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  1. That's a neat idea using concrete nails for scribes. I expect concrete nails are really hard and will hold the point nicely. Thanks for the idea. Ken H>
  2. Thank you for emailing the link to this tread to me. You'e done a GREAT job with that hammer. I have enjoyed following your build, and can't think of anything you've not covered for having a good setup there. Lots of good Damascus will be made using that hammer. Ken H>
  3. I've made several of the SS clad billets for San Mai blades. I use 416SS, but have heard 410 is better since 410 has less sulfur (.03% vs .15%). I've read the sulfur can make cracking a tad worse, but I've not had a problem using 416SS for the billets I've made. I use 1095 for core with 416SS cladding. I clean (grind clean) each piece of steel used in the billet, then clamp in vise, then seal weld all the way around the billet. Weld handle on, heat in forge to around 2200°F to 2300°F, then lightly hammer to fully set welds. I'll do this 3 or 4 times to be sure before drawing billet out
  4. KenH

    Meteorite forging

    Hello ya'll - it's been awhile since I first posted this thread looking for info on forge welding Campo Meteorite. Been too hot for me to fool around much on a forge outside. I like inside with the AC these HOT days. I don't handle heat near so well as in my younger years. Ya'll see the photo of the campo meteorite I've got. It seems the general recommendation was for canister damascus. I've not got 5 lb of a very fine (almost talc?) 1084 powder. I'm looking for info about size of canister for this project. I'll take some 1/8" mild steel I've got and bend/weld a canister. The steel is
  5. That is so impressive! Here I am happy to do a simple low layer count Damascus. I still learn lots from reading of the master's work.
  6. Hello ya'll. I've not posted much here, but have been reading a good bit. Since I've asked a couple of questions and received GREAT helpful answers I decided to show my attempt at Damascus. This is my very first Damascus attempt, and is nowhere near what you experts do. I stand in awe of the patterns ya'll do. I have done a few San Mai billets and blades. I forged up the Damascus billet, and finished the knife for the wife. This is a low layer count, 11 layers of 1095 and 15N20 with a .003" thick layer of pure nickel between each layer of carbon. I drew it out flat and I think I lost a c
  7. KenH

    Meteorite forging

    Thank you for the nice words BillyO. When compared to the likes of many folks on this and other boards I really do consider myself a "rank amateur" {g}
  8. KenH

    Meteorite forging

    Thanks for the comment Zeb, and knowing me and the slow cautious pace I usually set trying a canister with power only, and perhaps a few pieces of other steel would be something I'd do. Looking for comments if the forging I mentioned is even possible, and if so are there things I should do. Oh, I should mention my forging is the "baking soda" type - "Arm 'n Hammer" {g}. One thing I would see is the need to use the "canoe" method of canister as as to be able to better control where the meteorite would be in the powder mix.
  9. I'll 2nd on the use of mild steel round bar - I've been welding that to a billet for San Mai, 45° the round bar to have close to 100% penetration and I've not had any problems with rod breaking off. I stick weld only, and have used 6013, 7018, etc. Mostly whatever rod I've got handy.
  10. Hello ya'll, as you can see I'm VERY new with this site. Been reading over the last couple of days and impressed with the amount of knowledge and willingness to share displayed on this site. Gary Mulkey did a wonderful job with his Meteorite Knife Completed thread and got me interested all over again on forging a meteorite. I've done a small amount of forging, made a few San Mai billets with 416 cladding, a couple of small Damascus billets. I've never done a canister Damascus. I ordered a bit of Campo meteorite from ebay (hopefully a good vendor). Not sure if I can post a link to the eba
  11. @Doug: That has a beautiful curve. Did you forge the curve in? OR - is the curve a result of quenching with clay? Beautiful work.
  12. I'm VERY late to the party, but WOW!!!! I'm more than impressed. Yesterday I got interested in some of that Campo meteorite and started looking for some. Now I understand more how to weld it, but do have more questions which I will start in a new thread. THANK YOU for this WIP> Ken H>
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