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John N

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  1. I would vote too cold, not enough soak time at heat, or a combination of the two. (oxidising atmosphere in the forge as a distant 3rd in the why did it not weld conundrum). Forging pressure is a consideration, but Ive dropped billets before on the way out of the forge, when everything else has been good, and they are welded when ive picked them up!
  2. Find your nearest steel stockholder, tell them you want a 'bar end' or offcut with some ballpark dimensions, in an alloy steel. Go and collect it, job jobbed. Reinventing the wheel is a pointless task.
  3. Good work, the future you will thank this you!
  4. not really 'shop', but I got to 2500 followers on instagram today! - Not that I seek positive affirmation (errrrrm) but Ive been on 2495 followers for months Probably should make a bit of time to make some more knives now!
  5. I would just be up for making it, as its different to what I normally make (challenge!) - Its also much harder to make to a specification (challenge again!) - If another couple of people are interested we should do a mini KITH for sure. Sorry for the thread derailment!
  6. Really neat looking build! - I cant advise on burners, but keep the end of the burner out of the forge chamber, or it will be eaten by the forge gods! For what its worth, all forges end up looking like sh!t after you have used them 6 times and modified them 6 times. Its all part of the process I don't ever want to be 'the safety guy' but if you start using propane burners (venturi or blown) invest $20 in a CO alarm. I have told a few people this in 'real life', and a couple have got back to me grateful, a bit shocked when they did, as the forge would have probably kill
  7. That looks great! - (would be better if you had dropped the tip a bit ) we should totally have a forum design by committee knife and all make one to show and tell I would have a go at making that if others were up for a make it / swap it challenge !
  8. Hi! the basic design looks good. The problem with these 'critique my design' threads, is it often results in either a design by committee, or people just saying how they would make them (which is basically a completely different knife! ) Im not suggesting that anyone posing here is doing that, just i've often seen it on the Kitchen knife forums! - you have to go with your gut to make your own knife! Anyway, all that said, .............. here is what I would do a bit differently if I was making it Consider dropping the 'tip' of the knife by 3 or 4 mm ( 1/
  9. Ouch. There is a small knife hiding in there when you can bare to look at it again! - nice work on the other ones BTW
  10. Ive been 'workshopless' for a lot of 2020, so have not been very productive at all this year. Managed to get a few kitchen blades done though, none of them 'pushing the boundaries' of my skill set, but trying to improve with each piece. This is the last one I finished a couple of weeks ago. It had a 'knifeyness' of its own when done, one of those rare things you make that looks like it has always been there! It was pleasing that I put a picture on instagram, and it was purchased by a very well known craftsman who I know has deep respect for tools. Quite a co
  11. Got this little gyuto finished up this afternoon. 185mm edge, the handle is home stabalised beech, with bog oak. I might raffle it on instagram next week!
  12. I generally do it this way! If I forged a bit neater it would come to a point at the tip of the blade
  13. Same knife as above, with the petty! I found the light tent, so chucked them in there - still a phone photo but the knives look a lot more presentable IMHO. No light rig for the tent, its just under an LED baton on my workbench. Interesting how the photo arrangement changes the relative sizes of the knives. The Gyuto is 220mm, the petty 135mm edge length.
