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About SteveShimanek

  • Birthday 06/12/1962

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    bladesmithing, blacksmithing, Japanese swords, aikido

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  1. Worth a try, nothing to lose but time and some fuel.....and you might learn something.
  2. Bet he didn't have eye protection, either....the rice straw bundle is for diverting most of the flux spray, but how many have been blinded no one knows?
  3. Glad to see you posting again, Dan....I wondered what you have been up to. Nice work!
  4. working on the 40 year old sail boat, mowing the lawn, polishing and making shirasaya for a Japanese spear....the usual.
  5. Garry, you are doing some very fine work there! I wonder if you would be interested in doing a wood trade...I have a Hawaiian Koa rifle stock blank that i would trade for an equal amount of NZ swamp kauri, if you are interested. I did not see a private message button on your profile anywhere, so put it here.
  6. Mild steel has worked fine for me.
  7. The steel plates probably effectively quenched the tang; you may need to temper to blue or hot stamp your mark earlier in the process.
  8. Not bladesmith related, but I have been teaching myself to TIG weld aluminum, as i repair numerous corrosion holes in a diesel fuel tank from my 40 year old sailboat. Aluminum is a very different animal than steel, but I am making progress. Boat work has taken precedence over shop work lately, but i have some sword polishing backlogged that i will be back to soon.
  9. That cannon pattern is rocking; have you cast it yet?
  10. Rewelded my riding lawn mower frame, replaced the drive belt...now I can catch up on my mowing; 3 weeks behind due to dodging a cyclone and being in a monsoonal trough for too long. Also made a machigane (little triangular bit of copper for bottom of habaki) and brazed up and fitted the habaki to the Japanese swrd restoration project i got from Geoff. Will post photos to the other thread later.
  11. That is awesomely good for a first, better than mine was for sure; the only thing other than what Alan pointed out was that the alignment of the blade and tang seems bent....maybe it is an optical artifact?
  12. That is some very clean forging!
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