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What is IP Rating and why is it Important for my Grinder VFD?

What does IP Rating Mean? IP Rating stands for Ingress Protection Rating (also known as International Protection Marking), which is a code that that a manufacturer is required to specify so that customers know if a product is protected against solid-state or liquid particle incursions. It gives consumers the confidence to know they are buying a...

The Pros and Cons of Recycled Steel

Article written by: David Grinter At one time in Australia, mild and recycled steels were all you could easily source. If you wanted a steel that was heat-treatable and forgeable, chainsaw bars, leaf and coil springs, axles and hydraulic rods, large bearing races, old files (known as OF) and railway spikes were the go-to. If you...

Blacksmith’s Helper (BSH)

Article written by: David Grinter "It was something I had been meaning to do for some time, but put off until I needed it for a particular job." The smithin’ magician, guillotine tool, blacksmith’s helper (BSH) are some of the names you will see online for this tool. For those who don’t have a striker, a power...

How to pick Colours and Material Combinations

Article written by: Skye Eilers of Skye Eilers Knives | Facebook: Skye Eilers Kives | Instagram: @skye.eilers Colours and material  combinations are important for the function and look of a knife. What colours will make it eye-catching? What materials are suitable? Will these bolsters clash or compliment my scales? These are all questions that inform design. So, how do we make the “right” choices? First off, aesthetics are subjective. What you like may not appeal to everyone, and what others make may not appeal to you. The aesthetics must be informed...

Essential Tools For the Beginner Knife Maker

Article written by: David Grinter Essential Tools For the Beginner Knife Maker Whenever you ask this question, you are liable to get an answer of anything from files right up to a power hammer – good stuff, but the word here is beginner. The best way to start out in knife making is known as the stock removal...

Handling Failure, Setbacks and Not Feeling Good Enough

Article written by: Skye Eilers of Skye Eilers Knives | Facebook: Skye Eilers Kives | Instagram: @skye.eilers Failures and setbacks are the bane of any craftsperson’s existence. Couple that with the feeling that you’re not good enough, that your skills aren’t progressing as fast as you’d like, that niggling thought that you might never get there... It’s a wonder we ever...

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