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jheinen

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Hello all. I'm a new member and I ordered a PM-25MV a few days ago, along with the DRO and power feed. I have never milled anything in my life, so I have a lot to learn. I'm a blacksmith and bladesmith, and I bought the mill primarily for milling blade shoulders, slots in guards, and facing ricassos, as well as making tools like file guides and such.
 

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Welcome to H-M. PM has a great reputation for quality machines and outstanding customer service. Matt is top notch.
I’m sure you will enjoy your purchase. Keep us posted on your delivery and setup. Don’t forget pics!
 

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I think you are going to love it!
You must memorize this statement and never forget it, “ If you don’t send pictures of every step of your installation, it never happened.”
This is true for any and all projects reported to this group. Enjoy!
 

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Congratulations on your new mill. I'm also a knifemaker and purchased the same mill a few months ago to do the exact same types of things. Let me know if I can answer any questions you may have about the mill. First thing you may want to do is to remove the chip shield as most of us have.
 

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Congratulations on your new mill. I'm also a knifemaker and purchased the same mill a few months ago to do the exact same types of things. Let me know if I can answer any questions you may have about the mill. First thing you may want to do is to remove the chip shield as most of us have.
Thanks! I suppose all my questions at this point are around how do you mill a guard, and how do you mill shoulders ;)? I'm also wondering what other things the machine is useful for in knife making (e.g. can you use it to face the ricasso so that it's flat an parallel?

I'm taking a class tomorrow night and next Monday on basic mill usage.

-Jeff
 

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I'm afraid we're in about the same boat in regards to what applications are going to be suitable to knife making. My main use would be for milling fullers and shaping guards. As far as shaping the knife itself, I don't think a mill is going to be as good as the 2x72 grinder unless you have a CNC set up. And then...its not really a handcrafted item anymore.
 
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