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  1. It’s been almost 3 years since I’ve touched anything to do with bladesmithing. An extended spell of poor mental health, somewhat kept in check by the creative outlet of forging came to a head after forging this blade for a friend nearly 3 years ago. I locked up my workshop and decided I needed to get away from everything so I built a camper and room a 4 month trip with my partner at the time only to find that on arriving home and moving in with her father ( we moved out of our rented house before travelling) I found that my mental health was in fact worse. The trip had taken a big toll, mainly due to the realisation that my problems stemmed from being unhappy in my relationship. So to continue the upending of everything we split, I moved in with my parents and put my whole workshop in a storage unit as it was in a garage that belonged to my now ex’s father. I contemplated a move across the country, I spent a lot of time in a tattoo shop learning the ropes as an alternative career path. Then I met a wonderful women who is now my partner and her lovely daughter who was six months at the time. We had a baby together. The girls are now 2 years old and 4 months old. I genuinely haven’t ever been this happy The tattoo gig got put on hold thanks to corona shutting the shop down and during that time I’ve decided I’m happiest while working with my hands. The two constants through this whole period have been my day job (I’m a carpenter and general builder) this work has been my main job for the last 8 years. The second constant being the San mai Bowie occupying space both in a draw in my dads wood working workshop (where my knife making gear is all currently packed into a corner or two) and a space in the back of my mind. Always reminding myself it’s there and that I wish I had finished it. Bladesmithing has been on the back burner for me since locking my workshop up before travelling, never given up on but life kept getting in the way and it became more of a research pursuit than a practical one. Well the woodworking construction side of my business with my dad and uncle has taken off too a point where we need industrial space and have been actively looking. Which sparked an interest in getting all of my bladesmithing gear setup up and working in a section of the unit. This in turn has sent me back down the rabbit hole and I’ve been hit with a sense of rejuvenation This knife is a san mai a two bar twist core clad in 1095 on the outsides it’s around 8inches and it will be finished in 2021.
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  2. That's got kind of a cool "tribal" vibe to it. Probably would sell quickly on some sort of tacti-cool karambit like thing if you could bring yourself to make something like that
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  3. I bought a knife off a bladesmith about 2 months ago. I thought what he did was really cool so after a few Google searches and another local forum, I had a forge and anvil. Someone mentioned forged in fire so I checked it out and took some pointers. Did a lot of reading... a lot. Long story short, I jumped right in. The large camp knife is my first try, the mini cleaver is my 2nd. I look forward to being a part of this community! Cheers
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  4. I was looking into starting a new thread on this topic and found this one, so I thought it would probably be best to just add the info here. Attached is a paper (online link here, but I attached it to in case that link ever goes dead) that does a great job of showing the viscosity and specific heat of several types of "vegetable oils". I have copied Table 1 and Table 6 below, as they are the most pertinent, but there is lots of good info in the paper. I have also included some info on water for a comparison. The main things to keep in mind with quenchants is that you want a certain cooling rate. The less viscous your oil and the higher the Specific Heat, the quicker the quench. These are not the only factors though; and it is worth noting that higher temperatures can damage the oils thus drastically changing their performance. So far this is the most comprehensive source of thermal conductivity for vegetable oils I have found. I have included their heat capacity and viscosity tables, too. Hopefully this all goes to show why it is good to increase the temperature of your vegetable oil quench media prior to quenching. As we can see in the last set of charts, the thermal conductivity doesn't change a whole lot with temperature, but the viscosity and heat capacity do. So heated oil moves easier, meaning more oil can get in contact with the steel, and it takes more energy (heat) from the steel to raise the temperature of the oil. Viscosity and Specific Heat of Vegetable Oils as a Function of Temperature 35 C to 180 C.pdf
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  5. Welcome aboard! I strongly suggest hooking up with these guys: https://www.georgiaknifemakersguild.com/ if you haven't already. Looks like the site's been idle for a few months, but I know some of those guys offer instruction. A couple of hours with a good maker will take months off your learning curve; a class will take years off!
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  6. Indeed! It's still a cool pattern.
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  8. Welcome back! I really like the way that twist patter is peeking out from under the 1095. I'm looking forward to seeing it completed.
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  9. Well... after reading all that- id have probably just two things to say. 1. Glad you're doing better. I'm a former soldier with PTSD who all too well, understands what depression and mental health can do to your life. 2. Ok, its done now. You're back on your feet. FINISH THAT BLADE ASAP! Thats a gorgeous profile, and you need to show us it finished and looking sexy.
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  10. Very creditable first effort Matt. Going to be interesting to see the progress as you get further down the rabbit hole
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  11. Please do (and update!), this looks really cool as it is regardless! I'm always excited to see new pattern welds.
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  12. Nice one Joel. Always very rewarding to have someone come in and make something for themselves. I have a friend of my wife and me who has been coming in most monday mornings for about 12 months now. At the start she just wanted to see how a knife was made but it wasnt long before it changed and so far she has made 3 or 4 for hersef and one each for her sons. Still has a way to go in finish bevel grinding but has paitence and is slowly learning.
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  13. Very good looking knife. The handle is really top notch. Doug
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  14. Pre-treatments before main forging complete and looking good
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  15. ACU army mechanics coveralls turned into micarta scales for a knife for an army buddy who was my truck mechanic in iraq. Just made a 1x, and 2x4 pine wood form, and pressed with a 2x4 screwed across.
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  16. Then again, you can always do this: For lack of a surface grinder... - Beginners Place - Bladesmith's Forum Board IMNSHO-That topic really should be pinned.
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  17. Fun anecdote: Last week I needed to find something out about how exactly N works out in tool steels. I sent an email to a guy I know and got sent back 36 scientific papers about 4 hours later. That is an element that historic smiths never knew existed, and I was easily able to obtain a veritable mountain of research from around the globe in less than a day. Now I just have to read it, understand it, and figure out how to apply it.
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