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  1. 3 acres, you going to need a tractor and a bushhog. If you can find a nice old Massey Ferguson 135 diesel its worth investing time and money into it.
  2. This is another picture I found of a cutlers hammer, a real Sheffield one. The other picture is of a Wilcox hammer no longer being made And the 3rd picture is of "real" Japanese Sword smiths hammer The 4th picture is of real file cutters hammers. Just for reference. The 5th picture is apparently of a real cutlers anvil All these pictures I have kept out of interest and for reference and they came from Google searches and Auctions sites.
  3. I have always wanted to know what a real CUTLERS HAMMER looked like. I could not find a real picture of one. I have scoured Auctions sites for years now trying to buy one. No luck yet. I took this image from a Youtube video of the last working Cutler in Sheffield, the video link was posted in here in the video section Anyway this is supposed to be a real cutlers hammer as used by a real Sheffield Cutler. The closest thing that I have found that is close in shape is a old Disston Dog/Saw head hammer
  4. Hi guys How well does hydraulic oil work as quench oil? I have been able to get access to a few drums, some clean and some with slight water contamination. What is the main base oil for hydraulic oil? Is it mineral oil? Greg
  5. Delta

    nice hamon

    Hi Igrec What steel did you use? Greg
  6. Hi Chris Nice work.... What glue do you use for attaching the rayskin? Greg
  7. Delta

    Rice Glue

    Has anyone used rice glue for their scabbards? I wonder how tough and durable it is? I would be interested in any general comments about rice as a glue for scabbards. Greg
  8. Hi Niko I saw those videos. I found it interesting that he used a open grid filled with charcoal to do yakire. It was amusing to see him use the garden blower to fan the charcoal. I suppose the advantage is that you could see the blade color through the grill. I made a note for those videos and they were from "creativejapan" However i just did a search and the videos are not under his name anymore. Maybe you can email him. They were also recorded under the name of "nishi0909" however he is not a registered user anymore. There is another one thats interesting and this on
  9. Spheroid cast iron is a special tough form of cast iron. The process of casting is very precise and controlled and is used for casting high quality cast iron parts for cars and trucks, Just google it. If you have a car manufacturing metal industries around you, you could probably get a high quality spheroidal cast iron sword anvil cast much cheaper than a bought anvil. Try and speak with the supervisor, you might get lucky and get it done in their "spare" time. Since no complicated molds are needed like a normal anvil, they will readily say yes. I have seen them doing "test" pours into squ
  10. Most of the Japanese Swordsmiths anvils are just blocks of mild steel. If you study the pictures carefully you can clearly see the anvils face blooming out. These days since most of the forging is done on a power hammers anyway, the anvil hardness would not be very important. When i was in Japan i also noted that many swordsmiths used very small hammers when hammering in the bevels, you could have probably done it on a post anvil. The picture of two apprentices in flip flops swinging hammers in white PJ's captures everyones imagination. I notice the same thing on the Chinese makers an
  11. Hi Niko It would be good to know the answer. I also wonder if you could make Tamahagane out of powdered steel it saving fuel costs and time. I found some interesting data on this web wage. I also wondered about using metal iron filings as well with carbon for Tamahagane. It seems most of the smelting process of Tamahagane is burning off impurities www.metalpowders.com.au/index.html They list some of their powders for metallurgy use. It seems some of it comes from Europe. Greg
  12. I notice that all the Japanese knife making shops use big wet grinding wheels. Do they still make these big wheels grinders in the west? I have seen antique hand cranked Blacksmith ones with well worn stones, however i have never seen a big industrial one. I remember seeing old pictures of the Sheffield knife making shops using them. I have been using my Tormek for grinding blades and its great for finishing work, however its way too slow. If i could get wet wheels of different grits with a bit more speed i would rather use them than a belt grinder. Greg
  13. Can anyone who owns a Japanese hammer tell me roughly what the angle should be from hammer head to the lower part of the hammer handle? Greg
  14. Anyone care to offer an opinion on the Diamondback Ironworks knife gas forges? These are listed on Ebay, i am interested in buying one. Greg
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