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James Higson

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  1. You need to block up the door a bit, you're losing all the heat with a big open front like that.
  2. No worries! Yeah the wool (superwool) makes the forge significantly more insulated, with the brick as a durable front surface. Effectively, it's more efficient. You can get along without it but if you dont want to spend tons on propane it might be worth getting a layer of superwool and putting it between the brick and the inside of the forge body.
  3. Looks very clean, well done. Any wool behind the fire brick? If possible, it's best to have the burner come in at around 10 degrees to one side so you get a little swirling effect in the flame. This allows for a more even heat of your steel.
  4. Very impressive, I love yew and it complements the sheath colour well.
  5. I was absolutely gobsmacked when sam said 'let's have a run down the forge, I've got something to show you' haha. Never expected the phoenix to arise! Good luck with woody, hope he also rises!
  6. Very cool so far! Are they cast or filed fittings?
  7. I'd be a little careful with anything that needs you to heat the casting, especially building a fire around it. The ram casing has some pretty small tolerances and warps could bugger the whole lot. That said, my old hammer went through my workshop fire that destroyed everything and John Nicholson managed to get it up and running again! My tuppence would be, bolt the living hell out of it as alan said.
  8. Always keen for a good binge of knife related material! And this doesnt disappoint. Love the bloom material. Cheers!
  9. Beautiful! Love the large contrast between the dark wood and bright fittings. +1 on the apocalypse sword market
  10. For ladder pattern it doesnt matter if you forge the tip but the flow of the pattern will likely look better if you do.
  11. Love the sculpting on the handle! How did you do the runes? Did you engrave them or etch?
  12. Ferric chloride is ideal. I use a 1:2 dilution with water (if you buy the anhydrous stuff). I like deep etches so do multiple 20min soaks, wiping off the oxides and then polishing with 1500grit hand sandpaper between soaks.
  13. Yes you definitely can weld them and yes they will etch well, if hardened. Etch is a personal thing, some go deep, some go shallow.
  14. Ooo havent heard of that one! Is D2 hardenable?
  15. Cheers guys! I'll check it out
  16. Cheers guys! Any idea about AEB-L perchance? I know Mr. Loose makes unhardenable stainless PW (as I have some on my finger right now ) so I might be able to find the other steel easier I suppose. Why cant random steels be as easy to get here as they are across the pond??? Thanks again J
  17. Dear Hivemind, I am going to start having a crack at stainless PW but am having trouble getting hold of some AEB-L sheet in the UK. I am planning to use 304/AEB-L (as I've heard it is decent and can be hardened). Does anyone have any idea where I can get sheet stock in the uk? Failing that, are there any other steel mixes that would be appropriate (have contrast once etched, will weld and are hardenable)? I would very much appreciate any assistance! Planning to initially make a ring for my brother's wedding but would like to be able to make stainless hardenable knives at some point so that's why the hardenable aspect is relevant. Anyone who doesnt wish to give away trade secrets in the public forum, please please private message me in the forum messaging system! I will take the info to my grave. Cheers, James
  18. This is interesting. I've never heard of cryo treatment before. Do you have any links to info about it?
  19. Cast some blocks to put under the cast floor and put the wool around these 'feet'? Using them as supports.
  20. Dear Knife and Swordey Brethren, This is the first knife I've decided to post for sale as I mainly do personal commissions or send knives as presents but thought I'd see if anyone was interested in this one. Blade - 15N20/1095 - 5.5" Handle - Zebrano and American Walnut with copper pins and lanyard pin Looking for £250, a tooled leather sheath of your own design can be made for an additional £80 if you'd like. Postage dependent on where in the world you call home
  21. As an avid player of the games and reader of the books I've only watched two episodes but I think they've captured the character of geralt pretty well, mannerisms and voice etc. Also the music is how I thought it should be, probably just taken straight from the witcher 3 game score. Not particularly keen on the fact that you can easily see the cast plastic seams on the sword cross and pommels though.
  22. Definitely don't need to harden it to etch, it should etch fine, just a little less dark in the pallet banding. All I can think of is give it more time in the acid and double check it definitely was the same steel you were using and you didnt accidentally stack up a solid billet of 15N20! (I've definitely made that sorrowful mistake before!) Also, are you thoroughly degreasing it pre-etch?
  23. Depending on the size a bowtie would be recommended and then fill the crack with epoxy.
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