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Noah Tasker

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  1. I wasn't sure whether to post this in the Bloomers and Buttons section or not. I have several pieces of steel laying around including some broken files and such. My question is could I put those into a crucible with some mild steel to get a larger piece with a more reasonable carbon content? I'm not asking for practicality, just curiousity. Thanks

  2. I guess I should have been more specific in my question. My main question was to see if anyone had experience with using perlite as an insulator on a forge. I chicked online and found that it is only used for industrial purposes at temps up to 2000 degrees but I didn't know if the high temp mortar and the mizzou liner would make up for that. I am also planning to change the burner layout. My current forge is an atmospheric forge that I made based on the Zoeller forge plans. If I make this new one I plan to make it a forced air burner and to put in another burner as well as making the chamber longer so that I can forge longer blades. Sorry for being so vague, just wanted to get a feel for this refractory recipe.

  3. I am wanting to make a new forge. I have used the wool blanket insulation and it has proved too fragile. And also the forge doesn't get hot enough to forge weld which I am dying to try! Anyway, my idea is to make a cast forge but I don't want to have to sell a kidney to have castable refractory shipped to me. I found a recipe online that was used for aluminum casting. It consists of four quarts perlite and one quart of 3000 degree furnace mortar. I planned to buy a small amount of mizzou castable refractory for a liner and to use the homemade stuff for a secondary layer. Any ideas?

  4. Thanks for the advice guys. I was going to post a picture but my internet is acting up. I think I'm just going to use the knife until it breaks and then trash it. I have alot more of these teath so the next one is going to be oil quenched. Thanks again, I'll post a picture as soon as I can.

  5. So I forged a skinning knife out of the tooth of an old Harrow and after HT it has a crack. I used differential HT so only the cutting edge is cracked. How big of a deal is this? Does it make the knife worthless? Need an expert opinion.

  6. There is a series of books called "the Dresden Files" in which there are three swords which each supposedly have an actual nail from the crucifixion integrated into the design. A broadsword, a katana, and a cavalry saber, might be fun.

  7. The file work looks great! It is comforting to know that there is someone else out there who has broken a knife at the quench, I felt like an idiot for the longest time because every knife I made broke. Be sure to post a picture when you do the next one.

  8. i have been making knives for four years off and on and found out recently that the bevels are usually forged on. I have tried the edge of the anvil and a piece of railroad rail to put on the bevel with limited success. Is there something that I am doing wrong? Or are there any tips to making a crisp clean bevel? HELP!

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