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Christopher Barry

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  1. You could try the throat singing lessons online by Steve Sklar Throat Singing lessons.
  2. Here's another design to look at Viking bladesmith hammers if you scroll down the page you will see some of the hammers he uses for forging which were inspired by hammers found at the funeral site of a 10th century Norwegian bladesmith. These have an angled head instead of an angled socket.
  3. Hi Dan, From what I remember of Doc's talk about his furnace (converted to forge), he gave one the year before the hammerin you attended, it is indeed a hybrid system. He smelted some wootz in the furnace that year . If I remember correctly he used waste oil from cars as this was readily available and the aluminium it picks up from the engine causes it to have a higher BTU value than new oil. The system was gravity fed and the oil was mixed with the air by cutting the end of the pipe which carries the oil at an angle (I seem to remember it being an acute angle, probably around 30 degrees, but I couldn't be sure) and placing the pipe into the air stream from the blower with the angled elliptical looking hole facing in the same direction as the air stream. The pipe was placed at 90 degrees to the air stream. I suppose the angled cut causes turbulence and a lowered pressure which would facilitate the atomisation of the oil. Hope that was of some help, I'll see if I can remember any more details of the construction. Chris
  4. Thanks Walter . I hadn't thought of how forging in the mune would straighten the blade. This is my first attempt at a japanese style of blade, does anyone have any advice on common problems encountered whilst forging this style of blade? I'm attempting something in the wakizashi length, at the moment I have broken down some round stock and forged in a tip but no tang, currently it's about 1" wide and 3/8" thick and 18" long.
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    When do you forge the mune into the sunobe? Mune styles. I'm thinking of the styles that are triangular (most of them). If you forge it in before forging in the bevels how do you prevent the blade curving too much? Turning it edge up on the anvil and hammering out the curve would flatten the mune somewhat. Or can the curvature be kept down by hammering along the portion of the blade closer to the mune? If it is forged in later how do you prevent thickening the edge of the sword?
  6. The surface grinder in the photo a few posts above was made by Jens Ansø. Surface Grinder Thread " holds a tolerance below 0.001" " Quote from the thread His website http://www.ansoknives.com/
  7. Nice work on the website, apart from some spelling mistakes that have already been pointed out. However I noticed that in your Resources section of the website under "The craft" there are a number of pages where the diagrams aren't showing for me or someone on another computer. All the links under "Informations" apart from the "The Bladeback shapes (mune)" don't show any diagrams for me or the other person. this appears for me when I click "The swordparts". Also I can't see any of the images on "Building a Coal/Coke/Charcoal Forge". Hope this has been useful, I wanted to look at these images as I found them useful and interesting when they were hosted on your previous website. Chris
  8. Does it have to be stainless steel foil? Couldn't you use a plain steel foil?
  9. I suspect that Hrisoulas can judge the critical temperature of the steels that he works with by eye. The colour that the steel looks when it is at critical temperature varies from steel to steel and is also affected by how much ambient light there is (there are probably many more factors). A good way to judge at what temperature the steel should be quenched is to watch for decalescence, as this shows when the steel is changing phase. http://www.dfoggknives.com/hardening.htm
  10. The J Baron knife is EN42 I don't know what it would be called over there but here is the analysis. Analysis of EN42 CS80(EN42) C.O.75/0.85 Si 0.05/0.35 Mn 0.50/0.90 Typical hardnessup to .018" 430-460 VPN.020 to .104" 400-440 VPN128" 440-460 VPN Tensile Strength1420-1520 N/mm²1310-1450 N/mm²1450-1520 N/mm²
  11. I know J. Baron. In fact I saw the blade being quenched at Doc Price's place last year. He used a clay coat and then quenched the blade. What he did after that I don't know
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