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Old 10-11-2019, 11:31 PM   #1
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Imitation, Flattery, Sincerity

This evening I was playing around with a knife and some rocks. I wanted to take a picture of the resulting blade, but my knife photography has always been lacking. I like what Chico does with the playing cards. I never wanted to do that because that would be poaching his style. I tried all kinds of reflections, but my pictures were never that great. As I lurked around in the knife forums, I noticed a couple other guys who also photographed their knives on playing cards. Their pictures usually sucked, but that's a whole 'nother discussion. What I found is that it's hard to find anything with the saturation, contrast, and clarity as a playing card. Finally I made the decision that it was ok to draw inspiration from Chico's pictures and shoot my knives on a playing card. Isn't all art derivative of that which came before? Aren't Francesco Granacci's paintings reminiscent of those of Michelangelo?
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Old 10-12-2019, 03:53 AM   #2
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Yes indeed......nice photo, really nice edge, excellent results.

Hopefully Chico will stop by to notice!
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Yes indeed......nice photo, really nice edge, excellent results.

Hopefully Chico will stop by to notice!
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Yes, it's a beautiful edge! Good work!

And don't worry about using a playing card, I have no patent on the principle. I originally used a card to show both the colors and the fine black lines. You cannot fake a polishing by using a playing card.

I just finished one last week. And yes, I used a playing card.

Edit: The picture is being difficult to print. [IMG]DSC02877[/IMG]
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Old 10-12-2019, 11:00 AM   #5
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Yes, it's a beautiful edge! Good work!
Thanks. The edge is still flawed, but I was just screwing around to see what I could do.

The blade was giving me problems since I got it, so Ken Schwartz is sending me out a couple new Nubatama's to use on it. In the meantime, it was eating me up that the knife blade was bad. So I broke out a couple of other rocks that are also from Ken, and just rubbed until I got bored. This might be the last time this blade has this degree of sparkle on it.

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We gotta chat about how to post pictures. It's pretty easy once you know how. If KimberTalk doesn't have a picture posting FAQ, we'll have to write one.
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Yeah, I'm having trouble posting pictures. I've been a member here for quite a while, but I think the procedure changed. I do have some pictures I'd like to post.
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Old 10-12-2019, 08:16 PM   #7
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Ok... let's step through this. The part that might be different for you is where you have your picture. Drag your picture onto the desktop of your computer, just so we know where it is.

Now in your browser where you're replying to a message on Kimbertalk:

1. Click "go advanced."
2. Click "manage attachments."
3. In the new pop-up window, click "choose file."
4. A new window will open that is specific to your computer. In my situation, I clock on the "desktop" folder, then I click on the picture file.
5. Now click on "open."
6. The name of your picture file should appear in the "manage attachments" window.
7. Click on "upload."
8. When the file is done uploading, the name of the file will appear lower under "current attachments."
9. Now go back to the original browser window, and click "preview post."
10. You should now see your message, with the picture, as it would appear if you clicked "submit reply."
11. Click "submit reply."
BOOM! Your picture is now visible for all to see.
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