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pieter-pauld last won the day on June 15 2017

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About pieter-pauld

  • Birthday 11/25/1996

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    Deurne, the netherlands
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    bladesmithing, swords, history, blacksmithing,
    death and black metal, playing bass, doing metal vocals and reading fantasy books.
  1. Keeping etched blades "black"

    I sand under running water, that also neutralizes the acid. I also found the contrast gets worse when a blade is highly polished/buffed. I get the most contrast on low layer damascus when sanding to 600 grit and hitting the high spots with 2000 grit with a hard backer.
  2. zirconium

    I must admit that I have never coloured large surfaces of zirconium, only jewelry sized pieces which heat up quickly and evenly. I think you are on the right track for a flat black with the sandblasting and the oil coating, I do not really know what could cause the rusty spots as zirconium doesn't rust. My best guess would be that there is some sort of contamination in the oven you are using, which gets baked into the zirconium. Btw, please post pictures of the knife when done, mokuti and zirconium handle sounds like it is going to be one fancy knife!
  3. zirconium

    the times I used it I finished with 600 grit sandpaper. I used a propane torch for the heating, so maybe you do indeed need an oxidizing flame, and your heat treat oven does not have the best atmosphere
  4. zirconium

    I have colored zirconium with a torch a few times. first make sure the piece is degreased and cleaned properly, and don't touch it with your bare hands after, or you will get fingerprints. the trick is to get it quite hot, it needs to be glowing red for the oxide to form properly, I let it cool to black and heat again a few times to get the black darker. Hope this helps.
  5. Charcoal forge insulation

    It could also be small bits of your clay lining that are melting from the high heat, a forge gets hotter than you think, and when pieces of clay get knocked loose they can melt.
  6. Grinder Design

    Ever since I read that thread it has been my dream to build a belt grinder Just like you describe, but maybe even with a 4 inch wide belt. As I see it the huge wheel grinders are unbeatable in stock removal speed, but far less versatile than the standard 2x72. It would never replace my 2x72, but a huge wet grinder looks amazing for swords and kitchen knives. The dream is to heat treat thick blades and remove bulk with the wet grinder.
  7. Fabricated Coal Forge / Hofi Style Chimney / Tuyere

    Looks amazing, I wish I made my table that big when I built my coal forge, I often feel I could use a bit more space for tongs and coal. I use a slightly different type of side draft hood, and it works amazingly well. with the large diameter pipe and height, (my shop has an second floor) It will sometimes suck the small coals from my fire.
  8. Viking Age sword Petersen type Z with wrought + plain inlay

    Very nice, it looks like it could take a real beating
  9. NewVeau Dagger

    Wow that steel is cool! I also love the blue spacers
  10. PW hunter with Baltic black oak and moose antler

    Very nice, I love the inlaid letters and the handle wood is extra awesome also
  11. Bronze and acacia burl scandi

    Thanks guys, I'm quite pleased with the handle myself
  12. Copper and Elm seax

    Thank you, my leatherwork is slowly getting better, although setting rivets in leather was a bit harder than I anticipated. For my next seax sheath I plan on trying some tooling, I just need to scrounge a marble block somewhere. The contoured handle, I am happy with myself, a bit of swell in the right places also keeps your hands from slipping, in my opinion. Also since there are so little surviving seax handles, I can design any shape I want without feeling bad.
  13. Axe identification (Help needed)

    This design of axe seems to be a traditional german type. Dictum tools, based in germany still sells an axe with the same head shape. https://www.dictum.com/en/tools-for-carpenters-and-cabinetmakers-badf/dictum-bearded-hand-hatchet-with-straight-handle-708459?ftr=_19__98.02_1_48_12__
  14. What did you do in your shop today?

    Ooh, that must become one big ring, I think I could forge a bracelet from that much gold. If you have any pictures I'm quite curious to how such a heavy ring is going to look.
  15. Titanium connecting rods and billet steel camshafts

    I have played a bit with forging titanium and it is a lot of fun, just very hard work. It works great for stuff like indestructible bottle openers and keychains, and it can be (heat) anodised in amazing colours when ground clean. It is however too soft to hold a sharp edge, so I don't recommend forging titanium knives. With the steel I have the same opinion as Geoff, it could work for knives with a bit of testing, but I myself would skip figuring out how to properly heat treat it and buy known good knife steel.