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Eric Bost

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About Eric Bost

  • Birthday 05/14/1985

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    North Carolina
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    Learning Knifemaking and soon to own my first forge!
  1. ok, update.. just tried making another dagger..a FORGED one this time..used the anvil a bit..and then the 1/4'' plate bowed up and off the anvil.. (Disclaimer: im a Army Veteran and still have the anger associated with it..) SO..after a few choice words between me..and god..and the anvil..and the grass..and whatever else i looked at.. i hit the remaining plate on the anvil and it went CRACK..the 1/4 inch plate flew off and was met with a smaller hammer when it hit the ground from a distance..i feel better now.. so now what? use whats left? there are HUGE gouges from the weld popping off..
  2. once again, great advice from all! im working on procuring some railroad spikes to work on..acquired a blower fan from a old oven cover, im going to try to make it work for the forge and possibly increase the airflow to it so i can get the forge hotter..we shall see :-) Bought a new hammer in 24oz ball peen..going to try it this weekend on some small projects to see if im a little more effective with it over the big hammer i have been using..wrapping the handle as well to prevent blisters (yhea i know..already found this out the hard way..) so progress is slow...but steady..
  3. I believe you are absolutely correct in that matter Richard, the 2 1/2 pound hammer im using is way too bulky for my liking, im considering switching to a ball peen in the 24-36oz range..the question is that with technology making these hammers with new materials, is wood the correct option for the handle? i have seen so many hammers with composite handles that are more comfortable and take alot of recoil out of the hit..is this a viable solution or do wood handles have aspects that cater more to what we do?
  4. Thanks for the reply Isaac! lemme see if i can put something together for you on that.. i have a smartphone, and the images i have been posting are from it..i have a couple vids ive recorded so far that i intended to put on youtube. However, i havent posted them because i havent worked all the kinks out of the forge yet.. The dryer is this model I do think that the seal around certain parts of the piping to the forge is leaking, so i might be losing air pressure off of it (yes i know..laughable for a 9 buck dryer to discuss PSI..) THe oak hardwood seems to burn long enough for my liking, i think i might need to drill more holes in the base of the forge so i can move more air..that way even if air is being lost, i can salvage as much possible through the air port.. the forge made a u-bolt from a leaf spring setup to go "bright red" in about 2-3 minutes..but i didnt leave it in there to go yellow as instructed.. another issue is that i work outside with no shelter, and during the day it is much harder to see what color the metal is with sunlight beaming down..so i started working on cloudy days and near dusk on sunny days to help with that issue.. Thank you guys for your continued support, we shall get this figured out yet! even if i have to redesign the forge..which is becoming a option..i had something like this in mind..
  5. thanks for the replies guys! So from what im reading, i can get the metal red..but im still not leaving it in there long enough..ok..noted and ill try that next go round.. The charcoal i use is lump oak charcoal due to oak burning a little bit longer..still has to be replaced QUITE often..sigh.. The hammer is too big for me as of now..im switching to a much smaller hammer that i can control easier..i know now what hammer marks are as i thought those were supposed to be there until now..lol i used a bit of rail for my start as it was given to me for free..lol..in fact my entire investment thus far was in bartering..so no real money spent except the hair dryer (and i bitched about that..lol) so now im working on vertical mounting the other bit of anvil on wood..ill try the caulk idea as well when i drill the holes into the current anvil..a much larger anvil is in the works as we speak..(i have anvil envy..lol) thanks to all again, if i missed ya..i apologize as i just got home from work and im wore out..lol nite all
  6. Derek, your link has taught me more in the few minutes i have spent reading, then the culmination of my learning thus far.. Thank you so much for this link and for the ideas for improving my "portable forge" (you picked up on my idea right off the bat!). The problem i have run into is that i don't have the proper fittings for this idea, it is a bunch of fittings put together from a scrap tote my neighbor keeps around for odd projects..fortunately i have set it up to where i can disassemble it if needed and much so to that fact as ashes build up in it rather quickly.. I plan to add to this idea by placing a plate over the original holes to redirect airflow more..the actual "bloom" of flame is only about 3 inches around..forcing me to keep the metal on direct center. The sheer amount of oak lump coal that i use is astounding..but gets the job done for now..the coals glow with a green/white flame when the dryer is turned on..and a ton of what we call "fire sprites" fly around on the initial turn on of the fan..which is REALLY cool to watch.. The hammer im using is a 2 1/2 pound with a chisel end..but still seems to be a bit much to be controllable..either due to the length of the handle or a combination of weight vs length..im searching for a smaller hammer that i can control better as we speak.. Thank you once again for all your help..hopefully i can learn more after this post :-) PS. sorry for the book..
  7. ok, UPDATE.. The forge gets PLENTY hot to make the metal red..i have a knife design being worked out of a File as its kinda all i got..the railroad spike is just too nice a piece to hit on yet until i build more skill.. To anyone who wants to get into blacksmithing...have nerves of steel or the medication to create the equivalent..lol burns..cuts..bruises..its a way of life for a blacksmith.. and whoever says their forge keeps them warm...its 30 degrees outside..my forge is outside..and a slight wind negates the warmth..just sayin..burr...
  8. Well so far, ive made a bracket for my porch out of a old file..the beginning of a very crappy knife, and learned that the forge barely gets hot enough to make the steel red hot..probably due to how long i allow it to sit in there..im still figuring that out..also the anvil would be great if it would stay on the stand..log is imminent for that part..i hit pretty damn hard and i just hooked it up tight on 2 3'' c-clamps..one hit..the anvil flew..nuff said.. more coming as i work out the kinks..and yes the anvil is WAY too high..i cant get the amount of force i need from the hammer falling..plus the sound itself is deafening..lol
  9. It is official..i would like to thank everyone involved, my neighbor Chris, a few "good ol boys", my wife for her patience and understanding, and my kids for wanting daddy to be happy.. I present to you folks my forge..I dub Thee..Shadow Forge The Anvil was Created using a bit of Old Rail, the Forge was created using half of a Wrecking Ball and my own design of Rebar and a Huge washer modified to create the stand..all parts were salvage metal so no carbon footprint from buying new..the hammer was a gift, and that little railroad spike will be the first piece that i work on.. Thank you to all who have inquired about this, i am on my path to becoming a blacksmith..one step at a time.. Update: The blower is a hair dryer, just picked up a new one so if the heating element goes out..oh well..lol
  10. Forge is Complete!!!

