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  1. Hey guys. I am in the process of trying to make a shop for myself. I am thinking about using two shipping containers, putting them side by side, and cutting a hole between the two to connect them. This is probably the most cost-effective way I can do this. I have also put a down-payment on a 25 lb little giant power hammer. I will probably find a house in a residential area, so, using the power hammer outside won't work for noise reasons. The question then is, how to be able to use the power hammer inside the container without ripping out the floor in the container. I figure that insulating the inside of the containers will decrease the noise levels, but how to make a foundation strong enough to avoid dammage to the hammer? I will probably wind up buying a hydrolic press. More precise, quieter etc. But I would really like to use the power hammer if I could. What do you guys think?
  2. Thanks Don, I am not exactly sure how all of this works. Probably a stupid question but what is scarving? Also, is there any online tutorial for this? I am currently not using a a wood core. Just wrapping around the tang. -Uhrs
  3. Does anyone know about any good tutorials for leather handle wrapping a handle with a single strip of leather. I am looking for a clean way to do a non-japanese style blade for a large bowie knife. The leather I have is 1/3 of an inch wide, and it is pretty thick. I want to do a spiral wrap but I have no idea about how to tuck in the ends. Should I thin down the ends? what to do? Anyway if any of you guys think of anything please let me know. -Uhrs
  4. Hey guys, does anyone know the phone number for the midwest knifemakers supply company. I have been trying to load their page and I haven's been able to load it. If anyone knows their phone number it would be deeply appreciated. -Uhrs
  5. Hey guys, I have been looking for a site or a forging tutorial that talks about Naginata from a bladesmith's perspective. I would like to know about forging a naginata sunobe, blade styles, proportions etc. If anyone has any info. it would be deeply appreciated. -Uhrs
  6. Thanks for replying. I thought that was the case. So, the trick then, to creating a "traditional looking" Japanese style blade, would be to add high carbon steel to wrought in a billet of some sort. Probably using straw ashes as a flux. Aside from w2, what else would make a hamon pop when mixed with wrought iron? Any ideas? Thanks guys -Uhrs
  7. Okay guys, This may be a stupid question. What is the difference between wrought iron and Tamahagane? Is it Just the amount of carbon that makes the difference between the two? The process for the two seems to be very similar right? Anyway, Please let me know. I have been thinking about this for a long time. -Uhrs
  8. Hey guys, I am getting a 25lb little giant, and I was wondering how well they are for applying to bladesmithing. I am assuming that because of the lower weight, there will be limitations as far as the thickness of material etc. However, I think it'll be alright, since almost anything is better than your arm at conserving energy. I want to make daggers to larger knives or short swords both in plain steels or damascus. What have been some of your experiences? Please let me know when you get a chance. -Uhrs
  9. Hey guys sorry about the no reply. Had alot of tests this week and, I just got backinto town. Anyway, Yes, there were some scratch marks on the blades, unfortunately I don't have a camera but the crack is along side one of the scratches (120 grit) running perpendicular to the edge. What grit do you guys take your blades to before you heat treat? would I have gotten better results with a full quench? Also, the blade may have been alittle too thin. I think it was 1/32 of an inch. I have made blades this thin in the past, but they havent cracked. I think that for thin cross-sections, a cold oil may work better than warm oil. What do you guys think? (slower quench?) Please let me know what you guys think.
  10. Hey guys, I found some gunstocks blocks "blanks" on ebay. What are the usual dimensions of the typical gunstock club? Is there a particular angle to the bend that I need to know about? It needs to be a functional weapon, so does it need to be very heavy, or relatively light? what the typical weight, length and thickness, is the blade wrapped in, or pinned?
