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  1. Sam, To me, forging is the most fun part of knife/sword making. But be careful, its very easy to get a bunch of stuff forged and then look at it and think, holly crap, what have I done, now I have 10 swords I need to finish, and loose interest in some of them before they are all done, cause you want to forge new stuff. Ask me how I know. I've been there. Anyway, keep up the good work.
  2. Greg, Did this start out as one of Darrel Ralph's button release kits? If so did you make the damascus blade yourself? It looks really nice. I'm making one now myself, only I am adding the spring to make it auto. Haven't finished it yet as its still to hot to get out in the shop. The only thing I've found that I don't like so far, and I may be speaking prematurely, is that if I tighten things up so there is no wobble in the blade, then its to tight to open properly. Anyway, yours looks really nice. Tony G
  3. I live in the high desert of S.Cal. Its 100 or above all summer. My shop is two 10 x 10 metal buildings. Can't hardly go in them all summer. Did I mention that I hate the summers here? The winters are nice. Hardly ever gets below 20F. But the summers average 105 most days. Did I mention that I hate the summers here?
  4. Sam, Where in N.Y. do you live? I'm originally from N.Y., but live in S.Cal. now. Tony G
  5. I agree with Robert, Looks like waves on a beach. Can we see the whole blade. It looks really kinda straight, does it have any sori?
  6. Alex, Are you using a new file? A new file will still give some bite on hardened 5160. The test is to be done with a semi dull or dull file.
  7. This gets mentioned often. Have you tried grinding a little off the edge after quenching to see if you hit hard steel? Often we forget about decarb. I had a knife I made out of 5160. I was using a torch and a magnet to H.T. Quench 1 was in heated oil. The file bit into it. 2nd quench into oil, same results. Third quench into room temp water, file still bit into the blade edge. I was stumped for a while, then I thought about decarb. So I went to the grinder and ground straight into the edge, and after not to much grinding I could feel that I hit hard steel. It was deeper then I thought. Maybe
  8. This gets mentioned often. Have you tried grinding a little off the edge after quenching to see if you hit hard steel? Often we forget about decarb. I had a knife I made out of 5160. I was using a torch and a magnet to H.T. Quench 1 was in heated oil. The file bit into it. 2nd quench into oil, same results. Third quench into room temp water, file still bit into the blade edge. I was stumped for a while, then I thought about decarb. So I went to the grinder and ground straight into the edge, and after not to much grinding I could feel that I hit hard steel. It was deeper then I thought. Maybe
  9. Thats very nice. I like it a lot. About 5 or 6 years ago I made a camp knife out of 15N20. I thought at first it was L6. It was from a strip cut out of a big ass circular saw blade. Any way my idea was to make a set like yours. I figured if it was a camp knife, it should have eating utensils with it on the same sheath. Well the knife came out really nice. It had a curly maple handle stained walnut with some really nice silver wire inlay. I made a small eating fork and knife to go with it, but before I got them or a sheath done, I took it with me to the Las Vegas knife show to buy a soft case
  10. This stuff looks really nice. And $3 a lb isn't bad. I paid a lot more for a link of chain from Darren Ellis. But then I really lucked out and a fellow named Robert that live not to far from where I work put an add on this forum for wrought iron chain for $0.30 a pound. I Scored about 260 lb for about $70. I wish I had more money at the time, but what I have will probably last me a life time. I don't think I'll ever come upon a deal like that again. But if I hadn't I'd jump on this stuff. It looks to be of a very nice quality. Its just amazes me that it was on its way to the land fill. It mak
  11. You must have misread and was thinking Hooters on the face shield. Much more fun then Honkers on the face shield. Tony G
  12. Hello All, First of all, I'm not trying to contradict Mr. Clark. Whom I Consider a heat treating god. I think he knows more then I could ever hope to know about heat treating. Or to contradict anyone else here, whom I'm sure know way more then I do. I'll buy the retained austenite in alloy steels because it is something that can be measured in the hardness of the steel with and without treatment. But a certain master smith told me once that he thought it made a tougher blade using carbon steel. Ok, he didn't have any laboratory proof of this. But all I'm trying to say is I think ther
  13. Dick, I have a gravemiester and fool around with it, but I'm no engraver. I bought 3 of the $500 scopes so far and love them. I bought one for myself. Its a Meiji clone made in China. The Chinese are great at cloning stuff. It had no name on it. I don't remember what web page it was from, but I could look for it again if you want, but I think you have already found it. I work as a tech for Nasa JPL, and I needed a scope to do surface mount circuit board assemby. Most idiots around hear would go by something really expensive, but I saved the tax payer some $ and bought another of the sa
  14. Congratulation Brian. Very nice hamons for 5160. Hard work pays off. Are the backs dead soft? I'd be interested to see how a 5160 sword holds up next to a more traditional sword. It would be great if the spine stayed a little springy. Anyway, great work.
  15. Ric, Lyle Brunckhorst has a 100 Ton Flywheel press for sale for $1,500.00 Its in Washington. bronks@nwnexus.com Hope this helps. Tony G
  16. I just looked at the sight, and still get the 2006 schedule ? I need to know! I need lots of time to kiss up to the Boss Lady. Tony
  17. Sorry Sam, I'm a computor idiot. I don't know how to do that yet. And I just got it and its not completly set up yet. When it is, I can take some pictures, but some one would have to walk me through the process of posting them. However, If you go to Grizzly .com and type in surfacegrinder, its the cheapest one. They have the best picture of it. I actually bought it from Harbor Frieght because its the same machine but cheaper. It was $899.00 for a very long time. I would check on it often. But the week I get the cash together and go to buy it, the price had gone up to $999.00. Figure
  18. Thank you all for the infomation. Now to get a good wheel.
  19. O.K. I went and did it. I bought the Harbor Frieght Surface grinder. However, I have never used one, so be prepared for some questions that might seem stupid to those experienced machinists out there. First off. Sitting or standing in front of the machine looking directly at it, and the wheel is turning clockwise. Is the worked moved from left to right? or right to left ? I would think from left to rigth, but don't really know. Second. After the first pass, do you go back over the first pass in reverse before moving the table over for the second pass? Or do you move it over after
  20. Remember, Cable is a high carbom 10XX steel.Should be HT like 1084. 1084 doesn't like water. Not that you can"t do it, its just gonna take some experimenting.
  21. Darren, You mentioned in another post that you will soon have S.S. salt pot tubes for sale. What type of S.S.? And I think you said Sch 40, put what is the wall thickness of sch 40 pipe? I will be wanting a couple of tubes. and some parks 50 oil, and probably some salts. Thanks.
  22. Hey Dan, Maybe thicker clay next time? Seems like you went and opened a whole new can of worms. If you can keep the clayed part from cooling to fast, you may get a screaming hard edge. If thats a good thing? ( cracks ) Have you hardness tested any of you water quenched 1050 blades? If so, what hardness do you get? I've only done one water quenched 1050 blade, a while back. Didn't come out very good. But just recently I came across it and tested the edge in a few places, and only got between the mid 40's to low 50's. I must of done someting wrong. Well good luck with the expe
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