How do I file some steel spikes?


A Nibbler, is a tool that is used for cutting thin metal. A heavy duty nibbler is usually capable of cutting up to 14 gauge steel. I'm not sure what gauge metal is used for mini kegs, so this tool may not be appropriate in your situation.

Some nibblers work similar to a punch and die, nibbling small sections of the metal at a time (think hole punch). Other versions make two parallel cuts, and roll the scrap material in front of the tool as they cut.

Nibblers come in both manual, and powered variations. Powered version can be powered by both air, or electricity.

There are even some available that attach to a drill, converting the drills rotary action to a reciprocating motion.

Nibblers will give you a clean cut, and will not create...

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Yes CS Spikes are affordable and there are quality-made. But like I say in the video, the neck carry option is fraught with some serious drawbacks you need to consider. Kinda' like how you can trap the sheathed blade underneath your grounded body in a defensive scuffle. I interweave some of this philosophy into the review as I cover the Spike series. The CS Spike series has enlarged to include some much improved designs (Tokyo, Bowie, and Scimitar Spikes are good improvements) that might offer some greater utility besides just pure stabbing capability. However these circa 2004 blades I show are the The Spike and Tanto versions. Like the rest, they suffer from tiny, hard-to-grasp, thin handles that could allow the hand forward in a thrust attack. They do offer great strength, excellent penetration, and a relatively lightweight 3.5 oz. Their neck sheaths include a blackened bead chain. If a under-the-shirt knife is your only viable backup option and the budget is tight, maybe the CS...

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Tools required:

Something to abrade steel with, I used a file and an angle grinder

A welder of some variety. I used a basic stick welder, though a MIG would have been easier to use.

Wood butchering equipment. I used a chainsaw and a hatchet but there are many other tools that could work

Drill - electric or otherwise

Heavy hammer

File card

Ring spanner

Chipping hammer

Personal Protective Equipment

Welding mask with correct filter glass - wear this when welding, obviously.

Protective clothing - Wear tough, close fitting, non flammable clothing when working with hot, heavy, sharp or fast moving things.

Protective footwear - This should be strong and non-flammable so they stop your feet being crushed and burned as badly.

Safety Glasses - May as well wear these the whole time, it's amazing how often stuff bounces off them.

Ear muffs - or other hearing protection. Wear when using loud...

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Use an abrasive chop saw for accurate square cuts.

A chop saw is an efficient, heavy-duty circular saw. It is supported by a metal base and mounted on a pivoting arm, making it very easy to use. A chop saw can handle a lot of different steel-cutting duties and is able to make exact, square cuts.


It’s an affordable tool, making it more realistic than the horizontal saw or cold saw for a home shop setting. However, it can’t make cuts as accurate as either of those tools can.

Chop saws are high-powered. A great deal of heat is generated during the cut, making the steel extremely hot. Handle freshly cut steel with caution. Along with heavy-duty gloves and eye protection, you need to use ear protection when operating power saws. They are very loud and can damage...
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Track spikes are athletic shoes that are specifically designed for the track athlete competing in each individual event. Different track spikes have been designed for all track events and even some field events, such as jumps and pole vault. The spikes are designed to allow for proper support, force the foot into the most advantageous position, and provide optimal ground traction. Track spikes are offered by many athletic shoe companies who compete to provide the most scientifically advanced shoes.

The spiked athletic shoe has been around for quite some time, dating back to the 18th century. The first spiked shoe specifically designed for running was developed in 1852. The first track spike was made of kangaroo leather and contained six spikes. In the early 20th century, alternative materials such as canvas and rubber were introduced. Over time, technology has made shoes lighter and has improved the spikes themselves. Today track spikes...

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"Of the four elements, air, earth, water, and fire
man stole only one from the gods. Fire. And
with it, man forged his will upon the world."

And from the tents, the armourers accomplishing the knights
with busy hammers closing rivets up gives dreadful note of preparation...

William Shakespeare
Henry V

The anvil of justice is planted firm, and fate who makes the sword does the forging in advance.

Quick Guide to Popular projects:
Making a knife by stock removal - How to forge a knife - How to Make a sword
How to make a backyard forge - How to make charcoal - Steels for knives and swords

Whoa! I found this Damascus knife blank on - If you always wanted to make a damascus knife but didn't want to make the Damascus steel yourself this is the perfect opportunity. Damascus Knife Making

The single most important thing you should know about...

