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    Thanks for sharing this insight, Dave. Glad to hear things aren't really falling apart as some would like us to believe. Although I will have to admit that, unfortunately, this sounds like 'fake news'....
  2. Thanks, Gerald! Not sure about the best looking side, but one thing I pay attention to is to make sure the grain pattern doesn't allow for something like below as this can be a weak spot (especially with stabilized pieces) and I've had scales split here when then knife was dropped. (Hope I'm getting my point across...)
  3. Hello all. Here's what I just finished (minus final edge and sharpening). This is my second integral bolster and I was more focused on the damascus pattern than the blade shape, so this is what I ended up after forging. After grinding, I learned I had enough material that I could have turned this into a decent chef's knife. It looks like I need more practice forging to keep my billet centered. The last stack was 5 pieces (3 of 78 layer 1084/15N20 separated by pieces of 0.140" 15N20) and I was looking for bulls-eyes of layered steel on a background of 15N20 with a layered steel core/edge. I'm not sure what to do with this one, may turn it into an EDC for me and abuse it for some edge/HT testing.
  4. Quick and easy, Niels. The way it should be. The only thing that jumped into my head that's mildly concerning to me is that I'm wondering if you relieved the sharp edges enough,especially on the butcher. To me, it looks a little sharp still from here. You would know best, though, as you have used the tool.
  5. I do!!! About a month ago i experienced almost exactly what you are describing with the new 25-ton Coal Ironworks my house mate bought. A buddy, a couple of pry-bars and a few long pieces of 2" round bar and steel pipe are what we used. And I do remember commenting on how "easy" sliding the press across the pallet was. The only thing we did differently (notice I said differently, not better) was to finagle the press off the pallet and onto the driveway first because with the casters on the press, it would have been 1/2" too high to clear her garage door without having to remove some trim.
  6. That sounds like a great plan...although he might get addicted and want to keep the scraps for his own handles...
  7. Good morning, Josey. You might not get a response to your question here, because this thread is almost 2 years old, and the original participants may not be watching this anymore. If you don't get an answer here, you might want to start a new thread if you can't find your answers through doing a search. Good luck.
  8. Want to see pics!!! Today I finished up a few of days of forging, grinding hand sanding and heat treating these 3 blades
  9. HI Conner. I'll agree with the above, and encourage you to go ahead and give it a go. What's the worst thing that could happen? If they say no, then you move on to the next one.
  10. Good luck, my brother. (and welcome to upper middle age....)
  11. I can only imagine.... Looks great guys!
  12. Hi Aaron. Another thing you might want to think about is the potential temperature swings when heating in an oven used for cooking. When I was using my cooking oven to temper my blades a couple of years ago I loaded up the oven with a bunch of chunks of steel to act a a heat soak in an attempt to have the oven maintain a more steady temperature.
  13. That's great, Zeb. If you're old enough, and I were anywhere near Buchanan, I'd like to buy you a pint or two. Especially if that'd loosen your tongue for more of the above.
  14. Thanks for the reply, Mike. I know the feeling. I've got 4 billets on my bench that I welded up almost a year ago and trying to remember what they are....
  15. Wow. Sweet looking set! Out of curiosity, how many pieces of damascus and thick 1080 were in that last stack?
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