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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. I've done this with a 55 gallon drum lined with baked clay and some fire brick but mine was rudimentary and done when I first got into smithing anyway I hope this helps and definitely invest in a carbon monoxide detector always wanna be safe from a silent odorless killer.
  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 brass hammer down what are some pointers and any points in any better easier directions that might save me some headache?
  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 variation tho and im using a plastic tea dispensing jug with a heavy lid and let it burp itself as i cant quite find my airlock stopper but its coming along good anyway.
  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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