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  1. Kudos to you for restoring a piece on a nearly lost history. I cut the last one I had up and made knives out it! ashamed.jpg In my own defense, it is when the knife making kraze first hit me!




    A two man saw doesn't really make shavings but, if it is not producing the cut you are expecting. It could be the dry wood! Or it could only be angle of tooth filing or, set of the tooth. I watched an ole timer actually set the teeth on a two man saw with a small hammer over the edge of an anvil. However I am going to bet it was not his first rodeo! I wish I had better advice! 


  2. On 11/6/2021 at 2:57 PM, Alan Longmire said:

    What I do with blown burners is leave the needle valve about halfway to 3/4 open. It's just for fine tuning the forge atmosphere, it's not for turning on or off.  With the 1/4-turn valve shut, open the regulator a bit.  Since the system is closed, the gauge will read something like 1 to 3 PSI.  Now you can light the forge in one of two ways, depending on how adventurous you're feeling.  The calm way is to turn on the blower with the choke half open, stick a lit torch in the forge with your hand out of the line of fire, then slowly open the 1/4-turn valve all the way.  There should be a satisfying WHOOMPF and you can now use the regulator, the needle valve, and the blower choke to fine-tune the atmosphere.  Once you have it where you want it, don't touch the needle valve again. That is, adjust as needed when blocking off the doors, dealing with a hot forge, etc., but don't use the needle valve to turn it off.  



    Never had a problem with my forge. I use one of these! coming soon


    Now years ago I lived an old off grade house and the heaters were propane. The one in the kitchen you turned in just an 1/8 of a turn and you lit it and let it go for a minute or so and then you could cut it on full throttle. Of course back then I was using matches and one very cold morning, I failed to wait, just a minute before it warmed for a second,  I cracked the gas valve wide open. The gas flow blew itself out.


    So I figured it has been no more than a second and I lit a second match. When I bent over to light the heater again. The heater blew me across the room, I landed on my butt, my mustache, eye brows, and even the front of my hair was singed! I sit there a minute smelling burnt hair and I hear my wife holler are you OK. Yeah I think so I replied and I went to the bathroom to look in the mirror.  There was this silly fella with no hair on his face and even the front of my hair was gone. I thought to myself now I know what that burnt hair smell was!! I learned my lesson about how fast propane could spread in just a second when wide open!! Jerry Lewis-excitied.jpg 

    On 11/6/2021 at 2:57 PM, Alan Longmire said:

    he calm way is to turn on the blower with the choke half open, stick a lit torch in the forge with your hand out of the line of fire, then slowly open the 1/4-turn valve all the way.  There should be a satisfying WHOOMPF and you can now use the regulator, the needle valve, and the blower choke to fine-tune the atmosphere.

    So I am more in the camp of Alan! Start small !

  3. Mine came with a sound change! My brain is working on wth am I hearing, to kpow bomb blowing up.png. Then wow that hurt, what the, oh the belt broke. Oh, that was the sound change!! It seem like it all happens in slow motion, when it is so fast your brain has to catch up! Mine was up above the wrist and it turned black and blue the next day!! Put some suave on Alan!! May not help the boo boo much but it helps the ego!!

  4. Sorry to hear the hijacked your pictures. It is pretty much a given that anything you post of the net is going to be stolen at some time! About the only thing you can do is put a watermark on your photos but that still doesn't stop someone from stealing them and posting with the watermark on it! The only recourse is usually more trouble than it is worth! https://www.visualwatermark.com/help/


    I am nobody in the world of knifemaking but I see photos of mine popping up all the time. I even ran across one of my photos that had a Photobucket water mark the other day! I haven't used Photobucket in years since I told them to take their greed and stuff it..............


    I have to agree with Alan, at least you know they were good! Sorry I don't have better suggestions! ashamed.jpg

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  5. Alex, here is a couple of links to my Hay Budden. They contain some info about Hay Buddens in general!!  From the info that Alan shared with me I was able to determine mine dated back to 1914 and or prior. Mine weighed in at 143 lbs. Here is a pic after I restored the inlay that had some wash out over the years! The first image came out blurry and the second one I cut the top of the shot off! Just like a youngun, anvils don't want to stand still for a good photo! LOL :lol: There was just enough of the origional writing and by looking at pictures of those sales pics they used to sale anvils I was able to restore the writing on the anvil!!






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  6. 1 hour ago, Doug Lester said:

    That feather pattern knife is truly amazing.  Lining up the pattern in the bolster with the pattern on the blade is really a step above.




    Thanks Doug my brain was having a brain fart.jpgthis morning and could not come up with the correct terminology! 

