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nc cooter
02-16-2008, 03:58 PM
Hello all. My name is Mike Broach and my hobby is knife making/blacksmithing. In the next year I plan to add a small mill and lathe to my modest tool inventory. A partial list of tools: 2 drill presses,O/A set, MIG welder, anvils, gas forge, 2x72 belt grinder,and misc hand tools.
The new tools will be used to make some parts for knives and building jigs and dedicated tools. Being mostly self taught, I am entering the machining arena with a clean slate. I will be reading posts and asking questions(not too dumb, I hope). With my space, funds,knowledge and accuracy requirements being limited, I will be at the bottom entry level.

02-16-2008, 04:00 PM
Welcome Mike!

BTW, the "bottom entry level" seems well staffed by any number of us, me included. Glad you found us.


02-16-2008, 04:11 PM
I already suggested this to St Kevin. Go to the "Alebris" website and look for Technology of Machine Tools by Krar and others. You can get a $100 book here for as little as $20 and it's worth the 100 Once you learn all in there you won't need to ask how from anybody. Glad to have you on board, this is a really great site. Just found it myself last month. Peter

Bill in Ky
02-16-2008, 05:38 PM
Welcome! I'd love to see some pictures of your knives.

Al Messer
02-16-2008, 05:53 PM
Welcome aboard!!

Al, X-Tarheel

nc cooter
02-16-2008, 06:04 PM
Thanks for the welcome guys.
Here are pics of some of my work.





02-16-2008, 06:10 PM
Nice work. Jim

02-16-2008, 06:20 PM
i'll second that . yeah nice work, been thinking abot blacksmithing ,but never i never dove in yet!how small do you mean?

nc cooter
02-16-2008, 06:51 PM
mjm3xs, small as in mini mill/drill. As to the lathe, I don't know. Beware, blacksmithing is very addictive.:D
Thanks to all for the kind words about the knives.

02-16-2008, 06:54 PM
well small as in benchtop? right now at home i run a sherline mill an a emco unimat 3 both which are small.don't take up alot of room!the only problem with small is you're limited to size of work you do.

02-17-2008, 12:58 PM
I'm on the other end of the state. Have been machining for about a year now. Got my Grizzly mill in Jan. 07 and had a 1945 South Bend Heavy 10 for several years before. If you go to the outer banks for a vacation, make sure to stop by as I'm just about an hour inland from Kitty Hawk.


nc cooter
02-17-2008, 03:38 PM
Thanks for the invite. I don't travel much due to health, but if I get over to that side of NC would love to visit.

02-17-2008, 04:00 PM
Great work NC, the only thing your knives are missing is your hallmark. I don't know how to acid etch but I think that would be the way to go. Peter

john hobdeclipe
02-18-2008, 07:36 PM
Nice work. In the first pic, what kind of wood is that handle made of?

What brand of anvil is that? What weight? (I'm soon going to be in the market for an anvil, and want to learn all I can before I spend any $$$.)

Shelby is a nice place to live, (My sister is up the road a piece, in Lawndale) but Lexington has better barbecue. So there; now I've started a REAL war!

nc cooter
02-19-2008, 05:22 AM
John, the wood is curly maple with muriatic acid used as a stain.
The anvil is an 1895 Hay Budden, 137lb. It took me 4 years to find a good one. The same week I also found an 1835 Mouse Hole, 119 lb. Ask everyone you meet, you will be surprised where the clues will pop up.


I know Lawndale very well, and no comment on the barbecue.:D
If you have more questions, ask away.