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      Adminstrative News and Comments

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    3. New Board Issues

      This is a temporary forum for you to be able to report issues you have following our message board upgrade. It will be removed at a later time.

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  2. New Work

    1. Show and Tell

      This is the place to post the pictures of your latest work.

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    2. Photography

      This is an area for photos. They don't have to be knife related, just images that you created that you want to share. I have had great fun with my digital camera and find it is a way to open the creative vein. Keep the images no larger than 640x480 and around 50k.

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    3. Video and Multimedia

      A dedicatd forum for posting videos and other forms of animated multimedia.

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    4. Knives For Sale

      This forum is to provide a place for members to offer their knives for sale. No dealer or commercial postings, but if you have a knife that you made and would like to offer it for sale please feel free to post.

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    5. Design and Critique

      A place to show your work and receive design help and critique.

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  3. Old Work

    1. History

      A place to discuss the history of bladesmithing and share information about blades from all cultures

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    2. Old Masters

      A place to share information and photos of past Masters of the craft. No living makers please and be sure to have permission to post images.

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    3. Library

      A resource to list references, video and books that would add to the general knowledge of the craft.

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  4. Forge Work

    1. Hot Work and Bladesmithing

      This is the place for all questions related to forging and hot work.

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    2. Hot Work

      This forum is to replace the old hot work and bladesmithing forum. Please post new topics here.

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    3. Bloomers and Buttons

      For the growing field of smelting iron and steel. This forum is open to crucible and bloomery discussions.

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    4. Beginners Place

      All "newbies" / beginners, please post your questions in this forum. Thanks.

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    5. Teacher Directory

      Here you can find teachers of the craft

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  5. Forges, Tools, Equipment and Materials

    1. Tools and Tool Making

      The tools of the trade and how to make them.

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  6. Finishing, Tips and Tricks

    1. Fit and Finish

      Discussion, tips, tricks and questions about finishing.

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    2. Sheaths and Leatherwork

      Because every blade needs a sheath.

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    3. Carving and Applied Arts

      Discussion of techniques related to decorative arts such as carving, engraving, chasing, repousse, filing etc.

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    4. Shop Safety

      Tips and hints to keep you in one piece and not bleeding

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    5. Non-Ferrous: fittings, alloys, patinas

      Non-Ferrous: fittings, alloys, patinas

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  7. Heat Treating

    1. Metallurgy and other enigmas

      Questions and discussions about heat treating.

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    2. Heat Treating by Alloy

      A catalog of methods for proper heat treatment of blade steels arranged by particular alloy

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  8. Events

    1. Events of Interest

      Post your classes, hammerins, shows and events of interest.

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  9. Discussion

    1. The Way

      Open discussion about it all.

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    2. Fiery Beards

      A Place for Smithing TomFoolery

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    3. Books, Videos, and other Media

      Post your book/video and other media type recommendations here.
      Links to interesting articles / websites.
      Anything related to the craft.

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  10. Tailgate Sales

    1. Tools, Supplies and Materials

      A place to sell and where to find materials and supplies. This forum is intend for the use of our members and is not for commercial purposes.

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  11. Hall of Fame

    1. Nominations

      Nominate a thread for inclusion in the hall of fame. Reply to existing threads to cast your vote for or against the inclusion.

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    2. Show and Tell Hall of Fame

      Work voted by members to be the most significant contributions to the forum within the Show and Tell category.

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    3. WIP/Tutorial Hall of Fame

      Work voted by members to be the most significant step-by-step tutorial or Work in Progress (WIP) contributions to the forum .

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  12. Pinned Topics

    1. Pinned Show and Tell

      This is the home for pinned topics

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    2. Pinned Hot Work Topics

      Home for pinned hot work topics

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    3. Pinned Buttons and Bloomers

      Pinned threads relating to casting, smelting and making steel

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    4. Pinned Tools and Toolmaking

      The place for pinned topics on tools and toolmaking

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  13. Maker's Mark Registry

    1. Maker's Mark Registry

      Post your own mark here

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    2. Marks to be Identified

      Use this forum to post unknown marks.

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  14. KITH

    1. KITH 2011

      A forum for WIP threads to be posted of those participating in the 2011 "Knife in the Hat" event.

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    2. KITH 2012

      "Knife in the Hat 2012"

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    5. KITH 2015

      Just what it says!

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  • Recent Status Updates

    • Wayne cook  »  Jim Kelso

      Hi Jim 
      im new to the site , I was looking for information on Damien Connelly work.
      i was recently gifted one of his knives from a deceased estate and was amazed at the quality , so I tried doing some searches on his work. Not sure how many knives he made but I don’t think that many.
      Your thoughts would be appreciated if you can help
      regards
      · 1 reply
    • Jim Tucker  »  Alan Longmire

      I started preparing for a new hobby and got a Lancaster Geared Blower.  While trying to identify it and figure out how to take it apart, I ran across your picture (attached) of a similar blower.  The only difference I can see between mine and yours is my back plate says Lancaster and your's is smooth.  About how old is this piece?
      I'm trying to take the gears out for maintenance.  There appears to be a pin holding the top gear shaft.  Is that correct?  If so, how do you get it out.  I've had it soaking in penetrating oil and it hasn't budged.  There in barely enough pin to hold with vice grips so I'm afraid to do too much to it for fear it will break.  Am I on the right track?
       

      · 3 replies
    • Joshua States

      This may not be news to everyone, but I really thought it was significant enough to share. It looks like the ABS (American Bladesmith Society) has linked to this forum on the official ABS website. 
      · 3 replies
    • Joshua States

      Moving sucks. Packing up a shop to move sucks double.
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