  11. Hey guys. I took a piece of admiral's 1095 and forged a blade, ground it and normalized three times. I evenly heated to non magnetic and I edge queched in a pan of warm veggie oil and it cracked. I figured it was an uneven edge and made the another of the same blade again with a more even edge and overall better lines. The conditions were the same, and the blade cracked yet again. Same spot. What the heck is going on? Usually I have trouble getting the blade hard enough. yet this time, both got real hard and cracked. Same exact place nearly. The only thing I have done differently with these two blades is heat the oil. Normally I just quench in room temp oil but have trouble with getting hard enough. Could that make such a big difference? Let me know when you guys get a chance. -Uhrs
  12. Hey guys, This is Uhrs again. I was just wondering how thermal cycling affects the activity of the hamon? I know that it will probably depend on the steel. but in general how is the hamon affected?
  13. Hey guys. I have been searching the forum about hamon activity and steel types. I have never made a hamon, but I have statanite, ap green 36 and even kitty litter. I am trying to find out which steel to buy that will give me the most activity. I know that alot of the steel's activity is brougt out by the polishing, and I intend to use the paper., pad and and polish paste. however, which steel using which method gives the most hamon activity. I know alot of people like w2, hoiw much of a difference is there between w1 and w2. what about 1080,1095, 1050,1060,1065? what kind of quench? I have see the interupted/ transfer water to oil quench seems to give people good results. I know this is probably a very broad question, but I was wondering which of the steels here on the list give the most hamon activity? Please let me know.
  14. Hey guys. I have been truly impressed with all the forged animal heads I have seen so far(horses, cobras, bears, wolves or anything else). I would like to learn about doing this kind of thing. ( I have done a search online and founf only a few. Would anyone be willing to post a few tutorials on forging animal head?
  15. Hey everyone. This is Uhrs, If any of you reside in Tucson Arizona. I am hoping to find people to hang with, work together with, and even bounce some ideas off of. Please let me know. The friends + family I have glaze over when I speak of this wonderful art. -Uhrs
  16. It is nice to know that there are people here that share my opinions or general ideas. Thanks very much for your input. So, it seems like this is the overall advice: 1:It will take some time to get well known. 2: Always be friendly and answer any and all questions. 3: take proffesional grade fotographs of your work 4:Go to the right kind of shows for the right kind of clientel So here are my questions: 1: Okay, I Send my proffessional photographs to which type of publications (some examples would be helpful) and with what sort of intent? Do you ask them to publish a foto? or to run an add for you? 2: Which particular shows draw people not looking for a $20.00 knife? I am in Tucson Arizona. Do any of you have any suggestions as to which shows to go to? Please let me know. Also. If any of you have any input on the subject at hand, a continuesd discussion would be very educational and deeply appreciated. -Uhrs
  17. Thanks very much for your response. Your right, thats exactly what I have seen at festivals. It is pretty sad when you see a guy spend 300 dollars on a wall hanger that he should never use for cutting practice and thinking he has just bought something magical and mystical. " the blade he will pass down his family line" I also like to make "roughies", the question is, how to make them attractive to people so that they buy them instead of wall hangers. Heck, I would make a roughy sword if people would buy them. I just don't know if they would. I like the rough forged look especially with a wrapped leather handle, and a polished and sharp edge bevel. How does one present the merits of these blades to people in the U.S.? I also like to make the nicely polished blade with custom bronze fittings and exotic handle materials. The problem is that the custom blade loses its value in a world of "walmart swords". People expect to buy a custom knife for less than 25 dollars. And by god it better be stainless damascus made by a real master bladesmith. How does one effectively promote quality blades to the general public? Educating passerbys is not out of the question but it would take too long. I get plenty of people who come in to look at my stuff, but as soon as they see that the shiney new custom-made hunting knife they want is 100 dollars instead of 10-15 they look at me like I am crazy. I dont want to lie when promoting my blades. I make no crazy far-fetched declarations about my blades. I could never do that. But it seems like the public is responding to these kinds of salesmen. It seems like the answer is to find a client base who understands what they are buying when they buy a custom blade. I can definately see custom blade shows. What other avenues do you guys see?
