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matt ross

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  1. far and away one of the coolest paterns ive ever seen if not the coolest. awesome.
  2. yea this is the mildest michigan winter ive ever seen. were probably getting hammerd hard with a blizzard in april but still.
  3. from what i understand some "iron" (steel)was stronger than others but for awhile they werent sure why. it was called steel later. but i could be WAY off.
  4. it says high carbon tool steel on the packing for some i saw in the store. i havnt worked with enough stuff to tell by a spark test. so would the steel be good for a knife?
  5. not so sure i like that number that thing is a stroke of genius.
  6. it seemed simple enough until i realy got into my grinder work on another knife and by the end i wanted tear it apart wheel by wheel just trying to get a flat grind . can someone explain how they convex grind blades? or is there a video or another topic somewhere? something simple im missing?
  7. TI like titanium or ping (hammer to anvil ) maybe ash.
  8. from what i understand jackhammer bits are usualy high manganese wich sucks for hamons. should i pick these up anyway? i think they were 7 bucks each but i could talk him down to 5 im sure.
  9. i was thinking about getting some A2 flat stock on onlinemtals.com but i dont know if it would warp being so thin. if i dont want the flat stock i would probably go with square but thats more expensive than a section of railroad i found. im just on a serious budget and im just starting out. heck if any of you wanted to sell me one cheap thats cool.
  10. almost everyone treats titanium as the strongest metal ever but from what i understand its 2 to 4 times stronger then steel wheras mertenste is about 5 times stronger. (or maybe just harder) im just curious why no one has tryed to use it more for blades if it is that strong untreated.
  11. is there any good way to predict what the hamon is gonna look like from the clay?
  12. i havnt bought it yet. just found a 55 pound anvil at harbor freight. i dont expect perfection from harbor freight but even the 6 dollar rotary tool i got there hasnt let me down yet so figured it would be worth asking about the anvil.
  13. i found a anvil finaly but it has small ridges all over the face. is that normal? will that affect anything? they are like file teeth but way smaller.
  14. ........excuse me while i go cry in a corner. those are freakin amazing
  15. is what he says in the video about forging a fuller being better then scraping true? i thought (at least with japanese style blades) that scraping was the traditional method.
  16. thanks this was helpful. ive been watching videos and reading about bladesmithing for years but i just got some supplys together and im working on my first knife right now. i guess im sort of a jack of all trades and a master at sucking at everything.
  17. ...i didnt know there was such a thing as oil tempering. i was just trying to save time typing
  18. a differentialy hardend tanto. what difference is there from oil tempering?what are basics?
  19. most people i see are using metal or glass for a quench tank. is there any good reason i cant just use a plastic bucket?
  20. as awesome as that is i cant stop looking at that beutiful handle on the lower knife. what is it?
  21. thanks guys. ill be sure to post results. if i can keep the tanto style i have going now great but if not its a fantasy blade
  22. thanks for the tip. i guess ill go water. unless theres a specific reason im probably never going to do a file knife again. the teeth are driving me freakin insane and i finaly got almost all of them off gonna be gone for awhile but when i get back im getting some w2.
  23. a tanto made out of an old file. i was just wondering what (if anything) extra i would have to do if i quench in salt water? is there anything specific i should do with my salt water? how much salt is needed?
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