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Joshua States

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  1. So this is a pocket knife kind of thing, right? How thick is it?
  2. There is some seriously cool stuff happening here. Recreation of an ancestor's sword that was started by a different ancestor, recreation of a millenia old sword started a decade and a half ago, cooking steaks over the refinement furnace, Japanese sword quenching, crazy san-mai and a steak knife for that steak.... You guys rock!
  3. Let's say the answer to this question is "yes" or "sort of yes". What does this do for you? What are you trying to determine the temperature for?
  4. Holy smokes that's a nice anvil! I wouldn't even wire brush that. It does look like it's never seen any action at all.
  5. When you think about cost versus effort, a couple of heavy foil baking pans from the local grocery store and a.5 cubic foot of sand from the Home Depot costs you less than $10 total. That will even out the heat in the oven in your kitchen and work for most of the steels we use.
  6. And the assembly video is now live:
  7. I haven't posted much stuff here lately, and that's because I have been working on one knife since February and the design elements have given me a lot of .....experience. This is built to the customer's specifications and contains many things I typically do not do, but c'est la vie. It is finally ready to show and I'll start making the sheath on Wednesday. The blade is O1 and about 5.375" long. The ring guard is a single piece of 416 SS forged to shape from a 1/2" slice (maybe 3/4"?) of round bar 1.5" in diameter. Frame and pommel cap are 410 SS and the turned finial nut is 416 SS.
  8. Very cool Theo. Glad to hear the classes are plenitiful and the students so widely diverse. Keep sharing the knowledge.
  9. Not directly smihing related, but some very cool machinery in this.
  10. Yeah I get it. My post was also for anyone interested in the tongs. JJ makes a great set of tongs.
  11. JJ isn't around here much, but I do keep in touch with him. If you are interested, PM me and I'll give you his contact info.
  12. I have a limited supply of Type N Temp probes by Omega for sale. These are the probes: https://www.omega.com/en-us/temperature-measurement/temperature-probes/probes-with-integral-connectors/kqxl-nqxl/p/NQXL-116U-18 The specs say " For Use Up to 1335°C (2440°F)", but the rated process max temp is 1900°F, so they can get a little wonky above 1900. These are new and in the original packaging. The probe is .062" diameter and 18" long. They come with the 2-piece molded connectors and associated connection devices. They do not come wi
  13. Yes. There are other manufacturers of similar products with differing grade levels. I got the Ove Gloves and think they work really well. I was using them for Damascus making and found them much easier to use and better protection than the heavy leather gloves.
  14. Nice work Bjorn. What's the blade steel?
  15. If you want to add photos to a post, you have to edit the post. Click those three dots in the upper right corner of the post and choose edit from the drop-down menu. You should then see a blue bar across the bottom of the post where you can drag and drop photos into the post.
  16. These can also be found in Ace Hardware and at other online sellers. I found them much more heat resistant than the heavy leather welder's gloves I had been using and the flexibility gave me a lot more dexterity when handling tongs and billet handles. I didn't notice that even when I held my hand in the dragon's breath. One thing I can say is there are different grades of these types of gloves out there. You may have tried a lesser grade.
  17. I think that's a stylistic judgement call and not a hard rule. In any case, there's probably enough tang there to create that step with a little grindersmithing.
  18. well, for doing something so wrong, I think you did something right, because that does look pretty cool.
  19. This reads like a great book introduction......just sayin'
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