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    Posted: 04/19/2018 at 8:06pm
This is what he said in his email:
"I’ve attached a few photos of some Effortless blades that I’ve built.  The composition is Western Red Cedar - Kiri - Western Red Cedar.  Generally, I use a blade size of 157x150, but I can use any of the shapes I’ve designed.  The weight is generally 85g-95g, but this can go up if a larger head is used or heavier handle wood.  Standard thickness is around 8.9mm-9mm. "
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tassie52 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04/19/2018 at 7:47pm
As always, Ross's blades look beautiful. I don't think I've ever seen a RL three-ply before.  I wonder what thicknesses he's using and what the final weight ends up as.  Like you, I'd love to read a review or two to hear how they play.

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1 more. The lucky owners of these blades please tell us about them. Thank you.

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Originally posted by Tassie52 Tassie52 wrote:

Originally posted by hleett hleett wrote:

Did anyone owned or played with Ross's "Effortless" blade? Was there any reviews on it? Thanks.

I don't know the "Effortless".  Do you have any information to share?
I tried upload 4 photos and got denied. So I am going to ul one at a time. Hope this works.
Here is one, Western Red Cedar-Kiri-Western Red Cedar.

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I do have some info and photos Ross sent me. But I need to get his permission before I can post them.
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Originally posted by hleett hleett wrote:

Did anyone owned or played with Ross's "Effortless" blade? Was there any reviews on it? Thanks.

I don't know the "Effortless".  Do you have any information to share?
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Did anyone owned or played with Ross's "Effortless" blade? Was there any reviews on it? Thanks.
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Very nice blade and story

And great that there are some new pictures - I already feared that there are no more blades ;)
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Very nice, thanks for sharing.
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hungry cow than you for the beautiful story.
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Ross finished a special handle project for me.  I sent him my favorite blade that has been my primary blade the last 3 years, an early 70s Stiga Stellan Bengtsson.  I sent him a turning block of briar wood from my grandfather in law who passed away last year who was an avid pipe collecter and maker.  All the grandkids got a turning block that he would have used to make a pipe with it.  I had Ross make a handle as a tribute to the burl pipes he made and collected with black gaboon ebony for the end piece like a pipe stem.  It turned out absolutely stunning and looks even better in person than the pictures.  Perfect tribute and way to remember him as well as being as nice a handle as I have seen Ross make.
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Thanks for the kind words.  I'm glad you enjoyed the stroll through the thread!
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Just came across this thread for the first time.  Had time to only scan three pages but just beautiful, beautiful work!!  Just wonderful! 

Thanks for sharing the pleasure. 
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Looks spectacular, Hungry Cow.

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Didn't like the really big handle that came on my early 70s Stiga Stellan Bengtsan so I took it off and Ross built this beautiful Amboyna Burl with Purpleheart end caps handle for me molded in the shape of a Hock handle for me.
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Would also fit the Swiss cheese TT club Wink


Again, Ross has done some wonderful work- and great to see him doing something totally different



as I spent so much money on the last 2 blades - I still have to wait until Ross can tackle my new idea,
so it's nice to see that there a new blades, not that he quits business before I can order Smile
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What a Nice Family réunion! Thank you for the eye candy tassie.
Btw forum member watchski is quitting the game and his 5 RL blades are up for grab. I hear something like $85 per blade; maybe less for the buyer who takes them all?
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Originally posted by fatt fatt wrote:

Ross' version reminds me the colors I'd like in a tt club: dark yellow walls and floors and brown tables. There is such a warm feeling to the combo.

Let me guess - you like orange balls? 

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In response to fatt's request, here we have the evolution of a blade:



From top to bottom and left to right:
Ross's original pistol grip.  Blade: Tasmanian Blackwood.  Handle:  Silky Oak

Straight handles.  
Blade 1: Huon Pine.  Handle 1: Tasmanian Blackwood.  
Blade 2: Willow.  Handle: Oak, Yew, Birch

Knife handles.
Blade 1: Redwood.  Handle 1: Huon Pine, Mytle, Tiger Myrtle
Blade 2: King Billy Pine.  Handle 2: Huon Pine, Myrtle, Beefwood
Blade 3: King Billy Pine.  Handle 3: Afzelia, Gaboon Ebony



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Ross' version reminds me the colors I'd like in a tt club: dark yellow walls and floors and brown tables. There is such a warm feeling to the combo.
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Originally posted by fatt fatt wrote:

the half vase grip is original: will the round side be for your palm?
Yep.  Fat side sits in palm; the idea is taken from Soul Spins handles.  The half vase shape _ Ross and I call it a knife handle shape - is original and we've developed it over three blades now.  Conventional shake hand grip with the straight edge sitting in the V between thumb and hand with the fingers curving around the belly.

A line up of all my Ross Leidy blades?  I did wonder if anyone would be interested.  Ideally such a photo would show the blades bare to fully appreciate the different outer plies.  At present most of my blades still have rubber on them, but I'll look at preparing them for a photo shoot.  Thanks for your interest, fatt.

Oh, I almost forgot: Ross made himself a version of this latest blade.  His blade actually uses more Australian timber than mine!

Blade:  Australian Red Cedar - Douglas Fir - Kiri - Douglas Fir  - Australian Red Cedar
Handle: Huon Pine with Amboyna inlays


  
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the half vase grip is original: will the round side be for your palm?

Edited by fatt - 01/23/2017 at 4:58pm
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It looks like the transit of a planet and its moon(s) passing in front of its hot host star.
congrats; you are such a believer!
Are you ready to share a picture of all your RL blades together?
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Hi all,

I thought I'd like to show you my latest and last blade from Ross.  I'm retiring from the workforce in a few weeks and my disposable income is about to be radically impacted, hence one last opportunity to ask Ross to make me something delicious.  I suspect the design - another Tassie/Ross collaboration - will draw mixed responses, but he and I both think this looks very cool.

The blade is similar to my Weaver: King Billy Pine - Douglas Fir - Kiri - Douglas Fir - King Billy Pine.
The handle is Afzelia with Gaboon Ebony inlays.
(The keen eyed amongst you might notice that the backhand side of the grip is 3mm thicker than the forehand.)








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Originally posted by fatt fatt wrote:

I am amazed by the inlay skills; so much complexity in a such a simple result is a one of those paradoxes of life. The wood grain going vertical everywhere in your initials is a statement standing proud. Thanks for your post.

The secret is to cheat and use a CNC machine.  :)

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I am amazed by the inlay skills; so much complexity in a such a simple result is a one of those paradoxes of life. The wood grain going vertical everywhere in your initials is a statement standing proud. Thanks for your post.
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