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Chris Meyer

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  • Birthday 08/03/1963

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    Tolland, CT
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  1. You can get 5 gallons of real quenching oil at McMaster Carr's (11 second oil) for $66.56. Search under "quenching oil".
  2. Another possibility is that the tank was freezing up. If your flow rate is too high for the tank, it will freeze up and you'll see ice on the outside of the tank. If that's the problem, your best bet is to get a bigger tank. (I had to switch to a 100lb tank for my forge.) Another solution is to put the tank is a barrel of water to dissipate some of the cold.
  3. Thanks guys. Geoff, I don't think it will break, unless he drops it on the handle... It's what he wanted, but we'll see how well he takes care of it.
  4. Thanks Sam, it was a PITA. The Beech was my third try, as I screwed up my first two attempts.
  5. Greetings everyone, Here’s one that I just finished. It’s a Ring Hilt Skinning Knife that I made for a guy at work. The knife is stock removal O1, from 3/16 inch Starrett precision ground flat stock. The handle is stabilized Beech with red vulcanized spacers. The knife is 10.5 inches overall, and the blade is about 5.69 inches long. The blade is 1.5 inches at the widest point and the ring hole is 1.25 inches. (The guy I made it for is 6’4” and has big hands.) I made the sheath from 8-9 oz vegetable tanned leather, and dyed it British Tan.
  6. After breakfast on Sunday, Kevin Cashen gave a lecture on The Shocking Truth About Commonly Accepted Facts That Are Totally False This was a great lecture, as there are a surprising number of common misconceptions that are totally Barbara Streisand (B.S.) Here is Kevin lecturing. Kevin describing what he’d like to do to the people who spread the B.S. After Kevin’s excellent lecture, we had the annual Ashokan Knife Show. Some of Kevin’s work. A couple by Jason Knight. Two by Mace Vitale Mace himself. Jake Powning with one of his beautiful s
  7. After dinner, Don Fogg gave a lecture and demo on Forging Damascus. Here’s Don lecturing from the anvil. The billet in the forge… …and Don forging the billet. Then Don dragged Jason Knight up, so that Jason could explain how he makes certain Damascus patterns. This is Jason. Afterwards, I got this shot of Jason with a big blade (Sax?) he was carrying around. Burt Foster gave the next lecture/demo, this time on Heat Treating. Burt holding the victim blade. Burt then learned why you shouldn’t quench in oil contained in a PVC p
  8. Next, Burt Foster gave a lecture on forging Stainless San Mai blades. He’s combining carbon steel cores with stainless outer layers. It seems to be pretty difficult to do, but the results are amazing. (It was strange, but every where you’d look during the weekend, you’d see Burt’s face staring back at you. ) This is Burt. One of his stainless laminate blades. Here’s another shot of the spine of the same knife. The dark part is the carbon steel. After lunch, Roman Landes was scheduled to give a lecture on knife blades and steel. It was supposed to happen over
  9. Saturday, after breakfast, we began with Brian Lyttle’s Engraving Lecture/Demo. Brian engraved the blade of a hunting knife that Kevin Cashen had started. The knife was raffled off on Sunday. (Dan Maragni won.) Brian Lyttle lecturing. Brian Lyttle engraving. Here is a close up of the unfinished engraving. Next, Don Fogg gave a Forging Demo. Here’s Don hammering. And Don explaining some of the finer points of blade forging. After Don’s Forging Demo, Jake Powning gave one on Lost Wax Casting. This one took place in the Blacksmith’s Shop.
  10. (Friday continued) Dan Maragni then gave us the scoop on his New Adventures in Commercial Knife Manufacturing. He’s now working for Ontario Knives, so I would expect their quality to go up, especially the Spec Plus line that he’s directly involved with. After the lecture, people drifted up to the Pavilion for the Open Forge time (until 2:00 AM) Here, Jerry Rados tends a fire, while Sean Finlayson and Caleb McCary look on. Mike Spangler, Matt Gregory & Sam Salvati. Hear no evil, See no evil, and Speak no evil. Herb Kettell with one of his big
  11. Greetings everyone, I finally got around to editing my photos from Ashokan 2008 (I only had about 500 pictures to go through.) We start off with Friday, September 19, 2008. I actually got in early enough to take a walk around the grounds before things got started. This of course is Mace’s bane, the dreaded Wiggly Bridge. This is the Blacksmith’s Shop The nearby Printer’s Shop, an interesting little building. Next door to the Printer’s is the Pewter Shop. A short hike down a dirt road, and you reach the famous Ashokan covered bridge. The Ashokan
  12. Sorry, I didn't catch the oil temp on the first read. Sam's correct, your oil should be much cooler. Heatbath is showing a working temp for their #50 oil of 50 to 120 degrees F. You need a fast oil, like the #50 to have any chance of getting all (or mostly all) Martensite out of 1095. You can get it from Darren Ellis if you are interested. I don't know were you buy the Houghton oil, but here's the company's link.
  13. My understanding is that steel expands when it forms Martensite. Makers of Japanese style swords use this fact to get their swords to curve toward the spine when they quench a clay coated blade. Martensite forms on the edge of the sword, but not the back, so the expanding Martensite curves the blade back. In your case, you have the opposite happening. The conclusion that I draw (perhaps incorrectly) is that the spine of your blade formed Martensite, but the edge did not. If that happened, the blade would curve forward and the edge would wrinkle. Why your edge was not hot enough to form Mar
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