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steven smith

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  1. i took the time to get a picture because i knew it was going to hurt way more taking that thing off my finger. and it did!
  2. i feel a bit ignorant about my previous post, theres no way i could justify spending that on an anvil, but im only one person forging little thin tapers. it would be nice to have a striker with a sledgehammer, then i would be more accepting. i really hate hype though, it is destroying the mountain bike industry by selling people bikes that have way too much suspension for the riding that most people do, and i imagined the anvil would be sold to average smiths who would do just as good with something cheaper. that was dumb of me, and more of a reaction than a thought. the anvil may deserve the hype though.
  3. and a lucky one at that! i did consider the path of my tool but i did not respect it, my nippers werent tight enough and there is a spring washer that had a little give, really saved me from a nasty cut.
  4. okay, i got a hold of the guy, it seems like he knows what he is doing and is taking precautions. but if any of you ever see something like this dont think that someone else is going to help, thats what everyone thinks and so many people suffer and die surrounded by people who think they care but they dont even say anything. thank you to whoever tried to help, now i can go back to being awkward and kind of rude.
  5. ive gotten no replies trying to contact this guy, so im not sure if anyone else got to him, i tried to friend him on instagram to send him a message but his page is private so.... i left a message on the post, he needs to know before he starts another knife, but ive done what i can do. i dont know if caleb royer would contact him, he did not seem to care about my post pointing out the dangers of beryllium, i must not be popular enough to help. dont think that someone else is going to jump in and help the guy, im trying, and anyone would appreciate it if you tried to reach out to them to warn them about something that will turn their lungs into goo. please try to help, there are too many people who think someone else will come along and take care of a problem, everybody thinks that. im not comfortable doing this, but im trying and i dont think its working.
  6. cool! someone made another anvil just like all the others! and its $10 a pound, how competitive, i hope the hype holds up.
  7. "knife sized" pieces of wood cost at least five times more than they should, theres so much burl and curl out there its really not special anymore, fancy wood is constantly thrown onto not fancy knives. if the shape is wrong it wont matter how crazy the burl is, but people might be happy just because its burl, thats happened to me before and its a terrible thing when i can make a better handle out of a paintbrush i found in the street because i know i have to treat this plain wood extra special to make it something nice. and thats what makes stuff special, how you treat it, not just what it is. its easy enough to be very accurate with a sharp handsaw, it takes a little practice, but there is a lot of theory thats %80 of sawing. if you dont align your body and saw and the cut you will be a bit twisted and your cut will twist too. maybe you already know that though, it just surprises me to see that a board of wood you might use for a knife is always $50, whether its 4"x4"x36" or .75" x 2" x 5" (which absolutly is not a bowie sized block no matter what anyone says)
  8. In solid form and as finished objects, beryllium copper presents no known health hazard.[citation needed] However, inhalation of dust, mist, or fume containing beryllium can cause the serious lung condition, chronic beryllium disease. - wikipedia
  9. ive read beryllium is extremely dangerous and it will kill you horribly, i think that goes for beryllium copper as well. caleb royer posted a knife with some in the handle construction, it wasnt his knife but someone elses, i suggested caleb tell the maker about the dangers. because im on an old computer i couldnt find the maker to tell him myself, if anyone else can get the message through they probably should. https://www.instagram.com/p/CCd7CRvFxbI/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
  10. basically anything will work if you shape it right with some pretty obvious exceptions, some woods dont take hard strikes well, like if you miss a swing with an axe and hit the target with the handle. oak seems to really really hate that and it will crack. the springiness of a handle depends on its geometry, too thick of a handle will break you before the handle breaks, too thin and it snaps of course. but you can make a bow out of almost any wood, the flexibility of the wood shouldnt be an issue. i love maple for anything ive ever done with it. also, there is a difference in a piece of oak with 3 growth rings per inch (very common) and 20 rings per inch, im sure its the same with ash or hickory as they all have very porous layers.
  11. in forged in fire the judge look for potential flaws in blade and then try to break them on purpose, there is no testing or trying, doug slapped a dead pig in its ass with the flat of a claymore and it bent. is that a big surprise or a big ass? doug really just gave up and said it was a bad blade and did a crap job. its bias and it has no place in knifemaking. that claymore still cut the pig, it worked, testing is what matters. not just breaking things down because you think you see something wrong with it. whats wrong with a sword that cuts? its just more ignorant entertainment. disgusting. iron age viking swords katana a million swords all bent and all killed and all lead the way
  12. i lost a BIG knife in the woods here on the edge of some craggy limestone cliffs, went for a run after i realized it was gone form my belt, going through all the trees and shrubs and mulch (junipers make their own kind of dirt) i fell over a branch or a stump and fell about two feet from a little rattlesnake. that makes my 4th rattlesnake that i barely avoided stepping on, if i didnt fall on that stump i was going over it! it was stretched out in front of me, probably got scared and stopped right there. i found the knife too. im not all for killing animals, hunting with a weapon you bought is just play at the expense of life, but if the dang snake is going to bite me when im not a threat i dont have a problem with biting first.
