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billyO last won the day on May 24

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  1. I'm curious, too. I have done at least a few canister billets, and agree with most of what Alan said, but the oxidation issue should be able to be mitigated, I would think. I do reserve the right to be wrong.
  2. Looks like a good start on the W's, @Conan Dunlap! Here's how the chef's knife turned out: Blade length: 8-1/2" (220mm) Height @ heel: 2" (51mm) Spine thickness @ heel: 0.095" (2.4mm) I'm hoping to get Coop to take a picture of the top side. I like how the powder turned out, especially at the tip. To me it looks like a mountain over a lake. Maybe I'll call this one Ansel Adams. Have a good rest of the week, all.
  3. ummm.... wow! (...and to think I was kinda happy with my latest one off the bench, even thinking about sending it to Coop for pics.... However, this thread makes me think, what do I have to show???) Thank you for bringing us along with you on the journey.
  4. Finishing up a custom build for a chef in Chicago when I go back to visit the family next week. Another experiment in my "stormy waters" series. This time I used powdered steel instead of a san-mai approach for the spine to try to mimic a cloudy sky. I'm kinda linking it...Now I need to find an appropriate handle block. 20240523_141849.mp4 Thanks for looking.
  5. Does anyone do this with damascus blades? If so, when do you do this? I'm thinking quench and temper, sand and etch/finish the blade (with the warp), then pein to straighten? Thanks
  6. Good morning, Jacob, and welcome to the world of smithing. I'll recommend searching for your 'local' blacksmith organization and plan on joining and attending as many gatherings as you can. Here in the PNW we have the Northwest Blacksmith Association. There's so much to learn and so much you can pick up just by watching other folks demonstrate.
  7. Good luck, have fun and safe travels!
  8. Thank all! Now if I can only get some time back into making blades.
  9. Not knife related, but it is what I did in the shop yesterday (I think that qualifies...) Another artist and I are doing a collaboration for a "Fruiting Bodies" exhibit next week mushroom themed, so I thought we needed a snail. I'm rather pleased with how it all turned out, better than expected, close to as planned, and went smoothly, almost like I had done these before. Starting stock was a bar of 1" square: If only every day of smithing was like this....
  10. Another thing to remember is that these are hand tools, and like any tool, if you [push them too far, they wear out. IMO, the 4-1/2 - 5" angle grinders are not for heavy grinding. If you have to do heavy grinding regularly, get a 7" grinder with the motor and the weight behind it to do some heavy grinding. I've been in charge of a metal shop in a makerspace for over 2 years now that had grinders from when they started a couple years before I got here and the only time we've had one burn out is when someone was overloading it.
  11. Sweet!!! because I am who I am, I'll say I hope the table top is a tile of explosion damascus...
  12. If I were doing this, I'd double up the 1095. In my experience, the 15N20 moves less during forging, and the thinnest saw blades (15N20) I've ever gotten have been 0.072" so that would make for some pretty thin dark layers.
  13. Nice!!! Congratulations to you and the kids!
  14. The answer kinda depends on what you plan on doing with it. If I were getting one strictly for knife making, no, I wouldn't miss the extra 60# or the shelf. But as a smith who does anything, I often am drawing out stock with a 4# hammer over the horn, so the extra 60# would be nice. Also, I do a bit of upsetting, so I use the shelf as a corner to help stabilize the bar I'm upsetting, so I'd miss that as well. If the weight is a concern, you could do what I did. I have a 150KG Kohlswa and the stand I built for it is a tripod made of 2"x4" rectangular tube filled with gravel and sand and the base is a 12" x 13" x 2" thick plate. I'm guessing the whole thing is 400#+ and it's great.
  15. Here's pics of my setup. I put retainers on both top and bottom. The bottom die has a tapered square pin welded to the handle that drops in the clip
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