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    Say goodbye to my (not so little) friend......

    BIG things happening in my shop this weekend. I am getting rid of my first CNC!! And replacing it with a new piece of machinery.....

    I am very excited-I have not used the old CNC for years now. I planned on using it, but got spoiled with the accuracy of the NEW CNC and just lost interest in it.

    But "The Beast" served me well and was my introduction into the CNC world, which has translated very well into re-defining my knife making career. So I will miss her.

    But she is going to a good home, and I will get to visit her regularly. And she will get back to work, which is what she was meant for.

    To accomplish this move, I need to open my LH garage door, something that has not happened in 11 years. After clearing away all the obstacles, Kathy hit the button. And, the opener ripped right out of the wall.............So I have that going for me, which is nice.

    More pics later........
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    I have rested on that machine... ALSO, there are lots of parts to possible re-released older RJ Martin knives on it!

    What say you, good Sir?


    Also- that is pretty funny on the garage door opener


    So, who is the lucky guy getting it?


    Questions....That need answers!





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    I guess the opener was just too excited about getting some action after 11 years of dormancy.

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    And say hello to my little friend

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    I just got enough stuff moved back so that I could actually touch my computer. Yesterday was an awesome day!! I intended to take pics, but I totally blew it-We were pretty focused on tilting 3100 Lb of machine enough so we could get it thru my door. Ron, you would have been right at home here-We moved it using a tow truck with a boom and got it to it's new home by noon.

    My old CNC now lives at my waterjet cutter's shop (ST Precision Plate Cutting in Hanson, MA). Scott does great work, and when I asked him if he thought having the ability to do secondary ops on pieces he cut might be something he was interested in, well, he got interested

    Here is a pic of my new friend. It's a Chevalier 2A618 surface grinder.
    My electrician and fishing buddy Dave loren wired her up yesterday.
    After de-sludging the coolant tank, I filled her up and familiarized myself with the controls. She came with a Brown and Sharp "MICRO MESH" magnetic chuck, which has ultra fine poles and holds knife blades better than anything I have ever seen. I dressed the chuck last night, and ground some blanks with it today.

    It is holding 0.0002" and the surface finish is excellent. And I don't have the ideal wheels for the machine yet and still have to refine my technique. So getting to 0.0001" should be no problem.

    So, this machine will help me take my work to the next level. I can't wait to see the improvement in the flipper action
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    more knives for us?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PassinBy View Post
    more knives for us?

    BETTER knives for you.

    If I wanted to make more knives, I would outsource my blades entirely like some of the other tactical makers...

    The grinder may offer some time savings, especially on blanks that are already double disc ground. But PRECISION is the main reason I got it.
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    Sounds like it is almost time for another trip, after Blade of course


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    Quote Originally Posted by RJ Martin View Post
    BETTER knives for you.
    ...
    I can't even grasp that.

    I don't mean to sound ill informed but would it just be decreasing the tolerances or something else???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Clean View Post
    I can't even grasp that.

    I don't mean to sound ill informed but would it just be decreasing the tolerances or something else???
    Hi Mike: Yes, exactly. Right now, I use a manual surface grinder (converted to use with abrasive belts) to make my knife blade blanks smooth and flat. After heat treat, all additional smoothing and flattening is done on a disc sander by hand. By measuring carefully, it is possible to create flat parts and blades with parallel sides. Flat and parallel enough for my knives to function extremely smoothly.

    But not as flat and parallel as they could be. That is where the new surface grinder comes in. Holding tolerances tighter by even one thousandth of an inch is a major achievement in most mechanisms, knives included.

    The nice thing about this machine is it doesn't require me standing in front of it turning cranks. It "turns the cranks" itself, which is nice because it turns them very accurately. But it still takes considerable tending, attention and time because it removes very, very small amounts of metal compared to my old grinder. It won't save me substantial time. It should save some effort, and it will result in a beter product.
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    Tolerances will be so tight, that...

    RJ's flippers will flip so fast that they'll be mistaken for fixed blade knives.









    I'll take it!
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    Hard to believe that they could be any smoother, but than again its RJ. My Overkill Q-36 is often mistaken for an automatic. This is due to the fast break of the detent, makes the blade stay closed well to. The more flippers I get from other makers,the more I realize how well built RJ's Knives are built.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RJ Martin View Post
    So, this machine will help me take my work to the next level. I can't wait to see the improvement in the flipper action
    Quote Originally Posted by RJ Martin View Post
    BETTER knives for you.


    Say what? Better knives with improved flipper action?! Is this a real thing?

    I am really looking forward to checking out one of these new and improved flippers.
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    OK, so those two belt grinders in the top left pick, are those just sort of extra, or did you just block them in while moving other stuff?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RJ Martin View Post
    BETTER knives for you.
    After reading your explanation for this statement, I'll be interested to experience exactly how noticeable the differences will be.

    At the moment it's pretty hard to imagine "better" functioning, in regards to your work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NiJaRo1225 View Post
    After reading your explanation for this statement, I'll be interested to experience exactly how noticeable the differences will be.

    At the moment it's pretty hard to imagine "better" functioning, in regards to your work.
    Well, thanks for that! The differences will be slight, but they should be noticeable. I will know in a few days when I build the first Q's with S110V blades ground in with the new machine.

    Precision is an interesting thing. Ultimately, it's a goal. There is always more precision that can be obtained. Anyone who tells you different is full of it. It always takes more time, more $$, more skill and more effort.
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