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Old 08-09-2019, 01:08 AM
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Leviathan Blocks

Has anyone used a Leviathan Block? They have detachable handles that screw into the block and I am worried it will fail when I need it most. I bought a block from Hotglasscolor.com and that is what they sent me. I would never buy one on purpose because it just seems iffy...

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Old 08-09-2019, 05:57 AM
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Art Reed Blocks

See this thread for a long conversation about options.

http://talk.craftweb.com/showthread.php?t=11868

In my opinion, you'd have a hard time doing better than an Art Reed block. For me, they are the template that all others strive to match.
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Old 08-09-2019, 12:05 PM
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That piece of 1/4" all thread should hold fine, locktite is your friend. Didn't see how it's anchored into the block head, that would be the weak point in my mind.
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Old 08-12-2019, 08:02 AM
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We have been using a set since the GAS conference and have no failure as of yet. The counterweight handle feels great!
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Old 08-18-2019, 01:46 AM
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Mine are all holding up beautifully. All my future blocks will be from Leviathan.
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Old 08-18-2019, 03:56 PM
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Someone was asking about brass stamps on a social media site not too long ago. I threw out Leviathan as another option (not meaning to endorse, but just "here's someone else you might try").

Someone really went off about how crappy their customer service is, and all other manner of complaints. I can't help but think it was a competitor. Definitely someone with an axe to grind.

I can't say either way since I haven't used their products, or dealt with them at all. I just keep hearing good things about them.
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Old 08-18-2019, 04:22 PM
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well, I do understand that sort of marketing Given that, anyone want to chime in about how good or bad it is? I remember OCR telling the world that Gaffer would never amount to anything. That was when East Bay was the only distributor

It does matter. Some people just can't be trusted. It's a lot of why Craftweb matters. It tends to call a spade a spade. ( no advertising, thank you Katie!!!)
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I like them. The longer and thinner negative shape of the block takes some getting in the groove with. I will continue to use the 6/8/10 for a bit as they work really well for what I am cranking out.

They have some extra weight to them because of the proprietary nature of the cut but it gives you about an extra month of use in my case.

I will order again but I will also be using others as well. They are a nice addition.
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I wish they offered a deeper-shaped block as I like the other tweaks he's made.
I'd try them but I don't like the shallow profile of these blocks.

Art Reed's blocks are a better shape and super-reasonable. I'm a fan.
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I don't use blocks but I really like Art Reed as a person.
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Pete, why don't you use blocks? One of the older guys (in his late 70's) that I work with from time to time, doesn't use blocks either. I just don't get it - He'll spend forever on the marver to get to the same place I get to after a couple of passes with the block and a quick newspaper. Just personal preference?

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I taught at Pilchuck and was expected to teach the marver by Dale's edict. Now, I use newspapers. If I'm working large, which is rare, I line a crucible on the floor with papers and work in it. I do marver and it's a far better way to isolate the lowest part of the piece as near as I can see. The marver is a great tool if it's big enough. I have tons of blocks here, some twenty years old. I certainly don't chuck them but i really only use a block when making a paperweight and I want the shape just so. I don't marver a piece to death. Neither do the Italians.

When I went to China, they fell in love with the marver.
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