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    Could this be the start of a 10-year project?

    I was reading Josh's post on his 10 year project to make a knife and fear I might be just starting mine now.

    Last night, stressed to the hilt, I decided a bottle of wine and sitting at the fire was what I needed. So out I went, and this time I decided to throw the file in as well. If it didn't get hot enough well so be it. I was in a don't-care mood.

    As it turns out, the fire was a lot hotter than I imagined. The file is no longer flat! I built up some coals under the file and then kept loading wood on top. I'm not sure how long it was burning for, but when I retrieved the file this morning it was no longer flat.

    Some photos are in order I think. Click on a photo for a larger image.

    Getting a bed of coals prepared:


    Some like it hot!


    As the evening turned to night, the file was getting pretty hot. Exposed it a little for this photo and then covered it again with embers.


    A little out of shape the morning after, kinda like me


    I've tested the file with another file as per Green Pete's video and it's soft all the way along. Pity this weekend is already booked out with taking son to an astronomy show tomorrow, and then canoeing on Sunday (it's been too long since I got away from it all on the water).

    But considering how long it's been since I bought these files (last Summer!) I'm in no mad rush to ruin it.

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    Well i'll be sure to look at this thread in ten years time.
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    why will this take ten years? good start btw.
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    looking good so far, you could use 3 drill bits in a vice to reshape the file before you go any further

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    I'm confused; how would I use the drill bits in a vice to shape it. I just can't imagine how that would work.

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    Masking tape 2 bits to the back jaw about 1/2" from the end and one on the front jaw in the middle, hold the file so the bend is facing towards you and the bend is at the single drill bit at the front, wind in the jaws so you bend the file just past straight and undo the jaws, if its not straight wind a little further. This is all presuming the file has been softened enogh. Hope this makes sence.
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    three pieces of tough stainless rod will do the job just as well.
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    Looking forward to seeing the progress on this one Bernie.
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    Very clever, I think I'll give that a go today. More photos later. Thanks for the advice and encouraging comments.

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    Smile

    Would you believe it, only four months later I finally cut the file down to size and shaped it:
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    In a few more months I should have an edge on it, then next summer I can make a nice big and get a bucket of old engine oil...

    I'm thinking of doing a paracord handle because it's easier, quicker, and possibly more useful. There's plenty of thickness in the file still to provide a comfortable grip even when applying a lot of pressure:
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