  13. in full sunlight steel can appear black even at 1600 F*, maybe hotter too. in a dark room it should start to show red around 900 F*. thats probably off some but the lighting really makes a difference. in full sun you might think a blade is not hot enough to quench so you heat it up to 1900F because that looks good in the sun and your blade gets 100 cracks from being quenched too hot. unhardened steel is pretty hard and can do a lot but properly hardened and tempered steel is worlds beyond soft stuff, it is also much less likely to take a set if bent. a thin edge on soft steel will bend and stay bent while a hardened and tempered edge will bend and then return back to where it was (there are still limits to that though, a broken blade wont bend back) forge, then normalize 3 times, then harden, then temper. if you dont normalize you will likely have large grains in your steel and it will break if you pry with the blade, large grain makes a blade 1/10th as strong as it could be. its not difficult to do a good job with simple equipment but you must follow the correct procedures and then you can have a very nice blade that will cut unhardened steel.
  14. if anyone has a problem that they cant solve themselves its because they are listening to someone else make up problems that dont exist because they are ignorant extremists. its so easy to live as a human if you dont think youre something better than what you really are, are any other animals stressing out? other than the ones that are needlessly destroyed to make room for the human tax crops. they dont even know whats going on and they dont need to know because it doesnt matter. money starves us, not a lack of food. I, on the other hand, had a reasonable problem with making one of these socket handled knives the other day. we could say that im a bad human being because i did something wrong which solves nothing and will make me drink so i can solve nothing with my peers in our hate based society. or i can use my own brain and actively think (because thinking takes effort, mostly you are reacting and accepting things without thinking, people want to be nice and are agreeable to a fault) and realized that i just didnt start with enough material. ANYWAYS.... i like those socket handled knives, i dont have a good mandrel to shape them though, i did get the one i tried pretty close to the shape i wanted but it was only like 1/4" wide so that wasnt going to work. were they formed with mandrel? i think someone else here did some freehand which is what i tried. theres no cheating or lying in knifemaking, if you make a bad knife whoever uses it will know, the usefulness and capabilities of the knife must be proven before it is accepted as good. there is no damaging frustration when something goes wrong because the path to success is guided by demonstrable measurable facts, failure is not a divergent branch but a part of any goal driven being.
  15. well, you can burn pyrite, it will make a small nearly invisible blue flame and it will let off horrible sulfur vapors that burn your eyes, nose, throat, lungs. theres a bit of it here and a lot of bean ore too but i think you might have some luck telling them apart ad the pyrite should have a crystal pattern texture and plain ore will be a random lumpy thing. its not helpful, and fairly dangerous, but its cool to see a rock on fire.
  16. i used to see those things as big as they could get here, not any more though. the water in the "lake" here used to be clear and you could see right to the bottom, i would catch turtles from a canoe if i could sneak up on them well enough. but i never got out of the boat because some of those snapping turtles must have been two feet wide. i havent seen one for at least ten years, now you have to look out for broken glass more than anything. once i stepped on some huge turtle under about 6" of the muddiest water, it was big enough to move with all my weight on its back and i didnt get back in after that.
  17. wicked, it almost looks like it could be a sci-fi blade. ive tried to draw up a few messers and cant ever get it right, nice job.
  18. the denser grain stuff is much better but its hard to find, ive used if for knife, axe, tool handles and its okay if you dont have anything else. as an axe handle, if you miss a swing and hit the handle on the target you will crack the handle. my dad uses if for banjos, lots of people say it warps and cracks, lots of people also have no idea what theyre talking about. it will warp and crack, so can any other wood if you pick the wrong piece or mistreat it. you can make a perfectly fine oak bow, so it will flex if tapered right, but for a knife it would have to be part of the looks, otherwise its too plain. here is a knife with spalted oak and iron and copper fittings, its a pretty plain knife despite having a few parts to it, the other side of the handle is not spalted and still looks as good. oak flooring is very common but only thick enough for small handles. https://www.instagram.com/p/B6HZd2LHJ2p/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet
  19. oak looks good if you burn it and wire brush it or artificially age it, its got really hard dense growth rings alternating with softer porous rings. its pretty plain though, it might chip if you have sharp corners on the handle and its dropped and hits one.
