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About gmerrell

  • Birthday 10/16/1967

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  1. I found someone on Craig's list that has a bunch of 3/4" O6. Has anyone tried using it for forging and making damascus? It's all ruff stuff not the drill rod most in 30 foot sections that he's selling for $2 ft. Thanks for the advise Greg
  2. you might reach out to Karl Anderson he makes some wonderful 416 and 1095 knives. http://andersenforge.com/
  3. I can not thank all of you enought, I've got what I need and then some. The help and support I've gotten from the good people on this site is unreal. I"ll be posting pic and extra thank yous as I get to hammering. Thanks again Greg
  4. I've been trying to make a couple tomahawks for my son and I and I'm having marginal success. I tried making a drift out of a 10" long by 1 1/8" diam bar and it's just too short and the angle is too steep, the top to flairing out. I was wondering if anyone out there has a mandrel/drift that they never use that they would be willing to sell at an incredible deal, I can only work a couple hours a day before the pain gets to me so I really cannot justify $35 + shipping to buy a new one. Also I’ve making them with the wrap around the mandrel method and would like to try making a hawk from a sold bar but don’t have any high carbon steel large enough if anyone has a 1” to say 1 ½” diam bar big enough to pound out a hawk, let me know. I'm not looking for charity but if someone has the drift that’s just sitting I’ll put it to use, Thanks for any help Greg
  5. Here is a pic, I do have a small squirrel cage but haven't tried it yet that, thank so much for your help.
  6. all I'm have a problem maintaining my forge temp while also keeping a reducing atmosphere. Fist I'm in Colorado at about 9500 feet so the O2 is thin. I'm also using an old Kerby vacuum as my blower with a dimmer switch to control the speed (I know red neck city) I also have a dust collector blast gate on the output to restrict the air flow going to the burner. The air that doesn't go to the burner goes through a Y to a pipe at the front of the forge to push the flame up away from the opening. My forge has about 4" of kwool on all sides, and once I get up to 2200-2300°F I can't keep the temp down and keep a reducing atmosphere in the forge. If I turn the air flow way down and still keep an orange flam coming out the forge the temp creeps up >2400. If I turn the air up so the temp goes down then I lose the orange. I usually end up with the propane pressure around 0.5psi and the air barely on. Then turn the needle valve for the propane to get the reducing atmosphere then turn the gas off when I pull the billet out of the forge so it cools down. Any help? I tried turning the gas pressure up to 7psi with the needle valve almost closed and the air way down and that kinda helps?
  7. sorry I really need the $ or I wouldn't be selling it. g-
  8. The hole is 5/8" and it isn't keywayed Greg
  9. I've got a used 12" burr king contact wheel for sale, it has one small chunk about 1/4" X 1/2" out of one side but other than that excellent shape. asking $250 for it and I'll split the shipping with you, can include pic if needed but not much to see but a contact wheel. Greg
  10. To do it right you need to spend some time learning and practicing. If you are only going to do a couple you might talk to a local gunsmith and see what he would charge you to do it. He might even let you sit in and see how he does it. g-
  11. Can you tell me a little about the two part polyurethane resin you used and how hard was it when cured? thanks Greg
  12. Can you take a couple pics of how the sliding are is attached to the square tube? I'm trying to put together one myself. thanks g
  13. How much are you looking for? I was up in Alaska last summer and bought a matched set. I still have most of it left I can make you a deal if you don't want too much. Greg
  14. All, Just wanted to let everyone know that Glen from GS blacksmith tongs http://www.gstongs.com/ is back at it. I have no stake in this, he was in Taiwan for a long time and was out of the hammering job. He sent me a note letting me know he set up shop in Taiwan so I'm just passing it along. Greg
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