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  1. Update: Here are some pictures I didn't have before, which prevented any sort of police report as I had no proof.. Got them now. She's a beauty, no ? Anyone ever seen a motor like this before, or know anything about them ?
  2. Have not posted any pics in a while. Had a few commissions I've made along the way. Nothing special, still struggle on handles and sheaths. Just a spring steel kitchen, cats claw handle. A Little damascus paring knife. G10/Rubber handle. Nice stuff. 13 Layer. G10/Rubber Handle. 300 Layer Rain Drop. Deer antler, manzanita. 300 Layer Raindrop. Double Edge. Walnut Handle. Calling the Blade Shape a Viper Pattern. Just a fancy push dagger that can double as a skinner. Slight Rant... To Follow. Smiths and Knife Enthusiasts BEWARE!. I made made this knife a guy. He Paid for it. A design I'm playing with. Works nice as a double edged blade. No Problems. If you run across this knife in the wild. Beware, It is owned by a Liar and a Thief. Don't trust the guy. No legs below the knee, generally miserable type. I made what I thought was a Gentleman's agreement with a guy I did business with previously. Former Co-worker btw. I asked if he could make me a gear for a motor that I needed for a machine I have: The so said "bad verbage" agreed. I stupidly, gave so said guy the gear and motor to match and machine so said gear from bronze. Guess what, I got neither back. After several patient months of waiting, with no results, former co-worker gets new job. Ghost. I'm upset. It's not like I can't get the machine to work without out, just got screwed by a guy you thought you could trust. Hate when that happens. Can really sour a guy. Life goes on. Wish the miserable sorry S.O.B. lives forever. So, to finish my public service announcement. If you see that knife anywhere. Well, I made it, so it's as badass as I could make it. Second, Don't trust the holder, or the knife as I have put a VooDoo curse on it. #!/usr/bin/change #!---------------------------------------------- Some good news, you might see the squarsh growing in there
  3. Sorry Guys. Hate to do this for the second year in a row. I have to bow out. Been busy fighting off the world coming apart around me. Throwing every thing I got at it. Those poor unfinished and now rusted blades after the monsoons, might just rust away before I can get to them again... Amended List. 1. Alex Middleton 2. Jaron Martindale 3. Geoff Keyes 4. Aiden Carley-Clopton 5. Brian Dougherty 6. Eric Morgan 7. Doug Webster 8. Ted Stocksdale 9. Chiyo Razi 10. Joshua States 11. Robert D 1
  4. привіт Nazar, Welcome. Nice blades by the way. I searched google for "Forges in chicago" and found a few listings. You can try calling them and see if they want a helper. Google can be immensely helpful for finding things in an area, so long as you know what you are looking for. https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-lm&tbs=lf:1,lf_ui:2&tbm=lcl&q=forges+in+chicago&rflfq=1&num=10&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjlzrXT9qb5AhURGDQIHVFHApwQjGp6BAgJEAE&biw=1280&bih=558&dpr=1#rlfi=hd:;si:;mv:[[41.9806466,-87.6115401],[41.6231252,-87.8747659]];tbs:lrf:!1m4!1u17!2m2!17m1!1e2!1m4!1u3!2m2!3m1!1e1!1m4!1u2!2m2!2m1!1e1!2m1!1e2!2m1!1e3!2m4!1e17!4m2!17m1!1e2!3sIAE,lf:1,lf_ui:2 Depending on where you are and what you have access to, you might be able to find a shop that you can use for forging of your blades, or might be easier to setup shop yourself and sell what you can on the internet or a Gun Show and the like. As far as work, if you can't find a forge to work, I would look at maybe machine shops or mechanic shops where you may be able to apply some skills. There is that or the service industry where so many of us toil everyday. Never a shortage of jobs here in America, just can't say many of them are any good. Never work for less than the minimum wage of your area. Plenty of people out there looking and willing to take advantage of people. All I know about Chicago is that the news says it's dangerous there. Keeps your head on a swivel. And don't worry about English, you can just make it up as you go along. Seems to be what the younger generation does. Good Luck to you. Я не хочу займатися політикою на цьому форумі, тому кажу вам. Слава Нашій! Героям слава!