    9 hours ago, C Craft said:

    I love both of them but the top one with damascus pattern extending back into the ferule (is that right term for a folder, FERULE?) is out of this world!! Definitely top shelf work!!

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    Bolster not ferule Bolster not ferule Bolster not ferule Bolster not ferule Bolster not ferule Bolster not ferule Bolster not ferule Bolster not ferule Bolster not ferule 

    How many times was I supposed to write this teach Cliff Clavin.jpg errr, I mean Doug!! 

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    Dang I like that. Hey did I mention I like that!!            Wow that is mindmind blowing.jpgwork! I love both of them but the top one with damascus pattern extending back into the ferule (is that right term for a folder, FERULE?) is out of this world!! Definitely top shelf work!!

  8. Do you have a pressure regulator?? If it is blowing itself out there is so much press

    26 minutes ago, DrRich said:


    The burner is like a mini Trex style.  Initially I had a propane supply issue that caused the flame to be inside the tube. I got a 60 psi regulator and an unrestricted connector to the tank.  

    Sounds like you may be having so much pressure on the gas that it blows itself out! What pressure are you running to the burner? If the pressure is so high that it blows itself out you should smell the unburnt propane it is expelling!! 


    Here is a link to Trex support. https://hybridburners.com/new-help.html  As with any burner it is the mixture of gas and air that makes the right flame! There is a link to support on that page as well!!

  9. My wife's nurse came about the time I was posting the thing about the Hollywood making it look different than it truly was!


    Wick Ellerbe would be quick to tell you that most of what Hollywood portrays was wrong! Such as there were few brass pins used during the fur era. However would say that as a knifemaker, I have to sometimes take artistic license much like an author take Grammatical license in a book! It spices up the book! The original knives of the period were pretty plain! Just like a dull book, a dull knife is hard to sell! Therefore sometimes I take artisan licensing with some of my knives!!  


    His knives to me are like taking the time machine to that period and bringing one back to today! Now don't get me wrong he doesn't age his knives but his finish product looks like it would have new back then! Love that man's work!! Do yourself a favor and check out his web site! http://www.wickellerbe.com/ here it is but I can't make it a link as the forum won't let me!! So copy and paste to your search engine!! When I first started he was the go to man for me. No matter how dumb the question he would give me an answer and not make you feel dumb for asking it!! I like to say he is my adopted mentor. I adopted him!! :lol:

  10. Ok it wasn't as hard to find as I thought!!


    American Primitive Knives: 1770-1870


    Fur trade cutlery sketchbook


    Making Native American Hunting, Fighting, and Survival Tools: The Complete Guide To Making And Using Traditional Tools


    Knife Sheath Construction (3 DVD Set) with Paul Long



    The last one is a good reference for sheath making, for that period! Also here is a web site for a man that does a lot from that same period!  http://www.wickellerbe.com/  For knowledge he is hard to beat! I probably have more but I will have to look for them! 



  11. The book of Firearms, Traps, and Tools of Mountain Men is a good read. It has pics of recovered pieces. As well it has a lot of info about the manifest's of traders that was taken west for the Rendezvous! I have another list given to me by Chuck Borrows in a conversation we had years ago before he passed. I will try to find that list! Google Chuck Borrows knife maker and it should bring up Wild Rose Trading Company. That was his! 


    A few months ago, my brother-in-law shipped his father's old delta table saw to me without any warning. In addition to the table saw there were a few odds and ends of stuff. A lifetime supply of plastic trash bag rolls (used as padding) some hickory sticks, and some metal objects, including this old axe.


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    I finally got around to taking a good look at it and called him about it tonight. He thinks it came out of his grandfather's (also my wife's grandfather) shop on the old farmstead in Ohio. Now the Carlier family was known as expert woodworkers, and apparently Joseph and his brother Frank also had a blacksmith shop of sorts. A lot of farms back in the early 1900's had a small forge and anvil with the requisite tools for making a variety of tools and useful things. This axe appears to be hand forged to my eye. I can make out the forge welded seam along the blade edge. So I know it was folded rather than punched an drifted.


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    The eye is hardly symetrical, and the blade looks like it has an intentional (?) curve to it.




    I cannot be sure, but it looks like the poll may have had some forge welding action as well. There are two parallel seams or cracks running down the inside of the eye.




    Looking at the that last shot, it looks like someone readjusted the axe to get the blade to line up center with the handle! It definitely looks forged!! Real nice piece of history! 

  12. 5 hours ago, Don Abbott said:

    I know everyone has blades they forged and maybe even heat treated laying around waiting for inspiration to finish them out. I've got blades that have been waiting ten years or more.


