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dan pfanenstiel

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  1. Ya, couple of tsuba in an article. One is a wave theme and one called "Minogame". Nice large pics. Dan
  2. Woohoo! Got my copy today and the book is more than I expected. Some really nice pics of a lot of swords, good articles (especially Don's), and bio's of a bunch of swordmakers including several of us here. The wife teared up when she saw my mug in print. You knew about this early, didn't ya Patrick? Dan
  3. If you look up the book at Amazon.com, there's a bunch of preview pages. I'm not in the previews, but some of you guys are. I think I saw you in there Alan. Looks to be some interesting articles from our own Mr. Fogg, Vince Evans, and Leon Kapp, to name a few. Dan
  4. This should be an interesting book. Steve Shackleford put together something to show the smiths doing all sorts of swords and contacted several of us for contributions. Dunno if I made the book, but I sent stuff in. Amazon reports that my copy should be here on Thursday, can't wait. Dan
  5. I should be there as well, barring the creek rising. Hope to get a sword done for show-and-tell :-) Dan
  6. Nice Louie, lovely shapes there. Some closeups of some of the hamon and hada would be greatly appreciated too. Dan (still looking for my smith name)
  7. That is just nice, Cris. Very pleasing. I especially like the the first pic, the wrapped handle. Dan
  8. Scott Slobodian pioneered the super glue finish. He's commented on as many as thirty coats or more. It can be less, just depends on the look. I've used paper towels, but a lint free wipe, like what they use in photography is better. I've just used my finger tip, but don't recommend it. Let the coats dry in between for a good period, especially as it gets thicker. Dan
  9. Mere hours away and a bump for this event. It should be a not miss for anyone interested in blades of any kind, but especially japanese sword people. At this show, I have stood and talked with Yoshindo Yoshihara, Anthony DeChristifano, Rick Barrett, Keith Larman, Ted Tennold, etc, etc. And then there's the nihonto all over the room and seminars by experts in the field. Now if I could just hook up a smokin' deal on the sword of my dreams. Where'd I put that roll of quarters? Dan
  10. I remember hearing that Bill wasn't going to make hammers anymore. I've got one and love it. Dan
  11. Dunno where it is at this point, but Mike Vagnino and others were working on an ABS school here in Ca (Visalia). There's a nifty hammer-in once a year that sort of fostered the school idea. Went last year, to the hammer-in, and they were trying to arrange the arrangements. I let my ABS membership lapse some time ago, on some ideas about the club that were more my own misinterpretation. I think I understand it better now, and would have different expectations if I joined again. It helps to find people like Mike trying to broaded the ABS' range over to the west coast. Dan
  12. I'm betting the operator would get differntially hardened, or fully hardened. My blades get treated fine by regular water or quench oil. Dan
  13. I do! I do! Oh wait, I'm already going. Oh crap, forgot to make hotel res... Hey john, I'll be there as a spectator. It'd be good to talk again, or anyone else here that's going. Dan
  14. Apparently, my version of "sweeping the floor" involves completely rearranging the shop. My rut must be epic because I've pulled all the cabinets off the wall and moved them to new locations, finally will run that dedicated 220v outlet on said new bare wall so that I'm not using the dryer plug, and generally causing mayhem out there. Hope it gets back together before the end of the weekend. Oh, and spent a couple of vacation days running around on the beach too... that helps a lot. Dunno if all that will cure my rut, but can't hurt. Dan
  15. I tried several times last year to get ahold of Larry through e-mail for some forge parts, with no answer. At one point he did respond, saying he was open for business, but when I sent a list of items I wanted it went unanswered. I gave up. Dan
  16. Here's a new test for me. The steel is 1095 and mild steel mix, created for me by Chuck Richards at Woodchuck forge, to create a hada. The treatment was simple slanted ashi lines and some spine clay and a quench in Parks 50. Polish is straightforward up to 600 grit, then etch, rub out with 1500 grit paper, then etch, etc.. The new part is the layered steel for me and I think a bit of tweaking with the heat treat will give better hamon activity. Dan
  17. Dunno if it's mentioned in the posts above, may have, but as I move to different blade shapes and sizes, especially thickness, it changes things dramatically in the hamon. If I'm working the standard thickness preshape, say 1/4" and forging my bevels in and going to heat treat, well I can expect things to work like they have many times before. When I go to a heavy blade, especially in cross section thickness, there's more steel there to try to harden so I have to adjust hardening temperature, soak time and/or quenchant. Imagine a standard thickness tanto compared to one with 1/2" thick spine, but the same width. Much different characteristics. Just thought I'd add another variable to the array :-) Dan
  18. Hey! That's awesome, Serge. Good you kept it simple. Everything really works together on that one and the hamon is very complimentary. How's the show preparations coming along? Dan
  19. No worries, Chris. It's just when things are said in an absolute way, like "you have to dry the clay, or else it won't work", that things break down. One of the reasons I really liked Satanite for all these years is that you didn't have to let it dry for a day or two (unlike AP Green #36). I'm way too impatient for that. I've tried both ways, and several other side ways, and gotten good results just moving to the forge with a wet blade. I don't like the consistancy of Satanite so have moved to the Rutlands..... I do the same thing with the Rutlands furnace cement, but it misbehaves more. It does have the smooth consistancy, applies like a dream compared to Satanite, and sticks like a sonofagun, but it does puff up and bits sometimes fall off while heating up. Again, I've tried letting it dry or baking it, but it gets wonky on me and I end up going back to my wet clay to the forge routine. It's good that you're trying other things like the Rockite, you might stumble on the perfect over-the-counter stuff. Dan
  20. Ah, cool. So all those blades I did with Satanite, without drying the clay first, didn't come out. It must be like how they say the bumble bee should't be able to fly, they just forgot to tell the bee Dan
  21. Shouldn't need to dry Satanite, apply to the blade and go to heat treating. In such thin application, I used to just run in and out of just heating up forge to cure it slowly (a minute or two) until it turned ashy color, or black, then go to town. Blade should be left with something around 60 grit scratches so that the clay has something to hold on to. It is tempting to polish while the blade is soft, but too smooth and clay doesn't hold. If looking for a smooth consistancy clay being used, search the forum for "Rutlands clay". A bit different than Satanite, but good stuff. Dan
  22. Ya Tom, Serge's got some real talent going on. I figure I better be nice early on, so's he don't forget us little people when he's famous Serge's mentioned that he hopes to make Blade show this year. I'll be pulling for him. Dang Serge, sorry to hear about a crack. I thought for sure you would have no trouble. Maybe too hot at quench? The 1050 steel is usually pretty forgiving and we used the Parks 50 on Saturday so can get different results. Always gotta be ready to start a new one. You're always welcome here. Dan
  23. I don't get a lot of visits from other makers, or anyone else knife related for that matter. Sort of a knife related void in my area. So, it was sure nice to spend half the day with Serge Panchenko this weekend. This was the second time Serge had come to get some tips from me, and it has been a pleasure each time. Last time we did some heat treating work and got him all excited about that. This time he wanted to do some forging himself and watch me do what I do. I was happy to ablige. I forged a tanto out of some 1050, finished up, and let him give it a try. He obviously had a good idea of what to do with hammer and anvil, because he demonstrated some excellent control and attention to detail while working the steel. Hopefully we'll get to see what comes of it when he gets it all finished out. Good times with a good guy. Dan
  24. It looks good, Jake. You manage to pull off some good esthetics there. Next one'll be even better. Dan
  25. I was gunna say..... I think the unchanged/unfinished web site club was eyballing a new president. Like I can talk. Dan
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