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  1. I was recently contacted by someone through my FB page asking about a dagger I made several years ago (2016?). He wanted to know if I could make another one and how much it would cost. Now you know why I use templates! I have the blade, guard, and handle templates from this dagger and can reproduce a fairly accurate copy. This is a 9-bar blade, and it's accordion cut, so I need a big hunk of steel. Here is the starting billet. 3.25" x 1.5" x 5.5"
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  2. Haven't posted for a while but I've continued to work with making mt own crucible steel, things have considerably improved.
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  3. Hotdogs and marshmallows in the dragons breath for me.
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  4. I've been known to reheat a slice of pizza on my forge body...
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  5. You may be surprised by how many people would not consider that to be a problem.
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  6. Wish I could drop an anvil on them like in Roadrunner cartoons..... Not having paypal was a problem for me on occasion, its just a difficult and expensive option in this country........sort of a relief to now know I can go ahead with my life like they never existed.
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  7. Chainsaw files are typically harder that the usual file(they're designed to "sharpen" hardened steel after all). I remember reading as high as 70 HRC. Let's say your blade is 59hrc, the file should be able to cut enough material before it's dull. Then you finish with a rod of slightly smaller diameter with wet dry sandpaper around. Or simply grind your dull file down. So, you file your hook down to around 0.05" at an angle of around 30° before HT. Do the remaining 5 mils with the same file post HT. Then clean the hook/sharpen with sandpaper. Just my 5 cents(no one ce
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  8. That's good to hear.much less to worry about then, and faster return to normal activities. Best of luck to you, and I continue to hope the monkey is staying off your back.
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  9. that frame is a pretty nice hunk of steel, the whole thing looks great and very well done.
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  10. The maximum (whilst fully supported by the frame and ram) is 2" x 6". I codged the dies together from scrap for the prototype to test it, so they are 'sub optimal in many ways'! They are 45 x 140 mm You can have a much wider die on this press than some other designs, as they are held by the front and back clamps (rather than screws going up into the ram, and down into the bed). Ive designed it so you can make dies easily by welding bits onto a plain flat plate, and the clamps locate onto that. The wider dies area should be useful, as you can work off centre as its very
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  11. I have done a few of these. Do you know who Tom and Ray Magliozzi aka The Tappet Brothers, are/were? Anyway, they had a saying that every project is an opportunity to buy a new tool. So if you don't already have some, go get an assortment of chainsaw files. If you already have the chainsaw files, consider buying a Dremel tool and some chainsaw grinding bits.......and other cool burrs. That's a rabbit hole. It's a fairly simple procedure to file that groove in with a round file. Just remember to keep the angle fairly shallow so you can create a sharp edge through the inside curve. S
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  12. After a little more forging and tweaking, I was satisfied with the shape and straightness. So I clamp my template to the form, and scribe the profile. After grinding the profile, I can strike the edge center lines. I also stike a center line down each face. Now comes the make or break it test. Grinding into this bar will reveal any flaws or voids in the welds. Nothing but clean steel is a good sign.
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  13. Well, after Liz's birthday lunch and some tile shopping, I got some forge time in. The bar got flattened out and I set myself to the profile shaping. Template on the anvil Forge the tip out and start the ricasso/tang area. Start spreading to get the width I need, and establish the bevels Draw the tang out fully and match against the template This one will take a lot of grinding. It will not be fully forged to shape. The grinds have to be deep enough to to relveal 5 bars on the face of the blade. I
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  14. A little side bar project spawned from this bar. I took all those little triangles and cleaned them up. Then I arranged them in a canoe with some 1095 powder. After welding the canoe shut.... I welded it in the press. I hot cut off the end and split the seam. Forged the bar out to about 1" x 5/8" x 8" long. Then a little surface grinding And a light etch This will make something someday.....
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  15. Update: Well..it is official..I sell illegal and deadly weapons.. Yes all..I am 100% guilty of selling (gasp..) SWORDS!! Yes..that is is what got me shut down.. Apparently swords are illegal to sell as far as PayPal is concerned and there is no appeal of this decision..So I am taking the next step once I figure out who I call first. More as things progress... JP (still working on melting steel) H
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