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  2. Clifford Brewer

    Use for brass bullet casings?

    Re-load em' or melt em' down fer knife furniture ...................
  3. Clifford Brewer

    Getting in a Morning's Forging

    Go for what you can man, my lungs and heart keep me in low gear a lot more than I like, but I refuse to give up !!!
  4. Gerhard

    paypal tips??

    ........and if you're in my part of the world they take 30% at that point.....
  5. Gerhard

    What did you do in your shop today?

    Okay I'll stop complaining I'm busy with 3 knives that need to get on a plane to Switzerland soon, made most of the tanto's sheath on Sunday, leather covered kydex, just need to make the dangler this afternoon. Also made my first acceptable (I think) Kukri sheath, thick leather backing with thick kydex front, riveted with 4mm copper. My Dad did leatherwork in school several centuries ago, and he's handy to say the least.....just old and slowing down. He's busy with a sheath for another knife with an owner waiting, made an excellent effort and one small mistake that made it useless.....2nd effort under way. The BIG problem is leather, I literally need to pay the price of a knife for about 1m x 1m of thick, suitable leather......I'm very hesitant and leaning towards junking the 3 sheaths my ex-sheath-guy made and doing kydex for them all.
  6. Ross Vosloo

    Use for brass bullet casings?

    i unfortunately dont have any thing to add, but would love to know what others may say. Ive got cases of spent .303 brass that could use a new use
  7. Vern Wimmer

    Sad Tidings

    I can't really find anything to say that can match the importance of those we have lost recently. I can only hope that we all can remember to be both good pupils and good mentors in their turns. We should always be learning and also sharing. Ask questions to further your knowledge, answer questions yo further the craft.
  8. Austin_Lyles

    Drop Point

    Incredible! Very well executed, and it can sometimes be difficult to end up close to the original design! That hamon is out of this world... wish I could see it in person.
  9. I recently came into possession of a decent quantity of brass bullet casings of a few different sizes. I know brass isn't cheap, so I figured "gee, I wonder what I could make out of these in the forge?" Of course, brass isn't the easiest thing to work with, and from my 5 minutes of googling it's not an easy (or even safe, necessarily) thing to just melt down, especially bullet casing brass. So, any suggestions on what to do with it for knife use? Anyone done anything decorative with such things before? Is it easier to melt than I thought? Is this just a stupid idea and I should send them to be properly recycled elsewhere? (I give it 50/50 odds on the latter.) (I've no idea what the right topic is for this thread; Mods, feel free to move elsewhere if I guessed wrong.)
  10. nprovos

    Forging a "Viking" Broad Seax

    Some more updates on this. Please, let me know what you think.
  11. AndyB

    Okay don't laugh at me too hard on this one...

    That might be interesting to make then the one I’m currently making will go for normali slicing and dicing. I’ve owned and used many different types of knives in the kitchen but never really found one I could like. I’m still exactly how well th3 admiral steel 1075/1080 actually does when it’s fully hardened and tempered into a blade form and then sharpened. So I’ll have to see how this goes. I’ve also been hunting around for knife scales.
  12. Joshua States

    Sad Tidings

    When my mom turned 87, she complained that most her friends were dead. I told her someone has to be the last to go, and there's something to be thankful for in that. My condolences Jim. I didn't personally know either of these two fine men, but I have lost many a friend over the years. Keep telling stories about them.
  13. Joshua States

    Okay don't laugh at me too hard on this one...

    When I sell any knife I give the new owner a sheet of paper with use and care instructions. On kitchen knives, that sheet of paper includes the following phrase: Remember: The knife is not a prybar or a meat cleaver. Do not use it to separate or cut through hard objects like bones, wood, metals or plastics. This knife is meant for food preparation. f you want to cut through bones, I suggest either a cleaver or a bone saw. I own both.
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  15. Daniel W

    steel selection

    I realized after I posted this that I had asked this question before. My crafting has pretty much centered around making shapes and making tooling from whatever carbon steels are scrapped around. Therefore, I do not have a very good knowledge of the alloys. I do see some of my blade smithy friends select one grade of steel and stick with it, one used 1080 almost exclusively another uses 5160 or O1. I could have gotten the 4140 like right now if I wanted it, the shop I visit usually has a lot of it around. I worked out a few things today - and came up with a game plan that this axe will have to be punch and drifted mild steel with a good bit welded in. The customer asked me for something viking inspired but still around the cross section of what a standard axe would be. Cross section not profile thank goodness. I drew things out, and got an idea of the dimensions I need to forge, its a beast. I'm planning on convincing him of something more modest than a 4" bearded blade. The customer may also just go - holy crap forget it when they see my estimate too.
  16. billyO

    Introduction WIP

    Thanks Alan! Regarding the billet make up, I know I had 15N20 on both outsides on the original billet, but don't think I paid attention to it after that. But to be honest, i can't remember because I put these billets together the last time I fired up the forge, almost 6 months ago. Yesterday I flattened the blade and forged in the bevels to come up with this blade shape. The edges have been cleaned up on the grinder in preparation for getting this on my surface plate and scribing some center lines so I can take it to the grinder.
  17. AndyB

    paypal tips??

    Yes they can do that. Basically if you have money in your PayPal account you can hit a button on your page on PayPal and send that right to your own bank account or debit card.
  18. Kreg

    paypal tips??

    Sooooooo if I just want to recieve money and not spend....they can just load the funds on to a debit card?? I like the sound of that a lot better than linking them with my bank.
  19. AndyB

    paypal tips??

    You can do that but you’d have to connect your bank to pay pal on your settings page. You can either apply it to a bank account or debit card. It’s fairly simple I use PayPal to order stufffrom eBay quite a bit.
  20. Kreg

    paypal tips??

    Sooooooo paypal doesn send the money to my bank?? How do I get my $ then....I dont get it. lol
  21. Gary Mulkey

    Getting in a Morning's Forging

    Thanks, Cliff, I only wish that my energy was what it used to be but being 71 years old, I'll take what I've got.
  22. GBrackett

    paypal tips??

    I use both business, and Family, Friends... I add the cost of doing business to my price... it is after all part of business development, and costs... I just say free to you shipping...
  23. Clifford Brewer

    Getting in a Morning's Forging

    I envy your energy level ................
  24. AndyB

    paypal tips??

    PayPal you can use like a bank, people can send you money and you can send money to them. But use PayPal like a separate bank from the one say you and your family would use. And yes PayPal does take a small percentage.
  25. AndyB

    Okay don't laugh at me too hard on this one...

    I’m not really scared lol I just don’t wanna bend it so far outta shape it won’t function lol. I’m actually trying to make something that I can use in a kitchen. I’d like to make it sturdy enough to hack through bone. I just gotta figure out how I’m going to do the handle exactly. So it will fit the hand comfortably.
  26. Joshua States

    Okay don't laugh at me too hard on this one...

    Hidden tangs are not that difficult. It was the first type of handle I learned to do and was , for the most part, most of the handles I made in my first couple of years. Don't be scared, be adventurous!
  27. Kreg

    paypal tips??

    Just finished another "competition" blade. Its to the point now that I have so many knives I am having a hard time even starting another one. Time to try and sell a few. Any tips on what to do or what not to do? Should I start a separate bank account just for it? Do they take a percentage....I assume its not free. How do I start.....paypal.com?
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