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    Yecla, Murcia, Espana
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  1. Thanks Steve missed your comment - I'm not sure about the taper, there don't seem to be too many pictures of the spines of tanto on the web, it's something that I have been worrying about just a little. As the blade is now ( ready for cracking, sorry heat treat ) it tapers down fairly evenly from about 1\3 of the length in front of the tang. At the tang it's just over 5mm wide, at the tip 3mm. If anything I'm wondering if it's a bit too slim to be an authentic shape. I'll have to check out the Nihonto message board.
  2. I'll have to look those words up in a dictionary - seriously, I'll use the forum search function...
  3. Right, it's all become clear now. Although the meter can read up to 1000C the thermocouple is only rated to 250C - of course that isn't mentioned in the owners manual or product literature I need to buy a surface probe that can cope with higher temperatures, like you suggest Justin. Still, it'll come in handy for tempering in our propane oven. I'll keep an eye out for those Tempstiks Doug
  4. I'll post a pic but it'll take a while, photobucket is really slow nowadays. I wasn't hoping to measure the temperature of the ( charcoal ) forge, rather the temperature of the steel before I quench it. A bit like a sophisticated version of the magnet test. Am I barking up the wrong tree here ?
  5. Just got my K type thermocouple and meter today, but the instructions aren't very clear. How can I protect the insulation on the wire from the radiant heat of the steel I'm reading the temperature of ? it looks to be terminated with ordinary heatshrink. Any guidelines ?
  6. Do fullers scraped into just one side before quenching cause problems Alan ?
  7. I do have some W-2, just not in that length. It's sort of a test piece really, to see if I'm ready to attempt to grind a short single edged sword, although I'd like to get a useable blade out of it. It's incredibly difficult to find any carbon steels here ( Spain ) except O-1 or drill rod\silver steel in small quantities, but that's a whole different story. You have helped me talk myself out of scraping a fuller into it before quenching it, I'll go with the original plain shape and keep it simple. So the general rule is a scraped fuller is done after heat treat then ?
  8. I'm going to make a fuller scraping tool, or a bo-hi thingy. Question is should I create the fuller before or after heat treat ? does it even matter ? I'm about to start a Wakizashi which is going to be stock removed from O-1 ( it's what I've got in that kind of length, not what I'd like to use ) - I'm intending to make a an asymmetrical fuller on it - i.e. one side of the blade will be fullered, the other not. Could this cause problems with the blade warping when quenched ? ‚Äč
  9. Thanks Alan, I'm surprised anyone remembers me I had to stop knifemaking because there isn't anywhere suitable at our new house to use my grinder - I converted the one spare room into a little machine shop and I can't have any stray grit in the same area as machine tools, it just gets everywhere. Plus I got really ill a year ago and the doctors initially thought I had cancer - turned out I didn't though... I rough finished the tanto by hand using a filing jig, which was all kinds of fun.... Just a couple of weeks ago a new friend gave me a place to work where I can install the grinder, so I am back in the game.... Currently I am building a Japanese style box bellows for the forge ( with a lot of help from the same friend ) and have it about 90% finished. The 'click clack' noise from the valves when it's operating is very cool....I'll post pictures once it is finished. Edit :- Oh, and I grew my hair long, nowadays I look like Willie Nelson
  10. Annnnnd - nearly two and a half years later, after a house move, two serious illnesses and heaven knows what else....
  11. They aren't Jurassic Park type huge, but about 4 to 8 inches. That one I found on my leg was 6 inches or so. Did I mention I was terrified ? The speed of things is an extra level of scariness, they can hit 0-60 faster than a top fuel dragster...
  12. You have amazing taste in cars Sam, but I have grave doubts about your choice of pets
  13. Rob - my mates got hunting contacts in Oz, he was down under a couple of months ago culling camels. We had a joke about that because he's Persian and I suggested the camels might recognise him as being a prince of the desert and elect him as their leader I'd love to visit Oz, if I ever can afford to. I had a lovely experience today, sitting at the computer and something was tickling my leg. Started at thigh level and worked it's way down to my calf. Pulled my trouser leg up and found one of these :- I screamed like a little girl, tore my trousers off and ran about like a headless chicken... My missis finally cornered the thing hiding under the bed and beat it to death with a cowboy boot...I was shaking like a jelly and not capable of doing anything. Would you like me to send the next one to you Sam ?
  14. I'm just a scumbag who likes guns and motorbikes, I think Rob wrestles Crocs for a hobby, he's the badass This is another critter that turned up. Found her dying from dehydration and abandoned on a country road. A year later she's fine and what we call the Insanity Weasel. AKA Fugly. If we didn't keep wasting our money on vets bills for every kitten or puppy that was down on it's luck I'd be riding a Harley again instead of some stupid Suzuki
  15. I can't say me and my missis have led a normal life. I've always been what you Aussie blokes call a 'bikie' which might explain things I think the spider got away... I made a new friend recently here, he's a Pommie like me and ex-military. The guy loves venomous insects, spiders mostly - but scorpions and those big horrible centipedes are his best mates as well. Sam and him would get on just fine... The bugs here are humungous, but unless they are spiders or venomous they don't really bother me too much. Not long after we moved out here this pair of starving feral kittens turned up at our place and I just had to feed them, because I'm a sucker. The little black and white cat scoffed about it's own bodyweight in food, buggered off for a bit and then came back with this enormous mutant grasshopper thing that looked like something from Jurassic Park. She dropped it at my feet as if to say " Cheers mate, I've brought you a feed now " - I told her thanks, but I'd eat it later
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