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Mike Scott from NL

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  1. I have an Atlas Mini Forge Coming. Mostly because I'm a beginner and the other good points people said about it in this forum. I'm interested in doing the hardening with it and right now I'm just performing destructive testing on all my knives so I can have a look at the grain structure. I saw a post somewhere on the internet that you might be able to do 1084, that I mostly work with. In said forum they had some concerns about eveness of heat. They said there is no way you could do any other type of steel. But I havesome CPMD2 steel I would be willing to give a go. I also have a t
  2. Hi I'm pretty new at all this tempering stuff. I've played around with both oil and water as a quenching medium. I understand oil is more viscous and doesn't cool as quickly as water thus preventing cracks. I have also read a lot about brine solutions being used to quench, but, nobody talked about the science behind it they just gave recipes. Would the salt somehow slow the cooling? Reducing stress cracks?
  3. Thanks for the Advice Doug! Yeah, I take everything with a grain of salt at this point in my life. I find it best to talk to people who have done or at least tried stuff similar to what your doing. The round bar they weld onto the stack for a handle. Is it just regular steel or weld bar? Is it possible to do all this without a pneumatic press? And just a big hammer and anvil.
  4. Too late, already bit by the bug. Repeated the grains lining up first try. The second got it right, no need to repeat the third. 2nd Heat treatment, 475 F for a little over an hour. Blue temper along the edge, purple in the blade. Same set of circumstances. I can see how both these materials mixed together would make a good blade. 1084 and 304L. What is the deal with the Borax? Seems to me Lye would blend it together more like water flowing.
  5. I think that answered my question. That looks like a lot of fun! Not sure if it is real Damascus though. It's summer here now so I will have to get some charcoal, a big hammer and an anvil:). Oh don't forget Beer!
  6. Yeah I have done a lot of reading about Damascus as it is a term I used to hear as a child on TV. The original art of making it was lost, they tested some artifacts made from this original technique and found evidence of carbon nanotubes in them. Pretty advanced stuff for people from 300BC. The people who claim to have rediscovered the technique do a type of pattern welding or folding? I'm unfamiliar with this term stacking, could you elaborate a little more? The one 1084 blade I tempered got a pretty interesting pattern in the grains. It took me three tries to get the temper right
  7. Hi, I recently got into making knives as a hobby. My interest is mostly in the tempering of the steel, because this is the key component of making a knife. Your knife look great, but, unless it holds an edge it is just a pretty paper weight. It is not a useful tool. Most of the tempering I've done is with 1084 tool steel. As I'm a beginner this is where most people suggest you start because of the ease of tempering. I happen to do a lot of building tools as well as knives and came across 12 feet of 1/8 inch X 2 inch 304L stainless for free. Great I thought maybe it will be goo
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