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Adriaan Gerber

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  1. How do you test your blades to see if they are correctly hardened and tempered? I want to get better at this. I was testing a cleaver by sharpening and then pressing the edge hard against a piece of brass. If it broke out, it would be too hard. It it bent out and stayed there, too soft. If it bent and returned to place, just right. Then I hammered a piece of 1/4" mild into the edge. It cut the steel but deformed the edge. Too soft. In another place it broke the edge, too hard. Am I on the right track? Specifically chef knives and cleavers. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. Thank you, Alan, never in a million years would I have thought to NOT hit harder
  3. I have a guillotine type fullering tool but I struggle to make the fullers evenly, even though I alternate edges, often one side is deeper. Why would this happen and how can I fix it? Thank you
  4. It was spur of the moment thing, I wanted a double-edged, single bevel pattern-welded dagger. Big mouthful I did end up hammering out the mild and it straightened a bit but because of the bevels, most of the mild was gone. So not enough to straighten it.
  5. So I did something kinda dumb. I welded a small billet with mild steel one side, high carbon the other. I knew quenching in water would bend it towards the mild and that it is possible?? to straighten by hammering the mild thus stretching it. Comical moment when the blade bent dramatically inside the forge! Of course, its a bi-metal. I tried several things to get it straight after quenching but no. My question is, what could I have done? Is it possible to do this with blades? I know kiridashi and chisels are different, but I wanted the same idea just along the whole blade length. Thanks guys, Adriaan
  6. Once you have tiles cut off the end of a bar of damascus, how do you weld them together? I have tried welding them to a sacrificial plate before forge welding but the joints have never been very good. Any body that can give a few pointers?
  7. Cold water on a hot surface trim.61C8DD5E-8790-4C58-9996-C4B969B96C9C.MOV
  8. I would say its the executioner's felling axe
  9. The axe on the right has been sold. Thank you
  10. Thanks guys, it really means a lot to me
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