off, so all's well - I'm fed and watered, and now off to clean the gun with religious fervour. I just saw how much it would cost me to replace it, and want to keep that eye-watering cost away for as long as possible.
  14. I'm going clay busting in the morning (For the first time in MONTHS), in 6 hrs time, so i checked my gun as an afterthought, about 12.30am, and the chokes had rusted to the barrels. I just spent nearly an hr with a pair of Swan necks /5 holes/plumbers pliers, and the barrels in my vice protected by a pair of work gloves, with the choke squealing like a slaughtered pig with every torturous turn. It's not REALLY bad rust, I reckon the choke is still viable, and the barrels are OK, on inspection in the light, but I feel like a prize plum. Check your chokes. Now. Check 'em and oil 'em and don't make a twit of yourself like me.
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