Recent content by Mike Blue

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    LOL, the good ones always have the mind numbing science behind them. The long slog of heat treating just one more tile... Their notebooks are very difficult to argue with content.
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    Wootz does not etch like carbon steels. Have fun with the learning curve. You might do better if you can find some nitric acid and alcohol.
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    Leather strap cutter and edge burnisher

    Beautiful tools! Well done.
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    LOL there are cardiologists who are referred to as electricians and plumbers depending on the type of procedure they perform. There's another group known as snake handlers...GI specialists.
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    It is amazing that considering the "other than human" content we carry around everyday, that we don't get sicker more often. I imagine it's like Nixon and Breshnev, a detente of sorts. https://www.bbc.com/news/health-43674270 The BBC article is interesting at the sixth grade level of...
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    Not having kids in public school will reduce transmission to the home populations too. Children are simply festering human tissue cultures anyway. Well all of us really, the cruise ships of the microbiological world...
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    Yes, I believe the same, there will be less influenza this year. But then the simple barriers would reduce cases of that virus as well as the COVID we are all focused on. Less strep throat less other airborne or contact disorders are seen in acute care clinics now. d
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    Understood. I would not recommend it for weight loss. Sadly in 2009 a famous network anchor controlled the airwaves for the weekend and pretty much singlehandedly put the US into a viral panic. By Monday when some (then) really well respected science types from the CDC got on the TV to calm...
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    I remember 1976 in the US when the first iteration of swine flu hit the population. We weren't so far removed from the 1920 Flu Pandemic and the vaccine was rushed into production at the behest of politicians. The result was a syndrome called Guillan-Barre and the vaccine was pulled from...
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    Shawn, about the new model axe... I had a short learning curve because of the odd shape. The head is not as heavy as I'm used to and I think that threw me off because I like to get a "good swing" going and allow muscle to accelerate mass to get work done. With a light swing, the head is more...
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    Pendray wootz in progress

    Yes to mammoth ivory! That blade turned out pretty well. Good job Bruno.
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    I'm studying today. I have to take a board certification exam next week. For breaks, I've been outside on a pretty nice day splitting firewood. I have an interesting axe from Finland that is a bomb. See http://leveraxe.com/en/ It's a good size pile of wood. I can sort the quarter or...
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    The news today discusses this outbreak in Europe as an evolution of the SARS/Covid virus. While there are more cases, they can be genetically attributed to tourism in Spain, then homeward travel of the tourists. What has not been discussed is whether this change in the virus is more...
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    Vanadis 4 Kitchen knife

    Ahem. You're not stupid. If you were from the US, you might be from Missouri where "Show Me..." is the most relevant doctrine to apply. You make your own mistakes and learn from them. I think that's priceless.
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    Any interest in stainless?

    Yeah, think Giant Razor Blade Slinky ... spring tempered all letting go at once. I've ordered 8 or 10 inch wide bands at 0.062 inch thick with sheared edges, hence the razor comment. I learned to trap the second on a stout rod across the forklift of the tractor....that was much more...
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