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  1. I used an Olympic pottery kiln from Craigslist for heat treating blades for years. It did have a programmable controller. The interior was roughly cube shaped so probably wasted electricity heating that big space for a couple blades, but it worked. I have a Paragon knife kiln that can take longer blades now and it seems more evenly heated than the pottery kiln and the electronic relays are nice compared to the old clacky mechanicals.
  2. OK, this thread is a few months old but I just saw it because I don't go in the sales forum much. Very interesting info here. Can this be duplicated in metallurgy forum?
  3. Looks like a handy knife. Nice work!
  4. Pretty sure Venmo's max is $4999. I've sent that much to our son but that was a "transfer" and not a transaction I guess.
  5. The late Al Pendray was a proponent of austempering 52100 by quenching into 500F salts for 30 min or so and then air cooling to room temp. Supposedly made tougher steel for a given hardness. Here's an article on austempering: https://knifesteelnerds.com/2018/07/09/bainite-vs-martensite/
  6. Bader is easier to contact via phone in my experience. I haven't had any luck with emails. Very knowledgeable and helpful folks have always answered the phone there tho. I sold my B2 (round tool arm) a couple years ago so it's been a while since I called.
  7. Just wanted to note that most respirators and filters are back in stock now after months of being unavailable.
  8. The standard Chinese metal cutting bandsaw works great. I've had mine (Grizzly version) since 1991 and still going strong. Think the Harbor Freight version is the same except for paint color. https://www.grizzly.com/products/Grizzly-4-x-6-3-4-HP-Metal-Cutting-Bandsaw/G0622 https://www.harborfreight.com/horizontal-vertical-metal-cutting-bandsaw-93762.html
  9. I think even more frustrating than someone abusing the knives I've made are the ones that put them away in a safe or something and never use them because "they're too nice" or some such. Tear 'em up man! I can make another one if it breaks.
  10. That first one does look a lot like Grant Sarver's old units. I think "Off Center Tools" was name on his. Looks like this website is still selling them: http://www.inductionforge.net/
  11. Very nice! Looks like a handy little cutter. I've made a few little knives for others out of Cru Forge V and they are amazed how long it stays sharp, like years. Need to make one for myself.
  12. Cool! I've had a couple people bring me straightened pieces of wrought iron wagon tire that they thought was leaf spring. Wouldn't explain that cool layering tho.
  13. I've never used one, but I notice Ed Caffrey sells hammers like that on his website. https://www.caffreyknives.net/angle_peen-hammers.html
  14. I think Mothers mag wheel polish helps it pop a little after about 800 - 1000 grit sanding.
  15. You can also get a PID controller pretty cheap on Ebay and just set the toaster oven on its highest temp and plug it into the PID. The PID will cycle it on and off to maintain your set temp. Still a good idea to have a steel plate or sand or something for thermal mass.
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