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D. Giagni

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    woodworking, bladesmithing, yoga, fringe music genres, bottleneck slide guitar, clawhammer banjo, cheesy fantasy novels, cold beer, and malt whisky

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    Fetter Lane Sword No2

    It's hypnotic. Amazing work.
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    5160 Steel.....For a Real Leaf Spring????

    That is my understanding as well. I always thought that hardness just determined how easily it would break or take a set.
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    Blade tip snapped

    Don't pry with a knife! But as far as troubleshooting goes, I'm wondering if the blade was left too hard. What did you use to temper the knife? I think one hour temper cycles are too short unless you're using something like a salt pot. Next time try two cycles of two hours.
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    How to protect a thermocouple from scale

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    How to protect a thermocouple from scale

    Sorry for the thread hijack but I have that same controller based on the recommendation for Ed Caffrey's website and I can't seem to program it correctly. I just need it to read the temp. Would either of you mind sharing your settings? Thanks
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    My understanding is that the reason 15n20 is used with 1080/84 for pattern welding is because they both respond well to the same heat treatment.
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    Chef knives and temp control

    To answer your first question, I make chef knives out of cfv and it works very well in the kitchen. I think your starting stock is a bit too small if you want a 2" wide chefs knife. You have to watch your temps closely when forging cfv because if you forge it when it's too hot it WILL turn into cottage cheese. The real problem with cfv is sanding it. I now laminate all my cruforgev blades and it makes life much easier.
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    White vinegar and scale makes?

    Iron acetate is used to ebonize woods with a high tannin content. Red oak and walnut are the most common.
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    Completed Pair of Bowies

    Those are high class. Really nice job.
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    Blackening Stainless Steel

    You could try Sculpt Nouveau Stainless Black
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    Gizmodo piece

    Thanks for sharing. Very cool video
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    Blade Show Knives

    Great work! I love the scratch awls.
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    Metal Colour Indication - temperature guide

    "The Backyard Blacksmith" mostly deals with mild steel which can be forged a lot hotter than the steels used for knives.
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    Help with guard slots

    This is good advice. I also find a jewelers saw to be easier for connecting the holes than a file.
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    Flat ground straight razor geometry

    The problem I see with adding a secondary bevel to a flat ground razor is the difficulty keeping a consistent angle when stropping because you would have to lift the spine off of the strop. Like I said, I've never used a wedge (flat ground) razor so I don't really know. I do think 12degrees is too acute for the cutting edge. I've always read it should be 14-18