  5. Greetings Alex, Listen to the metallurgists on the forum, I'm not one of them. But, I seem to recall reading something about chromium in steels like 5160 negatively affecting fire striker performance. I could be wrong. But as everyone has said, a different steel may be a better choice for this project. Something simpler in the 1070+ range, perhaps? But if you wish to keep trying this particular piece, maybe you can try and obscenely long soak time before the heat treat. Maybe get it up near welding temp and hold it there for a while, maybe 5-15 minutes? But that is also likely to cause a lot of decarb, which is not great for this application using 5160. This might help increase the grain size. Then maybe leave the striker surface a bit rougher, instead of so flat and polished. Might give something more for the flint to bite on. I mean the whole reason the thing works is because the flint is cutting off pieces of steel. Maybe try a sharper piece of flint ? Also, "coil spring from my mechanic", does not definitively mean that it's 5160. Coil springs can be made from all sorts of stuff across different countries. Like 9260 for one. Which I'm not sure is a good material for a fire striker. I wonder if doing a blister steel kind of cook canister on a that material would make a difference? But most likely not for the expense, time and effort, versus buying a small piece of the appropriate steel or just an old file. As far as hardness testing. The old file skate test to a good indicator. Just be sure that you are not hitting scale when you are testing it, because that stuff is way hard, and could give you a false reading. Also, if you are suffering from decarb, then on the contrary, a deeper grind might present some of the better high carbon material. I'm not sure on how deep decarb can go. If you got a good old knife you don't care about, that you know is good and hard, you can try using that knife to shave or cut into the fire striker. If you can cut pieces off, or make and indentation with the knife onto the fire striker, then chances are the fire striker is not hard enough. I believe strikers are supposed to be in the 60+ Rockwell range. Again, could be wrong. Good Luck
  6. I like it. Think you are heading in just the right direction. Orange juice, Sunlight, Exercise and shear stubbornness makes the covids docile. At least that helps me every time I catch a bug... or the bug, depends on where you're from seemingly Keep on Keeping on...
  7. Always something new to learn. Those channels are good. I get the shutting off the brain bit. Though sometimes I wish I was resetting passwords or fixing the email servers again. Still code a bit, when I'm not exhausted. You can only dig so many holes before you just stop giving a *bleep*...
  8. A few from one of my favorite bands. Woot Ukraine! Enjoy!
  9. Hadn't kept up with the show much these days. Don't watch much TV and too busy to sleep most days. But, I managed to catch an episode the other day. Think it was season 9, the Blackout episode. First I've seen in a while. My favorite part about the show has always been seeing the forging, triumphs and mistakes included, and learning something. And the chaos and destruction is always a plus. Seeing the smiths go back to roots using just hammer and anvil and fire was nice to see. The last few episodes of the show that I've watched felt rushed and more focused on the end result than the path to it. Education, hitting hot stuff and destruction. I'm easy. But I'm also weird and can dr00l over blacksmithing and knife videos all day. So I guess it's possible that all the viewers at home don't necessarily feel the same way. Wish them the luck with their new season. Spread the craft.
  10. Nice work on the knife Faye. I totally understand about the distasteful part. Sometimes, I think it's about knowing your customer, so as to avoid unnecessary effort in widdling wood when a leather wrap would have been plenty. I think the guy copied this knife... https://cdn11.bigcommerce.com/s-fex90914pb/images/stencil/2048x2048/products/390/2564/wps-clinch-pick-2.0__54743.1649429806.jpg?c=2 Here is an interesting vid on the theory of the design, for those interested. It's a very purpose built knife. No hijacking intended. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwNFvOaqh94
  11. https://www.dhmo.org/facts.html Uhhhm... LoL :p Nice one Alan!
  12. That is an awesome idea! --->Searching instructions on building a small induction forge now...
  13. Bruno

