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  1. A few days of chilling later...... For those of you who were wondering what went wrong with that last one, it was all in the clean up on the lathe. The casting was quite solid and the back turned flat and beautiful. The face also surfaced well, but you will notice that my center hole was slightly off. The outer border isn't uniform around the whole perimeter. It is norrower in some areas than in others. So I cut it up. One of the problems I was fighting with was the crucible was too small for the pour. I wasn't getting eno
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  2. This one is my drop point hunter with a teardrop style handle. The blade is 8670 carbon steel and 4 3/4” in length. The scales are Mexican cocobolo, with green liners, brass pins, and a brass lanyard hole. Opinions welcome!
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  3. So I happened to pull out the design drawing and see how much of a curve the edge needed and I noticed that my latest sucess fell drasticly short of the required demensions... Yay for me, I made another one! Outside of a rather forceful hammer blow on the edge that has to stay, it came out fairly well. It is etched and has a handle rough shaped. I do wish there was a little more damascus showing, but at this point that is something I can live with so long as I get this off my bench. My next hair brained idea is to inlay some antler peices into the handle about half way up.
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  4. The title pretty much says it all. Do you think this is wrought iron?? Its not priced bad....she wants 20 bucks.
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  5. if i were buying only one i would prolly get a good size press if i was building only one i would build a tire hammer as it is i built a press and years later started to build an air hammer and picked up a old hammer before i finished the air and then another hammer (help) the press will be more neighbor friendly the hammers for when you dont care any more
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  6. It's a little hard to tell from your picture, but an old smith I know says to look for a pattern in the pits on the inside of the tire. If it's true wrought Iron the pits will line up to follow the "grain" of the striations in the iron. Of course, the best way is to cut it, notch and break it to look for the grain. At $20, I'd take the chance. If it's not wrought, then you have a fairly hefty piece of mild steel to play with.
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  7. And don't forget this pinned thread:
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  8. Your question doesn't really have a answer, there's just too many variables to say “This press is best for beginners” Plus, while many of us have used a number of different presses, I don't think any of us have used enough presses to claim a broad working knowledge of which press is best for beginners. One point to consider, if you get a press just to get started, how soon will you outgrown that press and can you afford to spend the money a second time. Look around where you live and see if there's any smiths that might let you get a taste on their press. There's nothing like in-person ad
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  9. Hello, i have one chef knife without an owner so i would like to offer it here. The blade is made of K720 which is comparable to US O2 steel. The handle is made of wenge. Lenght of the blade - 18 cm High of the blade - 5,4 cm Lenght of the handle - 12 cm Price - 220 USD and shipping from Czech Republic Thank you
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  10. Hi everyone! Hope you've all survived the Holiday feasting without too much abdominal pain! (and yet we have New-Year eve right around the corner! ) Anyhow, I've been working on this Seax inspired blade... It is not exactly historically correct - but I weighed my need for self expression higher than historically accuracy in this project. Below is a preview of the blade itself. Currently I am working on the handle - more specifically the rear bolster. Engraving is a time consuming process I'm afraid... The blade length from where the tang meets t
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  11. That was worth it! https://youtube.com/shorts/UTZlB0n3hL8?feature=share
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  12. I though a few of you might enjoy this little project. here is a graphic of my mini press, (the beer is unopend and for scale): I can get about 5-6 crunchs from one billet heat. Cost about 70.00 for the jack - on sale at HF, most of the steel was laying around my shop. I did have to buy about 2" of 1" X 2" flat bar for the upper die and die set. 100.00 is a high estimate of the cost. There is a full page of info on my website. Hope this helps T. Toler Thunder
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  13. Anndddd I was able draw all of the teeny, tiny spheroidized cementite into the bands and harden. Through hardened flawlessly, no warps. 64+RC.
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  14. I'm tired of the rust and have almost reached the point where I'll take the time to build covers for my anvils and boxes that I can flip open for my tools. I'm trying to tell myself I'll really do it this winter :-)
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