  18. Hey guys. This is Uhrs. I will be graduating with a bachelor's degree in May. I have been bladesmithing as a hobby and as an apprentice since 1995. I want to have a day job and also become a serious blademaker and artist blacksmith. I am trying to find customers in any for my products. I know some of you guys go to Renn fairs and knife shows. The problem is, that many of the customers that go to Renn fairs would rather buy a stamped-out factory blade or a wall hanger-sword simply because they are cheap and shiney!!. I have had to bring the cost of a well-made hunting knife below $100.00. Where else can I go to find customers that will appreciate quality instead of cheap and shiney? Where do you guys find costumers willing to pay for quality?
  19. Hey Guys. This is Uhrs. I am in the process of acquiering some wrought iron and I am looking for some inspiration. I have searched the forum but not found what I am looking for. Could you guys post some of the wrought iron work you have done. I am quite impressed with the fittings I have seen. What I am really interested in seeing is wrought iron incorperated into pattern welding. What is the result is possible in blades given different finishes or polishes? If you guys could post your work, along with a description of how it was done, it would be very inspiring, not to mention educational.
  20. Hey guys. I was wondering if it is possible to turn an angle grinder into a kind of surface grinder by using a cut off stand bolted to the wall or bench to hold the angle grinder horizontal. Any other ideas on how to do this? I would ideally get a surface grinder or a KMG belt grinder but those cost alot of money. -Uhrs
  21. I understand exactly what you are saying guys. There is this guy at one of the festivals I go to. I will not say who, but his pitch sounds very convincing. He says that he pours his own alloy for all his blades, it is a mix of d2,44 stainless and I forget what else So it is " Essentially damascus, but more advanced". Anyway, it sounds fishey and it seems like just stainless. I say this because a friend lost this kind of blade, and when he found it, it had been in water for a week. This guys store is always fully stocked and his blades have very low prices. like $128.00 for a sword, $25 for a dagger. Well, I have been to the back of his shop, and the only things I see in the back are a metal lathe, a mini mill for guard slotting, and a 2x72 in grinder, that is all. There whas no power hammer, forge, or heat-treat kiln/oven, anvil, tongs, or even an actual hammer. The blades look great, but there is an inconsistancy. How could he aford to stay in business? he must buy enough powedered steel, melt it down, pour each bar, then forge it out as he claims he does, "by hand" then, sell the blades at miniscule prices. I mean, the fittings and handels look good, but I am not sure the blades are what they are supposed to be. It is not beyond the realm of possibility that this could happen as he says, but how likely do you think this is?
  22. Thanks very much for the help. The surplus site has some great potential. I just don't know what motor would work well. I have never mounted/ attached a motor to a machine besides a cooler. On the Coote website, they say that the motor shaft (I think) must be "Shaft is 5/8" with keyway" what is a keyway? Also, Do you guys think this grinder would work for everything from heavy stock removal to polishing? would it work on wood?
  23. Hey guys. I have been looking for a good belt grinder for some time. I know I should get a KMG but the price is kinda hi for them, so I found this company: http://www.cootebeltgrinder.com/index.html Tell me what you guys think of them. Also, Where should I go to find a 1hp motor for this machine -Uhrs
  24. Hey guys. I was wondering if any of you have used radiator fluid to heat-treat blades. Are there any possible hazards to this. How well would it work?
  25. Hey guys. I was wondering. I think most of us have made a blacksmith's knife. I have heard them refered to as a woman's knife, patchknife, utility blade etc. You know, their one piece w/ a metal handle. Some people turn the handles into strikers if its thin, others just leave the handle big enough. Most of the time there is no leather wrapping or anything, just metal. I am in the SCA and I was wondering if anyone has any historical references for when such a knife was made,what it was really called, what culture/s used them? Are there any surviving examples? is there a website with this information, or better yet, articles or books on this type of blade. I am assuming it is a european kind of thing, from 1700-now. Just a guess, but I need to document this so that they are aware of the history of these kinds of knives. Please let me know. Thanks :notworthy: :notworthy: :You_Rock_Emoticon:
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