Hand Tools

Re: Thoughts on this forum

Wiley Horne
David has made very substantial money contributions and intellectual contributions to Ellis and to WoodCentral forums.

Double-Iron. He took the lead on the double-iron question, which has since as a result of his posts and article become an accepted part of our standard knowledge. Before his writings it was still a question.

Buffed nano-bevel (Unicorn). This discovery has likewise become part of the regular sharpening practice of many on this forum. It was a bolt from the blue off David’s pen, and a stunning improvement.

Refinement of high-carbon steel. David’s extensive testing led to his presentation of high-carbon/light alloy Uddeholm-Bohler steel that he forged over a fire to a combination of hardness and toughness that greatly exceeded what metallurgists were accomplishing by furnace.

These are not abstract or theoretical results. They have everything to do with fundamental hand tool operations such as sharpening and planing. The fact many of us have adapted these methods as a direct result of David’s writing is proof of their practical—not theoretical—value.

David was deep in heads-down work on his next project—a better kitchen knife— when he got Ellis’ letter. David is a highly rational person—not emotionally driven. He is smart. He saw the truth instantly: That his curtailment was not Ellis’ idea. No, there had been engineering involved. There was not a request for a discussion, in light of his many contributions. What had been engineered unknown to him was an ultimatum. No prior discussion. Just ‘do this’. Or else. His dollar contributions and intellectual contributions notwithstanding.

Having seen the truth in an instant, David was livid. Livid means pale with anger, not red. But it was not a tantrum—he took back only the smallest part of what he had contributed. Are his double-iron and Unicorn articles not still here for the ages?

David’s highest contributions remain in print on this site for the benefit of all readers. His practical contributions of double-iron and unicorn remain in our minds and in our hands for our future hours of sharpening and planing. It behooves us to remember David for these lasting contributions. I hope he returns someday, but right now he still feels the knife.




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