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  1. Thanks for the heads up. However, for those of you, like me, that prefer to not support MSN, here's the direct link: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-a-master-blacksmiths-iron-age-workshop-180983702/
  2. Mmmm, blackberries. I fondly remember all the times my mother would send us kids out to pick them, promising to make jam if we picked enough. Now I realize the jam making while important, the primary reason was to give her a few hours of peace. Oh and Salal berries, back when I was a kid, most people thought they were poisonous.
  3. Signed up for the same camp site as the first year. I'll be traveling with my scamp trailer, but have space to share. One tent and up to three people. Maybe I'll be able to make it this year :-)
  4. Sorry, I do no custom work, nor could sans oven do justice to the steel.
  5. Only comment is about the cone mandrel, If you're knife focuses, not much need, but if you're doing a range of blacksmithing, they can come in handy. Mine spends most of it's time alone in the corner, but every once in while, I spend a day using it and without it, that day would have been two. Price, 23 years ago I spent $75 on a 2 footer and a fellow smith laughed at spending so much, now I couldn't find one for under $600 and a tall one like that in the photo is commonly over a $1000.
  6. If I remember correctly, I posted this before, but as it shows how different steels perform, it's worth repeating. Lie-Nielsen Tools used to sell both O-1 and A-2 chisels. Because of the differences in edge performance, they recommended a 25 degree primary and 30 on the secondary edges for the O-1, and on the A-2, 30 and 35. They explained the O-1 would take a sharper edge, but would need to be sharpened more often, where as the A-2 wouldn't take as sharp of edge, but the edge would last a long time. They no longer sell the O-1 :-(
  7. 4.5 inch handle, 7.5 blade, total is a little over 12 1/8.
  8. Rats!, me and my big mouth. Now I've got to figure out which box in the storeroom. In the meantime, Randell's web site says about 4 1/2 inches.
  9. I have a Randell 14, but with the finger grooves.
  10. Or two days by mule over the pass
  11. While not germane to your quest for a bladesmith. Back during the Grenada Fall Vacation of 83, I watched one of the hotel gardeners mowing the grass with a machete. Just how sharp is a blade that cuts grass by swinging the blade back and forth with mostly nothing more then the wrist?
  12. It's an idea, but I think I need a bit more practice forging blades. Along with a general intro to bladesmithing, focus is on learning to forge a blade that will pass the test and most people DO pass. And afterwards, you never need to do it again. As for brutal, I never took my eyes off the instructor, so I never saw my blades bending and since they didn't break, happy feet and smiles.
  13. I don't know, nothing I think, except you don't get the positive feeling of knowing you got it right. Two blades are so if one fails, you've got another chance. It's great prep for the test if you're thinking of going that path. I couldn't swing the blade well enough to cut the rope and the chopping was a lot more work then I thought. The instructor showed a video of him doing it in 6.5 seconds, I took long time, long enough to start to feel arm burn.
  14. Thanks :-) Sadly, these don't count for the actual blade test. Nothing you forge in the class can count.
  15. Just finished the two week Intro to Bladesmithing class and here's my two test blades. Both passed, but it was very close, especially with the edge retention on the blade on the right. As you can see, the blade on the left had a nice curve after the bend test showing that the bend was over most of the blade. The one on the right did almost all the bending right at the point above the vice. I had a lot of trouble getting a sharp edge on it and the instructor thought I might have over-tempered, plus (can't really see it in the photo) the distal taper is the entire length of the blade, where as the left blade maintains it's thickness most of it's length. Rope cuts was a no-go for me, but the instructor was kind and easily cut the rope for me. I thought chopping the 2x4's would be easy, but it and the rope cut are definitely a skill best practiced. Over all , good class. I'll write up a review later.
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