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Bruno last won the day on August 23 2018

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  1. Very nice, very classy. Makes me want one now. Keep going
  2. Awesome work Frank!! Want one myself now. Thanks for sharing.
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    Another Very nice one...
  4. I think it's a fun show and I watch it myself. They edit out most of the forging, so for me it's all about the cutting and destruction which is just about the best thing to do all the time, but that's just me. Definitely created a lot of interest in knife making, and I'm sure a few new guys are making a buck selling knives they learned how to make after watching FiF, good for them, we should all be so smart. But I think like all things, it will pass. They gotta be running out of historical blades to make, lest they just start picking Captain So And So from 1709 who outsmarted so and so's sword/knife/spear/axe/etc. Now that it seems they get 2 episodes a week, I think they are Riding the High right now. Always a hard crash after that peak though. Wouldn't surprise me if it's replaced by Drone Combat wars by highly sponsored teams or individuals, kinda like robot wars, but with deadly drones. MY IDEA HISTORY CHANNEL!. You want it, remember what Paulie says in GoodFella's, **** *** Pay Me!. . Well technically Henry says it. No offense intended board members. And Connor, I'm sure all that meat is either BBQ'ed for the staff or donated. It is filmed in NYC, someone would complain if it wasn't. Unless it was all bad to begin with, which would probably make it cheaper from the butcher anyway. Though when I see them slice through them nice pieces of leather and hide, man, I love to see it, but I get that twinge, you know. Like, hey I could have used that. I'll keep watching, bout the only TV I watch anyway. Figure if you can't learn anything from what you are watching, then it's probably just a waste of time anyway.
  5. You got that right Doug. Don't want to get caught up in it. Mostly bushes around here, but the old pieces that grew big is almost like ironwood. Same family I think. I've had some pieces with a real orange color to them. Yes frustrating indeed. Just need more practice I guess. I was hesitant to hollow grind before heat treat, so I left it as a wedge. Then afterwards the hollow grind was not going well, and I probably lost 1/8" of my original edge just trying to get it right. Plus the problems with overheating. Just went fubar from there. Ended up as the shape you see. I think part of the problem is my sander setup, only have a 6" contact wheel, and the drive pulley gets in the way sometimes. Although I've had success with a hollow grind on larger blades. Again, more practice I guess. I'll try the next one on a less costly piece of steel. Did come out pretty dang sharp though, slices into skin more than shaves. Thanks for the info and pic Cason, didn't know about the 8th''s thing. I have a couple of old European razors somewhere, I'll have to find and look at closely. Try to get closer to the proper shape. Although, I could never get those to shave well either, maybe it's not really hair on my face and just fine wires from years of grinding on there ? Thanks Guys
  6. Thanks John, On the cleaver, I finish to 600 grit, then I soak in ferric for about an hour. I find it really helps with rust on these leaf springs. I do clay quench for a differential heat treat. Sometimes I get, it's not hamon, but I do get a little pattern of sorts. Not sure whats going with it. It's hit or miss on any patterning, seems to depend on the thickness of the piece. The ferric really brings out the grain. Hard to get a good pic of the razor, Not as thin as it could be I guess, had a hard time with the hollow grind on this one.
  7. Hey All, Just finished these 2 up recently. First we have a cleaver/nakiri made of leaf spring with a desert cat's claw handle. Nice one to add to the collection: I've been very pleased with the performance of the big one, minces garlic and chops frozen meat, and the edge stay's sharp. Slits and cuts bread dough with ease, bit me a couple times too. The owner of the little one also has been very pleased, hasn't even needed a sharpening yet and is used everyday. Hopefully it goes well for the owner of the new one. And here is the Pretty failure, err or Pretty Good failure: I got it very Sharp and Thin. It shaves arm hair with ease, but when going at the face it Irritates WAY too much. I think it's cuz of the damascus. I think that's why you don't see many damascus razors, at least without a monosteel edge. I believe I got the heat treat and temper spot on, but when I get to the burr, I can see it break apart into it's respective layers. Probably why it's catching the whiskers so much. Any insights from anyone whose ever made a razor ? Otherwise, it feels great in the hand. Will keep it around for cutting leather and such, which is like butter.
