About the only potential problem I see is the motor rotates at 3,450 RPM on the craftsman and the Grizzly is down around 1725. Dunno if that is an issue or not, just pointing out a difference.
This is my first victim. Its just a $15 skinner blank from Woodcraft. I believe their blanks are A6 steel. I haven't tried hardening any yet but from what I read about A6, this should be fairly easy. While surfing knife making pages I came across a tutorial on spine file work. I just had to give this a try and now I am totally hooked. Like I said, this skinner is my first victim (experiment). It was supposed to be a vine but I didn't realize that I ran it backwards until I was too far along. Then all of my hand sanding and buffing removed some of the vine and thorn's outer edges. I can't decide if I want to go back and clean it up or just slap some wood on it, finish buffing, and call it a learning experience. It sort of looks like a vine on fire, rather than thorns. This is addictive.what kind of knives do you make?
i would like to see some of your work