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Don Abbott

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  1. Remarkable. Very well done.
  2. I really like the classic lines of that one.
  3. A quick search for "Homemade Sriracha Sauce" yields a lot of recipes. We use it on my wife's "egg roll in a bowl". It's good, but a little goes a long way for me.
  4. Actually, it is camel bone. It is very hard to find a flat slab of cow bone that will cover the whole handle. I have it oiled and polished, but I never have tried stabilization. I've got the stuff to build a vacuum pot. I wonder if Cactus Juice will penetrate bone? That might well be it. The tray/organizer I got it from was likely from the 50's or 60's. Thanks for the info. I've got a couple blocks left... I really wish I had more.
  5. I've used this pattern several times, but I tried something different on one of these: We often speak of "mystery steel", but this is "mystery wood". I salvaged it from a warehouse parts tray 20+ years ago. I don't know if it's tropical or composite. The dust had a unique smell and was kinda sticky. It was worth the try though. It looks great and polished out nicely with just some 0000 steel wool and olive oil. The blade is 4.5" and about 8.5" overall. It's made from 1084. This is from the same pattern and steel
  6. This is important Sharp bits, slow speed, correct pressure, lube.
  7. You need a copy of this if you don't already have it:
  8. This has been an interesting experiment to watch. I definitely think you're on to something.
  9. That was artistic license I watched a Brian Brazeal video on how to forge a heart and just went with it.
  10. Yes they do. I've never handed one off without testing it and never had any complaints. My absolute first smithing project was when I first got in to flintlocks and reenacting and such. I needed a striker for an event and did some research on what was involved. I got a round chainsaw file and got it hot enough to flatten a little and bent it in a U shape. Used the flat part of my vise for an anvil and a small ball-pien hammer. Can't remember if I used oil or water, but I was able to harden it and it worked fine. I still have it as a reminder of my extremely humble beginnings. I wis
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Wouldn't hurt to heat it up to to around 120°F (49°C)
  14. 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!".
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. Looks like you've been busy. That is an impressive collection there. Good blades deserve good wood and leather. You've done them justice.
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