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Dan P. last won the day on October 11 2016

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  1. Dan P.

    My new hammer

    I don't know how much it weighs (it weighs plenty), but it is not as stable as it could be. The design makes it weirdly front and top heavy, and its on sleepers which I don't think helps. But it is a lovely little machine. And it's also hands down the noisiest power hammer I've ever seen. It out-noisies air hammers four times its size. With ease. I guess because it is a mechanical? Instead of the full spectrum thump of an air hammer there is just an almighty slap at a phenomenally penetrating frequency when forging anything under about 1/4".
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    My new hammer

    New to me. Neat little thing, a 1948 1/2 Cwt Massey spring hammer. https://www.instagram.com/p/BkLFSZdgqoH/?taken-by=danprendergastknives
  3. Lol, that's industry standard!
  4. Dan P.

    Discussion with "The Boss"

    Mrs. P. was easily sold on the fact that charcoal can be used for BBQ.
  5. Dan P.

    Soon my old shop will be coming down...

    Sad day/happy day. That roof is built like a brick sh*thouse though. My workshop roof looks about the same size, but has stone tiles, and maybe 2 or 3 joists (and all rotten battens) to hold maybe a ton of stone up.
  6. Dan P.

    Most popular Lighting Fixture Styles - Need your helps

    I personally like classic 20s-60's industrial lighting, things like enamelled shades in racing green, articulated lamps, pretty much anything involving bakelite.
  7. Nobody's doubting the science, but speaking for myself I would rather have science and opinion presented at a respectable distance from one another.
  8. I'd love to read the peer reviewed studies on the difference in performance between optimally HT'd 1080 and 52100 in the application for which you used them. Or are your statements perhaps more opinion based?
  9. I will second this. It is a meme that I believe originated on Kevin Cashen's site, and is repeated continually, often almost verbatim across the internet. Give a novice 1080 and it is very possible or even likely that they will produce a knife with enlarged grain structure. I've seen that many times. It can also be prone to warping. O1, on the other hand, is ubiquitous for a reason, and except through utterly egregious mishandling it is very easy to produce a hard knife with fine grain that is relatively stable in the quench. It is the Ron Jeremy of steels.
  10. Dan P.

    Ever thought about selling blade blanks?

    I know what you mean about not enjoying handling knives, but the more you do it, the better and faster you get, and the better and faster you get, the more you enjoy it. I don't know how far along you are on your knifemaking career, but I think it's worth putting the hours in making and fitting handles, and indeed practicing and honing your skills in all aspects of the trade, until you have a sound reason to do otherwise.
  11. Dan P.

    nickel carbon stop

    I would be very eager to hear any further thoughts you might have on the matter Jerrod. There are notions floating about in the knife making world whose origins I sometimes wonder about.
  12. Dan P.

    nickel carbon stop

    In the instances I'm thinking of, the use of pure nickel was stated, but my fairly loosely held belief that carbon migration happened is circumstantial, if that is the right turn of phrase. I have also not used nickel for this purpose myself, so my authority on the subject is nonexistent, except that I am quite familiar with what carbon migration/diffusion looks like. I figured, like everything, given time and temperature the carbon will find a way to a state of entropy, and that to whatever degree nickel is effective, it is not absolutely effective.
  13. Dan P.

    nickel carbon stop

    Thanks Alan. I have read the same, and yet I see many pictures (mostly on instagram) where nickel has been used and where the characteristic shadow of carbon migration can be seen. Perhaps it is something else? Nickel migration? Ha ha.
  14. I read that a layer of nickel placed between the cladding and core of a laminated knife acts as a stop to carbon migration. Can anyone tell me to what extent is this true? I ask because I see lots of pictures of sanmai with a layer of nickel, almost all of which display, to a greater or lesser extent, the "shadow" that carbon migration throws on both sides of the weld.