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  1. Finally, Between work, Family, chores, and all the danged things I have to maintain and repair on a daily basis, I finally had a few hours to work on this thing. So here is the start of it. Last night I managed to fix my power hammer again.. Yes folks, it is possible to drill through hardened spring steel. Pretty loud when you're not doing it right Here is my new stabilizer, worked great today. As in, it didn't break, and the hammer runs like a sewing machine now.. So, I actually started this bar a few months back, had it sitting there collecting dust the whole time. Got it to the 23 layers back then. Started off as pieces of 1084, 15n20 and 52100. Doesn't look like it in the pic, but that should be 23 layers, the 15n20 is rather thin. My notes don't say that I folded it, so It must be the 23 layers that was written on the billet. After the first run through, I goto 23 layers total. After initial grinding and cleanup: Here is the 23 layers with a quick test etch. Not sure what happened with the dark spot, I must have ground through the upper layer, which is probably the 1084. Then I cut my billet into 5 pieces, and re-stacked: And here is the result: This should be around 115 Layers now. Next I cut the billet into 3 and re-stacked again. Sorry, no pics, was in the thick of it with the fuel burning... Here is what I was left with after I finished for the evening. If my math is right, I should be over 300 layers in this billet. I think I'm going to attempt a twisted raindrop pattern on this billet. Will have to think on it some, make sure I think I know what I'm doing, maybe. As far as the blade... I'm afraid I won't have the time to make a folder like I wanted. Plus my drill press doesn't drill straight. So it's a no go for this round. Not sure I really want to make a short blade with wooden handle, again, because of time constraints, and I don't want the piece to look Rushed. So I think I've decided on a kiridashi style blade. Something that will show off the full pattern, with a nice little leather carrying sheath. Hope that fits the parameters. I may change my mind. I may go with a brute de forge style. Dunno yet. Any concerns about that ? We are good to a 3.5 - 4"blade yes ?
  2. I built this one. works great... might need to be creative on sourcing parts: https://chriscrawfordknives.com/tutorials/written-tutorials/electro-etcher/page-1/ Or just skip all the fancy parts and hard wire everything. Most important parts are the transformer, bridge rectifier and the switches. maybe mouser or digikey if radio shack is dead for the fancy parts. I've used this unit for a while and am very pleased with it. I originally used it with salt water for an etching solution, but found that it blew fuses often when I held the lead down longer than a couple seconds. That could be cuz of the way I built the lead. Since then, I've been using an electrolyte solution provided by the people that make my stencils. http://www.img-electromark.com/ Their deep etching solution has worked Great for me so far. No blown fuses. Hope that helps...
  3. Dang, wish I saw that when I was starting out. It's perfect. I would pin that pic in the tools and beginners section Alan. Genius-level invention indeed.
  4. Those are sweet axe heads. Nice work! very slick looking .
  5. Bruno

    Baby Seax

    That is pretty. Like it.
  6. Here is my latest kitchen ware. Not really meat cleaver. More Vegetable cleavers. Thin. Made of leaf spring in a feeble attempt to dwindle my collection. Forged these by hand since I broke my Power Hammer again. The wood is some sort of bamboo driftwood I think was salvaged off the Jamaican coast. Had it sitting for a while. Brass pins. Scratches on the big one are from chopping at desert stuff you'll never find in a kitchen. It passed. Let me know what ya'll think...
  7. Folder is more practical for most i think as an edc.
  8. Can I has it? Really excellent work! The steel is beautiful , but that handle... Wow.
  9. I only found two references to a date. One made by you Joshua.... https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/38308-kith-2019/page/3/ And the other made by Conner on the top of the sign up page. https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/38384-kith-2019-sign-up/ I'm still in btw. But work and family has had me left with non existent time. I was gonna push for the end of the month, but I don't want rushed work leaving the shop. I wouldn't mind a 30 day extension... Probably straying away from the stilleto idea and go with a small lockback folder. Just to keep it state friendly. Err Friendlier...
  10. If that was something I could afford, I'd be first in line. It's a screaming deal Gary, and anyone who has the chance should take it.
  11. Forging is relaxing and grinding is peaceful after long days working for the Man... Like the old song says: At least you know you'll have better blades than the next guy...
  12. Ouch! Heal well and soon Joshua !
  13. Hey Gerhard, I don't think there is anything wrong with setting a high price for something you may not want to do. That'll keep those weird projects away most the time. I'm not sure that's a good business practice, but then again, it's your business, so do what you want. If you want to make money, then sure, take anything you can get. I don't like doing things that bore me either. I for one don't enjoy making 100 of the same knife. So I like to mix it up. But then again, it's really hard for me to compete with walmart as far as "Good Knives", or a sweet $200 "Damascus knife" someone saw online. So yes, I have a limited customer base around here, but I still enjoy making knives. As far as how to charge, hard to go wrong charging time + materials. Don't forget you are doing custom work. If you had a hundred icepicks made, then sure they will be cheaper. But don't undercut yourself. If you spent 1 week making a badass icepick or chisel, I believe the price should reflect that. So long as the customer understands that. If you just wanna sharpen a nail and wrap tape around it, that'll be quick, but not worth as much. There is an old saying, "A good salesman can sell ice to an eskimo". I'm more likely to sell them an icepick and tell them the truth. That's probably bad business Good Luck and don't give up...
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