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  1. Kirkland beer is surprisingly okay, and the vodka too if memory serves. The scotch...let's just say the only time I've had it, I thought someone poured me a glass of rum.
  2. There's a max HP rating for VFDs. This will correlate to a max amperage rating at 230V, but as long as it's rated for that input voltage and HP, it should be fine. Remember, P = V * I (and then convert from Watts to HP) All that being said, the grinder motor determines power. Doubling the input voltage halves the current draw, but won't change anything else.
  3. Finished a small hunter, a small scramseax, and mostly forged out a short Messer in the vein of Pieter Bruegel's paintings. Normally I wouldn't forge in weather like what we've been having, but I volunteered to do demos at a summer festival
  4. Got two dirks and one dagger forged, straightened, normalized, and ready for heat treat tomorrow.
  5. True. There are larger ones that look more stable, but with more expense and having to adapt bits to work, at what point is it not worth it anymore?
  6. Has anyone ever tried using one of these for the same purpose? I was going to build one, but if this works, why not? I suppose there's no centering features built in, but that seems easy to add with a few tapped holes and angle iron. https://www.amazon.com/Taytools-468334-Router-Ductile-Hardness/dp/B07GW7X35P/ref=asc_df_B07GW7X35P/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=309763890402&hvpos=1o4&hvnetw=g&hvrand=4012042591667662875&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9003322&hvtargid=pla-569147430190&psc=1
  7. For something that size, you may not necessarily need one, depending on distal taper (if there is any). If you feel it needs one, Dave's (and Peter's) information is fantastic. A good trick is to get some modeling clay and a kitchen scale. Mark out on the tang where the top and bottom of the pommel will sit and build up the modeling clay between those two points to mock up a tang. Remember to stay within the lines you set for yourself, as moving mass further up or down the tang will change things drastically. Play with a bunch of different weights until it has the dynamics you're looking for, then weigh the clay. You now know the weight you want for the pommel.
  8. Thanks! Boxy handles like that aren't everyone's cup of tea, but I do like them in some instances. In this case, I didn't want to have a smooth "flowy" grip since the blade was already very fluid. I felt that the overall piece could do with some abrupt lines just to keep it from looking like some kind of elvish war knife.
  9. An odd blade, but it's really somewhere between a huge kitchen knife and a small fantasy sword. It started out as a fantasy sword that broke on me. I decided not to waste it, especially when I saw the blade's widest point to the tip had a similar width and thickness as an 8" chef's knife. So, I ground out a tang and reinforced it with a frame handle and two brass side plates that all rivet together and it came out better than expected for a quick finish. The result is quite thin, sharp, and fast. Let me know what you think! Weight: 1 lb 2.0 oz Overall length: 22.5" Blade length: 17.5" POB: 1.75" Width at base: 1.15" Thickness at base: .109" Width at widest: 1.735" Thickness at widest: .085" Base to widest: 11.625" Thickness at tip: .054"
  10. Yesterday I started polishing this fantasy sword/really big knife. Originally it was part of a larger sword that broke on me, but I decided to salvage it. I must say, I was never a big fan of EDM stones until I tried one yesterday with some oil as a lubricant. Now I'm a big fan. Hopefully I'll have this done by the end of the week.
  11. I really, really like this!
  12. I've used Hudson Tool Steel for industrial applications: (https://www.hudsontoolsteel.com) Not insanely cheap, but I like the data they give with it. Edited to add: I don't see W2 on a cursory glance, but W1 and O1 are there.
  13. This is one of my favorites. It's tiny, and obviously ceremonial, but the artistry is amazing. It's about the size of a normal hand hammer, but weighs something like 2lbs 12oz because of the solid brass haft.
  14. I love it (and I'm sure the customer will too)!
  15. Just like airplanes and elevators, nothing has to be "good," it just has to be "good enough." My Craftsman 2x42 grinder has given me many good years of service. It's too fast and the belts wear quickly and it gets bogged down with too much pressure, but it'll do the job if you're patient and are willing to do some file work to clean up. I don't think they make those anymore, but Dayton has one that looks about the same. I know some makers that have done some really great knives with one of these and some hand sanding.
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