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senseicharles Feb 8, 2015

  1. welderknifenut

    welderknifenut JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    Very cool Charles, love your knife design.:madaddy:
     
  2. WyldStyl3

    WyldStyl3 Never gunna give you up JDBA Official Member

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    Hell yeah! :thumbsup::manganr:
     
  3. kenshiro

    kenshiro JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    Much respect, your thread inspires me and I'm motivated to do more work today :thumbsup:

    The knife you are making is really nice and wonder how it feels to see it in real life, and hold it in your hands?

    And a question if you don't mind. I've seen little cheap CNC for a few hundred but I wonder what it takes to get going with that whole setup like you have to make something serious, did you consult with someone with a similar set up - or research it for a long time?

    Also had a question about your kimura handles but I'll post it in another thread.

    Originally when I read your post my first thought that you have an amazing journey you are on, and I wish I could know more!
     
  4. 42flipper

    42flipper JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    Excited to see your work!!:devilcorn:

    What did the grizzly set u back (if u don't mind me asking)??
     
  5. Looseyfur

    Looseyfur OG Flipper JDBA Official Member Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Nice work sensei!
     
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  6. senseicharles

    senseicharles JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    Thanks for the encouraging words. I bought the wood box, carved the signature and logo into it and stained it. Obviously I can't sell them but hit me up, maybe I can walk you through making one of your own. :jdwink2:
     
  7. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE "R" for Adventure JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    :facepalm: Opportunity missed! :bwah:
     
  8. senseicharles

    senseicharles JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    It would probably run about $3500-$4000 for the mill, high end conversion kit, computer, electrical, precision measuring tools, Glacern vise, cooling system and custom overflow tray and the programs for CAD and to run the G-code. I paid a little more than that because I did not do the conversion on this mill myself and I wanted it dialed in and ready to go out of the box.

    Some tips for setting this type of thing up:

    * OVER build your own bench for it. I had the materials cut at the lumber yard to save me hassle and to make sure the measurements were exact to what I wanted. Use casters (rated for 350 or better) so you can move it around. The stand it comes with will need to be anchored to the floor and still won't be ideal. It is too light, narrow and sits too low.

    * You'll either need a hoist or a few friends to help move the mill onto your bench. It weighs close to 400lbs
     
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  9. Linos

    Linos baliholickydexbender JDBA Official Member Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    :bobert::thumbsup:
     
  10. senseicharles

    senseicharles JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    I know, I KNOW! :bwah: I wanted to "jump on it" but feel free :devilwag:
     
  11. M.Reno

    M.Reno Cowboy JDBA Official Member

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    This is very exciting and look forward to being on "the list". That Bali is killer.

    Marty
     
  12. laughingbuddha

    laughingbuddha JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    Did you make any of the parts for the Balisong you designed or was it all outsourced?

    If not, have you made any knives yet or still learning too?
     
  13. Andy T

    Andy T Gentle Giant JDBA Official Member

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    Very happy for you and I can't wait to see what you produce!:thumbsup:
     
  14. nostimos

    nostimos JDBA4L JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    DAMN! You totally had me fooled with that "Jody Samson" box.
    Glad you're honest. You could have ripped me off AND taken advantage of me.:ropeman::bwah:

    The rest of you SHUT UP! No Freebies!:devilfinger:
     
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  15. apdallaround

    apdallaround K'inich Janaab' Pakal I JDBA Official Member

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    awesome story, your bali looks really good!
     
  16. Ryanol

    Ryanol SnarkMasterFunkyFresh JDBA Official Member

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    Good luck

    The CNC is pretty legit but the 2x72 with vfd is what really has my attention.
     
  17. senseicharles

    senseicharles JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    The two protos we are working on right now were completely outsourced. Waterjet parts went to Matt Cook for blade grinds, Dave Santiago put a finish on the blades and provided some strong feedback and tips for moving forward. WyldStyl3 has contoured one set of handles and the other set will be left a little blockier. He is also working on the latches and final assembly before they go out for a pass around. The goal is that between the two of us, we hope to do a numbered run of 13 and some customs and special one-offs this year. If I felt I had no talent for it and regretted any of the mods I have done, I would not tread this far. Gotta start somewhere so I started with mods and then a design.
     
  18. Bali-man

    Bali-man JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    This has been a very long process but well worth it!
     
  19. squidmaster23

    squidmaster23 JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    Looks great:thumbsup: What are its specs?
     
  20. senseicharles

    senseicharles JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    it's a 154cm blade at .125 thick like the 4X series. That may change though to a thicker stock later. Sandwich Ti handles with beefed up hardware and standard tang pins. The protos are about the length of and PAB. Things we are working on include spring latches, pocket clips, anodizing and more blade profile options.
     

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