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  1. Yesterday I was able to get in some time consolidating this most recent melt and some odds and ends. This is a little stack of all more of the high C pieces collected from my worse earlier pucks. This is all of the material from my last run flattened out. Minus the cast iron and a few small/low quality bits, it totaled about 1100 g at this stage. This is where all of my “bars” are at this point. That billet from earlier I though was failed got a bit nicer after four more folds and is now at six folds. The big crusty one has a large piece almost crack
  2. More or less, I have an electrician scheduled for next week. It seems like the furnace calls for 240V 15 amp.
  3. Back at it again. I did two runs of 900g this afternoon. One at 6.2V and one at 5.4V (those numbers are mostly for me). I got excellent carbon content but poor consolidation. Running the furnace quite energetically as I’ve found that higher temperatures have given me better steel. These are all the pieces I pulled out hot. The biggest one is almost but not quite all of the first run while the second split between the second two. Everything but one or two pieces sparks like crazy, I’m pretty excited to start working this stuff! These are the strag
  4. Thank you Joshua, and yes, it is. I’ve been pretty busy lately with non knife stuff so I didn’t re hang it when the head started wobbling. I have plans for a (slightly) heavier Japanese/cutler’s hammer as well though I hate to admit I’ve forged my last half dozen knives with the crusty old hammer I use to hit punches/top tools.
  5. Thanks everyone! I have tons of these in the works, so I hope to post more of that here. A quick look at a new nakiri in the works:
  6. I haven’t had a ton of knife making time lately, especially for projects other than custom orders, but I managed to squeeze this one in. A 6” santoku made from White #2 and 1018, the handle is nickel silver and basswood to emulate the handle construction commonly found on vintage Japanese kitchen knives. The grind is slightly asymmetric and it has a roughly 70/30 edge which I’m interested to try out. Pre heat treat and coated with a slurry prior to water hardening along with a 300mm yanagiba you may be seeing more of. Being ab
  7. I've been wanting to make a dog's head hammer with a rectangular eye like some Japanese swordsmith hammers for a while, but I've been waffling on what size to make the drift. My target head weight is somewhere around 3-3.5lbs. I have some bar that's 0.5x1", but that seems like it might be a little small. I also have some 0.5x1.25, which looks comically long but would be significantly better from a structural standpoint. I am also looking to try out a thinner handle and would be curious to hear ideas about a good width/thickness for a forging hammer, since that will also have bearing on eye dim
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    Found KITH

    Quite a delay, but with the deadline here I got things wrapped up. Not shown is a lot of struggling in vain with the bronze sheet. The original plan was a somewhat cleaner look, but the “Druid” aesthetic has grown on me! Maybe it’s all the wandering in the woods year and a half without a hair cut… Having given up on the metal, I finished off the sheath with some bark to reinforce it and add a belt loop. The strips are cut in a spiral from a fallen trunk since all the birch I had access to were tiny. And here it is! Thank you everyone for followin
  9. Some reinforcements to the sheath and mine is done too.
  10. Ah, thank you Alan, glad I asked. I’ll take another look at the labels and manual. There is a high voltage socket for big appliances, but it’s the twist-and-lock kind (3 phase?).
  11. I ordered a heat treating furnace at the beginning of the summer and it finally arrived a few weeks ago. I realized upon receiving it that it has a “sideways” prong on the 110V plug. My understanding is that plugs and receptacles like this are used for appliances that need to be on a 20A circuit. My shop has a 20A breaker for the lights/receptacles and one spare 20A in the box. Am I correct that this would mean it would not be overly difficult to have a receptacle installed for the furnace? Furthermore, would it be at all safe to make an extension cord to adapt to an existing outlet?
  12. Thank you for the reply, that makes sense. I have used 1018 on a number of knives to good effect, but figured I would see if there is another option with properties closer to what is normally used on these knives and tools, especially as far as yield strength and ductility because of how cold forging/straightening is a significant part of the process. I do all of my forging by hand, so softer metal would also make that a bit easier. I may try and get ahold of some 1008, it seems like it's actually quite different than 1018 in composition (~half the C and Mn) and properties (more elongation at
  13. Japanese tools and cutlery are often a composite of a piece of edge steel and a material usually referred to as “soft iron.” I vaguely remember reading somewhere here that this isn’t just mild steel (that it was lower carbon I believe) but I can’t find the thread. I would be glad to hear any insight into what alloy is used. I personally switched from A36 to the nominally less “soft” 1018 for greater certainty of the chemistry, but on thick knives like deba, I could see the benefits of a super low yield strength cladding (like pure-ish iron) in the inevitable post heat treat tweaking
  14. Looking more into the process it seems like a likely candidate for what made these. It seems like pieces of high C material are added to the thermite mix to alloy with the pure Fe the reaction produces. Is it conceivable a small bit of Al would show up in residue from this kind of welding? Other than that I’m not as sure what to look for. I’m also excited about the possibility of these being low in or devoid of Mn unlike (as is my understanding) rail steel in general. Unfortunately this is all I saw material wise. It was in an area pretty serious about litter, so I imagine the obvious ones wer
  15. @Jerrod Miller I believe the car primarily carried people. It also was likely used to bring supplies up and debris down from construction sites further up the mountain (some buildings, a small rail line for heavy equipment, a gondola to the peak, and an observatory). Does rail work make anything like this? If I recall there are some intense welding operations used for joining rails and the steel is 1060 or so, more on that. I got a chance to forge one of these and the plot has certainly thickened. A spark test revealed numerous highly branching sparks. More of an art than a science,
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