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  1. This is very exciting for me!!! It’s just a three layer “san-mai” weld, but its my first and the proof of concept excitement is high The outer layers are known cold-rolled low-carbon steel, and the core is mystery mid/low-carbon steel I found in a bucket somewhere. I forged it “thick” and quenched it without any kind of bevel/taper to try to maintain the core location. It water-quenched no problem(fully expected it to all shear apart) I took it to the grinder and went to aprox 600 grit(dinked around with belts, stones, and sand-paper, can’t remember where I l
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  2. Today we completed day 2 of the Damascus class. The pattern that Buddy had chosen presented some unique challenges but between the two of us we overcame them and he went home with the blade for his Egyptian dagger.
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  3. Never does a man stand so tall than when he stoops to help another. Remember, wherever you go in life, there you are.
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  4. Here’s some of my forged stuff form the last year .
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  5. It's a 3 1/2" blade. Probably a larger folder but still fits nicely in my back pocket.
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  6. I had to change a handle on a reenactment combat blunt seax. During use the handle had broken. On inspection the tang had been forced out the side. As I took off the old handle the problem became clear - the tang was too short, and on impact to the blade, the joint between wood and antler had worked as a pivot point because the hole in the wood was too big. I took a nice piece of walnut with straight grain, and milled out the slot for the tang. Glued it all together and added two pins to keep it all secure. To cover up the pin
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  7. Well, I fell down the rabbit hole at http://islandblacksmith.ca/forge/..... Now where was I? Oh yeah. Amazing work Dave thanks for making me feel completely inadequate.....It makes me push a little more.
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  8. Forging the Blade The raw material for this blade spent most of the last century on a former homestead. A large portion of the steel was used for another blade, this was the piece cut from half of the left side. Slowly drying the clay for yaki-ire over the embers in the charcoal forge. After yaki-ire, an #80 grit Sun Tiger stone reveals the approximate hamon as the geometry is set. Habaki Habaki forged to shape in preparation for silver soldering in the charcoal forge. The habaki is textured with files and patinated using a blend of copper salts sim
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  9. The pen is not mightier than the sword. The pen does not win battles, nor does the sword write poetry. Mighty is the hand which knows when to pick the pen and when to pick the sword.
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  10. Sometimes I like to use big words which I dont fully understand to make myself sound more photosynthesis.
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  11. There are two types of people in this world: 1) Those who can extrapolate from incomplete data.
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  12. My Dad always said the hardest part of any job is getting started.
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  13. I post this one every few months, It deserves to be said again because it explains the life of a maker. (At least for me) “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm” -Winston Churchill.
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  14. Be good, and you will be lonesome. Be lonesome and you will be free. Live a lie, and you will live to regret it. That's what living is to me. -Mark Twain & Jimmy Buffett If the wondering is fun, then I'd say, yes. Maybe it's just who your are and what you do. And shouldn't that be enough?
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  15. I judge a person by how they treat the wait staff in a restaurant.
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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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  17. If one chooses to do things slowly it can be both a good or a bad way to do it. If one chooses to do things fast it can also be a good or bad way to do it But, If one chooses to do things half fast one will fall far short of any great deeds in life............ ( I know its an old one but it still makes me crack a smile ).........
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