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  1. I haven't forged in a few years, but I had 4 blades that I had forged, and heat treated that have been sitting around for a while. I decided to finally finish one up. small hunter forged from truck coil spring. mostly hand finished, though I did use the sander to fit the ironwood handle scales. nothing fancy but it sure took the hair off my arm, even after whittling on a big chunk of 10 year old hickory for 15 minutes. now I really need to get the forge fired up . I relined it over the winter but have to reattach the burner. you can see it here before heat treatment on
  2. I have not fired it up in a long time, but I'm just getting back into it now... my forge is made from a cheap stockpot with 2" kaowool and satanite....oh and since this pic was taken, I had gotten sick of the ducktape holding the blower fan on and replaced it witha proper blower.... you can see my old soft firebrick forge on top. here it is fired up
  3. sam...are you sure theyre L6? no problems with mystery steel...but since this is marked (still in wrapper) O1 was hoping to get some known steel for it.....will let you know...ok
  4. recently got a little lucky and found stash of precision ground O1 most of it still in wrappers. wanting to try my hand at a little patternwelding and some suggested 15n20 or L6 would look good welded up with it....does anyone have any L6 or 15n20 they would like to swap for some O1 ? heres a couple pics of the O1 I got... haul # 1: haul # 2:
  5. thanks for the help guys. guy wanted way too much for it, and it wouldda required too much work to convert to forging... looks like I'll have to go for the treadle hammer build....(the hydraulic build kinda scares me...)
  6. I've built a few too... heres the brick forge like doug was talking about.... and a stainless steel stock pot forge lined with 2" kaowool and satanite, with a forced air burner....of 1/2" black steel pipe:
  7. awesome guys...thanks for the info. the seller was supposed to get back to me today on cycle rate....I'm kinda hinging on that ATM... one of the guys on primal fires mentioned that if the guided platens were removed you'd probably have to build some kind of support for the ram... we'll see...I still don't know what he thinks is a reasonable offer anyway.... thanks again for checkin it out.
  8. when I'm thinking lowtech...I heat up a couple RR spikes and stir them around in the quenchant to heat it up...you'd be surprised how quick it would heat... bu, being porcelin, I'd be afraid of breakage as well...
  9. found this local on craigs list....not sure if it would be worth the effort/space since its only 12 ton and most seem to be recommending 20 ton min... 12 ton hydraulic press looks like the guy could part with it cheap, and he's going to get back to me on the cycle rate.... would probably have to take the guided platen off and make up some dies.... what do you guys think?
  10. thats pretty neat. lately I've been using a piece of polished marble floor tile, regular paper backed sandpaper, and a can of super 77. spray the back of the paper, stick it to the marble and sand away. you can also scrap down the adhesive build up with a razor-scraper before the next grit size....(ps...excellent way to sharped too.)
  11. I just happened to be surfing around the other day and landed on the http://www.newenglandschoolofmetalwork.com/ site. saw that don is doing a forgewelding workshop in October but the class was full! errrr!...day late and a dollar short... anyway...shot and email off to the school to see if I could get on a wait-list and got a reply yesterday that said sure, but I'm the second name on the list.....maybe I'll go an look thru the windows
  12. also..how would you like to have to be wearing a neck tie while doing all that? truly amazing.
  13. no problem...I thought it was a great tut. too.
  14. the was just posted on primal fires the other day.... Forginhills integral tutorial
  15. I've been pondering this one for a while and finally got an afternoon to myself (wife an daughter went out for the evening)....so I set to work... junk yard grinder will hopefully be back at it to finish it up soon...
  16. I've been wondering if one couldn't build a non-motorized, treadle version of the tire hammer???
  17. brian, your experience with the epoxy surprises me. the brand I've had the most success with is Devcon, both 5 minute and 2 ton(20 minute), get both a walmart. ofcourse most of my experience has been on bows made of some pretty durable wood to begin with (osage orange, ipe, bulletwood, bamboo, etc.) and very few have anything close to a sharp corner so I can see where the differences could come up. although, come to think of it I've also made tons of 'softer wood' arrows with a 'massey finish' from cedar (actually larch), lodgepole pine, ash, etc...and they hold up darn well.
  18. I have a friend whos been a carpenter all his life and he swears by the handle with the tuning fork. wayne goddard has a section in one of his books on handle modifcation that sounds like the caffery method. on a new handle cut the groove from the head down to about 4 inchs from where the bottom of the head would be and round off the slot. then you gule in a slat inbetween the wood prongs (head end) and then fit on teh head and wedge appropriately. so you end up with a slot in the handle. if its a handle already mounted in head, you drill a hole just underneath the head in the cente
  19. that thing looks pretty slick micheal! may have to look into that, I wonder what the parts cost would be????
  20. thanks for the input guys... I think for now I'll keep swing the hammer and if I decide to start selling stuff, I'll make an investment. will probably try to go for the press ...so I'll shoot you an email don...
  21. awesome jesse. love the 'motif' on teh sheath too. what type of tooling did you use on it?
  22. those of you who don't know me, a quick introduction. I am a hobbiest. I've never sold a knife, and only given away a few as part of KITH's and to friends, hunting partners, etc....and up til now, I've been primarily unplugged - having gotten hooked into knifemaking but stumbling on the Primal Fires board when Tim Lively used to run it. (you know, hammer, file, sandpaper and thats it) My shop has always been my (half of the) garage in residential neighborhoods, and since moving in 10/04, I've got a neighbors house not 20 feet from the garage. I forge mostly at night after getting my dau
  23. thanks mac and chuck. all the knives I'm made to date have been nearly all unplugged...so the grinding on a belt sander thing is new... I do have a scheme to turn his 'multitool' thing I inherited fr my grandfather into a vertical 2x72 sander. its a combo lathe, tablesaw, wheel/disk grinder that must be 50 years old....
  24. heres the first one I've worked on it a long time (about a year). forged very close to shape from coil spring, then profile cleaned up on a 6" grinding wheel, and then rough ground on a 4x28 craftsman belt sander. can't call it a blade yet cause I still got some work to do, and then heat treat it... BTW...its on the neck of one of those mini-kids-guitars...figured I'd throw that in just to mess up the scale blades about 4.5" and will end up prolly 9" overall.. its fun to be back also just did some $2.50 mokume sandwiching US 1967-75 quarters and 80's-90's Canadian quarter
  25. well, over the weekend I coated her with satanite and put bubble alumina on the ports ans bottom. fired it up breifly on sunday, but tonight I really went to work. here is a pic of her running full on on the blower and the reg around 0 psi... got a nice blade forged out and cooling in some woodash to do some grinding and filing tomorrow. so glad to be back at it!!!!
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