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  1. No idea on that anvil, but I like that base. Reminds me of something..... Anyway, I worked on a 200 pound Peter Wright for a long time and recently switched to a 160 pound fisher. The PW was refaced and not very lively and the Fisher is a dream to use. I'm not sure the extra 60 pounds will make that much difference, but the truth is they list the 200 pounder as out of stock. So depending on how much time you have......the choice may already be made.
  2. The big news is the shop building is now onsite! Now to insulate and drywall it.
  3. We spent the last week out there doing the flooring. Liz starting The finished product
  4. Update 2024...... I went out the last weekend of March to finish hooking up the well pump and water supply. The house now has all utilities and gas for the stove, heat, and water heater. This happened March 30 and I woke up to 3 inches of fresh snow.
  5. Thanks for that. It's very helpful to see the progression. You do wonderful work sir.
  6. Yes. Straight 1095 from Admiral Steel. I forgot to take a photo of the clayed blade. This is the second one I made as the first one blew itself apart in the quench and I was pressed for time making another one.
  7. Good stuff! My copper alloy casting attempts have all been on a relatively small scale, just plates and some fittings for knives and sheaths. I have a couple of plate molds, a small rod mold and three different sizes of sand casting frames. I doubt that I will ever try anything as large as a bronze dagger or a sword so kudos to those who try and a major wow to those who succeed. @Jeroen Zuiderwijk is the resident expert on this and he has several threads of his bronze castings including swords, dirks, small knives, multiple tools, and I seem to remember a light saber at one point. Check his threads out for the ups and downs and solutions to problems he has encountered.
  8. Over the weekend I did some finish sanding on the K-tip.After surfacing to get it straight, the hamon started showing around 220 grit. I took it up to 1000 grit and will probably get to etching it today.
  9. Very relevant and supportive of m assesment. "In the eight-layer sample it is observed that the pearlite concentration has almost equalized, however ferrite still decorates the prior-austenitic grain boundaries in the 203E layer (Fig. 6). By the time the material has reached 16 layers, the carbon content of the sample appears to be uniform as shown by both layers consisting of nearly 100% pearlite" So they started with 4 layers and after the second fold, they had managed to even out the carbon content. I will face facts that this experiment was working at much higher heat (welding heat) than I suggested when I said to soak the initial bar above 1450F. My understanding is that carbon migration starts at or around critical temp and the process quickens with higher heat.
  10. There is a good chance that the pallet straps have a coating that needs to be burnt off before you stack and weld them. Same goes for the bandsaw blades. I would throw all the cut pieces into the forge and bring them up to a red heat to burn off any coating. Then you can wire wheel them clean again to prep for welding.
  11. So lay the bandsaw strips two on a piece of pallet strap with the teeth on the outer edge and cover with another piece of pallet strap. If you are carefull, the straight edge of the bandsaw should keep tight to each other lessening, or even eliminating any chance of a weld void. after welding, grond the edges down. When I used bandsaw blades I ground the teeth off because the kerf creates a space between the bandsaw and the piece next to it. you need to remove the teeth to avoid that.
  12. You can just use multiple pieces of thin stock rather than buying thicker stock. So what does the final pattern look like? The pattern I see in the 4-way pic looks pretty dang good to me.
  13. You are churning them out and they are all outstanding work.
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