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  1. Yep it's a McDonald style and I love it. Easier ways of building than the way I did it. I built off spec. Some lathe work required. I never use the lever or bottom cam. The screw adjust works fine. It really is an impressive machine given to us by Mr. McDonald. If I had the time/money/ and space, I would still build a press with a full set of dies. It's just better at some things. But would not trade my hammer or mill. Would just add to the group
  2. Fly presses are awesome. Want one myself. But I don't think they will be very effective for drawing out damascus. They are great for precision work as you can see in Matt's video, but damascus needs high heat, which goes away fast. For the price of a good fly press capable of doing serious work, you can probably buy yourself a decent used welder, and build either a Junk Yard hammer, hydraulic press, or a rolling mill, or all three based on some prices I've seen. Old stick welders can be had for a $100 give or take. If your neighbors are a concern, I would look into a rolling mill. I
  3. Yep, gonna need to make one now. That's just too nice!
  4. Really like the profile of that chopper Conner. Looking good.
  5. Old files, Nicholson or Diamond are great steel too. Really old one's are w2 I think. otherwise they would be 10xx. If you can forgeweld, then use old band saw blades, some of them are 15n20 or L6. Or if you can find those old big circular blades from a saw mill. That's good steel too. But I've seen knives made from modern day circular saw blades too. No guarantee's with scrap. Test your steels. Heat up and quench a piece in water/brine or oil. Then stick it in a vise and hit it with a hammer. If it breaks instead of bends, then it is a hardenable steel and you did
  6. Hey Paul, I've made several kitchen knives out or recycled leaf spring. No guarantee that it is 5160, could be 10xx, although I can tell you that it is very tough stuff, and not the easiest to forge. I'd say 5160 is fine for a kitchen knife. Maybe not the Best, but it will work just fine. What's more important is the edge geometry and heat treatment. I've had good success with warm canola oil. One of my small sharper knives made of leaf spring, I quenched in canola, and the tempered to 375 degrees (which is a bit low). It's very sharp and hold an edge well, and does not take
  7. 2 confirmed cases in: at my county. hope they get better. really do. meanwhile, has anyone ever seen these plans for a homemade blower ? http://www.rayrogers.com/blower.htm inventive I'd say. would it really be enough to power a forced air burner ? Forced air is more fuel efficient isn't it? Not counting the power to the blower. How big would the pipe have to be to equal the power of 2 x 1" old chili venturi burners ? About a good weld heat at an 18"x9" interior?
  8. know of any good demonstration vids of that? Also, here is my latest... 300+ layer, 1084/15n20/52100, twisted raindrop from a piece left over. gotta work on a sheath now...
  9. It's funny. My local town declared a local emergency 2 weeks ago. Very prudent, gotta get in on that gooberment money you see. No confirmed cases in the county as of yet. Then they close all the city offices. No visitors, for the safety of our employees and all that. Very smart, very smart. Schools are shut down too. As are all the court houses. Then the mayor comes out and says, "We have no plans to shut down local businesses." So the county gets a paid vacation, gooberment money, meanwhile the hospitals are understaffed, they cancelled all appointments for non virus relat
  10. I don't like being sick. Had a bout back in November that put me down for 3 weeks. Never get sick like that. The virus is a concern, more for the family... But dang it, it's the people that worry me more. "Hoarding" guns, TP, buying truck loads of food before they set the limits on stuff, and the price gouging online and locally. Seen it right here in my local town. Human nature at is best, err at least at it's most natural I guess. Between the druggies, opportunists and just bad people out there looking to go all Escape from L.A. on you, it's only a matter of time before the bad o
  11. ''barry can't arf weld', First Awesome ! Second, Lol. Everybody should see this vid. Humbling indeed. Thanks for posting Alan...
  12. Excellent Video Jennifer! Great clean forging and informative video. And you truly have a gift for seamless editing. Great Work.
  13. Orson Scott Card had some good ones I can't name. He wrote many, more sci-fi though, but dark...
  14. I've got enough trouble finishing the knives on my bench, let alone someone else's good works. Just saying, I'd like to participate if possible, but a collab is starting to sound complicated. If hatchets win, we could limit it to just hatchet heads, that way you gotta put your own handle on. That's kind of a collab? Good way to respect and represent someone else's work as well without the constraint of having to send it out. Just a thought.
  15. Thanks for the info Joël. I keep trying to get on that facebooks, but I so dislike social media so very much. Every time I try I feel like I'm at a walmarts on a crowded day. Lol.
  16. Congrats Joël ! I knew it was worth way more than I said. Just a matter of the market and how good a salesman you are. Just out of curiosity, was the buyer an associate or contact of yours or just a random guy ? I only ask because I'm not a good salesman, and don't sell any knives really. The last time I tried at a show, it didn't go well. I'm not really active trying to sell. Just wondering if you get more hits from contacts or from advertising?
  17. SWEEEET Knife Joël!! That's not an integral bolster is it? Clean either way. Custom work, depending on your neighborhood, but I wouldn't let that go for less than $450. I may be way off as far as market pricing since every other guy is a bladesmith anymore. I'm kinda low balling it. And guys seem to be turning out cheaper (not necessarily low quality, mind you) blades these days. Makes sense in terms of profit. But for quality like that, I just can't see less than $450. How much time in it ? A real chef would appreciate it. Might be too pricey for a home cook.
  18. Totally dig it. Kind of a recurved cutlass style. Looks vicious. Like the pommel too. Are those brass pins you put on all your handles ? They look domed? Are you just driving those in like nails ?
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