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  2. Sean McWilliams

    Knives of My Boyhood

    You don't have to be older than dirt, but at least have some years on 'ya to remember when folding knives were just called "Pocket Knives." In the new age of retronyms the term is "slip-joint." I have fond memories of those knives, especially the ones I couldn't afford when my only income was from shoveling snow, mowing lawns, and my paper route. Thirty some years ago, I found some prime Sambar stag scales , just before the stag ban, and some red jigged bone scales like the old Case "Muskrat" that my father gave me when I was about 9. I lost that fishing when I fell in the swollen spring stream and my waders filled and started to drag me under. That knife saved my life, I hung on to my rod and reel, but lost the knife. My father never found out though, he passed away that summer. My passion for those old Pocket Knives never dragged under, just put off till now. I dug out those Sambar and bone scales, and patterns of slip-joint folders I made about thirty years ago, and the passion roared into flames! Here are a small 2-blade and large Muskrat in Sambar stag. I have enough stag to make only five more small and 1 or 2 more large single blade folders. I wish I could give one to my father, but I'll just have keep at least one for myself. Shall it be stag or red jigged bone, maybe one of each. See and hear that large Muskrat walk and talk on my Twitter page @Bladesmith111
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  4. Joshua States

    This almost killed me

    BTW- Thanks Alan. I'll try something similar. You can "friend" someone, and then "unfollow", if they start to post too much crap. Pages like Thor's Forge generally only post the forge works, the personal page is all the other stuff.
  5. Have you ever had doubts about the value edge packing. Just an old blacksmith's tale? What is it, does it work, how does it work? I set about researching this subject in 1988, publishing the results in Knives Illustrated Magazine in the 1989/Winter issue. The article, titled "Microphotographing Steel" featured 400X photographs of cross sections of forged blade steels. The photos reveal considerable grain refinement due to forging, but the proof of "edge packing" was inconclusive. And there remained questions. Particle Metallurgy (CPM) steels were new on the market, and the question raised was "Does forging refine the grain in finer grain CPM steels?" I conducted a similar study recently and published the results, the microphotographs, edge holding tests, and toughness tests. With higher magnification, 500X, and higher resolution photography, the answer is undeniably YES! Even in fine grained Particle alloys. I didn't really see it in the packed edge until I enlarged the photograph full screen on a 21" screen. Wow! something definitely different happened at the edge. Carbide particles were not just randomly finer and finer, but arranged like tightly stacked stones of a defensive wall. To further prove what this does for a forged blade, I did edge holding tests on stock removal, just forged, and forged and packed samples. Forging improved edge holding by a factor of 2.63, over stock removal, and edge packing improved edge holding 1.37 X over the forged blade. Bending tests proved significant improvements in toughness. I published the full story on my web site https://seanmcwilliamsforge.com/scientific-knife-testing-proves-performance-and-durability-of-sean-mcwilliams-knives/ Photos attached here are not full size, so if you want to see them on a big screen, I can email them info@seanmcwilliamsforge.com
  6. Zeb Camper

    This almost killed me

    I stalk. He's in a few groups I'm a part of. Blades of history, seax files, and maybe another one. I mean to friend request more people, but sometimes I'd just rather know these people by their work and l not personally as everyone seems to be an expert on politics and extremely opinionated these days.
  7. Joshua States

    This almost killed me

    Are you following his personal page or the Thor's Forge page?
  8. Gary Mulkey

    Finding Inspiration

    For this pattern I'm going to forge the scraps of various different Damascus patterns into different geometric shapes (squares, rectangles & triangles) and then selectively stack & weld them into a mosaic pattern. I got a couple rough forged into triangles this morning. Once I get enough of each geometric shape I will cut them into 2" pieces for stacking.
  9. Will Drake

    Finding Inspiration

    When I looked at the picture I started seeing stuff that I know isn't there. So, if you happen to need a name for this I vote for " Rorschach Damascus".
  10. Zeb Camper

    Finding Inspiration

    Sweet! The photo in question is plasticine I believe. I'm anxious to see this all come together!
  11. Gary Mulkey

    Finding Inspiration

    I guess that inspiration is where you find it and only in the eye of the beholder. Recently I saw this photo online. Though I have no idea of if it's rock or mineral or something else, it inspired me to create a new technique for making mosaics. The closest that I can describe it would be a controlled random mosaic. I'm not sure yet if this will require a can or not but either way should be fun creating. A secondary plus for this is it gives me a use for the small drop-offs & scraps of damascus that I've had laying around the shop for some time.
  12. Rodney Jarrett

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  15. jake cleland

    Bee Friction Folder

    The one on the tang? I't's not exactly a stop pin as the tang itself butts against the top of the handle as the main stop. The pin is a kind of latch or detent - it clicks into place when the blade is fully open, and requires a tiny bit more force to close than the friction alone, but it's mostly just there for the satisfying wee noise it makes - adds a wee bit of 'talk' to the 'walk' I came up with it, but it's pretty obvious, so I'd be surprised if no one else has done it. The thumb stud does the same in the closed position...
  16. Clifford Brewer

    Maybe Making Some Improvement/Progress?

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  17. Clifford Brewer

    Bee Friction Folder

    !!
  18. steven smith

    Bee Friction Folder

    I like the stopper pin, did you come up with that yourself? Its very nice, I need to make one someday.
  19. Conner Michaux

    Puukko-ish WIP

    Alright, I’ve got everything I need to finish this thing, but the knife is stuck in the handle again, I tapped it I’m there to much and now it’s looking like it’s not coming out, I’ve been trying to get it out for hours now. Handle is just about finished, the blade is done. Since this handle is not going to come off the tang, I’m thinking I might have to finish it with the handle on, I’ll pour some acetone into the tang hole and once it’s dry I’ll pour the epoxy In there, the only problem is going to Be sharpening, The only way I can sharpen my knives is with one of them Wicked edge systems, but the stones have a little shoulder on either side of the stone, so I won’t be able to sharpen the blade all the way. I’m considering filling off that shoulder, but then that disqualifies it from warranty, Incase it ever breaks, because I’m “modifying/tampering with the product” but filling off the shoulders may be my only choice. And I’ll have to wrap some of the handle I’m tape so I can re etch the blade.
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  21. Shane Savage

    Maybe Making Some Improvement/Progress?

    love the look of this one
  22. Zeb Camper

    Bee Friction Folder

    Awesome!
  23. Zeb Camper

    Power hammer build questions

    Progress... tomarrow I'll make this all eccentric like with the cranky thingy and stitch weld it to the tire rim and start making the new hammer and possibly rebuilding the army doo-dads. I think this is gonna work good. The hammer is actually much heavier than I thought. Gotta be 70 lbs or more. If I cut that weight in half I think its gonna start running a lot smoother.
  24. Zeb Camper

    This almost killed me

    I'll find em' brb. Bergelin my bad
  25. Gary LT

    Bee Friction Folder

    Well executed Jake, copper accents add to the overall design. I especially like how you provided an open fit for the tang extension in the handle. Gary LT
  26. Alan Longmire

    Bee Friction Folder

    Nice!
  27. jake cleland

    Bee Friction Folder

    Just finishing this up. Higonamaki inspired folder, with folded brass handle, carbon steel blade, and copper accents: let me know what you think...
  28. Alex Middleton

    Puukko-ish WIP

    If you try to make distilled water, you need to be able to catch and condense the steam coming off the pot. That's the distilled part, not whats left in the pot. It would be way easier to just buy a gallon at walmart, it'll only cost you a couple bucks. You can mix and store it in pretty much any glass or plastic container, just don't use metal.
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