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  1. I've been working on a pipe tomahawk head and finished up the filing on Sunday. After taking the last few strokes with a 3" needle file, and seeing the 16" mill bastard next to it, I thought it would be of interest to some to see the results of drawfiling the way I do, the end result, and every single file I used on the project. First, drawfiling. For hawk heads, there's really not a good way to finish them totally on the grinder because of all the odd curves and stepped lines. Well, maybe if I had a small wheel attachment, but not as I am currently set up. I forge to shape, remove th
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  2. First off, THANKS to all you for the guidance and patience with my n00b questions over the last 3 months. It finally came together, and I wanted to share: Day one. Ordered anvil and prepped the cylinder. Added the Kaowoll and started coating the inside. (Thank to Wayne for providing the wool & cement) Still no anvil...but that's ok. Don't have a stand yet. Simple... yet effective! (now...where's that anvil!?) Staying with 'simple'... here's my burner added the .023 mig tips as nozzles Rear Port adde
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  3. If properly taken care of, a good quality file can last a long time indeed. Most of the ones in that picture are 18 years old. My Mexico-made Nicholsons are so bad I simply don't use them. Poor tooth-cutting, bad heat treat. They just don't work, even on brass or silver. I hear the Brazil-made ones are a little better, but the Mexican-made experience left such a bad taste in my mouth I've said no to any foreign-made Nicholsons. I am a file snob, I admit it. But considering the life and use I get from the good ones, it's not worth it to me to deal with the cheap ones. The most imp
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  4. In theory there is no difference between theory & practice. In practice there is.
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  5. Really nice. I like the shape of it a lot.
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  6. Thanks for this Gary. Truly Inspired.
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  7. Wow Gary. Mind blown again. Thanks.
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  8. Welcome aboard Micheal! Thanks for The reply. Very impressive! I think I'm still too fat to be able to do half that lol. I would like to think I could do 10 miles, but usually I start to self destruct if i push it. I ran through shin splints when I was in the 290's-270's it sucks when every step has to be thought about like that, but at the same time I kinda like to play mind games with myself; pushing through mental inhibitions like pain, discomfort, fatigue, disregarding the impulse to stop. I think running and bladesmithing directly help your mental health and fortitude.
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  9. Most impressive, and inspiring Gary!
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  10. Another one is to use heat treating foil and just oxidize the inside with any torch. I use a propane or MAPP gas torch and wrap my mokume billets in HT foil before I stack them in press plates. Ray Rybar taught me that. Outstanding Gary. What a great pattern. I especially like the way you alternated the W's in the center
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  11. This is pure magic. It's easy to understand why pattern welded blades were so revered in ancient times.
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  12. Gary -- A trick I've heard if you don't have white out is coat the inside of the can with the soot from a too rich oxy-acetylene flame. Apparently that will keep the can from sticking to the billet. I've never tried that, but heard it works. Thought I'd pass it along.
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  13. Boom! Nicely done, sir. That's some ninja welding. Dave
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  14. WOW !!! The pattern is already awesome the finished blade will be also..................
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  15. Hey Zeb, new guy here. I know I'm a little late coming to this post and I am definitely not a doctor!!! The only reason I felt compelled to chime in is because I am a long time runner. My running program has always been based on LSD. Long, Slow, Distance! I've never been fast but once I lock in my pace I'm good thirty five to fifty miles. Marathons are warm ups Average nine minute miles these days on the long ones but on a 5k I can still crank out seven minute miles, with a lot of huffing and puffing All I have are a few helpful quips that have motivated me to go when it was 105f or -10f with
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  16. HELL EXPLAINED BY A CHEMISTRY STUDENT The following is an actual question given on a University of Arizona chemistry mid term, and an actual answer turned in by a student. The answer by one student was so 'profound' that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well : Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)? Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant.
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