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Joe Mogusar

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About Joe Mogusar

  • Birthday 09/26/1990

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  • Location
    Delta County, Michigan
  • Interests
    Hunting, computer programming(very limited right now), weight lifting, fourwheeling, and soon to be blacksmithing.
  1. Hey everyone. I posted that i got my forge made and everything before, but now im figuring out that im using a bag of charcoal every time i smith, wich is expensive, so i cant smith that often. any ideas? ~joe
  2. Thanks for the tips, I'll check google out. (should have done that first, huh?)
  3. Thanks for the tips on the fence posts, I have no clue if they are galvenized so i just wont use them. thanks for all the other tips too. I dont know how to keep the forge at any one temperature, and i dont think i can check to see what temperature its at since its an open air forge. any suggestions or ideas on how i would go about doing either of these? my blower is an electric blower for circulating air threw a wood stove, if that helps any.
  4. I got a few different questions about different things: 1. How do I make charcoal?(in small amounts) Do I just stick a few logs into an airtight space, light them, and close the lid/shut the door, or wat? 2. Between Charcoal and Coal, what do you orefer as fuel? I have so much wood around its not even funny, so if someone tells me how to make chrcoal im set for. I also have some connection at a coal dock that I can scoop up 5 gallon buckets full of coal at. So what is more convenient? 3. Is there anything cheap I can make a furnace for making blooms in? I have done literaly no blacksmithin
  5. Hey everyone, I have a kinda stupid question: How do you get the curve on the blade of the knife? If you look on a lot of knives there the distance between the blade and the back of the knife decreases as you get to the end of the blade. Is that because the metal was filed like that, or hammered like that, or what?
  6. Thanks for the tips, I have another question though. When do I heat traet something? I new I would need a quench for heat treating, but I have no clue what to do heat treating. do I just get the metal as hot as I can get it then dip it? Ive done that a few times and think its pretty fun cause of how the metal makes all that popping, but I dont know when to do it. Answer if you can please. ~ Joe
  7. Its been quite a while since i posted on here about me trying to get a little shop up, but i did it I have a breakdrum forge, railroad rail anvil, and a drinking troff I had lieing around as a quench. I got some metal fence posts i found in the back yard, some big round pieces of metal that are about 1ft long each, maybe an inch in diameter (a little much, but o well), and some flat metal i found at menards. This will all be my test metal, as i figure i shouldnt need any certain grade when i first start out. I got vice grips as tongs now, but i should be getting some from ebay s
  8. Thought about making it metal? They cant complain if it cant burn, just an idea.
  9. My dad sent me a kukri from iraq, I guess some people there make them. I dont know if they did it using hammer and anvil or anything though. It's one of their traditional ones, with the kukri itself, the sharpener, and the ity bitty ... what is it, a suicide knife? i would post a picture, but last time I wiped my hardrive i guess it uninstalled the thing that lets you use USB cables. But the knife has an awesome looking dragon design on it, the sheath is leather and wood, and the handle is leather, wood, and polished brass.
  10. thanks for the answers all. very helpfull
  11. Sorry to bug everyone with this stupid question, but what is hamon? I've been looking everywhere for the definition, but all the definitions talk about is an ancient war or something of the like. I havent been able to get a bladesmithing book yet, or else I probably would have found the answer in one. So would someone please explain what hamon is for me? all i get out of it is something to do with polish.
  12. lol, thats awesome . Your lucky, you live in florida. lol. In michigan I wont be able to have an outside forge (unless I dont mind gettting a few feet of snow on it, along with enough ice to tear my forge to pieces). I'm debating whether to move to florida or my home state, kansas, when I get older. In a blacksmithing career (wich I'm more than likely not gonna get) which would be the better choice out of the two?
  13. I havent started smithing yet, but tracy told me that using a bathroom fan with a vent to blow the air through is what he did.
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