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Benchmade 710 – Get The High End Multi Purpose Pocket Knife

The next few paragraphs offers important tips and advice that could help you successfully pick a pocket knife for your needs. Find the best pocket knife and it will serve you well for years to come.

The Benchmade 710 was designed by custom knife makers Bill McHenry and Jason Williams. It is the end product of their hard work over the course of 4 years. The popular AXIS lock makes it possible for easy one-handed opening and closing of the blade without your fingers ever being in the path of the blade. The lock was also designed by Bill and Jason. The lock design is straightforward to activate without directions needed on how the knife works.

As simple as the lock is, perhaps its major selling feature is its brute strength. In testing, the lock supported a negative load of over 200 pounds with no damage. After the lock finally failed, the liners simply cracked over the locking pin but in no way would the blade have closed on the user hand in testing.

For great functional redundancy, the AXIS lock features two Omega shaped springs. The springs are lightly stressed and tests demonstrate they should last indefinitely. Even though one spring fails, another will still operate without any problems.

It is difficult to say if this is the most durable lock made in folding knives. The manufacturer states the Benchmade 710 is more robust than any other knives on market. The sizable 3.9″ D2 Tool Steel blade of the 710 features a reverse-curve grind for better cutting ability.

On the butt end of the knife, there is a detachable stainless steel pocket clip. The butt end position of the clip is required as a result of the locking system. If the clip were positioned on the pivot end, the knife would stick out much very far out of your pocket.

The belt clip is reversible and feels natural in hand. I have the 710 Benchmade and use it for everything – cutting paper and cardboard, cutting string, heavy duty plastic box straps, cutting into the occasional snack, etc. It holds its edge very well.

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Sodbuster Knives

Over 150 years ago the Sodbuster Plough was invented to plough the hard dry ground of the Great Western Plains of the USA.

Because of the dry arid conditions, the topsoil was baked into an extremely hard crust known as ‘Sod’.

Traditional iron ploughs were not strong enough, and the ‘Sodbuster Plough’ made of steel was introduced to do the job.

The 1862 Homestead Act provided 160 acres of free land to anyone willing to set up a farm in the Great Plains. The top layer of earth or Sod was so tough that it was used as building bricks by Homesteaders in the Great Plains. Other inventions around this time were, barbed wire to fence off and protect farm land, horse-drawn reapers, binders and threshers and combine harvesters.

The Sodbuster Knife is a large size, low cost, single bladed folding knife. The size has been scaled down recently and UK legal carry Sodbuster Junior knives are available.

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artdrigs asked how to formulate watercolor paint?

what are the basic ingredients?

And got the following answer:

handmade watercolor paint
powdered pigment
gum arabic (powder or crystals)
glycerin (USP solution)
white wheat starch
corn syrup
oil of clove
ox gall (or commercial dispersant)
2 saucepans
glass sheet or stone kitchen countertop
putty knife or palette knife
measuring spoons
water atomizer
paper face mask or respirator mask
latex gloves

ingredient preparations

Gum Arabic Solution. Place 1 part gum arabic powder or crystals in a saucepan or Pyrex container. Heat 2 parts distilled water to a boil, remove from heat, and slowly pour over gum arabic, stirring to mix. Do not cook. Cover with cheesecloth and let stand for one day, stirring occasionally. (Some gum crystals may need longer to dissolve.) Strain the solution through several layers of cheesecloth to remove impurities and sediment.

Humectant. Mix 2 t honey in 1 T corn syrup.

Dextrin. Dissolve 2 T white wheat starch in 1 T boiling water. Remove from heat and stir until smooth.

Vehicle. Premix 3 T gum arabic solution, 1 T glycerin, 3 t humectant, 6 drops ox gall, 2 drops oil of clove. Place in a plastic (squeezable) honey dispenser or squirt bottle and refrigerate until needed.

Keep remaining gum arabic, plasticizer and dextrin in separate containers, to adjust paint mixture as needed.

paint mixing

1. On the glass sheet or stone countertop, make a pile of about 1-1/2T of pigment powder. Use the back of the measuring spoon to make a hollow in the center of the pile.

2. Pour 1 t of vehicle solution into the hollow, and knead very slowly with the putty knife. As needed, add more gum arabic solution or distilled water (with the atomizer) until pigment is completely dissolved as a creamy paste.

3. Use a muller to break apart and grind the pigment aggregates. You cannot overwork the paint; usually 1 hour of steady mulling is minimally sufficient. Add more vehicle or water as needed to counteract evaporation or adjust viscosity. Add 1 t or less of dextrin, as desired, to smooth and thicken the paint consistency.

4. Cover the mixture with cheese cloth and allow to stand, folding occasionally with the putty knife, until evaporation reduces it to the desired viscosity.

5. Use the putty knife to shovel the paint into empty paint tubes, small glass jars or plastic whole pans. Refrigerate the jars when not in use.

common problems

Paint that does not adhere to paper contains too much pigment or was made with too much water and not enough gum arabic.

Paint that dries rock hard, cracks or flakes, or has a glossy or bronzed finish on the paper contains too much gum arabic or not enough glycerin.

