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Steven Gillespie

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About Steven Gillespie

  • Birthday 06/06/1993

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    Jonesborough, Tennessee, USA
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    tools,bladesmithing, chainsaws... and fire!
  1. Im running a mini mongo as well. Milled slots help alot more with tuning and it running smooth, as well as tube length for the mongos. I have mine at 8" but it should be 9". Theyre very finicky to run without alot of back pressure. Mine will not run open without a flare and a firing.wall. If you didnt already, drop a needle valve into the gas tube, and it will give you tons more control over the burner. I use mine for heat treating, forging, forge welding, and on colder days, warming up the anvil. I would close the back permanently and leave a 3" opening and a hinged front.
  2. The inside of a saya has a slight curve inside. The longer necks also make it easy to clear you knuckles without having a steep curve in the neck.
  3. your welcome, do these have a convex belly, or rather a rounded grind?
  4. They look great. you didnt need to grind the side down a whole lot, but they look better that way i think. Having 6 isnt bad, different shapes and sizes at your disposal for different blades, i have only two, and i know i need way more than what i have.
  5. Freya, not yet, i didnt want to order any until i was positive it was fairly vivid. i had a sheet of red g10 and it was very bright, but i guess the black and red is overtaken by the black. Ive done everything to brighten the red, this is the best ive got, it makes the knife look evil, rather than out there and vivid.
  6. Hello, how's everyone? Been busy lately and haven't been on the forums a lot. Has anyone found a source of brighter g10 in 1/4" thickness and in red/black, or blue/black? I recently bought some sheets and was disappointed with how dull the colors were. I bought some od hreen and black and found it to have more color than the sheets I bought.
  7. I made one a month ago, had an old 80lb propane tank that couldn't get filled due to local places wanting a contract and leasing me a new one. Chopped it in half, after I filled it with soap and water first. I welded some railroad spike on the bottom for feet, inatalled a heating element and switch, sprayed sone marine grade rubber sealant on the inside, and its been doing pretty good so far. It takes about 15 minutes to take water fron 30°F to around 80°F.
  8. Perfect timing! I just picked up a dewalt version. Definitely alot safer than a cutoff wheel as well. Ill have to borrow you vice jig idea.
  9. Well, since it is under .8 carbon, it should be easier to heat treat than other alloys. I don't have a heat treat kiln, so no high alloy blades for me. Ill stick to 1095 and 52100. On another note, you could always send it off.
  10. compare it to A8 modified offered by latrobe steel, thats all INFI is with slight differences from batch to batch, its just got a name and a hell of a heat treat. I ordered the anniverary mean street for an EDC a week or so ago. im pretty sure that the "40 hour heat treat" refers to a cryo quench after the soak and air hardening, and the then tempering. Its just how long the entire batch takes to go from air hardened, to tempered, to cryo treated, then tempering after the blades reach room temperature. Aldo could carry the steel, but not under the proprietary name, and the exact same chemistry, but its doable, might be pricey as well, and a pain in the buns to heat treat.
  11. wow! its stunning, i cant wait to see it with the buckeye! I definitely have a new respect for the dremel tool now.
  12. Subscribed! you did fine, just dont use your wrist when forging!
  13. I don't have either. I forge from smaller stock, but it moves fairly well under my hammer. I have a heavy hand as well, but I finish forge with a 3lb forward weighted hammer.
  14. Thank you Kip! Its still got some kinks to work out, especially without a drill press right now.
  15. Clean up the plunge cuts with a file? I keep a cheap file on hand I ground the teeth of on flat and one side. It only cuts the plunge that way, and the grind when I want to clean it up. I use a craftsman as well, but I made a plunge guide to stop the plunge from doing that.
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