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Justin Barnett

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  1. I hope I don't get in trouble for resurrecting a thread this old, but I finally decided to sit down and post the results of the help this great community has provided me in the past. Based on the advice in this thread I made my dad a couple of chisels and a plane blade for christmas in 2011 (and also a trade knife you can see in the pics with them). They are all from 5/8"x1/4" 1084 from Aldo. The long straight one is supposed to be a paring chisel, although I may have made it a bit too long. It has yet to get a handle. The bent chisel is supposed to be used for things like trimming plugs in
  2. I love the patina on that knife! That is exactly the look I want on the trade knife I am starting as a Christmas present. Any chance you could give some tips on how you got that patina? Thanks, Justin Barnett
  3. Thanks! Sorry I missed the part about the ferrule. I would like to do a tapered ferrule. From your experience do you think the copper tubing could be expanded enough for that?
  4. Thanks all! Just from looking around the internet at paring chisels, I am looking at tempering them to about 60 rockwell C. Some that I saw were as thin as 1/8", does that sound right? (like these.) Would a socket, or tang style be easier? If I do a tang style I would need a ferrule, are there any shortcuts to making those (maybe something made from copper tubing)? Thanks, Justin
  5. My dad is a woodworker, and I want to make him a nice chisel (or a small set if I have time) for Christmas. I was looking at paring chisels as he does not have any, and they seem to be regarded as the finest wood chisel. I was wondering if anyone on here has ever made wood chisels that might be able to share any tips or maybe pictures. I plan to use 1084 by the way. Thanks, Justin
  6. I wish I had cut a notch in the ends of my forge. I tried forging a long piece of rebar last night and it was a huge pain. The only reason I didn't cut a notch is I wanted to keep my handles.
  7. I think you are right about the quench being the problem. Upon further examination I found a dark spot at the corner of the surface of the break that tells me there was already a small crack there. I then found another micro-crack on the spine about a half inch from the break. So either a pre-existing flaw in my stock, or the spine cracked during the harsh quench (more likely).
  8. As promised here are some pictures of my forge. I used kitty litter, play sand, a little bit of wood ash, some fine sawdust, and a bit of dried grass clippings. (I forgot the kitchen sink) I didn't mix enough in the first batch, so it just covered the bottom. The second batch on the sides I made a bit too wet and it kept wanting to slump down. I kept a fan on it and pushed the sides back up periodically. Due to my complete lack of patience I decided to build a fire in it less than 2 hours after I finished it. I then added some charcoal, then added some air. At this point I figured why not
  9. I got the forge made today. I will try to get some pictures up tomorrow. I was actually able to forge a little blacksmith's knife out of a hay rake tine today as well. Thanks for the help!
  10. Well, I have sawdust, and grass clippings available. Would crushed up charcoal be another good choice? The only problem I had with wood ash is I am afraid it would take a lot of burning to get just a little wood ash. That being said, I really don't know exactly how much I need anyway. I am assuming that a mixture (by volume) of about 2 parts clay, 1 part sand, and 1 part ash would be about right? I have seen just about every possible ratio given, but I would love to know what you use. I do plan on building a gas forge (probably around tax return time next year). But I am tired of waiting t
  11. Can I have my name changed to Justin Barnett? Thanks!
  12. I am about to put together a Lively washtub forge. I have kitty litter, and play sand, but have yet to track down the wood ash that all of the recipes seem to call for. Can sawdust be used in place of wood ash? Does anyone have a particular adobe mix that they like?
  13. I didn't think about needing to sand the inlay down. Thanks for the links, I may have to give that a try on my next knife.
  14. Very nice work! I love the look of the handle! One quick question. Did you stain the handle before, or after doing the inlay? I am assuming before, because I would think that the stain would over-darken the area around the wire if you did it after the inlay.
  15. I think the big problem with trying to get a price is that what a collector would be willing to pay will have as much to do with the quality, fit and finish, as it will with the actual design. Without being able to see the actual work of the smith it could be worth anything from $25 to $2500.
  16. Not sure if this is helpful, but you might want to check out Sloyd.
  17. Thanks very much for the information. Sorry to hijack your thread about this beautiful knife. To be honest I never cared much for historical pieces until I started seeing some of your work (along with a couple others on this forum). Now I think my style will be greatly influenced by some of these peices (I am looking at belduques in particular at the moment).
  18. Ok, I didn't know that crucible steel was in use at that time. And I assumed that blister steel was just part of the process of getting to shear steel. I know shear steel was widely used in England for a long time, but what would be the period correct uses for the blister and crucible steel?
  19. She likes museums, but I don't think she's going to venture out to DC on this trip. I do plan to head to Annapolis for a day after the event since I was born there (only lived there the first year of my life). She would probably be looking for some interesting things around Baltimore. Her interests are pretty varied so there's nothing in particular to point out that she likes. We will probably do some searching online, but if anyone thinks of anything in Baltimore that might be fun (especially anything that might not show up in a google search of tourist stuff in the area) let me know.
  20. Am I correct in thinking that this could help you heat treat damascus more accurately? Average the percents of alloys in the different steels you use (by weight) and enter those figures in. Or would the fact that only carbon migrates quickly make that inaccurate?
  21. Awesome knife! Sorry for my ignorance, but what are the other two steels used for 18th, 19th century knives? I know of shear steel, and blister steel...
  22. Payment sent! This will be my first hammer-in. I'm really excited! BTW, what would be some good things for my wife to do in the area if she comes with me?
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