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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 to
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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 wan
    1 point
  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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  7. What they said. Welcome back!
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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.
    1 point
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