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    Bladesmithing (natch), Blacksmithing, Computers and Ham Radio.<br />Restoration of ironwork and reproduction.<br />Restoration of antique radios from the 30's and 40's.<br />My particular personal interest in cutlery is Norsemen, Celtic, Fur Trade Era and modern fighters.<br />Most of my tools are hand made: tongs, forges, grinder, furnance and other tools..<br />My wife helps out in the shop and uses more gas than I do.....<br />: P
  1. I read sometime back of soldiers needing knives. Does anyone have a contact to call or write to donate knives? Any help would be appreciated. Josh
  2. Petrobond is commercially made. Gives great definition. It's spendy, but by the time you shift through sand, mull, oil plus your time, may be worth it to you. Visit My Website I use a Gingery Furnance. The center lifts up so the cruciable comes out horizonally. (Don't have to look into the furnace and lift "up' hot metal.) I've not tryed it with iron. But it will melt brass and bronze with no problem. Can be made with scraps of angle iron, pipe, sheet metal and common hardware. I used a refractory for the walls. (As I recall, about $80.00) Good luck. Visit My Website
  3. From reading the thread, my first 'suspect' would be the 'borax'. Clean the steel billet and try another borax from a different source. Just my 2 cents.
  4. I go to the faires also. They're a blast. My firends and I go as a Norsemen..Ha! Sell some stuff, have some ale.. have a blast. Ha! Thanks for sharing. Josh
  5. Good work. I really like your seax. Look like it would be at home in the 9th or 10th century..
  6. I think it looks good from what I could see of the whole knife (pic cut out the blade..) The carving reminds me of 'celtic'..'norse'?? I say 'norse' because I've seen simarlar montiffs on jewelry, carvings and some shields. 8th-1000th century. Good work. Josh
  7. From my reading of Norse/Viking swords found, they 'peened' the end of the tang to the pommel. If this was the practice with swords, would they follow the same practice with seaxs? As you said, unknown..but I would think that peening the handle to the tang would follow the Norse/Viking practice of weapon design.Just my thoughts.
  8. Hi.. I need something large to heat treat swords. I saw the forge Don Fogg made on this site to heat treat swords and wish to know how it works. I can get 12" pipe for the body.. I assume the burners are simarlar to the ones used in the vertical knife making furance. (I built one and works excellent.) I've never used a digital temperture control before controlling gas. If anyone could give a brief synops on it's operation and connection to the fuel; on/off, spark plug ignition, how it controls the gas valve, etc, it would be appreciated. Or perhaps plans or a rough drawing. Any suggestions on the building of his forge I would appreciate. Thanks in advance. Josh
  9. Bryan.. That is a cool grinder.. :notworthy: Good work! Josh
  10. Hi John.. I'll try Magic Marker. Thanks for the tip.. I was practicing with the sen more and and am finding it very useful. I have a few projects that involves castings for a homemade horizonal mill. The ways have to be scrapped. I think this would be the cat's meow for such a project. Again, thanks for the tip. Josh
  11. Brian and Scott hit it on the head. Not that I'm echoing their thoughts, but I can only stress what they are saying. Although alot of guides from steel companies can show a temp, remember this is a mean temperture for larger stock as it is rolled off the lines. Smaller stock (like knives, small parts etc..) can be as much as 50-100 degree difference in my experience. Also, as Brian pointed out, depending on how you harden can effect it (clay, full harden, edge harden). Try tempering at 375 and raise it 25 degrees until you get the desired effect. Everyones technique is different as well as what YOU want as a final result. Experiment until you get it and "thats how you do it..".. Good luck. Josh
  12. Long time ago I started out with files, sandpaper, grinding wheel, old forge and homemade tools.. Bought a bunch of stuff that would fill a machine shop then decided to find my 'higher' self. I went back to files, sandpaper, grinding wheel, old forge and homemade tools... Life is truly a circle.. Anyway, I degress.. I saw on this site a thing called a 'sen'.. I never heard of one but it was on my 'to do' list as soon as I did the other 'to do' stuff.. I made one looking at the pics here out of some 1080 stuff I had. I used a machinists square to ensure the edge was straight.. I just used some 1 1/4" closet rod as handles..nothing fancy.. Just did the standard harden thing then tempered to a medium yellow..I call it 'chisel' color..some just call it hard.. I decided to try it out on a Tanto I had forged last week. Something bigger would probably be a better test, but for 'Research and Development'. it'll have to do.. After taking the scale off I put it in the knife vice, took a deep breath with anticipation and started 'draw knifing action..' After about 50 strokes..nada..nothing..MmMmMmMmMm... Ok Josh..someone on an Island been using this thing for about 8oo years or so.. Has to be a trick to it.. Ok..the metal is annealed..the sen edge is hardened..edge at a 45 degrees... Must be techinique..or lack thereof... I applied some 'Dykum' layout fluid to see my progress..(or lack of..) Tryed it again and discovered that the way I held it; it 'bit'.. Cool.. Now I see little bits of metal and the Dycum is disappearing... More DYCUM!!!! After awhile, I got used to the 'angle' and how to hold it.. I even got a few little curls about 3/8"... The Dycum is going away like crazy... After a couple of breaks..(and more Dycum... ) I got the hang of it.. Matter of fact.. If you don't watch it you can get carried away 'draw knifeing' and putting Dycum everywhere..you'll shave more than you want.. It also makes stuff flat..real flat.. This thing is better than a file.. It's kind of fun too. Anyway..success!! This sen is a really useful tool and I think after I get more practice with it, will use it more and more... I'm going to make a few more of different sizes.. Anyway, thanks for reading.. And thanks for the info on this site.. Take care all.. Josh
  13. Thats an attractive knife. Line flow is excellent. Looks good, but also looks like it can work.. Josh
  14. Both are very nice.. I especally like the one on the left. Very unique and offers a kind of 'old world' look. Good work.. Josh
  15. Not wanting to get philosophical or deep, I forge for one reason. Everytime I do it, it's something 'primal' if you will. I can go back in time. Doing the craft smiths did for thousands of years. Call it a 'kinship' if you will. Maybe I'm not putting it into words correctly. I think any smith knows what I'm talking about. Josh
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