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About ShawnShaffer

  • Birthday 10/26/1993

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    Clarksville TN
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    I am aspiring smith, honestly any form from general metal works to blades. found out come from a line of smiths and like to keep it going. I am also deep into history and how people did things without the modern technology. Also love martial arts, music mostly metal with a serious love for folk metal,gardening, pets, and learning from the past while being a bit of a hippie about mother earth.
  1. I'd sayif you go with a charcoal forge you probably could get all the functions you need although it'll be a bit tricky. Also I would say you would need a hood for a charcoal or coal forge just for the smoke they initially put off at first. For a carcoal forge you could probably make a V channel long enough for heat treatment with a movable stop to shorten your forge for general work and welding with a tube running along the bottom with holes either with a twistable inner tube to again shorten the air flow to the fire size needed or more tedious multiple tubes that are easily interchangeable.
  2. I've used a bunch of these and used them to hone my skills and have had relativly good luck treating al the springs i get as if they were 5160 for heat treatment. Also to just stay on the safe side quench them in oil first then do a hardness test with a file if it hardens great if not try in water. I had a small knife blade i quenched in water and watched it shatter but then again i might have had it over heated as well sooooo... Safety first.
  3. If you do go with a pattern welded blade ive found i am a bit fond of a low to medium layer radom/wood grian pattern myself.
  4. i would look into a type of pit furnace dug into the ground. I have actually had luck in making an aristotle furnace out of just plain old mud dried for a few days. worked out well
  5. what is this new sorcery i see before me
  6. wow didnt expect to get so many helpful replies so quick well seem i shall indeed just get some stock and do some serious filing. i know that working on a knife you typically work the blade first then the fit and finish part last but i felt like working backwards had good luck with that so here is a pic of the antler stained light buffed.
  7. I got a first commission from a friend of mine, he wants and Irish scian im doing lots of research but to little avail. One of the things i want to do on this is to use a little bit of brass. I was thinking about using a 3 pound brass hammer from a hardware store but ive never worked with it before so i have some questions. 1 being how will this behave when forged do i need my gas forge set to lower temps does it move easy or tough. 2 would that cheap brass hammer be any good or is it a poor quality alloy. And 3 would it be better to just buy brass stock or sheets. if it is ok to forge the bra
  8. beautiful knife im also a lover of 5160 and i really love the etched look of wrought iron.
  9. as mentioned earlier i like eluveitie and amon amarth any body got anything else always lookin for new metal bands to listen to while i work.
  10. i was wondering if one could use an old junkyard kitchen oven and modify the body to hold the necessary heat and such for ht. And i definitely would use proper heating coils and such but could this be done? also if this could be done would this be a cheaper alternative , would koawool and a reflective coat of satenite or itc 100 be saficant to retain heat.
  11. sounds like you got a lot ahead of ya and hardest fun indeed. Also i use 5160 a lot and it indeed if very forgiving to us guys with little sword making experience and i find it easy to forge as well but that might just be me.
  12. I live in Mid Tennessee just 5 mins from Ft Campbell army post there was a little indoor flea market that was goin under and 8 bucks for 3 pounds of honey wasn't gonna pass it up specially when 2 pounds anywhere else runs me 10 to 12. Also am a big pipe and cigar smoker and found a shop tailored specifically to such taste and they have unfinished briar blocks for pipe making really cheap so i should have that to add on here soon as well. P.S. and yeah it is ft myers honey
  13. So had a lot go on and haven't been at the forge for a while got caught up in work and then a new job and blah blah blah. However i have been able to get a project i don't believe we could have any lotr themes without the mead so i started a batch and here is the recipe so far and a few pictures. 6 pounds of honey... 3 pounds of saw palmetto and 3 wild flower i added about 1/2 cups sugar flieschmanns bread yeast 1 packet and a box of raisins. This was a recipe that i got from the internet off a homebrew forum and worked out well the last 2 times the 2 different types of honey is my variat
  14. I've made a few and they are all tough as my knuckle dragging boatsman mate grandfather and thats saying something but i think it would be interesting to take a carbon steel square bar same dimensions as the rr spike and weld a billet and see what you get. Although i have to admit i don't know exactly what spike i have or what iv done with them but two or three hold an edge pretty well not to long but longer than regular.
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