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Dan Bourlotos

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  1. Been a busy few months. Regardless, here are the pictures of the finished rings and the champagne sabre. The wedding photographer took some really good pictures of the rings/sabre, but we haven't gotten all of them back yet.
  2. A good surface is a dead surfacer. This is pretty awesome. Great job.
  3. Tonight, I ground off the scale and did the test etch. Needless to say, I like what I see on both billets. The billet on top has several severe welding defects, so that will be the ring/gifts billet, being that I am making a bunch of small things from it, and can cut out the various bad sections. As for the other billet? Well... it is mostly shaped towards the cutlass. It is going to end up a tad shorter than I wanted, was looking to get around 20", but the blade length is sitting at 17.5" right now. The preform is mostly done, and some weld defects need to be cleaned off before I can forg
  4. Update: I have only been forge welding for about 4 years. It is not my strong suit, but each time I do it, I feel more confidant than the last. For the most part things went pretty smooth. (Having a 30T press makes this almost a cake walk) I welded the billet, drew it out to 1" square, twisted it and then began to draw it out into the 1/2" bar that was part of the plan when I noticed that a specific layer appeared to not have forge welded, or broke loose while twisting. I went home a bit dejected, thinking I had to start over, but came back at it a few days ago. The first pattern weldin
  5. This September I am getting married, and as such, I wanted to make something special for the occasion. I had always planned on making the rings out of damascus, but after really trying to hammer out the details, decided that it just wasn't epic enough. So I came up with the idea of making a cutlass for sabering champagne bottles out of the same billet I made the rings from. That way, my wife and I would have a fun memento we could grab from above the fire place and have some fun with well after our wedding. Then the topic of gifts for our bridal party came up. My fiance and I have a very close
  6. Alan, it is actually the center of a biohazard coin. My fiance got a bunch of these 1 troy oz copper "Apocalypse Zombiebucks" for some work function. I promised I would make her a zombie chopper if I could have them.
  7. Right when I moved to Kentucky, I purchased my first belt grinder and promptly went to ruin the first several knives I made breaking it in. One in particular, was my first foray into W2, which I ground to thin and had the edge crack in several places after ht. I chucked it in my scrap pile and didn't give it a second glance until about a month ago when I decided that maybe I could re profile and regrind it into something serviceable. Here she is. Blade is W2, copper bolster and pin with the most gorgeous curly black walnut I have ever used.
  8. I am loving these Kingkiller references
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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 throu
  12. 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
  13. 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, s
  14. 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!
  15. 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. C
  16. 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.
  17. 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)
  18. The contrast on that blade is nothing short of awe inspiring. Did you also parkerize the blade?
  19. Hot Damn, is that an amazing piece. Well done, Robert, very well done.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. My guess is a wire EDM. No through holes, and it looks like everything could be cut in a continuous path. Regards, absolutely fantastic. I might need to get some.
  23. 1. Brian Dougherty 2. Wesley Alberson 3. George Ezell 4. Doug Crawford 5. JJ Simon 6. Karim 7. Aiden Carley-Clopton 8. Michael Lenaghan 9. Dan Bourlotos
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