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01-22-2016 11:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: saw blade memorial tablesaw blade modern

Just got my new Freud LU83 10 50T blade. The date code reads 35th week of last year. But the odd thing is printed just below the ‘MADE IN ITALY’ mark. It says: In Loving Memory of WK ...

Wow.

M

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#1 posted 01-22-2016 11:59 PM

That’s cool….a very nice tribute to someone…..now we need to find out who WK was, and what they meant to Freud. Carlos Venditto was one the key people in establishing Freud in the US, so it’s definitely not him….and AFAIK, he’s still alive. Anyone? ...

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#2 posted 01-23-2016 12:01 AM

Just spit balling here, just like on football and baseball teams have a # patch on there uniform of a great player on there team who died, there may have been a great employee that did some process in blade making that died and it is Feuds way to recognize him/her, just a guess.

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#3 posted 01-23-2016 12:04 AM

Not to rant on you, but there was a thread here with a problem, 30 some post he finally contacted the manufacture, it happened to be Freud, got an answer and a new blade, my suggestion is contact Freud, instead of a 1000 guesses here.

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#4 posted 01-23-2016 12:07 AM

There is no problem. I’ve just never seen anything like this on any tool or accessory before, have you?

M

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#5 posted 01-23-2016 01:07 PM

Ever looked at the BOTTOM of a cardboard box? I have noticed many times there will be a stamp that says ”Printed with pride by Joe Jones and the third shift crew” or something similar.

So yep, my guess is it was a valued employee. Possibly someone who did the screen-printing on the blades.

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#6 posted 01-23-2016 01:27 PM

Took a look around the net, Googling it and looking on the Freud website – nothing.
So it might be a silent tribute to an employee. Interesting. Wonder if you should maybe not use it? Might be worth something in the future?

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#7 posted 01-24-2016 04:04 PM

Could be be some personalized gift returned and resold ?

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#8 posted 01-24-2016 06:46 PM

Just sent an email to Freud offering my condolences and asking who WK was. I’ll post any reply.

M

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#9 posted 01-26-2016 01:38 AM

I received a reply from Freud:

WK was Walter Kappelmann who worked for Freud for several years working with woodworkers and people who sell cutting tools educating them on woodworking. He unexpectedly passed away a few years ago and since the LU83 was his favorite blade we added that to the label in memorial to him.

Jim

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#10 posted 01-26-2016 01:53 AM

Thanks for checking. Now we know!

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#11 posted 01-26-2016 03:06 AM

Wow, that’s very cool of Freud to do.

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#12 posted 01-26-2016 03:15 AM

Yes, isn’t it though. Says something about both the man and the blade!

M

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#13 posted 01-26-2016 03:36 AM

That really is pretty neat what they’re doing, and it seems sincere too. Reminds me a little, but in not such a positive way when Dodge reintroduced the hemi engine in the ram trucks. Folks who ordered theirs had their name on the window sticker. I guess it was to help people feel better about buying a $40K truck that was rusting by the end of the warranty (at least in the rust belt) and returned about 12mpg. No doubt Dodge wanted people to feel special in a sincere way, but it was just another marketing tool.

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#14 posted 01-26-2016 06:59 AM

Put the blade away. In 75 years when high pressure water stream saws will be slowly phased out by air jet cutters, that blade will have its worth in gold.

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#15 posted 01-27-2016 04:08 AM

Hi all, Walter Kappelmann was my uncle. He worked heavily in woodworking all his life, and spent the last 10 years of his life doing what he loved for Freud. He worked in North Carolina, but I live in Canada. Whenever he’d visit, we’d always go to the Freud displays at the local hardware stores. He would tell me all about their marketing strategies used by Freud with their blades. I don’t think he ever dreamed that he would be recognized in this way on his favourite blade. Walter appeared on TV for the DYI network to promote Freud’s products. You can watch the clip on YouTube.

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