Paint that remains sticky or gummy after it dries on the glass contains too much humectant.

Paint that dries on the paper with a dull, matte, whitish or flaky finish contains too much dextrin.

Paint that shoots wildly wet in wet contains too much dispersant.

Paint that appears dull and grainy was probably insufficiently mulled.


If you use a premixed gum arabic solution (from an art materials supplier), it should have the same liquid consistency as the glycerin solution (available in any pharmacy) or a liquid shampoo. If it is too thin, pour into a bowl, cover with cheesecloth, and allow excess water to evaporate.

Test the paint by (1) brushing out on blank watercolor paper, using both wet in wet and wet in dry applications, and (2) leaving a large drop to dry on the glass sheet.

Always wear latex gloves and a paper face mask or respirator mask when working with pigment powders, especially metallic compounds containing cadmium, chromium, cobalt, manganese, nickel or zinc. Do not inhale any pigment powder. Wash hands and arms thoroughly after work.

Miranda asked Tools to carve a wooden sword?

So I am doing a school medieval project and I want to carve a really great wooden sword. I’ve done some research and got the basic concept but I still need to gather tools and such. So I need suggestions on types of carving materials such as wood or tools in general and places to get them (ie: home depot, small hardware stores, lowes). So any ways any tips and thoughts will be greatly appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks!

And got the following answer:

the wood depends on you, or on size and type or thickness of sword design,

medieval swords

metal swords would be heavy and thin, compared to wood versions,
the more dense the wood the finer you can carve, but more difficult to cut,
> wood density

maple for hard, poplar for medium, balsa for light,

you may want actual log or lumber 4×4″ by 3′ feet long.

generic carving tools could be hunting knife, saws or wood saws, drills and sanders or sand paper,

smaller carving kits could be at Home Depot, or try Hobby shop,

hobby lobby > wood carving tools

Handmade Paring, Carving, & Steak Knives
if knives are fold out, make sure they have locking mechanism so not to fold shut while using,

types of hand saws


Nance asked Is it possible to buy an authentic damascus sword or knife?

If so, how much would it cost?

And got the following answer:

Yes and no. If by “authentic” you mean the ancient blades brought by by the crusades then no; these are extremely rare. Now days Damascus means any steel that shows a pattern. There are many types, homogeneous which is made from a bar of steel whose grain is manipulated to show a pattern. Pattern welded blades are made of layering steel, this is the folded stuff. Pattern welded Damascus can be made from layering high/low carbon or high/high carbon steels. The latter makes the better knife. The third category is the “junk” damascus steel. These are made from chains, crane cable and such. Finally, Wootz steel is the closest thing we have to the original. As far as valuing there are two criteria; beauty and its ability to hold an edge. I have no use for a pretty knife, as such I prefer making my Damascus out of high/high carbon steel (layered) and crane cable. A good handmade Damascus knife can range from a few hundred to thousands depending on the maker.

Emppuli asked How Mongolians make traditional oat noodles and dumblings?

Chinese Mongolians (of Inner Mongolia) traditionally use naked oats to make noodles. Have anyone any knowledge of method they use.

And got the following answer:

***Mongolian Dumplings (Good Luck)

2 cups flour
1 cup water

1 pound ground beef
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon salt
Soy sauce for dipping

Cooking Instructions:
Mix the flour, water and salt into a smooth ball of dough. Set aside to rest for 20 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, shape the dough into a long cylinder. Slice the dough into 24 equal pieces. Roll each piece into individual disks about 1/8″ thick. For fried dumplings, place about 1 tablespoon of meat in the center of the disk of dough. Fold in half and pinch the edges to seal. Deep fry in hot oil until golden brown on both sides, turning once. Drain on paper towels. For steamed dumplings, place about 1 tablespoon of meat in the center of each disk of dough. Pinch the edges of the dough together to form tiny pleats, shaping the dumpling into a small purse that resembles a bulb of garlic. Place on a steamer rack in a large kettle filled with 1″ of water. Cover and steam for about 20 minutes, until tender. Serve hot with soy sauce for dipping. Makes 24 dumplings.

***Rustic Noodle Soup
Servings: 4-6

Noodles:1 cup flour
1/2 cup water

Soup Broth:
1 teaspoon oil
1/2 pound lamb, cut into 1/2″ cubes
1/2 pound beef, cut into 1/2″ cubes
6 cups water
1 yellow onion, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon chili garlic paste
1/4 cup soy sauce
Handmade noodles

Cooking Instructions:
Mix the flour and water into a smooth ball of dough. Set aside to rest for 20 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a large flat sheet about 1/8″ thick. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, slice the dough into 1″ strips, and then into 1″ squares. Set aside until soup broth is ready.
Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large soup kettle and stir-fry the meat until lightly browned. Add onions and garlic and stir-fry until tender. Add water and bring to a boil. Add chili garlic paste and soy sauce, stirring to blend. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 1 hour, until meat is tender. Add noodles a few at a time, stirring to separate. Simmer for 20-30 minutes, until noodles are soft and tender. Ladle into individual serving bowls.

