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Kent Swedlund

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About Kent Swedlund

  • Birthday 02/03/1982

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    Varied, obviously want to try and learn to make knives and swords.
  1. Hello Jerrod, I was hoping that you would chime in. I appreciate your experience on this. I am talking with 2 different foundries here in the US and am asking if using a styrofoam casting process (my term if there is a more industry correct term please let me know) would result in a useable anvil or if additional machining would be needed. dsloan I did not know that Emerson anvils were made of 4140 that isn't a brand I am familiar with. Thanks for the info.
  2. I got in contact with a steel foundry and was looking into getting one poured. So far it seems I can come in several hundred dollars cheaper than a lot of the commercially available anvils out there. But I just wanted to double check that my thinking on the alloy wasn't flawed before trying to get a firm price and such.
  3. Hello everyone, I have done the prerequisite googling about 4140 anvils but can't find any information on if anyone has made a large anvil from 4140 but I have only come up with smallish sized anvils and people have reported good success. Has anyone made an anvil out of 4140 that is larger than 60 pounds? Second question would there be any concerns about making a large anvil, 250 pounds give or take 10 pounds, out of 4140 i.e. would this alloy not hold up well over time? *edit: In theory this would be at 55 HRc Thanks everyone
  4. Thank you for all the replies everyone. I appreciate the help. Jerrod thanks for the insight. Sent you a PM for a little more info.
  5. Is this the wrong forum for this topic?
  6. Hello everyone, With tax time coming in the near future I will have some money for a better anvil. Does anyone have any feedback about the Papa Rhino anvil since it's been made in the US (post 2012)? I have found several reviews around 2009-2011 when they were made in China but can't seem to find much feedback on them since they have been made in the US. The price is really very good and it looks nice. And I really like that it's made in the US. So it's at the top of my short list. Next question does anyone have any reviews of the 260 pound Big Blu anvil? Thanks, Kent
  7. Thanks George. I realize I will be stepping up to a serious piece of equipment but I am in an awkward spot in my hobby. At the moment I only have an angle grinder. I will look at this as an investment.
  8. I was afraid that I was on the verge of having to step up to a serious piece of equipment. George thanks for the tip on Pheer Grinders. They seem to be well reviewed and the very basic model is only $975. Thanks everyone for your help.
  9. Does anyone have an experience with this brand and model? http://www.jettools.com/us/en/p/j-41002-2-x-42-bench-belt-disc-sander/577004 I found one for sale locally for cheap.
  10. Hello, I haven't posted a whole lot on this forum but have read quite a bit. I can't seem to find an answer to my question. I need a new way to grind my blades. I have been using an angle grinder but I have been looking at one of these attachments for a bench grinder http://www.amazon.com/MultiTool-36-Belt-Grinding-Attachment/dp/B00BNBAQ90 does anyone have any experience with them? Do they work okay? And are they worth the money? I know it won't be the same as a Burr King or a big grinder like that but I just need something better than an angle grinder. Any help is appreciated. Thanks. K
  11. Thanks for your reply. And now I have more questions So isn't Air hardening usually denoted by A-1 or A-2? Or are a lot of steel partially air hardening due to high Chromium content (if I am wrong as to what element causes air hardening I apologize)? So if I use 1075 steel can't that be used for both a Hamon and edge quench?
  12. Hello, I always find it a bit awkward introducing oneself to a new forum I have loved all things sword and knife related for a very long time and after lurking on this forum for a while and reading some great books on knife making (Wayne Goddard and Jim Hrisoulas to name a few). I have decided, as soon as I have the funds, to try and make some knives. My question is other than the obvious application difference between a hamon (clay application and water quench) and an edge quench in oil (or Goddards Goo if you read his book). What is the difference at a steel level. A hamon if I am unde
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