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Dan O'Connor

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  1. Surely you are joking Mr. Boggs!!! Brisket is king when it comes to bar b que in Texas. If you cannot smoke a brisket to perfection then you must turn in your Texas Man Card. (BTW-I cannot, but I let a designated champion, my son-in-law, submit my man card entries).
  2. Thanks Alan. Will update it with better contact info.
  3. That is correct Alan. More red than gray but yes.
  4. More detailed view of the hamon
  5. Ha! Warps like a snake-Multiple times! Warps when I normalize. Warps when I heat treat. Warps when I grind the hollow post heat treat. That is the beauty of the differential hardening and leaving a bit of meat all over to have room to tidy up. Just take it to my smooth, flat sawmakers anvil and carefully bang it straight each time with a 2lb polished and slightly crowned hammer.
  6. Thanks Guys. I get so caught up in the tools, like the hammer I built, as well as the whys and what fors of bladesmithing/knifemaking, I forget to actually make stuff. Trying to change that. Spent a boatload of time experimenting with hamons.You should see some of the info on the forum. Some surprising revelations. Be prepared to back up your arguments to what I post. Disclaimer- a lot of it will reference the clays I developed, make and sell, but will most likely apply to whatever you are using now.
  7. Thanks Dan. Not really that heavy. .190" at the tang and tapers a good bit and the hollow back takes out a goodly amount of weight. The 18" length was more to see if I could do it. 14" is a more manageable length.
  8. I am not sure how it was I got away from this forum. Lots of travel with work, time on social media and spending the last couple of years developing anti-scale and hamon clay. Anyway, more back into making blades. The name for this is a bit tongue in cheek I admit. Kind of a hit with the local crowd. Composite picture of one knife/sword. Loosely based off of a type of Yanagi-ba. 18" blade W2 steel Single bevel Hollow back Saya-European yew and desert ironwood Hamon Oiled leather sheath for saya
  9. Geez! I kinda skipped out on this thread. Maybe because I was waiting to have a definitive answer. I don’t know about definitive but more to add to the conversation. This is a redo of the small knife above. Polish to 1200 redline paper. Brush on 2% nitric acid. Polish off with 3M Trizact 3000 and 5000 paper. 3 times. BF23BF32-F54B-4837-AA15-CD9620645EB8.MOV
  10. Citric acid etch and post etch polished seems to be dialed in. Still optimizing pre-etch polish. All NJSB W-2. Hamon1800 clay and Paragon furnace.
  11. Clay based Anti Scale and Hamon Compound NoScale2000 and Hamon1800 NoScale good to 2000 degrees on all steels carbon or stainless. 16oz of either $30 Any two 16 oz 56$ $10 flat rate shipping in US for up to 4 jars Nuclayer.com
  12. Alan, The last picture shows the hamon clay after the quench. Most of it pops off in the quench. The residue can be scraped of with the edge of a piece of wood, plastic etc. Just about anything takes it off. The clay never vitrifies unless you do a for real anneal. (slow cool 50 degrees per hour) The NoScale pops of clean in oil or water. The very thin layer that comes off is just hard enough not to dissolve in your oil or water tank. When doing stainless with its longer, higher temperatures and plate quench a white coating remains. Can be scrubbed off with a nylon scrubby
  13. I suppose this qualifies as new work and show and tell. It is indeed my newest work If this needs to go somewhere else Alan please move it. I have played with this over years but about 2 years ago I got serious about it. I'll not make a sales pitch here but basically it is two products. A thin, paint-able (brushed or sprayed) clay to prevent scale on all steels-carbon or stainless to 2000 Degrees A thicker Japanese style clay to aid in creating hamons. If you want to know more go to the Nuclayer Systems page listed below. The YouTube channel has a coupl
  14. As so often happens with all of us, life happens. I have been away for a while, but it is time to rekindle the fire so to speak. For the last 8-9 months I have been stoking the flames. I will share what I have been doing but I thought I would begin with in fact- a beginning. I built this knife almost 40 years ago for my Uncle Jim O'Connor. All stock removal in stainless steel. He in turn gave to a friend of his. This friend has passed on and the knife found its way back to Uncle Jim. And in turn back to me to spiff it up a bit. Here is how it came back to me. Some deep scra
  15. Hello Brian. I have been on a mostly self imposed exile from bladesmithing and forging. Several factors led to it but it is not permanent. I use pine charcoal exclusively. I use a side blast Japanese style forge and pine is essential for an efficient fire. It does burn hotter that is true, but the main element for success is the almost complete lack of ash. In a standard bottom blast forge where the ash can fall thru a grate, hardwood charcoal is feasible. I could not make it work in a side blast. I have make my own pine charcoal for 20+ years. For my purposes any pine, spruce, hemlock
  16. Great video Daniel. As outsiders we can appreciate the technical difficulties and skills displayed. But we cannot feel the depth of emotion attached to this work. The juxtaposition of suits and ties against the elaborate but incomprehensible to us traditional dress and ceremony is lost on all but a few of us. What is clear (to me anyway) is that it is the process that is the focus. The blade is just a magnificent by product. Regarding the straw and clay. Life has kind of gotten in the way lately but what I do know is that if you apply the clay slurry to bare hot metal it just slides
  17. Well-I was going to suggest Hostgator until I saw that you had problems. I have used them for about 6 years and I don't seem to have any issues with AOL or Yahoo users. I use Dropbox for a backup. There are several WordPress plugins available for it. Up to 2Gb on DBOX is free. I have the paid version ($9.98 a month) for 1Tb. Everything I have on my computer is also linked to DB. Word of warning. If you are changing computers and want to purge files on your old computer. Uninstall DBOX BEFORE the purge. If you don't, it will also erase them on the DBOX cloud storage and then whe
  18. Stained and waiting to dry. Oh yeah! And actually finish building the openings to hang them.
  19. Yeah Buddy on the great care. Memorial Hermann Northeast in the Houston area was the place to do it. Fabulous people. Not a single bad experience while I was there.
  20. Thanks Kevin. Closest I ever came to maiming myself was with a table saw. Luckily just nicked the top of my fingernail. I don't count the time I Zigged when I should have Zagged on a big grinder and threw a 200lb piece of steel over my head and into a wall 20 feet away. There would have been no maiming on that one.
  21. Thank Dave, Yep -space is a problem. My current covered open air space 16'x24' is our future outdoor kitchen. My wife is tired of the future part. Hence the current construction project(s). I started out working wood-making bolt action rifle gunstocks, carpentry apprentice etc.Then about 1974 I picked up a good quality handmade knife and the stage was set. Somehow this led into the machinist trade which got me comfortable with precise tolerances. I go back and forth now. You are right working wood is a nice break from sometimes intractable steel. However I tend to use dial calipers (
  22. LALALALA! I CAN'T HEAR YOU!!!! Yeah. I did the same. The surgeon said he was scooping me out. It never occurred to me though that it would not all work out. Had a really funny nurse and once I was more or less up and running again she said "Ya know, we have never had someone this bad not die on us. We are all pretty proud of ourselves." Mighty damn proud of them myself.
  23. I am officially calling this my lost year regarding blade smithing but also a celebration. A year ago this month I walked into an emergency room in Houston with a ruptured appendix. I had walked around with it for a couple of days. I was basically a toxic waste site by the time they opened me up. It was a near thing. Obviously I recovered. So, I have gotten a few things accomplished in my forge but I have turned some of my attention to my long neglected other long term project-the building of my house. I am moving my office downstairs and adding some space to the shop. I am not sur
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