***Spicy Mongolian Noodles
Servings: 4

10 oz uncooked udon noodles
1/3 cup water
1 tbl grated fresh ginger
2 tsp minced fresh garlic
1 bn green onions, cut into 1/2″ pieces
4 oz fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed & sliced
4 cup vegetable broth
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 tsp sambal oelek, (ground fresh chili paste)
10 1/2 oz extra firm lite silken tofu, cut into cubes
4 cup sliced bok choy greens, stalks removed
1/3 cup chopped cilantro

Cooking Instructions:
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the noodles and cook until tender; 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and set aside. Meanwhile, place the 1/3 cup water, ginger and garlic in a large soup pot. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the onions and mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes. Add the broth, soy sauce, and chili paste. Cover and bring to a boil. Add the tofu and bok choy and cook for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the cooked noodles and cilantro. Stir to mix. Serve at once.


Lauren asked What is a collage, need to do one for english book project?

I need to do one for my book project and I don’t know how to

And got the following answer:

Collage is a technique of an art production, primarily used in the visual arts, where the artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.
A collage may sometimes include newspaper clippings, ribbons, bits of colored or handmade papers, portions of other artwork or texts, photographs and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas. The origins of collage can be traced back hundreds of years, but this technique made a dramatic reappearance in the early 20th century as an art form of novelty.
The term collage derives from the French “coller” meaning “glue”. This term was coined by both Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the beginning of the 20th century when collage became a distinctive part of modern art.
Collect the materials needed for making a paper collage. Here are some possible materials:
Use construction paper, copy paper, paper bags, tissue paper, marbled paper, handmade paper, etc. The paper can be either soft or hard, or a mixture of both.
Use cut-outs from magazines or newsprint. Fashion and news magazines can feature several collage-worthy images. Newsprint can add a fun texture to a collage, as well; just be aware that dyes may run sometimes.
Find old scraps of wallpaper. You might have some leftover in a closet, or you can buy small sample swatches from a wallpaper store.
Make use of different foils or tapes. Use the aluminum foil from the kitchen, or color masking or duct tape.
Use photographs. Cutting images from old photographs can lend your collage a retro feel. Just make sure you’re not cutting up the only copy you have of a photo that you might need later.
Fold, cut or tear the paper into different shapes. You can use scissors or a craft knife to make different shapes. Alternatively, you can make rough tears on the ends of the paper pieces for more texture or a less controlled look.
Cut out a whole picture, an identifiable part, or just enough to evoke texture, color or feeling.
To make a word, cut out letters from different sources and fonts.
Develop a theme. You might have been assigned a theme, or maybe you came up with one as you collected materials. Either way, build your collage around a central idea or image.
Consider adding embellishments. While not essential, embellishments can take the collage up a notch by adding depth, interest and sparkle. Use ribbons, beads, string, feathers or fabric in the paper collage. Find these items around the house, or purchase them at a craft store.
Figure out what you’re going to glue the collage onto. You can use a a piece of paper, a large piece of card stock or part of a cardboard box, for instance. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s strong enough to handle several more layers of weight and that it will be easy to display.
Assemble the pieces before you glue them. Although optional, it’s recommended that you try Once you have everything you want to put on your collage, spread it to design the collage before proceeding. Lay it out on a large surface like a table or floor. Build the items in layers, starting with the background and moving forward. This should give you a good idea of what your end product will look like before you commit to any gluing. If you want to remember it exactly, take a picture of your test run. Ideas for collage designs include:
A landscape or a seascape
A fractal
A person’s image, such as a pop star or someone who wears highly identifiable clothes or head wear, such as a tiara
Newspaper people – use the time-old tradition to make newspaper people and then design them into the collage
Animals; for example, use small paper pieces or stamps to form a shape of an animal such as a cat, crocodile or bee. Draw the shape on the paper first and fill in the space by gluing the paper pieces inside the lines
A mosaic or an eclectic jumble; the mosaic can follow a shape or it can simply be a pattern or a jumble
The alphabet; cut letters out of the paper and either make the alphabet or words on the collage
Patterns using only a single shape, such as circles, squares, etc.; repeated patterns are also very effective as a collage.
Glue the collage. Starting with the background and working forward, glue the pieces of the collage onto the base. Use regular white glue, a glue stick or rubber cement, and work with precision.

Try to arrange the collage around one central piece that you think is striking or interesting.
Remember that not every piece has to be glued flat. Try crumpling or folding to achieve a different texture.
Let the collage dry. Given that the collage might contain several layers of glue, allow it ample time to dry.
For a small collage, an hour or so should be sufficient.
For a larger piece, you might want to let it sit overnight.

asked Can somebody help me identify/price/date a folding knife?

On the blade, it says:

220 955 HANDMADE

at the back of the handle, where you press to fold it back, it has the numbers 22881

blade is ~2″

And got the following answer:

Sure, you can get all the information you need in my new book that just hit shelves “So, You Want To Date A Knife – The Ins and Outs Of A Relationship With Cutlery”

That’s a pretty small blade though. Just make sure you sheathe thy tool.