  14. Tried not to take any Christmas orders this year due to the workshop issues, but had some to do on deadlines! Got a couple finished today (just in time, as they have to get to California as gifts) - There is this 220mm gyuto in Stainless glad Super Blue steel, with hawthorn and bog oak handle, with a matching Petty. In the event we get any 'light' (a rarity in Manchester at the moment) I will take some proper photos before they ship! Hawthorn is a lovely timber to work, and I think it looks good. Very dense and finishes nicely. I got a board of it from a street market f
  15. Great work so far! you clearly have the drive and enthusiasm to go far as a blade smith. I hate to be the barer of bad news, but you also have a case of new knifemaker 'blocky-handle-itis' - The problem with this condition is you don't know you have it for a good few knives, and are blind, and often in denial that you have it. In a few knives time it will pass, and you will understand that some guy on the internet (who also had blockyhandleitis a few years ago) was not being over critical! The quickest way for the condition to pass is to really
  16. No pics, but I will sort some out! I used to use a massive stick welder (hard to describe, but size of a wheel barrow) - after 20 years I could sometimes lay a reasonably neat bead with it. It got toasted in the fire. I got a replacement welding set, that is primarily a tig unit that does MMA(I want to learn tig for my stainless damascus, so upgraded) - New set is about the size of a shoe box. F-me, I laid the neatest few lines of stick weld on a job yesterday with the new set I have ever done! 3.5mm 6013's - looked like a proper welder did them. Really amaz
  17. That looks a very purposeful stand! Nice job If you are considering any upgrades to it, trap a big steel tray that sticks out of the back under the vice hold down bolts! I find you generally have more 'pick up / put down' things when using a vice than an anvil. Big shelf is worth is weight in gold!
  18. First forging session in my new shop! got these 8 blades done in pre-laminated stainless clad super blue. The bigger Gyutos are 250 mm edge length. They are heat treated and ready for grinding now. I have ground the profiles after forging, but the bevels and distal tapers are as forged. The forging is reasonably clean, so I'm hopeful i can get away with lower bevel only grinding (quicker, I dont like grinding much), and Kurouchi finish for the rest. The spines, and choils etc were finished prior to heat treat. I owe s
  19. mildly amusing one from the weekend. Got volunteered to sharpen some bushcraft knives for the 'Forest School' my wife helps run, for kids from 5 years old. There were 5 Mora's with points that were quite new, and quite sharp. Due to a gin infusion I did not compute the 'do not sharpen those orange ones' and put a scary edge on them. (my argument was they are either 'sharp, or blunt') The 5 green ones were properly ruined. I did a nice job on them (5 to 10 mins a piece) and put the nice 'tanto' chisel point back on them. Lethal sharp, and I jabbed one of the chisel poi
  20. Good work on staying off the smokes! - Ive been 100% quit for over 5 years, Just started having the occasional one though (crappy work circumstances is my excuse) - might be one, or max two a week when I am with smokers, and I quite enjoy them sometimes. If I have more than one cig in a day, I just feel a bit dirty, and don't get any enjoyment from the 2nd. This backs up my recollection as a heavy full time smoker, that I only got any benefit from the 1st one of the day. The rest were just habit. Hopefully I am just an ex smoker now, who has the odd cig. time will tell!
  21. The bolster is 5000 year old bog oak. The spacer is G10 !
  22. It happened! I got a couple of hours forging on sunday - it was a bit Heath Robinson but I made it work. Rough forged 2x Gyuto and 2x nakiri. The forgings were a bit ropey, so tonight I ground the profiles loosely to shape, ready for a refining forge to a geometry that will not be a pita to grind. (5 mins at the hammer is worth an hour at the grinder and all that!) Im keeping a low profile on social media with my current knife forging work as there are people patiently waiting for machines etc and the human condition is they will think I'm ignoring their jobs by having
  23. Ran woody again tonight, he seems better than before! I really need to find my 'Bush' hand hammer and some tongs, and get an anvil set up and im good to forge this weekend! Got a few commissions I need to make, and want to get a few made 'on spec' for sale in December. Busy Busy
  24. Found a pic of Woody after the fire! - just posting this so you can see how different he looks in the next (happy) post I put up of him running again. When the factory was burning we had the foresight to get the fire service to flood my forge area (hence its partial survival!) The forge area was on a fire break to another unit, so they really flooded it! - if you are eagle eyed in this pic you will see a crazy number of anvils in the background. They all 'ring' to a hammer still, so I have hope for them. I have bought a hardness tester to properly check they are OK when I get a ch
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