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Thomas M.

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About Thomas M.

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  • Birthday 01/17/1985

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    My family, bonsaïs, forging knifes, and now carving!

    And a lot of other things... actually to many!
  1. Question About Nunome-Zougan

    Hi Elisa, Glad to read that you've managed to work this out. As Fred is saying, pictures of your workshop may be very nice. Cheers,
  2. Question About Nunome-Zougan

    Hi Elisa, Did you find time to test the steel? Cheers, thomas
  3. Question About Nunome-Zougan

    Hello Fred, Are you telling us that all the pictures from the blog you've linked here are made using nunome zougan technic?? That's amazing.
  4. Question About Nunome-Zougan

    Hi Elisa, Sorry for the late answer. I gave your address to the guy I told you about. Did he come back to you? Cheers,
  5. Hello From Asturies (Spain)

    Hi Vitor, Nice job, you may love Laurent Gerdil website. Regards,
  6. Question About Nunome-Zougan

    Hi Elisa, Have a try a both steels and see what's the best for you. The most important is to find what suits your need. For the guy in France, he has more than he will ever use in his life. As far as I understood, he will send you for free. You can check with him directly, if interested, please send me your mail address via PM and I'll tell him to get in touch with you.Or if you prefer to stay anonymous (which is understandable ), I'll give you his mail and let you contact him. Cheers,
  7. Question About Nunome-Zougan

    Hi Elisa, Small update. All the guys from the forge forums told me to use HSS (high speed steels), especially the M2 which is a basic one. If you want to have a try, one of these guys have a lot of small round bars (from 5 to 16mm diameter and 7 to 10cm long) and proposed me to send you some, to test. Already heat treated and quenched, ready to be grinded to the good shape. By the way, the M2 is used by a japanese engraver called Mali Irie in France. Are you interested in? Cheers, Thomas
  8. Question About Nunome-Zougan

    Thanks Dan for the advice. I'll ask on a french forge forum to see whether some of us know the European name of this steel.
  9. Question About Nunome-Zougan

    You're welcome. Glad to know that it helped you. The difficulty with Japan is that we use different words to define the same thing. For example, I remember a discussion about charcoal used when forging. They call one variety "chestnut charcoal" where it is for us "oak charcoal". It is not made from real chestnut tree but from an oak variety called chestnut oak. So maybe when Ando talks about iron, he is just considering a steel different from their white/blue paper steels or tamahagane. Can you try ask him about high speed steel? It does not loose quench below 900 celsius degrees and "auto-quench" when cooling. If the current chisel works fine for you, we'd better try to find out what it really is .
  10. Question About Nunome-Zougan

    Hi Elisa, You may know that for a stone, there are two main things to take care of. The grit (or grain, that's how we say in France, so maybe in Italy as well) and the hardness. For example, two Arkansas stones (white and black) can have the same grain but don't have the same hardness. The black one is harder that the white. To illustrate, let's imagine a piece of fine rock and a piece of chalk. They can both "sharpen" your knife, but one will crumble faster than the other. That's what you'll find with stones. For the price difference, it's all about regularity of the grain and quality of the stone. For example: - For a synthetic stone, it will be about the quality of the original powder (well calibrated, hard or soft, etc...) and the way it has been soldered into a bloc (resin or "glue" quality, etc...). - For a natural stone (Arkansas, Belgium, etc...), it's based on the quality of the original stone composition. Once extracted and broken into small pieces, they have to sort each new bloc, check whether there are veins of other mineral inside, avoid cracks , etc... Then they sell it at different grades of quality depending on this. - Finally, based on the brand of the synthetic stone, or the origin of the natural stone (Arkansas, India, Japan, Belgium, South of France, etc...), they are more or less known and famous stones. To answer your question about 13€ or 80€, let's say that the expensive one may be a "pure" premium grade Arkansas and the less expensive one, extracted from a region close to the Arkansas or made from the same kind of rock but not situated in the Arkansas. The chisel that your teacher did is made of steel (iron is far too soft), but maybe already quenched (old file for example) and he just took care to not heat it too high, in order to not remove the quench. The proof is that when it fell, the chisel tip broke. Regarding the stone you may buy, choose a hard one, with a fine grain (black arkansas at 6000-8000 grain seems good). It will last for long, keep a regular flat surface and help you sharpen your chisel with a flat bevel. If need to roughly shape the chisel first (after a fall), use your India stone, then finish with the Arkansas. For "daily" sharpening, only use the finest stone. If you feel the Arkansas is to hard, try a white one or a Belgium stone (named Coticule). Hope it clarified things a bit. Thomas
  11. Hello From South Kent, Uk

    Hello Jutta, I live in Brittany, Ouest part of France.
  12. Question About Nunome-Zougan

    Hi Elisa, Common water stones are maybe more easy to find in Europe (and yes, belgian stone is a water stone). But I don't think that water or oil stone will change a lot the result. The most important is how you manage to keep the right angle of bevel when sharpening. I proposed the Belgian stone as I usually sharpen knifes to a razor cut level. But as DanM wrote, a simple India stone may be enough (here) and far less expensive. In addition, I found that sharpening chisels on too soft stones can damage them. So yes, in that case: - Learn how to sharpen on India stones (to be used with oil) - Lower the grit using water sand paper on a flat surface (or mouse pad for gouges if you have some) - Finish on an old piece of leather glued on a flat surface. Once you manage to sharpen your tools at the required angle, grinding regular surfaces, then I believe that you should be able to do it well on almost every kind of stone of abrasive tool.
  13. Question About Nunome-Zougan

    Hi Elisa, As you seems to be about getting additional chisels, you'll need to sharpen them on a regular basis of time. In that case, you should better buy a good sharpening stone (can find some with both medium/fine grit). Or even buy machines with accessories to keep the correct sharpening angle ( here ). Dictum is not one of the less expensive in Europe but the service level is very good and prices are fair. Have a look at these links if the one above is not what you were looking for: Dictum Abrasive center
  14. Resizing Your Photos For The Forum

    Thanks Janel, that's a good idea. By the way, I'm looking for a good alternative on Linux. If you have any advice or idea, thanks in advance!
  15. Hello From South Kent, Uk

    Hello from an (almost) neighbor. Very cute, nice mouse.