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Brian Dougherty

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About Brian Dougherty

  • Birthday July 11

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    West Central Indiana, USA
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    Just about anything that lets me work with my hands.

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  1. New member, latest knives.

    For your first several attempts at the heat treating, I would higly recomend 1075. (Or whatever the equavalent in Europe) It is a very simple steel to heat treat. The heat treating is the most important part by far, and you'll get a better knife by doing an OK job with the heat treat on 1075 than you will by doing an OK job with a more complex steel.
  2. Starting a New WIP

    The trick with the nickel powder is not something I would have thought of on my own. Very cool...
  3. New member, latest knives.

    Welcome aboard! There are a few people from your corner of the world that post here on ocasion. Maybe some of them are close to you. Looks like you are dangerously close to getting a bladesmithing addiction If forging a blade seems like too big of a step, then get some blade quality steel and try your hand a stock removal. Then you'll be hammering on steel before you know what happened to you!
  4. Small craft knife WIP

    Wow That is stunning!
  5. Propane forge troubleshooting

    I'm not much of an expert on burner or forge design. So take this with a grain of salt, but 10psi seems pretty low for a 0.043" orifice. I hit 25PSI to get to welding heat with a single 0.035" orifice. I agree with the others that you have a huge volume you are trying to heat up.
  6. propane forge issues

    You might be chasing two issues at once. The 20-pounder was probably freezing up on you and causing the pressure to drop, but you should be fine in that respect with the bigger tank. (Especially in your climate) Now that your pressure isn't dropping off, you'll need to find issue number 2. The air/fuel mixture on my forge with a homemade burner tends to drift as it heats up. It's not bad, and I just adjust it as it gets to temp, but perhaps you have something similar going on.
  7. Saint Michael Archangel

    Very nice! Can you tell us more about the insert in the pommel?
  8. Smelting picture

    That is cool. Alan's captioning makes it even cooler. According to the article, the painting is in a private collection in Germany. I wonder if the owners have any idea about what is portrayed in it...
  9. Some stainless questions

    I had some success by grinding the mill scale off the stainless, and then tig or mig welding all the way around the sides of the billet to keep the oxygen out. This is how many others have show it done on this forum, so I just did what they did. It actually makes it a stress free forge welding experience since it is all sealed up, no need for flux, and you can just let it soak up the heat for a good long while to make sure everything is up to temp without worrying too much about your forge environment. I think silver would just make a mess. I'm not sure if nickle would make it easier or not.
  10. Some stainless questions

    You might consider stainless/10XX san-mai construction. The forge welding is tricky, but it is the only way I have found that my family doesn't destroy one of my knives within a few weeks. I have 3 knives in the kitchen that I made. One is an all carbon steel random pattern 'Damascus' 8" chef's knife that nobody is allowed to use but me. The other two are a paring knife and another 8" chef's knife that are 304/1084 san-mai. I find both of them in the sink at least once a week. Just to illustrate how little my family cares or thinks about knives, they are always getting the random pattern knife they are not supposed to use confused with the san-mai knife. It's not that they don't care, they just don't see the difference. The san-mai knives are holding up fairly well after 2 or 3 years. They all look like they have been beaten with an ugly stick, but once the exposed carbon steel built up a nice patina, they stopped rusting so fast. I've had to re-handle them both since they have both made some trips through the dishwasher, but the blades are not doing too badly. These were my first stainless san-mai attempts, and I've had a bit of delamination in a couple of spots that oxidation has helped along. I have given up on the idea of making myself a nice set of kitchen knives that actually look nice. Nobody else in my house is capable of taking care of them.
  11. The Lake Sword

    Bravo! Very impressive project all around.
  12. The Hounds are baying...something is amiss!

    OK, I can't help myself. Don't mention fear of snakes and archaeology at the same time to a guy in his 40's... "There's a big snake in the plane Jock! Aww, that's just my pet snake Reggie."
  13. What did you do in your shop today?

    I suspect it is common with this crowd, but I have a lot of hobbies and interests. My friends say my only true hobby is collecting hobbies... One of the more recent topics for me has been charcuterie. Yesterday I pulled a new batch of salami out of the fermentation rig, and put it in the drying chamber. If you look close you can just see a couple of pork loins covered in nice white fluffy mold hanging behind the salami. I'm hoping those lomo/lonzino will be done for Christmas
  14. The Hounds are baying...something is amiss!

    Different strokes for different folks. I like snakes, and generally encourage them around my property. Venomous snakes are quite rare around me though, so it isn't like I'm going to trip over a rattler on a sunny afternoon. However, if I run into a spider web walking in the woods, I flail around like a schoolgirl
  15. Toku'ish attempt

    Yeah... the movie line, "F-you Jobu. I do it myself!" comes to mind...