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Richard Furrer

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Richard Furrer last won the day on February 2 2017

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    General blacksmith with an intense interest in steel making and swords of various periods.

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  1. I struggled with it John, but it was always on my radar....went to Uni to learn to teach History. Would think your niche would be to help smiths get more efficient with forging or prototyping their product line....with complement of selling a tool kit to do so. My hurdles have been many. Insurance being one of them and it took a while to sort out. Ric
  2. For very odd handles I suggest a moldable plastic....can fit an odd shape easily or resin can be held in the hand that will hold the tool and fit very closely when it hardens. The way to get an understanding on costs is to make many of the same item and gain experience, increased speed, efficiency, design understanding and if one can market the item then get a following for that sort of work. One could make a product line of objects and occasional "art pieces that feed the soul". Getting better at something comes with doing that something. Do keep in mind that just making good work is not and never was "enough" to succeed. Part of the issue with craft is that it usually deals with disposable income of the clients....if they do not "need" what you make then they must "want" want you make. I never encourage anyone to do knife making full time...metalworking is a viable trade as people need things from metal, but knife making is a small slice of the pie of metalworking.
  3. when you weld up a stack of blister you get shear...further welding is double or triple shear.
  4. last batch of blister I did. 25 pounds pictured...the rest was used for projects. Note the late blisters vary with heat....sort of a Goldilocks with too hot and too cold and just right. Hard to rotate a 45 pound billet to even things out. My suggestion for making blades is to do a test knife from the billet to check heat treatment and then do the main project. Not only is wrought iron variable, but the carbon diffusion can be tricky in shear steel form. I suggest at least three fold welds to both refine the "grain", but also to allow time to even carbons levels. Ric
  5. I can not program a circle, but I could twist up a 2" square bar of laminate and have it EDM cut. Have you seen the work of Gunther here: https://www.messerforum.net/showthread.php?58043-Computersimulierte-Damast-Muster Ric
  6. game cameras to get plates and face. They will be back.
  7. Will it be like the old latin translations with the original text on one side and the translation on the other?
  8. Indeed, I second the nomination.
  9. How very Greek of you Gary: Ric
  10. Three things Will, Don't over think it. Keep notes. Try to see what is really happening rather than what you think is happening...and keep at it.
  11. I tried to do an article series years ago for Blade...they rejected the idea. With the way things are headed today it would have to be video. Maybe a series of interviews and some forging. Ric
  12. Gee Wiz....I met him at Batson's Symposium via Don Fogg. Had to be only a few years before his death. His work is wonderful. Thank you for posting that Adam. As a craft industry we need to know the giants upon who's shoulders we stand. Ric
  13. Dan, Do they state that nickel was used? Can we trust that they actually KNOW what they are using? I have seen some use 203E as pure nickel or 316 stainless and claim the same or as Alan says L6 or 15N20. Maybe they mistake a bright line as nickel rather than decarb or borax flash or other phenomenon? Over the years I more and more take what people say at less than face value. Ric
  14. DanielQ wrote :"Thanks alot Richard, that means a lot coming from a craftsman as skilled as you :-). Your forgings give me the same feeling.." surely not my forgings Daniel....I measure in finger widths and leave something like 1mm to 200mm of raw forging to remove...think hot marble. My first thought on your work was : He acid etched a fake damascus pattern on a laser cut ruler. Then I figured you had laser cut the lines and numbers and plated the copper and the silver on a damascus ruller. Then I thought "Gee, I hope he did not hand cut and inlay that because I would have to quit for the day and go drinking"....just to settle my nerves. I had thought about making a 1700's cabinet makers chest of tools from shear steel...complete with ruler. What you did here is one step better in concept and since mine is a thought and your is a reality...you will in execution as well. People like you keep me up at night. Ric
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