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    San Joaquin Valley, CA
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    Hunting, fishing, camping, smithing, hanging out with the family.

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  1. Steve O

    146lb Peter Wright for sale

    Hi Justin, if you don’t get any bites here maybe post it on the tailgate section of iforgeiron.com. Seems to be the only part of that forum not overcome by egos and a$$hats
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    Forge Press Design Help

    Ok I reread and had misread one of your posts, you will share the hydraulics between the two machines, use longer hoses, and you have decided to keep the gas engine now, sorry. Make sure the max fluidic pressure is the same or lower for the splitter as for your press cylinder. I saw for some of that companies splitters they ran at 3300psi pump output, but I didn’t see a spec for the model you bought. But I still don’t understand how you are guiding the ram.
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    Forge Press Design Help

    I’m trying to envision where you’re going with this but I’m lost on your ram guide. Also, you welded a frame and already had a cylinder, but you bought a complete logsplitter with a gas engine to complete your build. If I understand correctly you then will only be using some valves, and the pump. That seems a tough and expensive way to source them. Although for a complete 27 ton logsplitter, if it’s new, that’s a great price. Sorry if I’m misunderstanding you, Steve
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    Bowie knife

    I look forward to seeing it finished, it has an Indo-Persian meets Bowie flavor to it. That trailing point with sharpened clip would be a nasty slasher even in reverse cuts.
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    O for the love of axes!

    Ever get your axe finished? Love to see it. Which edge material did you use? I was a sucky forge welder and preferred using 10xx, it welds easier than anything else to mild. Also 1010 or 1018 beats unknown mild or A36 for ease.
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    All Purpose Kitchen Knife

    I like the direction you took it after Joel’s input. Our most used general purpose knives in the kitchen are Japanese style petties and honesuki blade patterns, especially those that deviate from the thicker spine for splitting chicken and are designed more for slicing (maybe they have another name but the profile is the same).
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    Bowie knife

    Jeremy I think an S guard would look great. Furthermore I’d not change the profile of the blade. I like it, plus keeping it honors the man that started the work.
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    Good grief Dan, you’ve got some large stones betwixt your knees! Color me envious! Out of curiosity what is the width and diameter of that wheel?
  9. Steve O

    couple of axes

    Nice work Jake Ive only done a simple wrapped eye tomahawk. It’s interesting that in the last few years I learned that they did the asymmetrical eye wrap, as I’d already imagined in my head that would be an easier/better way to do things, but never had proof. Lastly I don’t think I could pull off that collared eye weld at my best, I would have burned up WAY more than you did. I always had trouble managing pieces that had such varied thickness at welding temp.
  10. Oh, and if you can cut the bottom off a metal garbage can or a 30-50 gallon drum, leaving 6-10” lip you could cut a hole in the bottom and drop that drum in it. I. The lip cut two U shape cutouts in the lip so you can push your stock through if needed and also to work your fire easier. Just make sure you don’t flame cut a galvanized can, use a jig saw or cut off wheel. After the fire pot is installed, Put clay or even mud a few inches deep in it to keep from burning the sheet metal or coating. Not only will that type of set uo help keep your extra fuel contained it will work as a wind shield.
  11. Andy, another thought if you did use 1/4” stock to make some tongs. 1/4 is quite thin and flexy but for smaller bolt tongs (10- 12” long and for small say 1/4 to MAX 3/8” shorter work pieces) might work if you welded some small angle iron to the jaws to form the V. However for your hot cut your new heavier stock is what’s needed. As others stated V jaws are good, they hold round and square stock, round U jaws only hold round stock. Also, if the jaws are true and parallel, with a space between the opening in the Vs, they can hold some flat stock in a pinch.
  12. Steve O

    66 lb Ebay anvil review

    So AndyB I see you got your EBay 66lb anvil now. If possible please add to this thread any information, we can keep all the information about these things in one thread, so others can see all the good bad or ugly in one spot. They are shaping up into a great newly made/sold anvil for folks to buy to get started in bladesmithing or blacksmithing. Im all for block anvils and makeshift anvils as I think they work great and value to cost is second to none. However at least half the newbies, especially blacksmiths more than bladesmiths, do NOT want to get one, they are emphatic on a production anvil in a typical anvil layout.
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    I have a NEW fond love for Coal Fire

    You are running too much air into your fire: your blower is too big, or you aren’t throttling the outlet into the fire, and/or you are running it constantly even when you are working at the anvil. Keep watching YouTube videos etc and try and find ones dealing with fire management. I will try and find some for you, a video is so much better than words on the interwebs. Also id probably try and set that brake drum into a piece of sheet steel or whatnot. Line that break drum with clay so you have more of a trough for the coals. For blade work you don’t need a wide fire, you need a deep narrow fire just long enough to heat as much steel as you can work before it cools to dull red. BTW, glad your cheapy anvil is working for you! And yes these 30kg Italian/French pattern pig anvils SQUEEL when you strike them if they aren’t fixed down solidly. What shape are your pritchel and hardy holes? Any cleanup needed? How about the round horn surface and anvil face edges? Hardness? I’m trying to get a sense of the quality control on these things. Jeremy and I both had good luck, hoping you did too. I’d like to be able to recommend these to starting smiths, or even established smiths wanting a small anvil.
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    My latest hunter, an experiment with copper.

    Cool, I am all for following your muse and doing something different just because! And I agree with using it for a nice contrast on a Damascus blade that has some “topography” to it.