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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. when you weld up a stack of blister you get shear...further welding is double or triple shear.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. game cameras to get plates and face. They will be back.
  5. Will it be like the old latin translations with the original text on one side and the translation on the other?
  6. Indeed, I second the nomination.
  7. How very Greek of you Gary: Ric
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Looks too good to be real. Not saying it is not real...just so clean and crisp. Ric
  14. there were indeed shear steel files as well as cast steel files.......both can show pattern. Shear steel via welding and inconsistent starting materials and cast steel via poor castings and alloy segregation. As to last production dates...hard to say. Ric
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