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    Just doing some free thinking here and an idea popped the space between my ears. You might want to build simply and get a feeling for how much pattern welding/damascus you can do, without power press or hammer, and see if creating the billet that way takes too much time away from making the actual knife. The enthusiasm of youth is a fine thing but I would be a bit concerned about getting too far down an unexplored path. If you find it profitable or you acquire serious power gear then modifying your forge, or building another, would be chump change in terms of time and money besides which you will have more experience to draw on. If you have some recruits to work as strikers it may not be a concern.
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    I’m pretty smitten with it myself!
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    That's one reason I stay away from tropical hardwoods. Oddly enough, Ebony and African Blackwood don't bother me a bit. Black Walnut does a little, and I can't work with black cherry at all. Instant flu symptoms if inhaled. And it's not as though I ever did much with it to begin with!
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    Now you're starting to over think the problem. I did a welding forge with a brick floor and I learned two things. 1) It's a huge heat sink, it took nearly 20 minutes to come up to welding heat, I could do some other projects waiting for the floor to heat, but it's still a pain. 2) I don't make enough damascus to EVER degrade the floor. After about 3 years I just built a more efficient forge and the brick was barely scored in the center. I stole an idea from Dave Lisch. I lined the forge with an inch of wool, then I took a second 1 inch blanket of wool and soaked it in a thin slurry of Mizzou (both sides) and formed that into the case. Them I took some thick Mizzou and built up the opening (where most of the wear and tear happens) and the floor. The forge has 2 burners running on a common rail input and a single fan. The burners are set about 10 inches apart (in an 24 inch long case, about an 18 inch long interior space). I have not had to patch the floor at all in about 2.5 years (maybe 10 billets). I can get 2500 F, which maxes the pyrometer, so it might be more, and it will run reliably all day. Geoff
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    Hoy, you pulled out all the stops on that one. You left no inch without the wealth of your touch! There is so much eye candy there, I find myself going back another time to drink at the well!! Two thumbs up!!!
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    Love that carving on the handle and the sheath! Great job!
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    As long as you tune the pipes like race headers, yes. I'd just go with a big flattened pipe and a big blower. From the side!
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    Yes, definitely the wrong size for finitiob. You're getting pretty knowledgeable on finitiob!
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    I have no experience with this but wouldn’t the burner in the front mean the hose gets in the way and runs the risk of something molten getting on it?
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    "Basket Case" Pattern Welded BIllet - .105"x1.625"x11" $140 Stock #: 20181017-BasketCase1 This is a .105"x1.625"x11" billet of 1084/15n20/Ni steel my "Basket Case" pattern. The Ni alloy sheet in this begins at .0032" thick and is only microns thick after forging, so should not affect blade edges at all.
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    "Spots and Stripes" Pattern Welded BIllet - .125"x2.25"x12.5" $175 Stock #: 20181017-SpotsAndStripes1 This is a .125"x2.25"x12.5" billet of 1095/15n20 steel in my new "Spots & Stripes" pattern. This steel has 9 alternating layers of the random "Spots" and the bold "Stripes" and should be very interesting when ground.
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    "Pseudorandom" Pattern Welded Billet - .170"x1.25"x10.5" $115 Stock #: 20181017-Random2 This is a .170"x1.25"x10.5" billet of 1084/15n20 steel in a "Pseudorandom" pattern.
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    "Spots & Stripes" Pattern Welded Billet - .125"x2.25"x12.5" $175 Stock #: 20181017-SpotsAndStripes2 This is a .125"x2.25"x12.5" billet of 1095/15n20 steel in my new "Spots & Stripes" pattern. This pattern has 9 alternating layers of the "Spots" and "Stripes" and should be very interesting when ground.
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    Collin/Joshua: The AF 2016 videos are being edited and will be released as soon as possible. It's one of the realities of this thing: The live shots are the easy ones. Editing them down to useable/watchable finished products is the thing that takes time. We outsourced the production of the broadcast to a great local Alaskan company of professional film makers. They are also doing the editing. However, they are doing so "on spec," meaning that they hope after they're released they can make some money on them through a lot of views on youtube. This means that they edit it between all the paying jobs they get. It took AF 2013 two years before we had a finished product to release. It wouldn't surprise me if AF 2016 took just as long. You know the old adage: Good/Fast/Cheap . . . choose two. Well, with AF it's good and cheap. Grins, Dave
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