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JohnW

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  1. I guess Postman didn't know exactly (in 1998) but lists ranges of serial numbers by year, which he says is accurate to within two years. Those from 125001 to 150000 were made in about 1907
  2. Yes, I think just about any wood fire leaves usable charcoal. Sounds like you're thinking of picking up big hunks. That would be fabulous if it's chared all the way through, like the fire was so hot some poor tree got roasted with out even catching on fire that much. I've never seen a forest fire, but undoubtedly there'd be lots of charcoal laying around, and even very unlikely looking stuff, like it would be just ashes, will have plently of good charcoal if you just sift the ashes out. I say charcoal should be sifted anyway, just to get all the fines out of there.
  3. Doesn't seem like it could be too terrible if the pipe was loose and completely removeable. It would still lay there and deliver the air. I think you should be very generous with charcoal when forging. Pile it on. I've heard a complaint with charcoal, that it's hard to get local heat. That's been my small experience too. Every heat gets most of the blade hot, and all must be hammered straight. Maybe others have a etter idea.
  4. The Indiana Blacksmith Association has a couple satellite groups that migt be in your range. See http://www.indianablacksmithing.org/ The Orange County crew has had the greatest interest in knife making. I think they hold some of their meeting in Floyd County, about 20 miles from Louisville.
  5. What'd they use for fuel back in 1840 NJ, coal or charcoal?
  6. Thanks for the good information
  7. Good on the versatility for size.
  8. Great. L6 makes very good sense. That air hardening is also something that I was wondering about. Like I was wondering if it did occur, or if that was some other behavior. If you run your chain into a rock, or some other non-wooden hard object, then grind it with a chain grinder to correct the damage, grinding it a little more than you should, it seems to blacken the steel and harden it a little (like maybe grind off 0.125" and get about 0.125" blackened steel [and I'm sure not good with those measurements]). The file will be a little skatie at next sharpening. Oh yes, you say cha
  9. Does anyone know the approximate alloy for chainsaw steel? Oregon (brand) is the biggest chain seller. They have their own alloy, OCS-01. What's that, Oregon Chainsaw-01? What's the big secret? Carlton does give a little more information. They say thier chains are a nickle alloy with chrome plating. This could accidently be of interest to knife makers. I know some of you guys weld chainsaw chain. My main interest is that I'd just like to know what the stuff is that I'm filing. It's a treat to file, it can be sharpened up and reshaped without major work.
  10. In case you didn't consider this, in looking at size, consider how you would heat longer pieces of steel. If you're making tongues, you need a place for the handle to hang out. It's a real pain pain if you can't get your steel down into the fire on the level.
  11. Hey JoelBibee, have you heard of the Tidewater Blacksmiths? http://www.tidewaterblacksmiths.com/ They seem to be a pretty successful group. I see things about them from time to time. If you meet with them, you'd proably get to see some iron, maybe even steel getting hammered on. And you might get a lead on steel and tools.
  12. So I've been warned that zinc gives off a poisonous white smoke. Not like deadly poison, but it contributed to the death of at least one man. You can use galvinized steel like in the clay-lined wash tub forge. The zinc won't get hot there.
  13. I don't have any belt grinders, but as a man who has studied lots of arithmetic, I will tell you, Doug Lester is right. You can ignore all the pi's. Just look at the ratio of the wheels. If you're going from an 8" (diameter) drive wheel to a 4" drive wheel, you will cut your belt speed in half. Read this additional text at your own risk. If your wondering where the pi's come from, it's from the following equation. Speed of Driven Gear = Teeth on driving gear multiplied by RPM of driving gear divided by teeth on driven gear I know you don't have any gears with teeth, so let'
  14. No, it's not just you. There's no controlling what people say. They'll say what they say, and it's no reflection on you. Probably too, their ignorance is no reflection on their character. Good people can still be ignorant, and that can be irritating.
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