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Robert D.

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Robert D. last won the day on August 24 2016

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About Robert D.

  • Birthday 01/02/1981

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    Murray Utah

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  1. Robert D.

    The landscape that shaped us.

    Perhaps we should have a " Northern Utah " meetup and hammer in, If you guys like beer, Taqueria 27 has an Amazing Jalapeno Cream ale they sell in growlers ( Wasatch Brewery ) for cheap. And its right off highland and 21st south. Amazing Fish taco's as well.
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    KITH WIP- kusarigama

    I really REALLY like the handle design you have on this one.
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    Broken O1 blade

    I hadnt thought of forging temps being part of the cause, I forged this blade and the 2 others a good while back, so I cant honestly recall. I guess I ruled that one out thinking the Normalization would have solved it if that were the case, Guess I should do a bit of break testing to see if my normalization process isnt doing enough work on the grain structure of the steel. Yay experiment time.....
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    Broken O1 blade

    I know its been a long while since I have posted anything, I have been very busy with non knife related things these past few months ( Prepping my older two children for their new " Gifted and Talented" school they start this summer, and welcoming a new baby boy into the family ) but have finally found some time to get back into the shop and work on some projects I had laying around just needing some finishing work done to them. On this one ( and the two as of yet unbroken ones I still have floating around ) I did something a bit different on the heat treat, I did the standard 3 normalization cycles, but then when I went to do the hardening phase, I built the fire up ( Charcoal forge ) and placed the blade in my baffle pipe ( thanks again Alan for that tip ) and let it come up to the point of seeing the shadows, then I kill the airflow and watch the blade closely for color changes, basically a poor mans soak for about 10 minutes from the residual heat of the burning charcoal already going around the pipe. Afterwards a 2x round of tempering at 450f in my oven on a firebrick with an oven thermometer watching the temps. To me, the grain looks a bit bigger then it should be, So my thoughts are either my soak process got hotter then I thought it did, but I didnt notice any major color change during the no airflow process ( done in the dark at night outside ) or my normalization process wasnt done well enough prior to the hardening cycle. But I am open to suggestions, I am going to forge out a few more blades out of this O1 I have ( half inch rod stock ) and try to bring the blade up just before the phase change and then kill the airflow and see if the residual heat causes it to hit the phase change temps without airflow. So, thoughts, suggestions, critique on my thought process on getting more out of O1 with a simple solid fuel forge, I have about another 6 feet of this drill rod left over, and wont be in a position to buy a heat treat oven for at least another year, and I really like forging O1 out for smaller blades. But everything I have made from it prior was done without a soak of any kind so I know I am not getting the most of out this steel.
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    The old leaf spring debate

    I got my start with Leaf Springs as I have access to a nearly limitless supply of them ( my dad and kid sister are big into drag racing so I get all their old springs, and their friends old springs as well. ) and even though I have moved on to known steel for anything I intend to sell, I still use leaf spring any time I attempt to forge something I have never tried before rather then waste my good steel.
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    The landscape that shaped us.

    Yes, My girlfriend took it so Im not exactly certain but I think its between Ft Union and 2000 east exits. Nice to have another local on here, I am out on the West Jordan/Murray/Taylorsville mess.
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    Elven belt knife

    I like it, its very clean and simple. Honestly couldnt tell it was once in the " rejects " pile.
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    Santoku design questions.

    Totally forgot about posting the update to this, for that I apologize, this time of year is the busiest time for what I do ( Health information systems ) so I dont have much time to do anything other then day job work. But I have squeezed in some time on this blade, its not fully profiled as of yet even now, but its very close. Right now I am soaking it in vinegar to remove the forge scale, and then I am going to take it to my files because I will need to thin out the tip as I profile it because I did forge the bevel while it was still not properly shaped, and as such the edge at the tip is much thicker then the rest of the edge along it. I also have to fix the edge by the handle where it swells out a bit in the last 1.5 inches or so, but I want to do that after I get it cleaned up, might also thin out the handle area a bit more, I have been playing with it and for me it has plenty of knuckle clearance, but only by about 1/4 inch or so, so someone with meatier digits then I have might not have enough clearance.
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    Tanto forged from Gun Barrel

    That is an awesome idea, and I love how that turned out, thank you for sharing it and once I am off work I will for sure watch the video. And also thank you for all of your other videos on YouTube, They have been a great resource and were some of the first videos I ever watched when I decided to get into this addiction known as blade making.
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    Dealing with tapering of sword blades

    I second this, I would like to start a sword this winter and I will for sure be referring back to this when I do. Thank you good sirs.
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    Santoku design questions.

    I couldnt find this post for a bit, and I am the one who made it, which shows how much i know my way around this forum software after the change. I dont have the design changes handy, its sitting on my desk at the office, but I did take your advice Salem and pulled the butt of the handle up a good bit and thinned the handle out slightly on the bottom end of it to provide more hand clearance. And the end piece was just me messing around with the design, it will have scales all the way to the end, he wants full tang so doing that would be a pain. Ill update the pics for it tomorrow, I also tried one last time to see about shortening it, but the uncle is pretty serious that he wants a 10 inch blade, so thats what I will be forging out, I just ordered a bit of 15N20 and W2 and 1084 from Aldo, should be here in 2 days. Any chance that 15N20 and W2 will play nice in a san mai blade or am I courting disaster with that one? Ill be starting this blade this weekend, I have basically till the 12th of december to finish it so I have time to make a mistake or two. And thank you Salem for that advice, I meant to reply sooner and thank you, but work ramped up at the real life gig as it always does in September / October and things are just now starting to mellow out to where im not working 16 hour days.
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    Urnes Inspired Sax w/Antler

    Very VERY nice..... I would say " Id carry it " but that is no different from me saying " Id drive it " when referring to a Ferrari. Who wouldnt, its gorgeous.
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    KITH drawing results!

    Yes thank you for doing the drawing good sir. and thank your wife as well ( replying from my phone and i have fat thumbs )
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    KITH Submission

    With 34 minutes to spare, I give you my Kith Kitchen Knife.... Need to add some Linseed to it, but its DONE.....
  15. Robert D.

    KITH 2017 Final Drawing Thread

    1. Brian Dougherty 2. Wesley Alberson 3. George Ezell 4. Doug Crawford 5. JJ Simon 6. Karim 7. Aiden Carley-Clopton 8. Michael Lenaghan 9. Dan Bourlotos 10. Pieter-Paul Derks 11. Emiliano Carrillo 12. Mike Andriacco 13. Timothy Artymko 14. Robert Dowse ( With 34 minutes to spare..... )