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    Default Gettin' vintage with it, an 8/8 smiling chopper stubtail WIP

    I've always been intrigued by the look of the big, old smiling choppers, particularly the Greaves and wanted to try my hand at one.

    Hunk of 1/4" Starrett O1 cut to shape.
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    Profiled and midway through grinding.
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    At 120 grit. Ready for cleanup, then heat treat.
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    I've got a really good feeling about this one I'll keep y'all posted.

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    Cool, Tony! Keep the edge smiling!
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    Nice work so far. Loving the smile and the swayback.
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    Nice work Tony! make it smile its barely grinning! The short tang and low pivot hole location will make for interesting scales! Keep the thread updated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin103 View Post
    Nice work Tony! make it smile its barely grinning! The short tang and low pivot hole location will make for interesting scales! Keep the thread updated!
    You know, I was wondering if the tang was long enough as well....
    1+ on the smile! Make it mirror the spine!
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    Looks good, 1+ on the smile!!

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    It's still got a bit of room to smile Part of the problem is that I snapped this pic in my shop while grinding! The spine and edge are really close to matching exactly at this point, but I always like to leave a bit of room to grind post HT.

    I saw a Greaves razor with this type of tang and tail on it and really wanted to try it out. It definitely has a nice downward pull to it, but in a pleasant way The scales should be a ton of fun on this one!
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    Finished rough grinding and it now has more of a smile Heat treated it. Now the real work begins! I've had a few other things that demanded attention, so I'll likely finish it on Monday.

    One of those things demanding attention was a forged bar spoon with mokume inlay:
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    Out of curiosity: what's a the point of blueing the blade like that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruno View Post
    Out of curiosity: what's a the point of blueing the blade like that?
    It gives you a very good idea of where you're grinding, which is especially nice when you're setting plunge cuts, tapering the tang, and getting close to the spine on the hollow. It's really great for forging because it shows you right away when you've gotten rid of all your hammer marks.

    It's called Dykem Steel Blue if you ever are inclined to try it They make Steel Red too.
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