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Dennis K

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  1. Hi from Klamath Falls trying to get to know like minded locals Hammer on...

  2. John , that's more like it but cut the top plate in three piece. Keep the ends and use the center piece for summing else, that way you will be able to see what's going on when you are rolling . Hope this helps Dennis K
  3. John, your top roller bearings need a top plate to take the load off the bearing mounting bolts or they will move causing a miss alignment of the rolls. This will curse your knife blanks to curve. Here’s a picture of a modification I had to make on my rolling mill. Hope this helps. . Dennis K
  4. John and Dave here’s a link to an old post with lots of pictures and discussion on my rolling mill. http://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?showtopic=4652 Hope this helps Dennis K
  5. Yeah, if you live at the end of a runway you might get away with it. Dennis K
  6. First, beautiful blade, nice lines and shape, don't ruin it with a wood handle. Wood is a poor choice for a blade that may be used to butcher a large animal. Stag looks better and will last 50 years longer then wood and will give you a good gripe when thing gets slippery. I’d put a stag handle on it and a nice pommel with some weight to it for balance, and cut 3/8”off the long side of the guard . Dennis K
  7. Bill, very good start for your first cable knife .There is an informative tutorial on cable by Jim @ three sisters forge at pinned show and tell if you haven't read it . Here is a few things I learned the hard way . First, when welding cable, I find the cleaner the cable the better the weld . The tighter you twist the cable, the better the weld . The more borax the better the weld . The hotter the cable the better the weld . When forging the blade do it at welding temperature . Hope this helps, Dennis K.
  8. JJ, Go back and read old post from Geoff Keyes at tools and tool making on forges that should help .The first forge I built had 1/4”steel doors but the fist time I fired it off, I realized that steel is a poor choice for doors on a forge. Firebrick is the best material for forge doors. All you have to do is stack the brick to form doors. Hope this helps, Dennis K
  9. Greg, companies who sell pneumatic equipment can answer your questions about airflow Cv factor. Start with the air cylinder and decide what size you’re going to use. For a 50 to 75 pound hammer you need a 2”x 10” cylinder and a 2.9 CV control valve. For a 100 pound hammer a 2-1/2”x12” cylinder and a 4.0 Cv valve should work. A 125 pound hammer with a 3”x14”cylinder with 1” ports needs at lest a 5.5 Cv control valve with 1”ports and a lot of air. Do a Google search for Kinyon style air hammer. Again, visit my website htttp://www.actionpistol.net under photos. This should help anyone building a hammer. hope this helps, Dennis K
  10. Greg, Thanks for bringing the post back up. I bought a new air compressor in 1994 for my shop. It’s a Speedaire 7.5 HP 80 gallon and at 175 PSI it has 25 CFM. Since steel is only workable for less than a minute between heats, a 5 HP compressor should be sufficient for cable knives and 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 x 6” pattern welded Damascus billets. Hope this helps. Dennis K
  11. John, Go to “Tools and tool making on page 12, dated 12-17-2007; there is a discussion on the Kinyon Style Air Hammer that I built. You will see pictures as well as the air valve schematic. If you have a question please post them on this old post that way this post will go to the top of the page. Visit My Website and under the photo gallery you will find a sub gallery with hammers and forging equipment. There are more photos of my air hammer and other equipment. Hope this helps. Dennis K
  12. Tate their is a discussion and pictures on steel rolling mills, on the 10th of January 2008 page 10 of tools and tool making, hope this helps. Dennis K
  13. I scored a 50 pound bag of low temperature nitrate salts, so its time I build a salt pot. I've read everything I can find on salt pots but I still have questions. Stainless steel pipe is hard to find, can I use black iron pipe instead? How corrosive are nitrate salts? Would 3/8”wall x 4” ID aluminum pipe work for low temperature nitrate salts? Aluminum melts at 1218f, so if I temper 350 f to 585 f, with an adjustable low flame gas heater, theoretically a 3/8”wall aluminum pipe should work, or am I missing something? Any help on this subject would be appreciated. Dennis K
  14. It looks like this is going to happen and I will be buying approximately 1 metric ton of 5160. I'll post the details on how to obtain this in the near future. Stay tuned! Dennis
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