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Matt Gregory

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  1. ALDO BRUNO!! I love you, you beautiful thing of a man, you... Pretty sure that those were the certs of the original batch, my friend. Also should be the published specs, too. Do you know differently?
  2. It's funny, Sammy... I kind of think this hammer is more you than me, anyway!
  3. Specs for the steel are: Carbon: 1.05% Chromium: .5% Vanadium: .75% Managanese: .75% The amount of manganese makes this a through-hardening steel. I think you'd be hard pressed to get any sort of activity out of it. Probably best to stick the the W steels or 10 steels for that stuff! You can see the heat treat specs for the steel here: Crucible CruForgeV Spec Sheet
  4. I can't remember if I bought this from USAKnifemaker Supply or if I stole it while working on knives at Dan Farr's shop. I know you can order direct from Crucible steel in Texas, they have it, too. You might check with Aldo at NJ Steel Baron, too... he doesn't list it on his site, but that hardly means anything. The guy's amazing and can get anything. Patience with him right now though, as i believe there was a death in his family... I love CruForgeV... heat treatment is simple, it's a significant improvement in edge retention and toughness compared to any of the forging steels I've used,
  5. Here's an 11" blade I just finished up in CruForgeV with a stainless oval guard and bocote handle. Clip is sharp. Need to make a sheath for it now... Comments welcome! Thanks, matt
  6. Sweet! If I can be of any help, tell them to contact me... heck, for all I know, I may need their help!!!
  7. Pure awesomeness - you guys are obviously digging what you're doing!
  8. I think what will likely end up happening is that I'll make a cradle to pull the entire pivoting portion of the hammer... this will buy me access to the pivot bolts (assuming, of course, the same thing doesn't happen on the other side!!!). No worries - like I said, this poor thing ain't young, and I'm not relying on it working any time soon to keep me fed. All good fun - as soon as it stops being so, it'll be someone else's project.
  9. Well, I got a bit of time to work on the ol' girl today. I power washed it to get the crud off, loosened the helve husk to see if I could work it free so when I have a helve I can spread it open... ...then had it slip off the pivot on the left side! Thought for sure the entire upper half of the hammer was coming down. I managed to jury rig a platform and got my floor jack under it, propped it back into place, and tried to tighten it in place with the fulcrum pivot screw. The bolt moved freely, but I can see the threads next to the husk, and they ain't budging. Removed the bolt to
  10. Great Scott, that's a whole heckuva lotta hammers! This is what you were meant to be, my friend... don't think I've ever met someone with such an obvious calling - and destiny!
  11. ... at long last, I can provide an update on this! One of the tensioning bolts of the helve husk was missing, and after resigning myself to having one made, a gentleman named Phil Cox found exactly what I needed!!! As previously mentioned here, Phil collects power hammers (Bradley's in particular), and he's been an enormous asset to me! Here's a shot of the nuts and tensioning bolt I received from Mr. Cox - perfect!! ...now if it'll just warm up for a while and let me get to the darn contraption I can get fiddling with it again. It hasn't risen above the high twenties here
  12. If I could warrant a guess, I would bet that the 'fixed' tensioning system virtually eliminates hop and any other motion that could be caused by variable tensioning systems - ingenious! Does it track really smoothly? That would be the proof, as they say... What size are the tool arm bars? I know you specifically asked not to make reference to other grinders, but my suspicion is that for the amount of money you spent you can't touch any of the grinders you mentioned with the same capabilities or features. Nice machine - and cheap, too!
  13. He did a knife show this weekend. Probably trying to catch up - give him a call or email.
  14. Hi Wayne, Not sure if this is thread hijacking (mod's, if so, tell me and I'll start another thread or email Mr. Coe), but would you mind explaining how you're running the motor at double speed? I'm guessing it's an adjustment on the VFD, but I've never heard of doing such a thing. Is it detrimental to the life or longevity of the motor or VFD? Both your machines and your website look great, btw!
  15. Hi Chuck! I've tried the battery acid method before, and you're right - it works. However, my results weren't like what I got from these folks. When I used the acid, it certainly increased the 'bite' of the files, but it didn't last long. These really work like new files! Loved your sheath dvd, btw. How ya surviving the winter up there, Dick? You folks are getting pelted this year, eh?
  16. I stumbled across a thread on a machinist forum regarding a file sharpening service. Most of my files are shot, and many of them were my grandfather's and are 40 or 50 years old - or older! I sent out 14 files to Boggs Tool & File Sharpening Company, 14100 Orange Avenue, Paramount, CA 90723 on January 24th. At least 5 of the files were what I would have thought were spent, including a couple mill bastards and a big rat tail file that was my grandfather's. I just took th old files and wrapped them in newspaper, rolling one from the corner and then adding another each time the roll cov
  17. I want to be you when I grow up. Incredible work!
  18. 52100 contains no vanadium, and much more chromium. It is also a steel that has a very stringent heat treatment requirement.
  19. BTW, it was never intended to be sold as a supersteel, merely a steel that was designed with conventional blacksmithing in mind that would offer better performance than the usual old chevy spring or the simpler steels.
  20. This steel offers almost NO characteristics similar to W2, so I think it's dangerous to label it as such. It's a through-hardening steel, with enough alloying to increase it's carbide content significantly, with the requisite increase in capable toughness due to properly formed martensite (which can be tempered to offer greater toughness), rather than relying on it's toughness from an unhardened pearlitic state. W2's vanadium content is so minimal that it's presence is merely there to pin grain growth rather than offer any additional wear resistance. The intention of the steel was to offer a
  21. The following images are tests which were performed by Crucible's metallurgists on a test blade which was forged and heat treated by Dan Farr. The blade was heat treated using a propane forge, and the spine temper was drawn back using an oxy/acetylene torch. The vanadium content was chosen to increase wear resistance and also pin the grain boundaries during proper forging practices.
  22. I use the steel all the time, and I love it. Greater wear resistance by a considerable margin than most forging steels with no significant reduction in toughness. Not sure it's what I'd plan to use for swords, but works great for anything smaller, with WAY better edge holding than any of the simple steels.
  23. How do I know this is really Chris? Good to hear you're doing well, man.
  24. Is he dead yet? Remember, as soon as it appears as if he's passed, we need to cut his head off before he reanimates... sometimes they can fool you into thinking they haven't really died, and are just sleeping heavily in a painkiller induced haze. If there's anyone nearby, stop in and check - late at night is the best time. Sneak into the house so the monster doesn't suspect anything, then WHAM! Now would be a great time to catch up on all the bad movies you can stream through Netflix, bro... take your mind of the healing. Besides, when was the last time you watched Rodan?
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