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  1. Gerald Boggs

    Had to smile at the claim of this knife company

    Back in 1981, the wait period was 2 1/2 years.
  2. Gerald Boggs

    Had to smile at the claim of this knife company

    Model 14 is still available and it's forged, USA made and if you like the black blade, you can do that to the O-1 blades.
  3. Gerald Boggs

    Had to smile at the claim of this knife company

    I really don't care that it's made in Israel, it's the "conceived, designed, tested, perfected" that I found amusing.
  4. Was reading a gift catalog (What else is there to do in the barber shop) and noticed this knife and it's claim. "The Dustar Model 1 - Arad is the first-ever fixed-blade, heavy duty, all purpose utility/field/combat knife conceived, designed, tested, perfected and manufactured entirely in Israel.The knife was manufactured entirely by CNC technology. " Got to say, it looks like a close copy of the Randell model 14, which by the way, I've had one since 1981. Mine's the stainless steel with saw back. I really wanted the plain O-1 model, but it was the only one I could get
  5. Gerald Boggs

    steel selection

    No, 4140 is a poor choice, not enough carbon. Yes, I'm aware that several tomahawk makers are using it, but I believe that's more a matter of convenience and price, than any concern for producing a quality product. Both Gränsfors Bruk and Wetterlings use 55 points steel for their axes.
  6. Gerald Boggs

    What do I need specifically

    This is hard for a beginning smith to do, but I'd advice trying. Research the instructor you're thinking of taking a class with. Often, the instructor is offering a class in an area of smithing that he doesn't do in his own work and has little experience beyond having himself taken a class on it. Sad is it to say, that while there are some really great instructors, the schools will fill the rest of the slots with whomever they can find. Make sure that what you want to learn is what the instructor is qualified to teach.
  7. Gerald Boggs

    O for the love of axes!

    Thing to remember, a lot of hammers are either cast or mild cased hardened.
  8. Gerald Boggs

    drifting holes is hard

    I highly recommend getting and reading the first volume of Mark Aspery's books " http://www.markaspery.com/School_of_Blacksmithing/Book_1.html " If you're slot punching round, you're going to always have issues with alignment, best to punch in a 3/4 inch swage. Both the making and the using are covered in great detail in the book. The book is supported with a number of videos, here's the one on forging a swage block: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxTdbC5MLRQ
  9. Gerald Boggs

    Anvil weight question.

    Video please.
  10. https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2018/1004/Slice-of-life-A-reporter-s-search-for-knives-in-Beijing
  11. Gerald Boggs

    Just completed another puukko.

  12. Gerald Boggs

    How can I find out where a local Blacksmiths guild is?

    Not always going to find the local groups listed with ABANA, no small number are not affiliates and yet are quite active. Like MichualP, I did a quick search and found on the first page of listings, several Boise smiths (two of which do classes) and two guilds that cover Idaho.
  13. Gerald Boggs

    Where can I get 1/4-1/2 square stock?

    Try a shop that does architectural work, 1/2 square is a common size and when I worked in one, we had a lot of drops. $20 and you could fill up a bucket.
  14. Gerald Boggs

    Tips on forging FOOD grade items

    It's is a thing, but any bottle of 100% pure mineral oil is safe to eat. And if maybe your time on the toilet is taking too long, a swig will help things along :-) Just make sure to read the label and know that it's 100% pure.
  15. Gerald Boggs

    symetrical axe wrap

    While some of it can be pretty crappy, not all A36 is garbage nor hard to weld. I learned to weld using A36 and all the pieces in the axe article were A36.