    Bulava

    Yeah, not my cleanest work. I'm calling it a prototype. My forge is not exactly big enough for the whole thing with the flanges opened up. Kind of had to rush the heats. Really wish I had a coal supply for jobs like this. Wanted to see if it could be done without using a welder, before I tried it with spring steel. ... Had an unfortunate incident on the side of the road the other day. It was stupid and unnecessary. Tried to walk away at first too. The Golden Rule is a simple rule. Wish people cared. Or at least come to the conclusion that it's not worth starting something with a stranger that may have very different "Red Lines" than what they may be accustomed to. ... But fortunately, I got the opportunity to do some strength testing. So I picked on an innocent rock. Lemonade from lemons and all that... I bent the handle at the top pretty good. Need to make it thicker I think. Maybe forgo any twisting. Stayed true along the length of the handle though. No idea if the scales split or separated without undoing the leather. Feels solid. Having tested all sides, the weld on one of the flanges came apart. Flange is still there and solid, lol, just slightly bent. The Broken weld. The grain structure looks decent to me. Probably, just didn't have enough surface area where the weld was, or just a bad weld. I did super quench the entire head. Very little deformation on the flange edges against the rocks. Took quite a bit of force to get that flange to turn sideways like it did. Overall. Pleased with it's performance. And learned a bunch for the next one once I get the forge built... Here is one I built 10 years ago. Still alive. Just missing a couple flanges/rings and spikes now. This one was made from leaf spring and Sucker rod.
  14. Bruno

    Bulava

    Lol. 10 points Alan!
  15. Bruno

    Bulava

    A Flower for my people. Made of Mild steel. Pinned oak handle. Deer and Couch hide for the leather. 10 points to anyone that can guess what the flanges are made of...
  16. 1. Alex Middleton 2. Jaron Martindale 3. Francis Gastellu 4. Geoff Keyes 5. Aiden Carley-Clopton 6. Brian Dougherty 7. Eric Morgan 8. Don Abbott 9. Doug Webster 10. Alan Longmire 11. Ted Stocksdale 12. Chiyo Razi 13. Joshua States 14. Bruno Good excuse to get more forging in. So many options... Maybe we can start an idea thread ? For those undecided on what to make...
  17. Has anyone ever noticed that places like Amazon, Netflix, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Paypal, etc... are not exactly easy to get a hold of? No contact numbers listed. Everything over electronic contact of some sort. (Corporate offices notwithstanding). I think they generally keep it that was because they already have your money or info, so there is no need to contact you. Everyone else is a scam. If they want something from you and it's not official business that you personally know something about, then again, probably a scam. The internet used to be good.
  18. No Way... I started over on AnvilFire myself. Learned a lot from that group, before smithing and blademaking was "cool". R.I.P.
  19. That Sux! Big Time. Hope the guy gets a flat tire in a bad neighborhood.
  20. Any restrictions on a "small seax"? Size or construction?
  21. Bruno

    Sgian

    It does make sense, but by the look of it, it's only glued around a shallow (if that's the right word?) part of the stone. So depending on the epoxy and the level of use, the stone will fall out eventually, most likely under any sort of impact. Had you enveloped the copper around the wider part of the stone, it would be more secure. In other words, had you set the stone deeper into the copper pipe, and wrapped the pipe around the thinner top part of the stone and epoxied, it probably would never move. That's just my take on it. Take it with a grain of salt as I've never used stone in a blade before and I tend to be really picky. Maybe others can chime in with better info ? Still, very nice for a 4th blade. P.S. That wood looks very similar to American Black Walnut.
  22. Bruno

    Sgian

    4th Knife ? Not bad at all. How did you attach the stone? Just glue ? Only thing I would say, is that the handle could have used a little contouring so it's less likely to slip in the hand in hard use. Otherwise, I dig it.
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