  8. Hard to tell by my eye. I've not run across any wrought in my life time. Try etching it in ferric if you got it. I believe wrought shows black streaks where the silicone slag is left over. Also, I think if you forge it wrought tends to break apart into those strands. Need to forge weld it back really hot. I need to find me some wrought iron...
  9. Truly depends on your equipment and skill . Got a good forge? A big press? A power hammer? Good anvil? Heat treating forge? Small canisters are tricky enough to do by hand. Damascus making is not an economical process. Always best to start small in the realm of blacksmithing. Teaches and humbles one a lot. To answer your question though, sure it's possible. How big a sword are you making? .02 cents
  10. Got these two out of heat treat and temper. Big one is cleaver/nakiri for a friend made of leaf spring. The smaller is a straight razor for the old noodle. Made of 180+ layer twist damascus. Differential heat treat on both.
  11. Some auto places have machines. My local vw place bored out the lower roller for my mill, but charged $80 per hour. took 2 hours. Good work though. Maybe some schools/colleges still have machine shops? https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1CHBD_enUS763US763&ei=QHWuXYe9HpHB7gLk05mwCw&q=middleton+id+machine+shop&oq=Middleton+ID+machine&gs_l=psy-ab.1.0.33i160l3.1578.8398..10064...0.2..1.1472.3612.0j3j2j0j1j0j1j1......0....1..gws-wiz.......0i71j0i67j0j0i22i30j33i22i29i30j0i8i13i30.7VMEPt_bkNQ https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1CHBD_enUS763US763&ei=S3WuXdjdK_XO0PEPt66ikAg&q=middleton+id+machine+shop+college&oq=middleton+id+machine+shop+colle&gs_l=psy-ab.1.0.33i160l3.44122.53541..55129...1.0..0.577.2179.0j2j1j2j1j1......0....1..gws-wiz.......33i299j33i22i29i30.7SILPyhGvcc I used to tear down a lot of mobile homes, some of the older ones had 1.5 to 2 inch square axles. should be a good enough steel for a hammer, possible 1045, doubt it's spring. Unknown. Either way, might find one at a scrap yard, or mobile transport type of place if they exist around you. They usually have axles sitting around. Cut off a piece the right size, and if you have drill press, you can probably drill a 3/4 inch hole in it, unless you can spend the money on a bigger bit. My one inch cost $60. But you can drill a series of smaller holes, and chisel or file them out to get to the right size. I've also seen a square cutting drift, that you can make at home that people have used to cut square holes out of a round hole. I forget the right term. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n1r5XfVkyk You do have a forge ? If so, drilling a starter hole in the stock then making a drift and then drifting, "might" not be too much work with a helping hand. Otherwise drilling a lot of small holes in a square pattern then chisel and filing might be the cheapest way to go, assuming you have the steel. One cat, many skinning methods. There is a lot one can do with a good grinder and a drill press. Or a File and a hammer, or a torch and a welder, or a lot of time and a bigger hammer. A good grinder could cut down an old sledge hammer head to size with a bit of work. I find lots of old hammer heads in my neck of the woods at swap meets. Whatever you decide, I hope it works out for you.
  12. Won't know till you ask Also, you could kind of cheat and find a big sledge or hammer of the right shape and cut off the end behind the eye. I've found lots of cool old tools at swap meets and yard sales and the like. Just a thought.
  13. Not sure a waterjet can cut that deep Conner. You could get the block and drill and file, but's a lot of work.. Probably cheaper in the end to just buy the hammer from a supply house or have one made by someone with the equipment. .02 cents random google fu links: https://www.etsy.com/listing/607993314/japanese-style-dogs-head-hammer https://www.centaurforge.com/Hilltop-Forge-25-lbs-Dog-Head-Hammer-with-Ash-Handle/productinfo/HT2.5DHH/ https://usaknifemaker.com/doghead-hammer-by-nathan-robertson-2-lbs.html https://hammersource.com/big-blu-7-lb-dogface-hammer/ https://www.gstongs.com/hammers.html <-- good stuff more out there
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