    Here are three of a batch of four I finished up a while back. I sold the forth one without getting a picture, and it was probably the best looking of the lot.


    This is the big one... 1084, copper, and stag:


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    large stag2.jpg



    This is the middle one. 1084, copper, and stag:


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    And this is the baby of the bunch. I don't know how long this has been in my "to do" box.

    It is an old Black Diamond file, steel pins, and as Dr. Jim would say, "bovine ivory" slabs (sounds so much more dignified than "cow bone"):


    small bone1.jpg


    small bone2.jpg



    And here's everybody all dressed up:




    That center-seam job looks a lot better in real life than in this picture. Hat's off to Mr. Ellerbe.



    Wick's knowledge has always amazed me from the moment I meant him! Or I should say from the moment I meant him on a muzzle loading forum. His work is implacable and his knowledge of history and knives is better than an encyclopedia! OK so I dated myself with that statement!! 


    Your knife work is fantastic!! I can't believe those were in the  "I'll finish them later box"

     I like the use of the copper on the top two! I have a question about the skinner style! The ricasso area of that one. Is that like a finger print texture?? I was admiring that particular accent and then it struck me that was what it reminded me of!!! Top shelf work! respect.jpg

  13. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parang_(knife)






     His Parang is more the style of the second one!


    Like the machete, the parang is frequently used in the jungle as well as being a tool for making housing, furniture, and tools. The parang has been noted in John "Lofty" Wiseman's SAS Survival Handbook[3] for this use. Wiseman points out that by grinding three different angles in three separate regions along the Parang blade—a narrow angle at the tip for skinning and fine cutting work; a wide, chopping blade angle along the bow in the blade for ax work, and an all-purpose hunting/survival knife angle along the edge nearest the handle for general purpose work—the parang becomes a very useful, and compact all-purpose tool in the bush.

    Parang are recorded being used in attacks against the British and Japanese. They are typically carried as weapons by gang members and robbers in Malaysia, Singapore, India, and Sri Lanka, due to these countries having strict gun laws.

    Parangs were used by Chinese forces against the Japanese in the Jesselton Revolt during the Japanese occupation of British Borneo.[4][5]


    The only reason I had an idea of what he was talking about I remember an episode of FIF. At least I think that is where the Parang jumped into my vocabulary!! shoulder shrug.jpg


    As to a pocket parang! I am not sure what he means there!

  14. You can start the cut with thin cutting wheel such as for right angle grinder! Move slow and take a thin bite!  6" x .045 x 7/8" Cut Off wheel Then slowly define cut with a dremmel cutting wheel! Such as this one in this link! https://www.amazon.com/Dremel-932-Aluminium-Oxide-Grinding/dp/B00004UDIT

    Be aware there is a learning curve to using a right angle grinder or a Dremel stone. Don't fight the tool and don't try to cut to much or too fast. You will loose control and that usually results in a busted cutting wheel or Dremel stone! 


    Or you can use a chain saw file. To sharpen the gut hook you work from the point of the knife back towards the spine of the knife!


    Here is a link to info on a gut hook! https://knifepulse.com/how-to-sharpen-a-gut-hook/

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  15. Y'all got me to thinking now!  light bulb is lit.jpg I will have to get him to let me have one. Try to heat treat and then I will have an idea if they are worth messing with!!

    4 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

    Note also that just because they're good now doesn't mean the same brand will always be good steel.  But you knew that. <_< BTW the Hecho en Mexico Nicholsons are still 1095, they just weren't told how to properly heat treat them. Or how to index the cutting machines so the edge cuts line up with the face cuts, or how to index so that on a safe-edge file the face cut goes to the edge and doesn't stop a sixteenth away...




  16. Billy he says he has pile of them at his house. That is why I was  trying to find out if the steel is any good so I could make him an offer on them. I know nothing about the Bassoli brand. So many of this stuff, files and rasps have gone to crap! Nicholson used to be among the best, if not the best. However since they moved their plant to Mexico there aren't worth bringing home!! Like everything else case hardened a few strokes and their gone and the steel isn't any good for anything! head shake.gif


    I was hopping someone knew something about the Bassoli brand! When I found them on the centaur forge I was hoping for good things!!

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  17. Can anyone tell me if these Bassoli 14" Black rasps are good quality steel or are they case hardened?? I talked with a guy who is a local farrier! This what he uses in his work. So I looked them up on the net and found them at centaur forge. Here is a link, but I can't find anything about the steel!!




    I know Heller rasps are supposed to be good as well. Anyone used any of these in knife or tomahawk making??


    Anyone have a line on quality steel rasps?

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