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Joshua States

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  1. What's the plan for fittings, handle, etc.?
  2. Somewhere around here there’s a page of supplier links by Owen. I cannot find it this morning
  3. I think you guys have scared him off. Just sayin'.
  4. https://www.jatagan.eu/en/aeb-l/
  5. @owen bush might know. Perhaps you could PM him? Or maybe @Charles dP
  6. The bedding went really well. No cleanup to speak of and a very tight fit. I stole a little time yesterday and today to create the rough finial. I thought I'd share the process. The tang is threaded for 10/24. So I take a 10/24 hex coupling, put it on a short piece of rod with a small nut, tighten them against each other, and chuck it in a drill. Then I turn it round against either the flat platen or the disc grinder. I put a short taper on it and measure the fat end with calipers to get it just a few thousandths under 5/16" I have a chunk of nickel-silver that I cast from all my scrap. I cut a piece off and sanded/milled it so all faces are flat, square and parallel. I then marked off a square section, and the center of it. This gets a 5/16" hole drilled just deep enough to create about 1/32" straight sides. I flux the hole and the fat end of the hex nut and tap it into the hole. Eyeballing it for straight & square. Drop a chunk of silver solder down the tube. Then I steal off to Liz's workbench and solder that puppy in place. Cut off the excess (save the piece for later) and I have the rough made finial.
  7. Well, I fell down the rabbit hole at http://islandblacksmith.ca/forge/..... Now where was I? Oh yeah. Amazing work Dave thanks for making me feel completely inadequate.....It makes me push a little more.
  8. Did you acid etch to try and bring the Hamon out?
  9. I showed this to Liz last night. (she was skeptical about the collaboration effort when I proposed it) She said "wow. That's beautiful and it's nothing like you have ever done." To wit, my response "That's why I asked him to do it."
  10. Not yet. This was practice blade #3. Nice sword.
  11. There should be separate bars for the neutral and ground wires. If the two bars are bonded in the box, it doesn't matter which one you tie to. That's why I want to see the photo. So I can see if the two are bonded or not.
  12. This will work. I have a couple pieces of machinery wired like this.
  13. This afternoon, I got the guard and spacer package set on the take-down EDC. Got the handle block fitted and bedded the tang.
  14. Where's that popcorn emoji when you really need it? Love it.
  15. This is what I did this morning. Then I did some work on my 6 blades project.
  16. Alex has it right. Check the welder specifications. Generally they require 2 hot legs and a ground. In a main electric panel, the neutral and ground bars are tied together. They are separated in a subpanel. Take a photo of the inside of the panel and post it, so I can see what is going on in it.
  17. You didn't ask the day before. I know that this is getting to be a lot of advice after the fact, and I apologize. I have found that when forging daggers, it's often best not to try and forge the bevels all the way up to create a center rib. Leave a little flat spot running down the center, mark the rib line, and grind the rib in. If you have access to a surface grinder, you can put that flat back in using the ricasso as your benchmark. If not, lay that dagger on a piece of sandpaper on your surfacing stone (you do have a slab of granite or similar hard & smooth surface?) and hand sand it in. The profile looks nice Alex. I think the ricasso is a little small. You won't have much room for finishing that before it disappears. I do like the profile taper. It looks killer.
  18. The biggest mistake people make when forging a dagger is thinking about it like forging two regular blades back to back. What I mean is that on a single edged knife, you are drawing the edge down and away from the spine. If you try and do the same thing on a dagger you end up with a twisted and mangled piece of steel. Forging a dagger is more like trying to push the steel inwards toward the center rib from both sides.
  19. Good task lighting is right up there with good abrasives when you make the list of important stuff.
  20. Kick save and a beauty! (That's hockey talk) Nice recovery Gary.
  21. Just in case you have never seen it, here is J A Loose doing the stainless Damascus ring thing.
  22. If I were to try putting blind pins on a full tang knife, with the intent of using them to hold the scales on, I would use small wood screws. You could create voids in the tang for the screw heads to sit in the glue and the threads of the screws would hold the scales down and provide shear resistance. Screw them into the scales a couple of threads before final glue up.
  23. If you want to see an incredibly good use of blind pins holding the handle scales in place, check this out:
  24. As I understand it, the 1.6 to 1 ratio is really an average of a lot of things. It like the mean in a sampling. All of the samples are some standard deviation from the mean.
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