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Gregory Lirot

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  1. It could be an AR500 or AR300. Big chunks could be a rather large excavator tooth.
  2. Junkyard steel charts are not worth too much. Per a spring shop near me, and their data sheets on the leaf springs they make their supplier uses 9260. A lot of the junkyard charts are only true for one out of a bazillion mfgs. Honestly, for hardy tooling anything will work well enough until you can spend the money for new steel.
  3. 1045 feels like mild steel. Its prices vary, but it is usually 10-15% above 1018. Its honestly just easier for me to have around then both, and by the economy of scale I wind up spending the same on steel at the end of the day. I doubt they WONT have it, but it may not be in the size you want. I did it by putting an order in for like 500 lbs and am sitting on the remainder until I need more.
  4. I played with all the fancy steels, and found them to work no better then 1045 for any of my hot tools. It is generally just as cheap as 1018 from my local guys, so there is no real reason to fuss with anything else, and it can work well enough for hammers. I basically use it for anything that doesn't need to become a cutting edge.
  5. Thank you. I do like the style of a very plain blade and simple shapes with the figured woods, but it is not the 'in' thing. I find the 'Scandinavian' sheath like this to be a lot easier then a normal sheath. Lining up the welts for me has been difficult, but this does take three hands (or a stitching vise). When they are still wet and they are half stitched, I pull them tight with a C clamp or vise grips (with leather glued on to the metal portions) and that helps you keep them tight as you work your way up.
  6. Rather plain by the current forum standards, but I am quite happy with it. 1095 Blade with a cherry burl handle. It is nice and thin (.110 tapering to .100) and very sharp. Its also my first knife in probably 2 years and my first go with leather dye. The sheath isnt perfect (obviously) but it holds the knife very securely and has a wooden insert to protect it from cutting, probably could have stiched it a little neater and shape the liner better so the 'tail' was more centered. For the good (and more successful) I put a dimple in the spine to make it easier to whittle with. Its
  7. I bought some steel from the old seller of the rhino anvils (Steve McGrew) which was supposedly the same alloy as the anvils and it worked very well for the tooling I made from it. If they are the same alloy it is good, tough stuff. Very chip resistant. I believe it is similar to either 4340 of 8640.
  8. Ive never shipped internationally and would prefer to sell it all as a lot. Its just easier. Ive been selling this stuff piecemeal for about a year and just want to be rid of it. But, Im willing to deal if the price is right.
  9. Black cherry burl I cut and dried about 3 years ago. They were cut to 2 1/2 inches square and have shrunk to about 2 1/4- 2 3/8th. Obviously they warped, but they are dry as a popcorn fart and over sized enough that you can still get some pretty chunky, square handles out of them. You can probably get about 20-25ish handles out of them depending on size and figure you want. Id expect a lower yield if you were particularly picky about figure. Sold the two peices discussed below. Asking $15 for the smaller, or plain pieces and $25 for the big, full figured pieces. Im paying for shipping on
  10. My first stack always looks like that. Just cut restack and weld again, it should turn out fine. If not you got practice forge welding.
  11. hah! My favorite! They are just unavailable where I live. :'( Cool fact, I think I have heard the same thing. I really think it is an underpowered piece of crap after having used it heavily for two weeks. For a 20lb saw it really doesnt pull a chain as well as it could, it runs so lean It has no low end power once the chain speed drops and I cant fix that without voiding my warranty. I hope you Husky runs better!
  12. Haha, good call. I have seen fellas get into shouting matches over it. Then all of em yell at me since I like both! Its pretty bad. Its Red Maple (Acer rubra I belive).
  13. My new chainsaw, and MS 311 (a 291 with 2 extra ccs and some more power) . Ive been slabbing out this tree I cut down a couple weeks back for coffee tables and the like (some of it will be saved for cutlery). EDIT: Sorry If I start a Stihl vs. Husky debate, I love them both and use Huskies for work.
  14. Thanks! It took three tries to get a flaw free version of this.
  15. That aint even the half of it. Some of it was already split and stacked, but I just took down a few maples and we got some ash from the neighbor who took down a tree as well. Your welcome to as much as you want if you arrange shipping. A good solid, 28 inch Red Maple (that was starting to rot!). I have moved about 1 1/2 chords (based on tree volume) already from her.
  16. My most recent project in pattern welding. I took a scrapped 160 layer billet (burned the darn tang off taking a phone call so I used the blade in a new billet) and put that in as a layer in a 7 layer billet. Folded that once and welded it to a 10 layer twist billet, folded that in with the twist in the center as a 'core' and made this guy (only took 8 hours of forging!): This was also my first try chopping, folding and re welding while hot and I only have one weld flaw (that appears to have ground out!) Must say I am pleased. The pattern at the tip didnt work out as I had hoped since I h
  17. I only noticed a little bit of a burning sensation where I had lot of steel dust accumulate on my hands in an MRI, but I was not studious about lung protection at the time (or not as good as I should have been back then) and always wore glasses and still see fine. Ive had head, neck, chest/torso/stomach, hip and knee MRIs without issues. Also, definatley bring more earplugs, but where I went they had good earmuffs and played local radio stations on them.
  18. Oh yeah! Its a lot of work and I would KILL for power tools, but these will do.
  19. Well this log rolled (yay!) after I finished limbing the other end, it turns out one of the branches I had cut was holding this in place and I found out after cutting halfway through with a saw it wasn't steady. So I had to buck with an axe, which is far more fun, but far more work. I did however manage to buck everything to length so i started to bore holes for pegs in my uprights. I had to use my twisting wrench as I couldn't get enough toque on my hand brace drill (actually a first for me!). Ill try to shoot a picture of the whole site today as it is a whole different site then it was y
  20. Well I took a break from my knife making and started clearing some land for my smithy! Cut 3 decent sized maples (about 9 to 15 inches) with my crosscut and started limbing and bucking them. I think Ill focus on getting a workshop build before I finish a knife. My baby 4.5 lb felling axe. This is where I called it quits for the day. I have the timber for my frame and some extra in that last tree. Should start layout for the uprights tommorow and begin assembly.
  21. Hah, I always imagined you having a cat for some reason. Perhaps to do with the pigeon issues you have had in the past.
  22. Dang that is a cute kitty! Is it yours?
  23. Try getting it hotter. I find just barely starting to sparkle seems to give me the best welds, at least with mild. And the more you work it at a welding heat, the better they stick. But YMMV.
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