Knew Concepts Knewsletter: Issue #2, November 2013

Knew Concepts Knewsletter
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In this issue:

Knew Concepts fret saw frames have evolved to an amazing and sophisticated design. Light weight, sturdy and strong make the Knew Concepts saws a perfect tool for your craft. Much of the evolution has been an ongoing process with ideas from crafts person such as yourself, and problem solving solutions from our skilled workers here at our shop.

Titanium Soldering Clamps

Titanium Soldering Clamps

We have been receiving numerous emails inquiring about our Titanium Soldering Clamps. Good news, they are finally available here!

Titanium strips can be easily bent into a wide range of specialized custom clamps for jeweler’s hard soldering operations. Titanium has several advantages over traditional steel clamps when it comes to soldering. Solder doesn’t stick to it. Enamel doesn’t stick either. It stays strong when red hot. It doesn’t erode and flake away at heat, so your clamp tips can be smaller. Most importantly, titanium doesn’t transfer heat nearly as quickly as steel clamps, so it interferes with nearby joints less than steel clamps do.

Visit our Titanium Soldering Clamps webpage to purchase the Titanium Soldering Clamps, download how to bend and shape clamp instructions, and view a selection of useful clamp shapes for holding items when soldering.

James Miller, FIPG

Read Jim’s story, in his own words here.

Artist Spotlight: James Miller, FIPG.

This issue’s featured artist, James Miller, is a good friend, and valued collaborator going back to the days of the very earliest prototype saws. Over the years, his suggestions for improvements and tweaks have pushed us towards developing improvements like the lever tensioning system, and the swiveling blade clamps. This time, he’s helped us cook up an entirely new soldering clamp system.

When we first asked Jim for a biographic sketch, his initial reply was (we quote) “I am a traditionally trained goldsmith, I served a six year apprenticeship, indentured by The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, in London, I have worked non stop in the trade as a goldsmith for 50 years and I have won many awards for my work and have also had a book of my unique work published.”

Jim is notoriously modest, so we knew that wasn’t the whole story. Thus we asked for a bit more detail. What follows is Jim’s story, in his own words. Neither Lee nor Brian feel we have the right to trim out details of a truly exceptional career, by a truly great goldsmith.

—Lee Marshall & Brian Meek, taking off our editor hats.


Answers to Common Questions

Over the years we have had numerous questions regarding our saws. In these knewsletters we will address one common question per issue.

Question: How do I properly install and tension the saw blade?

Answer: We have been asked this question numerous time throughout the years, so we produced a instructional video to answer that question. Visit our KC blade tensioning video on YouTube and feel free to post a comment.

If you don't see the question/answer you’re looking for, visit our saw instructions page for helpful videos, images, and downloadable saw instructions.

The Red Saw

Be Featured in a Knewsletter

We love to hear your thoughts about your craft projects while using our saws. Please feel free to write us and tell us what you’re working on. We will pick out one artist for every knewsletter to feature their project that was built with the Knew Concepts saw. We may also use your anecdote as a testimonial on our website.