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  1. I have to see this gun you speak of. Where did you see it? Please share.
  2. Thank you Tate that is exactly what I was talking about. I truly appreciated that.
  3. No that's not it. I really wish I could remember who posted it. They explained that when and if you see the transformation happening the blade would be (lets say Orange in color) Orange and then you would see a Black band when the transformation happen and right behind the Black band you would see the steel go back to Orange. He had gotten a series of photos of what he was describing. I was talking to someone about it recently and wanted to show them these photos. Thank you for your help Don
  4. Ok I remember a post that someone put up with photos showing the transition when Steel transforms from Austenite to Martensite. I have used the search function to no avail. I thought it was in the Metallurgy section and I looked through there but could not find it. If anyone could link the post for me I would appreciate it.
  5. I would definitely call that Bad Ass. That is a great looking blade. I like Blackknife too.
  6. I am bullet proof...... When I'm not around guns. LOL. Nice job on the knife and the sheath.
  7. That is a really beautiful blade, my friend. Racca
  8. The one that looks like tiger stripes is the maple?
  9. Have you looked at GS tongs website. I have two pairs of his tongs and I like them both. Racca
  10. I'm guessing the one on top is the Wenge Handle and the bottom one is Maple?
  11. If you would like to see how I did mine you can look here. The way it sounds you will have some issues cleaning out the tuyere. And trust me they get alot of ash and other crap in it while forging. If you look at mine you will see that I have the tuyere running all the way through and there is a screw cap on the opposite end from the blower inlet. I can take that off and run a dowl through it to clean everything out very easily. As for the Perlite I'm not sure about that I used some Fireclay (50%), Sand (50%) and a hand full of wood ash for my refractory. I got my forge design from Tim Lively's website and his video Knifemaking unplugged. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask. Racca
  12. I have a pair of the Blade and Flat tongs made by him and they are really great. I was already going to talk to my buddy and see if he would like to add that to the list of tools we are for sure going to make in class. What hammers do you guys use? Does anyone use a hammer of this style and if so how do they compare to a Cross or Strait Peen. Racca
  13. You have any photos that you can post of those tongs? What I'm trying to do is to take what I see and make my own versions of them. I will be making a post anvil similar to a Sea Robin if I can find the stock size I'm going to need in the type of steel. The friend of mine teaching the class has a great hammer that he makes and I'm going to try to work a slightly different design out of that one. I don't want to copy anything I have seen already I want to take it and make it more mine. The only reason is I'm not sure what tools bladesmiths use more. There aren't many bladesmiths in Austin, Tx. so I haven't been able to see many shops. I have been to a couple of shops and they only do Stock removal for Folders so that didn't really help me much, except I got a great design idea for a blade vice from one of them. That is the reason I am asking for the tools you guys use the most and photos so I can try my luck at designing something I can call my own. Racca
  14. Hammers, Tongs, Anvil tools and any other tools that can be forged. I want to make the most of the time I'm going to have with all the really nice equipment I don't own. LOL. That is the main reason for taking the class. I want to make anything and everything that I might need for bladesmithing while I'm in the class and able to. Racca
  15. I'm not sure what you mean when you ask that question. But I think I can blame that on my lack of sleep at the moment. LOL.
  16. You don't have to apologize for that. It's not a problem. I fixed the wording on the original post so it wasn't so confusing. Racca
  17. I'm taking a class not teaching. The instructor is a Blacksmith friend of mine that doesn't make blades at all. He offered to pay for my class if I photographed some of his work for him. I just want some different ideas for tools I can make for myself that would be more directed towards Bladesmithing. Racca
  18. Hello Everyone, I'm starting a class (as a student) coming up soon about toolmaking and need some design ideas for some good tools to make for bladesmithing. What I would like is for everyone to please post some photos of your favorite hammers, tongs and anything else you can forge tool-wise. Please only include your favorites, the ones you use the most. Photos and any specs you can give would also be of great assistance. Thanks, Racca
  19. I'm not able to watch it. When I click on the English version I get this message, "This is a private video. If you have been sent this video, please make sure you accept the sender's friend request." I saw the trailer and was looking forward to seeing the rest of it.
  20. Welcome to the club!! I have 8. One one each shoulder blade, one on my spine between them, one on each shoulder and forearm, and one one my left pectoral. I fell asleep getting all but the ones on my forearms (had to sit up to get them done). Only time I really felt it and woke up was when he got close toy nipple on the pectoral tat. I had about 13 more planned out before my first one was even done. Have fun planning the rest of yours out.
  21. Racca

    My dogs

    They are both Australian Cattle dogs. Jolie is full blood and Ludo is half Australian Shepherd as well. Jolie loves to ride to the dog park with her head out of the window. Ludo on the other hand will just lay on the back seat and stay there. Racca
  22. I haven't been to Mystic in awhile. I forgot how beautiful it was.
  23. I know that I'm one of a few on this form here in Texas but I was wondering if anyone will be attending the 2009 ABS Knife Expo on August 21-22. I'm planning on attending both days and getting as much info as I can in. I'm really looking forward to attending. Thanks, Racca
  24. Non-magnetic or just above is where you want to be when you take it out of the fire. The color will be dependent on what the light is like where you are at. Your best bet is to start with using a magnet to test your steel until you get use to the lighting where you are at and can judge the color.
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