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Jesus Hernandez

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  1. Lin and Greg, thank you. I usually do plan my work ahead. I start with pencil and paper and a head full of ideas. In the beggining my ideas and drawings were way too complex for my ability to materialize those thoughts. Needles to say that frustrated me and in the end I accomplished nothing. Then I developed more skills that allowed my to transform some of those ideas into real blades. But most important I also learned to scale back my drawings and ideas to the level were my skills were. I am getting there. It is a long journey. Does it end?
  2. I have just received a shipment of Karl's wrought iron. For $50 he send a full box of it (the amount that fits in a USPS flat rate package). It was certainly more than I expected. Karl went all the way to make sure that the package arrived in perfect condition. He built a wooden box for it and did not charge for that. The iron is beautiful and will make great fittings. Thanks Karl.
  3. Thank you for your kind words Karl.
  4. It's been a while since I have posted pictures. I have been busy doing some heat treating experiments and working on hamon. I have several others in the making so I have decided to add a "work in progress" page to my website. This one is made of 1050, 1095 and 15N20 steel. Folded to about 300 layers and then manipulated to create a wood grain pattern but keeping the larger number of layers towards the edge to improve cutting ability. The blade was hardened and then heat colored to a beautiful array of red, yellow, gold, orange, blue and purple. Hence the name Rainbow skinner. Leather shea
  5. Well... take a look at this one I made and see for yourself. link to webpage with khukuri
  6. That looks pretty similar to what I do. This one is 12 inches long by 1 inch by 1 and 3/4.
  7. It forms easy but is not a fine powder like Satanite. It is some form of aggregate. It absorbs water quickly and dries/cures faster.
  8. I am currently using the mizzou for my welding forge. I have applied it to the bottom and to the openings of the forge (any area where I get flux dripping). So far so good. I have been very impressed with the results. It does not look like the flux eats through this material at all. On the counter side, mizzou may be less thermal efficient but not to any practical extend.
  9. Sure would like to see this happen. I live in Huntsville, AL so I have to pull for Tannehill as well.
  10. Thank you Daniel. Extremely helpful and simply well written. Looking forward to your own final release of the heat treating manual.
  11. Very helpful indeed. Thanks Nick.
  12. Very nice! Love the handle carving and the fittings.
  13. You seem to have eliminated the word "no" from your vocabulary when you hear someone mention a short trip to the nearest tool store. That limited vocabulary includes words like marquenching, austenite, critical temp, hamon and others alike that you just can't seem to be able to fit in conversations with other individuals not aflicted by the disease.
  14. Hey I was born in Spain. I am not that old but I remember what we call "los afiladores" going from little town to little town and sharpening knifes. I asked my Dad about the bucket of bone powder and he did not recall such thing but he remembers a stincky bucket of "sebo" which is animal grease. That may be what you are refering to.
  15. I know the cure: Bigger power hammer! Well... may be not. Just taking the reverse allopathic approach.
  16. The T-rex is a 3/4 inch burner. I think the picture made it look bigger than what it is but it is an awsome burner.
  17. Hey Dan. I see. Yours looks a lot cleaner than mine. I did not take the time to ground the surface of the tank clean. I noticed your entry door for the blade is right on top of the entry for the burner. How is that work for you on a long blade? Does the back of the blade get hotter quicker?
  18. Chuck, Yes, I have looked at Randal's website before. I have been using the stroking method up until now and I personally have a real hard time keeping things even. This has caused some of my blades to warp and crack. I know, I know. Blades do crack and warp regardless of what you do but... I can get a more even heat this way. I am trying to control as many variables of the equation as possible so I can get more consistent results.
  19. Here is the new heat treating forge. It is made out of the tank inside a water heater after stripping off the shell, insulation, wiring and pipes. Insulation is one inch thick inswool. The chamber is 40 inches long and 14 inches in diameter in the outside. Heat treating forge
  20. Bienvenido Dario. ¿Cuanto tiempo llevas haciendo armas blancas? Welcome Dario. How long have you been making blades?
  21. James, Thank you very much about the comment on owning some of my work. The copper indeed only attached to the 15N20 layers keeping the 1095 and 1050 dark which created a nice contrast. Here is a detail.
  22. There is no copper in the billet. Copper would be too soft for a sound blade. This is more like plating. Thank you for you comments on the leather sheat. I really had a great time carving the leather. I have just recently started doing leather work and I am really liking it.
  23. This is my last piece. A 1095-1050-15N20 steel combo. Nickelsilver bolsters and zebra wood. I thought I would do something standard for this one and actually pay more attention to getting my detail work and finishing touches more refined. Somehow along the way I just could not resist and ended up experimenting with copper during the etching process and this is the result.
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