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By Carl Valle

When one watches the Olympic games and sees the fastest men and women in the world, the camera always pans down to show the latest spike worn by the athletes. Each company boasts countless hours researching and designing to create the fastest shoe ever, but much of the innovation was done a 100 years ago and not much change has been done since the days of Jesse Owens, who wore a pair of Adidas sprint spikes at the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin. Most of the time when an athlete is buying a pair or athletic shoes, the questions usually revolve on how that pair of shoes, be it a cleat, sneaker, trainer, or sprint spike will make one faster. Now that barefoot training or minimalism shoes have become popular with the consumer, some interesting questions arise on how track spikes make a difference in speed, and the truth is still a bit of a mystery.

Anatomy of a Track Spike

When we see a pair of spikes we see and feel the obvious. First...

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Everyone Loves Quick Answers!

1. Q. Can we bring coolers into the parks?

A. No. We have great concessions at every tournament field. Kids water bottles are acceptable.

2. Q. Are steel spikes allowed?

A. Steel spikes can be worn in the 13u and 14u divisions. However, there shall be no steel spikes worn on portable mounds.

3. Q. I hear you have some turf fields, what kind of shoes are allowed?

A. If you are playing on the Challenger field or Leon's field you must wear tennis shoes or molded cleats. Steel spikes can be worn on Yanks North.

4. Q. When will the tournament schedules be out?

A. Tournament schedules should be released no later than the Wenesday before the tournament.

5. Q. How do we keep up with scores and updated bracket information?

A. Scores will be uploaded to Tourney Machine soon after a game has completed. You can keep up to date with bracket play and game times by following our website and...

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Baseball Spikes Add Speed For Base Runners And Fear For Defenders

Ty Cobb Was Recognized As The Fear Maker When He Was On The Bases

Baseball Spikes worn by baseball players were originally steel cleats tapped onto the bottom of the baseball shoes the ball players wore.


The term most commonly used by baseball players in referring to their baseball shoes is "spikes", however, sometimes they are also called baseball "cleats."

Track shoesworn by the fleet foted boys and men of track and field events are also referred to as "spikes" and golf shoes have spikes but football shoes have "cleats." Boys growing up playing both football and baseball have used the terms both "spikes" and "cleats" in reference to either of the foot gear they used.

Talking about baseball spikes or cleats can be confusing but the most controversial piece of baseball equipment is the use of the wood bat or aluminum bats. Why? Seems a little physics...

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Carbon Myth

Steel is simply iron with carbon added. Without the carbon, iron is too "soft" and brittle to make a good knife blade. The discovery of adding carbon to iron to make steel quickly replaced cast and wrought iron as steel is far superior in most applications. In simplest terms, carbon is what makes steel hard. The more carbon content, the harder the steel, up to a point anyway. Too much carbon content will make the steel too brittle for use as a blade steel. Modern steel alloys also contain a number of other elements, each bringing a specific property to the steel. Steels with at least 13% chromium is considered stainless steel.

I prefer modern stainless steel alloys for most of my my knives. I will make a knife with pretty much whatever steel a customer prefers, but my personal choices are almost always stainless. One common misconception that I frequently hear is that people think stainless steels contain less carbon that the traditional "carbon" steels like O1,...

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Golly Dan, didn't think I was being tough on you, just making some observations. If getting your gaffs sharpened for you makes you feel more professional, confident, and safe, more power to you.

I’m just not at all surprised that someone made the comment they did. I have to admit that the thought crossed my mind as well, though briefly…as most thoughts do.

It’s kinda like if one of my guys didn’t want to learn to sharpen his own chain, then he wouldn’t have to worry about it anymore, as he can just drag and chuck.

Now, I don’t know if the same needs to apply to gaffs necessarily, but I can certainly see why some might feel this way. For example, I’ve got a guy that went to lineman’s school, but didn’t make it through a college level algebra class, so now he’s looking to make it into the industry via spending some time with a cheap hack. This young man can’t sharpen his own gaffs, but he sure knows how to sink em. Ran up a tree the other day like a pro, needed some...

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