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  1. Can't wait for the answer, but I will if I must.
  2. Another possible way to look at this is to take a piece of hot steel, whack it on the anvil with a relatively flat faced hammer focusing on your upper body posture, and stance without worrying about any forging specific shape, and look at the dents in the piece. If the hammer blows are flat, the anvil's at the right height, if the anvil is too low, the edge of the hammer on the top (thumb) will hit first, if too high, the bottom (pinky) edge will hit first. In the interest of full disclosure, I didn't do this initially to set up my anvil height. After forging for a while when I started (before I started making knives), I noticed that I was having difficulty finish forging my work, having more dents to smooth out than I should, and after raising my anvil up about an inch, my forging got noticeably smoother.
  3. Hello all. I hope the lifestyle changes aren't too stressful for anyone. I'm looking for advice on what's the best type of sheath for this 3 1/2" blade: I'm planning on making this my personal EDC, and have experience making leather sheaths for my forged blades, but I make mostly kitchen knives, and have only made about 10 hunters/skinners/EDCs in my life. I'd like to try a horizontal carry for this, but would also like to avoid using a metal snap if possible. Avoiding the use of a metal fastener is more important than the horizontal carry, however. Any suggestions? Thank you and stay safe.
  4. IMO, this is the key. How you accomplish this depends on funding. If possible, a number of long fluorescent tube shop lights would be ideal. Here's something that I've been using since moving out of my shop and not having the option to add more permanent lighting where I am. and it works great. I'm thinking about picking up a few more to have around. It looks like they are under $10 at Home Despot. I can clip this on the arm of my grinder and can direct the light right where I need it.
  5. Sorry to hear about lack of access to the shop, but it's gotta feel good to have some employment these days. Stay safe.
  6. Thanks for posting this, Justin. I look forward to seeing the progress... Thanks for posting this, Joshua. My last couple forging sessions I tried working on 3 (mainly for reasons your wife mentioned) but it turned out to be too much to deal with, mentally.
  7. Thanks for sharing, Jeremy. Fun video to watch.
  8. Sandpaper, a hard, flat sanding stick, and take your time.... Not sure if this would work, but I just had another thought... could you take/make a monkey tool (search for blacksmith monkey tool if you're not sure what this is) that fits the tang, make sure the face is flat, adhere some sandpaper to the face and use that to flatten your shoulders? Yes, if this is a truly sharp 90 without any radius. You could change this by filing in a small radius and making the tang a bit narrower, Probably a lot easier than you think. Here's a diagram showing what to shoot for next time:
  9. Thanks Alan. I hope you didn't spend much time looking through that list, because I already tries that site and went through the list too. I didn't recognize any of the names of the armorers though. (I guess I should have said that to save you the time, I apologize).
  10. Good morning all. Last night one of my housemates was watching the 2017 movie and we were wondering who forged the sword for the movie. I couldn't find any info using Google-foo, so does anyone know the answer? Thank you.
  11. Yep, I missed that. Sorry 'bout that. I should have pointed that out, That's almost the exact same set-up I was using, but I used pieces of 1/2" x 1/8" flat stock instead of the round rod (round stock would have probably been easier, no need to file slots after drilling holes...)
  12. Have you tried putting something like a 2" square steel tube in the forge and putting the blade in the tube to keep it from overheating in the flame?
  13. I'm hoping Mr @Joël Mercier will respond to this one. IIRC, he does a lot of mustard patina....
  14. I'm glad I'm not the only one... Now that you mention it and I think about it, it bothers me enough that I'm still re-using the same coffee that I bought 5 years ago so I don't have to go through that again....
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