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Dan Bourlotos

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Dan Bourlotos last won the day on August 3 2015

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    Taylorsville KY
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    Camping, smithing, shooting and reading

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  1. Rebar tongs X3

    I just don't quench my tongs if they have any color to them (if at all). I grabbed a bunch of hex wrenches at an auction that are made of 8650, and have made several tongs from them with no issue. I have also used a bunch that were 4140, 1045 and even "5160" (a friend exclusively uses coil spring because of the convenient sizing). Only high carbon of the bunch is the "5160", but the rest are definitely hardenable.
  2. Rebar tongs X3

    That isn't exactly true. Would be true if you were comparing a set of HTed tongs and a set of non HTed tongs made of the same alloy - whatever heat treat would be ruined and they would be indistinguishable. Issue is, many elements present in spring, tool and low alloy steels (tungsten, chrome, molybdenum, silicon etc) impart quite a bit of strength even in a non HTed condition. This is the reason why you shouldn't make hot tools out of mild, even though you aren't actually heat treating them.
  3. Does Magical Realism Count?

    This is a common thing in fantasy and mythology - a artifact infused with the act it was used for, or the spirit of the person who used it. In D&D there is often myths about the unadorned blade of a humble paladin being able to cleave through stone and armor alike. Sort of like the Holy Grail - an a potent and obviously magical artifact that is nothing more than a wooden chalice in appearance. I think with the right subtle embellishment, this could totally work. I am going with an almost gaudy appearance because it works for the weapon of a god. The weapons of men though; imbued through honor or desecration, who can say?
  4. More kith questions

    I have to give you credit, I couldn't get past book 6. Loved the first two books though. Felt 5 and 6 were losing steam fast
  5. Brainstorming

    One of the reasons why I love this hobby is that it allows for me to exercise some of my artistic tendencies. I don't do it often with my smithing because I rarely have the freedom to go all out on a weird idea, but I have hundreds of sketches of random cool designs and embellishments for blades. Most of them fall solidly in the "fantastic but nonfunctional" catagory. Add in my love for fantasy and mythology and you have a perfect avenue for me to really have fun for this years KITH. I have always been attracted by some of the primitive bladed objects of history. Sometimes by the beauty, sometimes by the simplicity, and sometimes by the brutality. Often, we tend to look at weapons as these elegant symbols, but primitive tools in general tend to not have that same level of sophistication. Often when looking at stone or bronze-age tools I get this vibe of purpose over prim. It is one of the main reasons why I have always wanted to make some sort of macana - an "edged" war club. Both the Aztec macuahuitl and the Polynesian leiomano sort of paramount in that regard. Although beautiful in a way, there is something very primal about them as well. The Aztec god, Huitzilopochtli, was the patron god of Tenochtitlan and the god of war, the sun, and human sacrifice. Said to have sprouted from the womb armor clad and with weapon in hand, he slew his other siblings to protect his mother. In his hand, we actually wielded a flaming serpent, Xiucoatl, the spirit form of the Aztec deity of fire. So, I looked at Xiucoatl and couldnt help but think it looked a lot like an obsidian-edge war club. Even being tipped in volcanic glass makes sense with his relation to fire. With a bit of perversion, being tipped in steel - a material born of fire in a way - also makes a bit of sense. Since Xiucoatl translates to "turquoise serpent" I figured I could incorporate that as well. Here is what I came up with. As always, thoughts and suggestions are appreciated.
  6. KITH 2018 poll

    I planned on drawing on mythology. I saw it as a magical blade or magical edged tool because of the "/" placement, didn't even consider any of those other options. The power of punctuation!
  7. What is this?

    That ever so slight green tinge you see on window glass is actually due to small amounts of iron in the glass melt. Transition elements tend to make funky and unexpected colors in glass depending on the oxidation state. In the case of green-turquoise-blue soda-lime glass, it is usually Fe(II). The fact that it appears as if there is no scale underneath means that it either reduced all the FeO on the surface (which isn't my first guess), or there was some sort of silicate material that was resting on the blade during heat up and as it melted it just picked up iron from the surface. Could be sand, could be cheap ceramic blanket or low-temp fire bricks (both of which have a much higher silica percentage). What I find interesting though is the fact it isn't black. Normally, there is so much excess carbon floating around in a gas forge that any glass you see would turn black, just like the flux used in forge welding. I have used my forge to cast glass before and unless I ran SUPER lean on gas, it always turned black.
  8. KITH 2018 poll

    I generally use the yearly KITH to do things I wouldn't normally do. That could be everything from using a weird handle material, to inserting in some wacky design element, to something as simple as just making a style knife I haven't ever done before. I love making axes/hawks, but the magical theme has me intrigued. I have a super weird idea that has been floating in my head for about a decade now, and this might be the perfect time to try it. Then again, it might be too much of an undertaking. Either way, I am going to be kicked out of my comfort zone and that is usually a good thing.
  9. Longclaw

    Out of curiosity, why not just put that detail into the casting itself? (unless you are sand casting, in which you can ignore the question)
  10. "Sangre" takedown small bowie.

    The contrast on that blade is nothing short of awe inspiring. Did you also parkerize the blade?
  11. Mini-Anvils, Possibly For Sale

    Count me in too.
  12. Mini-Anvils, Possibly For Sale

    For $30, count me in if there are any left.
  13. Voivode Bowie Final Pictures

    Hot Damn, is that an amazing piece. Well done, Robert, very well done.
  14. Upgrading forge flooring - Inconel 718

    The borax won't touch it. Might stick, but wait for it to cool off and just bash it. Although In718 is one of the cheaper Ni-based super alloys, it is used in high temperature environments for its oxidation resistance and strength. I would keep your forge welding temps around 2300-2400 though. If you are capable of running hotter, you will likely see a degradation in longevity. we used to melt 718 around 2800 or so in vacuum. An atmosphere changes that, but the further you can get from the high end limit they better.
  15. *WIP* Jet Turbine Shaft material Chef's Knife

    I agree. A side note: good check would be to look at the spark pattern. I dissected an in718 airfoil for a project at my last job and made two dive knives from the leftovers. Super tough, very resilient, garbage edge retention. It also barely sparked and the few it gave off were a dull cherry red.