  20. numbers are nice but i prefer results, if a well made knife with a thin enough edge to cut well can cut a nail with little or no damage i think its a bit more than a parlor trick. that tells me a lot more than a rockwell number, but if youre just shooting for a big number then if doesnt matter if the knife works. basically all i can do with simple steels is watch for the phase change and quench in the right stuff, you cant really mess that up once youve done it a few times, seeing the phase change in the steel is just like seeing a thermometer at 1450F. and a knife thickness piece of 1075 will harden just fine in warm canola or even room temperature canola if its not a thick knife. i have a hard time believing that you could just sort of mess up and not really know, i have never made a blade that preformed in between good and bad, either the heat treatment works or it doesnt and i try it again. and dont say "but it could be better". because you really dont know, nobody knows that, and by that logic everyone is making bad knives because they could be better. big numbers are clickbait. so are super steels.
  21. i use 50/50 table salt and borax (SALT WILL MAKE HYDROCHLORIC ACID VAPORS WHEN HEATED AND EXPOSED TO MOISTURE) with a little water and whatever cat hair and crud falls in the jar, ive got some kind of silver braize rod that files like its glass and i much prefer just using silver (its only like $.25 per habaki or less) i use a bernzomatic ts4000 and a little kaowool nest, the nest really helps. the flux i use cleans the copper really well and i dont think i even need to clean before braizing, i get the habaki hot with the to-be-braized side facing up in the air so the braize rod will flow down into the joint. make sure your flux works and make sure everything is close enough, i like to close the habaki a bit so it has to be forced up the tang then i get it to where i want it and insert the machigane and give it all a couple smacks with the hammer to squish it all together. you can leave extra on the machigane so that when its in the habaki the extra can be folded over the habaki to kind of clip it in place. heat, fit, and flux is all there is to it. also, the temperature at which the braize will flow is hotter than its melting temperature.
  22. i would go so far as to cut a nail and expect a little edge deformation, thats for an all purpose user knife made out of 1075. ive got a couple kitchen knives that would lose 1/4" of the edge if i tried to chop a chicken wing so they just get used to figure out how long the edge holds. so edge thickness is a factor, a good knife could fail the brass rod test. you might want to have a thicker edge on some knives, the brass rod test wont fully work on a thicker convex grind, it could still chip the edge but i have a couple knives which wouldnt flex from a brass rod but still are very nice choppers. chopping things or hammering a blade into steel is really extreme and if you dont do it straight you can hurt any steel, i usually just carve a bit of steel, the edge has to stay sharp or else it just wont bite. cutting a nail is more of a destructive test for me, everything i make will be used to carve a little steel though.
  23. grosse messer is not a sword, its a knife because of its tang being the same as a knives tang. but they must have had some hidden tang knives around that would have been tiny swords by the same logic. most people werent, and still arent, lead by logic or reason so the gigantic knife was like a loophole in the laws to be able to own a sword as a peasant which might have been illegal otherwise. the guard (nagel) was not a cross guard which brobably made a "legal" difference. fun fact, the term "loophole" is no longer used with logic or reason. im sure most of us have heard of the gun show "loophole" where you can buy a gun without a background check. guess what, its not a loophole beacuse you arent legally required to have a backround check when buying a firearm from an individual and not a dealer, theres no loop, its a straight to get in the show. this shows that lawyers and those other people that were in charge have been against logic and reason for a long time, their weapon is manipulating the meaning of words to bend laws to then be able to manipulate the people beneath them. so you could think of the grosse messer as a mangled knife which has been so distorted that nobody would call it a knife even if you were cutting up your meal at the dinner table with a cheery grin. so we can thank the natural need to fight the insane desire of our worlds leaders to rule over the entire world "peacefully" for the grosse messer, which is one of my favorite weapons for many reasons.
  24. the tang is beveled just as the blade is, the slot in the guard is a negative of that shape. for a tang that does not have a step at the shoulders to hide any gap, the tang should taper slightly towards the back, that way you can make the slot for the guard big enough to fit the tip of the tang but small enough that it needs to be filed or pressed to fit up to the shoulders of the tang. the trick is to never make a knife with a ricasso and get caught up in that nonsense. ALSO, japanese swords have the gaps in their guard/seppa hidden by the habaki, which also has a slight gap on the sides of the blade as it only touches the spine and edge of the tang. some japanese sword guards had a large gap so the guard would not fit at all if it were not for pieces of copper formed into the guard slot for the blade to rest on, the pieces of copper and the other gaps keep the fittings from rubbing on the tang when removed, they also make the fittings fairly quick to get roughed out.
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