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    Take the pain out of cutting a nail nick

    Even old time folder makers (including me) still find it difficult to cut a nice nail nick. I have tried them all, but the fly cutter remains the best for doing the job. You still need to clean it up to get a smooth good looking nick. I wanted something to cut the nick after hardening. Fortunately I know the owner of the factory making the borazon cup wheels I am using for surface grinding. I have ordered a new one, and on picking up my wheel, I thought, let me ask this man what he can offer for cutting a nail nick. He emediately said - a borazon cup wheel dressed to the angle you want it. I was worried about that very fine edge of the wheel getting blunt, break or whatever. He then said to me that Somta use these wheels to make milling cutters.
    I decided to give it a go, and he machined it to a 60dg angle for me. At home I took one of my throw(away) knives 58-59Rc and tried the wheel. Used a bit of s/oil with water to keep the blade cool. I could not believe my eyes, although he said to me that it will do the job. There it was, a perfect smooth shining nail nick. It just show us again that modern technology can help us taking the pain out of knifemaking.
    If you have a cross wise on your drillpress the wheel will do the job. You do not need high speed although they can take up to 9000rpm.
    Hope this will help some. I must go now as I am busy with 10 lockblades and cannot wait to do those nick's.

    Willie

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    Heretic Tiaan Burger's Avatar
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    Willie, thanks, I think you just saved me from extreme nail nick blues! I make multiblades, and cutting the nicks before hardening is tricky at best, since it needs to be in just the right spot.
    PM on its way.

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    can these be ordered from somta directly, or how do we go about this?

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    Hi Dramako

    Somta do not supply these wheels. The wheels are made for Somta at the factory where I got my wheel. I think it would be the best to deal with me direct to sort out what and how. After that I will contact the owner and he will e-mail you to give you a price and so on.

    Willie e-mail: awp@mweb.co.za

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    Thanks Willie. Email sent.

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    Me too, me too!! e-mail sent!

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