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  1. Knife #7 1075 aldos 5.5 inch blade Cocobolo, ebony and elk enter handle. Differentially heat treated. Traded making this for a bandsaw and a planer. Having trouble letting it go now......
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  2. Sounds like a rivet forge? Pics would indeed help. Leon has a good point about the amount of fuel in the forge, and I know with a rivet forge you can't really pile it on without some modifications. Coal is also a lot more dense than charcoal, but you do still need a couple of inches of coal below the steel and an inch or more above it. And as Charles said, more air equals more heat, but also more oxidation unless your fire is deep enough to handle it. Centaur's coal is decent stuff, but almost anywhere else will be cheaper. I used my superpowers to look at your IP
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  3. Lake Wanaka Lake Wanaka Lake Pukaki Lawrence Maracopa Falls.
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  4. Well, this is kinda an ‘or’ situation. More air flow is ‘hotter’, less is ‘longer’. There are a lot of fire management videos on YouTube that are worth a watch. A couple of photos of you current setup may help; both cold and clean to see the firepot and also one or two in operation.
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  5. Nice! You can always make another one, and now you'll have a bandsaw and planer to help!
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  6. I have just read through this thread twice. Here are my observations and opinions. How is the temp determined? A thermocoupler can be off by a couple hundred degrees one way or the other, depending on where in the forge it is located.. In any case, I think you are too cold. Get it over 2200 and keep it there for all the welding and forging operations. This leads me to believe that you are trying to make a Ws patterned billet and then do a feather split. The stacking of the Ws is going well and the split is where you have the trouble rewelding? So I would reiterat
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  7. as someone who started out as a complete noob, I learned that more is less, when it comes to fuel. (at least thats how it seems for me when using charcoal) how do I describe this... imagine the steel is a piece of fish and the charcoal is your..fire. if you burn only a little amount it will take longer to cook the fish and you have to keep adding more coals to it, so it burns longer yes but is less effective and ultimately uses up more time and money while doing much less work. having "the right amount" of fuel in relation to the size of the pieces you're working with
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  8. Such beautiful places...
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  9. Lake Pukaki Lake Pukaki Lake Quill Lake Ruitaniwha Lake Tekapo
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  10. Lake Matheson Lake Matheson Lake Matheson Lake matheson Lake Pukaki
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  11. When my oldest nephew's first marriage went south he took two weeks leave from the Army and traveled in both islands. He said it was some of the most stunning scenery that he had ever seen. Doug
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  12. It does have it's moments in the North Island. View from my old factory.
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  13. Right now, the view is less inviting. Just waiting for the start of a week of rain.
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  14. Finally got some time to work on my own stuff, and did some rough grinding on the Damascus blade. Had to do a quick etch to see how she is gonna look... now to clean her up and get ready for the heat treat
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  15. Actually, that is a pretty good first attempt. You have what is a common problem for beginners, a short, steep, fat edge bevel. That sort of grind does not cut very well. If you were to cut an apple, for instance, it would cut up to the start of the flat, and then it would split the apple, tearing and cracking it. I assume that you cut this out and tried to grind an edge with an angle grinder? Draw filing would get you better results, but it's a tough go to draw file hard steel. But for a first try, you are miles ahead of my first knife. Of course back then, all we had were rocks, a
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  16. You getting along there little doggy?tutch of gray perhaps
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