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    Hello: Here is this last week's work..One worked and the others are what I call a pattern fail.. well.. as I have said before..experience is what you get when you don't get what you want so...while they turned out OK as a knife in general they are not what I wanted... Materials are 1095/L-6 and a small amount of meteoric iron.. Now the one that worked was the one I was sure wouldn't..that is the wavy feather pattern..THAT one did work and I think it came out pretty spiffy..I just wish I could make a longer piece cause a full length sword in this pattern would be totally unreal..It was a real PITA doing this pattern and I think I found a way that isn't so nerve wracking...More on this later once I work it out and get things sorted.. Hope these pics work.. This old man is back to work... JPH
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    Ok, I'm too excited about this to not share it. I'm working on my second attempt at mosaic pattern, and just got my first glimpse of the pattern. I'm kind of bouncing up and down like a kid at Christmas right now...
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    Porcupine would be my first guess, it depends on where you got it. Weasel, mink, fisher, wild pig, badger are all candidates, but the upward sweeping gouges look like a porky to me. Geoff
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    Gah if it were me I would have salvaged it cut off the broken part and fixed it up. That’s why I’m so hesitant now in just throwing stuff out lol never know if I’ll need it again.
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    This was going to be my suggestion. Don't even bother with the acid etch using the composition you have. It will only give you blah results. Sand the blade back to about 600 grit and clean it off with hot water and acetone. Then put it in the instant coffee (mix it strong) and leave it there for a few hours. (I do coffee etch for 6+ hours sometimes overnight) See what you get. Rinse with warm water and lightly sand with high grit (800+) to shine up the 15N20.
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    I wouldn't use the sharpie either. Just etch it and then get some instant coffee and do a coffee etch which will darken the core and the 15n20 will stay shiny.
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    Well the good news is the blade was successfully hardened. It is now in the oven tempering. I had enough dry weather to do the normalization and quench for heat treat. Yes. Now I can finish off this knife. I'm quite surprised though with the different way this one turned out. Especially the edge of the blade It was actually pretty sharp after the initial grinding of the blade. I'm sure it will get much sharper after the tempering. So I guess I know what I'm doing for the next two hours while this thing cooks lol. But I'm glad this process is getting easier and easier to do. This time on the quench though I actually had a flare up which I was a bit surprised about but not really. So I must of passed the oils flash temp at some point lol. I'm glad I was able to get this done before the next storm which is just off shore.
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    I’m kind of confused by what I’m looking at. Geoff that almost looks like a vice. Interesting. I don’t have many tools as of yet but slowly building them up. Is that just like a jaw clamp? With a solid non moving bottom jaw and top jaw can swivel if I’m looking at your picture Correctly?
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    Wow. I hope you can share the report findings when you get it. I love the whole iron smelting, bloomery and crucible steel making going on in the blade-smithing arena. Thanks for sharing.
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    I use Owen's method. His hardy tool was fairly easy to make. Edit: if I make a centered tang, I just file afterwards 1/8" off top and bottom of the tang to create shoulders. These will have to be filed for proper fit anyways.
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    Epic thread, even my wife likes your crucible steel! Your results are impressive.
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    Holy Smokes that is some interesting stuff. Thank you for sharing
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    Hello: Just finished these a wee bit ago..so they are very fresh..don't want no stale steel around here!....all are 1095/L-6 with some meteoric iron thrown in for grins and giggles...phosphor bronze fittings and Rosewood, Red Deer or various flavours of Bovine Ivory grips.... this group came out OK.. for an old man working out of his front yard... JPH
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    Some more updates on this. Please, let me know what you think.
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    One of the advantages to using a stone wheel bench grinder for profiling is that, if you round the wheel slightly, those interior corners end up gently eased.
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