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billyO last won the day on August 6 2021

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  1. Of course it'll look decent. I say go for it
  2. It is possible for there to be too much of a good thing. I believe that there are detrimental effects (such as inability to harden properly) with that many cycles. Most bladesmiths I know limit the grain refinement to 3 cycles. There's even relatively new evidence that suggests multiple grain refinement cycles aren't necessary: https://knifesteelnerds.com/2021/08/28/how-to-thermal-cycle-knife-steel/ If you're not familiar with Dr Larrin Thomas, I'd suggest getting his book.
  3. Nice looking blade. Is that a 34cm edge or overall length?
  4. Looks good to me. While this is true, the question I'd have before making any changes is, what's the intended use for this knife? If it's to cut up steaks, then I wouldn't change a thing.
  5. I'll be interested to hear what other folks think, but I was taught that thing to worry about is burning off carbon, which happens at . . ., I don't know, but that it's better to get it really hot (2200F+) and forge in one heat than to forge at lower (1800-2000F) heats but take more heats to do it.
  6. I'll add a bit of info to @Tim Cook's comments on Uncle Al's: the one big thing I don't like about the Riverside Machine press is that you can't really use combo dies on it, because you need to keep the stock as close to the center of the ram or you will get some significant 'racking' of the frame.
  7. ...which rubs off really easily, so this isn't a good idea to try for a cool effect.
  8. and allow me to add, playing with unknown steels and getting them to weld (well, mostly) is a big win in my book..
  9. Welcome to the world of hot working tool steel. It's easy to understand why, in the old days, the apprentice's first year or so was spent entirely on managing the fire. I'm sure that the above is partly what was learned above and beyond just to how to manage the coal and the blower.
  10. That was my thought too. But it does make my soul sink a little when that line continues to follow your grinding....
  11. As a PT since '96, without knowing anything about your health or physical abilities pre-surgery, I'd say plan on 3+ months. Let your PT know what you plan/need to get back to do, and be realistic. Think about how much 'dancing' you might have to do tripping around the shop, or if forging. Losing balance, tripping, hopping on one foot when hot scale gets in your shoe, etc... are the things that will complicate things. Good luck!
  12. Grain looks pretty big. I'll re-post a picture that shows this when I get home
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