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  • Birthday 03/03/1957

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  1. Miss ya, Master Yoda.

  2. My computer fried out last night. I'm at my folks house about a 25 minute drive, on a computer I'm not familiar with. I'm not sure what I'm going to do. There was a storm and the power went out, must have been a dandy serge when it came back on, beyond what my deal could handle. The weird thing is last night I had this dream about my computer "Jezebel". I was doing some work when all of a sudden the monitor went haywire like a TV with no vertical or horizontal hold, the whole PC started dancing around on the desk top and making this grinding sound, like large steel gears without any
  3. If at any point your spikes do not pass these tests and you want to continue,... get yourself some different R.R. spikes and begin to begin over...
  4. Thank you my child. If nothing else, it should be a fun learning experience for the beginners and a good test of skill for the more advanced.
  5. So, my children as you can see, the more "starbursts" there are closer to the wheel, the more carbon there is... The spark test is merely to determine whether we are in the ball park in terms of alloy and carbon content, or not. It is a quick easy test. The next series of tests will be to determine the "actual working properties" of the low/medium/high/low carbon steel. Be sure and spark test both spikes and then set one aside for the knife and the other for the next series of test.
  6. The first test will be the "spark test". This is to determine whether or not the spike is "low carbon" or "low/medium/high/low". You will need some type of electric grinder for this test. The idea is to observe the differences in the sparks issuing forth from the wheel. If it looks like this, it is "low carbon". Forget it! It won't work for this project. If it looks like this, there is hope. It might work! Now it's in the low/medium/high/low carbon range. Notice the difference in color and texture of the sparking. Here is a close up of the "starbursts" from the low/medium/hig
  7. That's a beauty!... Nice lines, great use of color!
  8. Before we begin,.. we will need two R.R. spikes from the same place with the same markings or lack of markings. One will be for the knife and the other to do some preliminary testing on. This will help assure us that we have a good piece of low/medium/high/low carbon steel to start with.
  9. There's an old saying in my family, "You butcher it, you eat it!".
  10. Let's give it some more thought, my child. I have a great toad splitting technique I've always wanted to share. If not we'll butcher a chicken.
  11. Sorry, we won't be splitting any toads here, my child... or will we?
  12. Now that's what I like to hear! Someone give my child Peter an "A" for attitude! Some other highlights of this project will be, de-scaling, stock reduction, heat treating, finishing and finally we will put a "surgical edge" on and do some practical field testing with it... The "edge" is an imaginary boundary or line, that separates one thing from another.
  13. Yes, my child. We will cover all those things in great detail. I can already hear the sound of neo-tribal drum rhythms approaching in the distance...
  14. As we are beginning we will need to talk a little about the R.R. spike itself, where it comes from and why we've chosen it for our blacksmith knife. R.R. spikes come from the railroad. That's why we call them R.R. spikes. I live close to the tracks. It appears that when they do routine maintenance on the tracks, some spikes are discarded to the side of the tracks. People pick them up and give them to me all the time, because they know how much I like them. The R.R. spike is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of a blacksmith knife,... it's a tradition. Blacksmiths have been
  15. Don't try rolling it and smoking it, my child.
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