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Cody Killgore

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  • Birthday 04/07/1989

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  1. I don't have much experience with venturi as I run blown burners. That said, the thing that stands out to me is there is very little space for air to enter in between where your orifice is and the bell reducer. You've effectively choked the burner way down where it can't pull in enough air.
  2. I think of laminated as a more broad term. I used to make only laminated blades for a number of years. They could have all probably been considered "san mai" though I also had some layers of nickel in between the core and the outer edges so it's not really 3 layers anymore. I always said laminated because I'm not Japanese and felt like it described my blades more accurately. I'm getting some stainless in next week and am planning to do some CruforgeV core and stainless jacket. Hoping it works out well
  3. The key with forging presses is speed. The longer those dies are in contact with your work, the more heat gets sucked out of your work. Usually those things move too slowly and you can't get anything done because by the time you start squishing, the steel is already cold and won't move. There have been a number of people convert log splitters so I guess that's one potential alternative. Edit: also there's this topic pinned here could be of some help.
  4. Once I moved to a disc grinder for finishing, I shaved a ton of time off my hand sanding. They will make your flats FLAT and get rid of imperfections from the belt grinder. It’s become one of my favorite tools in the shop once I finally started to use it. My least favorite part is grinding. I really enjoy the forging. I have a large number of forged blades laying around waiting to see the grinder... ugh. Eventually I get in a mood to finish some knives and I just start grinding. I’ve got 4 2x72’s, each set up for a different process so no swapping stuff around. Gotta do
  5. Emerson claims their anvils are 4140. They are about an hour away from me. If I had known they existed before I ordered a diff anvil early on, I would have probably snagged one of theirs. Edit: I guess I should add that if I were buying one to use for bladesmithing, I might not get one due to the weight distribution on them. I'd totally agree with Alan, look for something with the bulk under where you're gonna be hammering. I'm sure they are fine anvils though.
  6. Yep, timgunn is right. Those charts are from the KBAC manual. Went back and it does specify externally cooled motors in that section. Sorry, not sure how I missed that...
  7. Dane, I think you're overthinking it a bit. Either "mode" is really fine for this application, IMO. I'm usually pushing hardest into my grinder when it's running at max speed (when I'm really hogging material). In my mind, this is where you'd want the most torque. If you go with a slower speed motor and double the speed and get into the constant hp "mode", then you're going to be losing torque at the high end. That's opposite to what makes sense to me. I'm not sure you'll find anyone complaining about either setup though. I think you'll be wanting more SFPM than you realize.
  8. Solid choice. That's a good little forge. I bought one pretty early on just to play with. Charles has definitely made some improvements since.
  9. For me, the length is just to keep heating up the whole billet as it is drawn out. I will use a press or rolling mill to work on the entire billet each heat. Once it gets to about 16”, it’s time to cut and stack for me. I start with a billet only 6” long or so but also about 5” tall.
  10. I do it exactly the same as Geoff. Small vertical forge for 95% of forging with damascus/welding being done in a horizontal. I always felt like most people do it backwards. That short 4-5" heat is really nice. It's really not ideal to keep heating up steel you're not going to be hammering on. As far as having to have a handle, yes that is true to an extent. A lot of time we're using a long piece of steel already so you don't need anything. If your vertical forge is small enough, then you can lay your piece on the shelves on either side or across the opening without tongs. If you do
  11. Much appreciated. I agree, I think the pin is a little too close to the guard.
  12. I’ve always ordered mine from supergrit https://supergrit.com/products/RedlineRedFlexSheets
  13. Much appreciated. There are certainly things I would change about it in hindsight but, overall, I'm pretty happy.
  14. Been real busy with not much shop time lately. Finally was able to spend some time in the shop today and just been working on finishing up this knife that had been sitting in the shop close to finished for about 6 months. Mostly happy with it. Cruforge V and ringed gidgee handle. Still some residues on the blade
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