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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 remember this from some older literature.... statement of the carbon in the diamond converting to graphite under the conditions of grinding and wearing off. A quick search found this article: https://www.sciencedirect.com/sdfe/pdf/download/eid/1-s2.0-0141635983900636/first-page-pdf Ric and this https://www.researchgate.net/publication/250317238_Wear_Mechanism_of_Diamond_Cutting_Tool_in_Machining_of_Steel
  2. How do you know it is shear steel? By the spark? Did you make it? does it have stampings from old manufacturer? Ric
  3. Dan, I am surprised that you can get a regular carbon content via Hearth.
  4. Nie and Nioi Daniel.........and I have a Tukon micro Vickers hardness tester...just need a few thousand simple repairs to get it working. At one time I wanted a metallurgical lab...no so much now. AND...very well done!
  5. There is "ideal" and then there is "adequate". Nothing matters till you reach a break point in use for the material. We all strive for the "best" and we tend to vilify the adequate.....all the steel has to do is get shaped into a blade and to blade things. You would be surprised at what that really requires. The MnS, Phos, carbide etc levels will only make brittleness noticed is the blade chips or breaks..........much like a crush panel in a car....only crumples when hit too hard, not in normal use. Ric
  6. The issue I have, and it is deep seated in my psyche, is that I think the tool will solve the problem of not doing the work. The most useful tool in the the shop is YOU. Everything else is there to make the use of YOU easier. Things to heat to make the metal soft enough to forge and not crack (be that charcoal or gas or induction). Use of a means to apply force to change its shape (be that a hand hammer or power hammer or hydraulic press or drop hammer or screw press). Ways to join pieces or make large bits into smaller bits. In the end we are either changing the shape of metal or heat treating it.......find out what you need to accomplish and tool up to do that without breaking you or your bank account. Whatever you do...do not copy me.....I spend hours a week designing tools I will never build to make operations efficient for a product line I will never make. Ric
  7. Um...not sure I am the one to comment on this, BUT You want tools to make the work go faster and in some cases allow you to work larger than you can by hand. Depending on what you wish to make you can create a tool list of the "best" for such work. Feel free to call me and talk Ric
  8. The business end of the craft....paperwork and scheduling.
  9. they are bright red and Like them fine. I get them from Zoro for me 2x132 grinder. All belts get dull, these cut well and are not too costly.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
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