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  1. Ben has a similar set-up, his is designed that the blades hang vertically in the center of the forge: http://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?showtopic=15326 Graham has an amazing electronically controlled vertical HT forge, again his design has the blades hanging in the center: http://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?showtopic=12971 My thought would be if you're using a 52 gallon drum to use the whole vertical length. Hanging the blades eliminates the possible issue of warping or slumping between the supports on a horizontally oriented blade, and you'd be using the same footprint. Plus you won't have the heat sink issue that you'd get close to the walls in a design like you're describing. Just my thoughts from lots of reading, other will have more practical hands on opinions.
  2. I love how the mokume both contrasts and accents the damascus. Beautiful work!
  3. Pewter, like so many decorative alloys, has varying chemistry. Usually between 85 and 99 percent tin, the rest is a combination of copper, antimony, bismuth and/or lead. Copper and antimony are hardeners while bismuth and lead increase casting ability (reduce shrinking, increase detail, etc) and help the alloy homogenize. Lead is typically found in lower grades of pewter which will tend to show a bluish tinge instead of silvery white. Pewter is fairly common now-a-days in decorative plates and glasses and with the known health concerns with lead there are many "food-safe" pewter alloys which use bismuth instead.
  4. I hate you in the most envious way possible right now. Seriously, if you happen to have felt a dark impending doom late in the night that was my palpable jealousy invading your house and trying to take a dozen or so of those knives... at least.
  5. That white palm has a really interesting grain, it is stabilized or does it hold up well naturally?
  6. Now that's a nice to remodel your kitchen around! Haha, seriously though a beautiful piece of work. I hope they have a good way to safely display it, it'd be a shame to stick it in drawer or block back in the corner.
  7. Well I sent off this e-mail to the poster: Hello! I'm very interested in this kiln! I just want to check and see if it's still available and if so just verify that you have been able to turn on and use the kiln, it is in fully working condition (to your knowledge,) and there hasn't been any problems with it. Thanks in advance for your time! Soon after I got back the following response: Yes we still have the kiln. I can not verify that it works other than where we got it we were told it did. We have had it for quite some time and never hooked it up. It has no plug-in as it was direct wired and i have no place to direct wire it as it is 220 - one of the reasons we are selling it. Therefore we have never had any problems with it other than it is in the way :-) You are buying it as is and are welcome to make an offer. I'm going to sit on this one overnight. I may make a slightly lower offer since I'd just be taking their word for it. I think $30-$35 is a low enough gamble, but like I said I'll sleep on it.
  8. Fixed the link, thanks for the catch. No response yet on my e-mail.
  9. I found this: http://stcloud.craigslist.org/for/1490505746.html on craigslist where the seller is putting it out as a small ceramics kiln, but the interior dimensions 5.5in wide x 3.5in tall x 16in deep sounds like it would be perfect for a heat treat furnace. Has anyone had any experience with something like this, thoughts, opinions? $50 seems like dirt cheap (if it works) knowing what new kilns go for.
  10. I just stumbled across this Craigslist posting: http://stcloud.craigslist.org/atq/1482932264.html I've already e-mailed the poster to try and get maker, weight, pictures, etc. Thought I'd share for anyone else local and if there was any interest pass along any info that I'm able to get. If they end up to be quality and a good value I know what'll be going to the top of my Christmas list! Edited to fix the link (had a period stuck on the end of the html)
  11. Your stitching is immaculate! Doing a tutorial on that alone would be a huge help to alot of us guys looking to improve our sheathes. *hint hint*
  12. Superheated snowflakes, I like that! Glad to hear you're having some luck, Paul. I got my primitive set-up fired up just a couple days ago too so I'm right in the same spot as you. Hopefully you can get those pictures up and show off your work so far.
  13. That's an heirloom just waiting to be passed down. Beautiful!
  14. I have never seen this kind of blade profile before but I really like the gentle curve to the point rather than the harsh clipped point. Really, amazing work. I'd love to see it in action, but it's such a work of art I'm not sure I could bear to see it blemished.
  15. Interesting. It's about twice as far forward as most blades that I've handled. I suppose it gives much more power to the cutting stroke, though I wonder how much less "lively" it would be for parries and blocks. Again, a very cool piece. Even more interesting that it has such historical accuracy in design, as well as look. Thanks for sharing! ~Chris
  16. I really like the hamon. So with the interrupted edge quench did you only submerged the edge of the blade and and then remove to air cool, or quenched the edge first and after it had cooled finished quenching the rest of the blade?
  17. Very nice file work! Is it blued in the filing or is that darkness just the angle?
  18. Is the full-edge of that edge-and-a-half forward sweeping? And do you have any more shots of that bigger Tanto? Looks like a nice hamon you got on it.
  19. I've got to agree with Kenon, $50 for a custom made double-edged, fullered blade, etc /with/ a sheath (of any kind) is insulting. I doubt you could even find a usable production knife in that style for less than $100. Good luck, but I doubt you'll find what you're looking for.
  20. Basic and Beautiful. The balance point seems quite far forward, is that common in cutlasses?
  21. I wish I could find some place around here like that. All the recycling centers and yards I've contacted so far say they don't sell to individuals. A buddy of mine lives nearby and apparently knows a place, hopefully he'll be able to find out more for me. In the mean time I'll keep picking over the old farm dump piles and outbuildings. I've done pretty well there so far.
  22. That texture along the spine from the files cutting face give such a cool effect. One of these days I'll be able to take one of these off your hands!
  23. I have to agree, little touches of texture and hammer marking really showcase the blades hand-forged beginnings. Great work!
  24. I /love/ the shape of the blade on the top knife and I like how you kept the spike head on the bottom knife. Those little touches that show what was used to make a knife are really cool, IMHO.
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