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Don Abbott

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Don Abbott last won the day on February 15

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    East Tennessee / foothills of the Smoky Mountains
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    the Gospel, my wife, blacksmithing, bladesmithing, primitive archery, and F&I War reenactment

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  1. That is very cool. I have a couple dug heads from that period, perhaps a little later, but never one with a root handle. Dog certainly looks nervous.
  2. NJSB had been out of 1084 for a while but I checked today and they had it and I ordered some. I'm not 100%, but I think they cut some of it to width from plate. This might explain the square edges.
  3. Wouldn't hurt to heat it up to to around 120°F (49°C)
  4. I tend to remember names very well and it is amazing how many folks I've seen on FiF that I have crossed paths with on this forum. My wife understands what I mean when I say "Hey, I know him!".
  5. Might try it hotter for the quench. Grain growth wouldn't be an issue as it would with a blade. Make sure your steel is cleaned to bright before you quench, and the clean it again after hardening. The coil spring could be in the 5160 family and a water quench might crack it. I use old files with a water quench and then suspend them in boiling water for about an hour to (possibly) temper them a little bit. Maybe I just imagine the boiling helps. And also, I do normalize them like a blade before I harden... heat to critical, cool to black, heat to
  6. I have two anvils. One is a "no pritchel" Mouse Hole that would be 200 years old, give or take a few. It was made from three or four chunks of wrought and a steel plate being forge welded together by men with hammers. I still use this anvil on occasion. My other came from liquid tool steel poured in a mold and surfaced with a mill. We marvel at the price of new anvils, but imagine what it would cost today to have someone forge you a 170lb anvil.
  7. I have a five-year-old grandson and his daddy has trained him well as a mushroom hunter. He knows way more than I do. I call him our truffle pig. Truffle hunting pigs
  8. Cool picture, and I like the spread you got on that blade. Makes a nice profile. I always seem to stop short and wish I had spread the edge farther.
  9. This goes back to our discussion over the giant chain links... It is mind boggling to consider the rate of invention, risk, and determination that came out of the late 1800's and early 1900's. Here where I've always lived, well before my time, right when the timber trade played out ALCOA aluminum went into high gear. I used to hear a lot of the old men talk about having to start out in "the pot rooms". Different metal, similar technology. They made tons of stuff for WWII, then made the tail fin inserts for '57 Chevys. My mom was a secretary at the North Plant before she
  10. I always liked the kids (and adults for that matter) that watched what I was doing at the forge with serious curiosity, asked good questions, and had that "I'd love to learn this" look in their eyes. I always dreaded the ones that said "can you make a sword like in Minecraft?" We were doing a Christmas garrison one year and it was below freezing that evening. One of the visitors asked if the ice on top of the water buckets was real or if we had brought it in. Also heard people ask if we actually ate the food we were cooking over a fire.
  11. Looks like you've been busy. That is an impressive collection there. Good blades deserve good wood and leather. You've done them justice.
  12. Few people realize the man power it took to get us where we are today. When you think about that period from post-Civil War to WWII, it is incredible. Every ship, every sky-scraper, railroads, trains, cars, tanks, bridges... no robots, no automation, just men and tools. Sometimes we think it would be cool to work old-school like that, but I'll bet those guys were glad to put their feet up for a couple hours between fourteen hour work days and six day weeks.
  13. This forum is as closest thing I have to social media. My phone is only for calls and texts and I still have AOL email. So forgive me for being several months behind. Most of you already know, but I only found out today that Andy Davis of Coal Iron Forge and formerly the Mad Dwarfs Workshop had passed a few months ago. I was introduced to Andy and David DelaGardelle when they were young'uns on this board. I was always impressed by their work. Both incredibly gifted young men. I came across the video of Andy's memorial/anvil ringing. I recommend that you tak
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