  11. it is official..i would like to thank everyone involved, my neighbor Chris, a few "good ol boys", my wife for her patience and understanding, and my kids for wanting daddy to be happy.. I present to you folks my forge..I dub Thee..Shadow Forge The Anvil was Created using a bit of Old Rail, the Forge was created using half of a Wrecking Ball and my own design of Rebar and a Huge washer modified to create the stand..all parts were salvage metal so no carbon footprint from buying new..the hammer was a gift, and that little railroad spike will be the first piece that i work on.. Thank you to all who have inquired about this, i am on my path to becoming a blacksmith..one step at a time..
  12. Today has been a glorious day my friends..the Anvil was completed, and the forge is only missing a blower!! Tommorrow, i forge my first bit!! You guys inspired me..pics coming soon
  13. and in regards to the HF anvil.. I have learned about the infamous ASO.."anvil shaped object", and wont be wasting precious funds on one of those..lol however tho..the angle grinders are good enough for what i need, and ill be procuring one soon as funds allow..
  14. wow, i took a little while away so i could come back to see replies and WOW.. ok..UPDATE: The Bit of Rail has been formed into a anvil through some trading locally, pics coming soon! I traded for a half of a old Wrecking ball and as we speak it is being welded to some legs and the piping is being run to it for a hair dryer.. i have now collected some punches and chisels,and have a stand to work from for the anvil, the forge will stand up at waist level as well.. You guys are awesome! I look forward to posting pics of this eithier later today or tommorrow!
  15. Also thank you for giving me more hope about my work Karter, it is good to know im going in the right direction :-)
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