This story was relayed to me by someone who claimed to build a pool for Mr. Marfione many years ago. I can’t confirm it’s validity, so take it with a grain of salt, but here goes...

Anthony Marfione created a very small drill bit that would withstand repeated stress and designed for very small applications like electronics, microchips, etc...

So, thinking he’s on to something, he sent a sample to a Japanese electronics manufacturer. He doesn’t hear anything for a few weeks, but eventually gets a package in the mail with his drill bit. No note or information was included.

Feeling confused, Marfione contacted the Japanese manufacturer and asked them if they had examined his special tool. All they had to say was, 
“Look at your drill bit.”

So, he busted out a magnifier, and sure enough, they had drilled a clean hole through the drill bit itself.

Thats when he decided to make knives.

anyways, I can’t prove this story is true, and the guy who told it to me could have mistaken the identity, but it’s a funny little story regardless.

Take care
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Couple questions (and I love MT history!!!)

What is the significance of drilling a hole through the bit... would that make it inoperable? I was thinking they sent it back and soon after they started to sell the same one based on his materials and design... 
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See, he thought had a revolutionary design. Something so small it had not been done before.

if someone drilled a clean hole through a drill bit that you thought was the smallest one ever, then they obviously had a MUCH smaller drill bit
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AHHH... now I get it
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I think someone was pulling your leg.

Brings me back this old machinist tale -told a dozen different ways over the years- I first heard myself like 30 years ago when I worked as a Machinist for Pan Am:

The engineering department of a defense plant at Newburgh, New York, has been experimenting with steel wire, drawing it out very fine. They finally produced a piece of 120-gauge wire — practically invisible. The boys were proud — so proud, in fact, that they cut off a strand and sent it to a rival defense plant farther upstate. “This is just to show you what we are doing in Newburgh,” they wrote.

Weeks went by. Recently, a package arrived at the Newburgh plant. The boys opened it with great care. Inside was a steel block; mounted on the block were two steel standards, and strung between them was the same piece of 120-gauge wire. At one end of the block was mounted a small microscope delicately focused on a certain spot on the wire. One by one the engineers placed an eye to the microscope and examined in silence the work of their rivals, who had bored, in the wire, a rather handsome little hole!

At first blush, this legend of technological one-upsmanship appears to date to around 1939, yet it is a couple of millennia older than that. As it was being told just prior to World War II, a German manufacturer had asked an American steel company to produce a 4-foot sample of the thinnest wire they could make. The Americans put their most experienced metallurgists and wire-drawers on the job, finally producing what they believed to be a work of technological art. A special courier was dispatched to Germany to deliver the sample and get the reactions of those it had been made for.

The courier was welcomed at the plant and given a glass of schnapps while the wire was taken to another room to be examined by German experts. Before the man had finished his drink, the box he’d brought the sample in was returned to him, now sealed with wax. “Your answer is in the box,” he was told. “Please do not open it until you return to your plant.”

Stateside once more, the wire was examined by the American engineers who’d slaved over it. They found a hole drilled down its center, effectively turning their solid thin wire into an impossibly-reamed hollow tube.

This pre-war incarnation reflected then-current fears of the state of German technology as America contemplated the industrial prowess of the country it knew in its heart would soon be a battlefield opponent. Sometimes Japanese technology was viewed with trepidation; another version starred them as the hole borers.

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I heard tpetsch story which is true. The pool guy story may not be valid.
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its like a fractal....your story topped mine in the same way those competing machinists did!

im starting to think this pool builder was full of BS and upon hearing “microtech” decided to just spin a yarn about machining. Thanks for the story!
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Good post gents!
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Microtech did make guns that shoot around corners.......
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diverdown wrote:
Microtech did make guns that shoot around corners.......

by this, do you mean they often misfired, harming the shooter... this seems more in line w reviews I've heard
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