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Joshua States

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  1. Well, I am going to sideline this for a while. I have other stuff to work on. In the meantime, I'm open to suggestions on designs for hilting this blade.
  2. This will certainly work. You could also do a localized draw back with a small torch around the gut hook and drop the hardness so the chainsaw file will work. Either way, you've got this.
  3. My first reaction is the angle is too steep. That's why it doesn't cut.
  4. What he said! What a wonderful project. Thanks for sharing the journey.
  5. I have looked at this for a little while and pondered. I think you came up with a very creative way to accomplish the desired result. I'm not sure, if I could have figured out a better way. Well done Jennifer.
  6. Faye, please show us a photo or two of the gut hook. Close-up preferred
  7. You should be happy. That finished beautifully.
  8. Typically, these are chisel ground. It is easier to sharpen when you only have a single bevel. Do you have a chainsaw file?
  9. Read this in your best Scots blacksmith brogue..... By the Gods man! Why make this so complicated? You are a smith aren't ye? Make yerself some flux spoons and be done with it. Just scoop a wee bit out of the jar and apply only what ye need lad.
  10. I only asked because I have the same hammer and it is my primary forging hammer.
  11. Taking the advice of the resident Dirkmaster....I set about hand sanding this thing. Here it is at 200 grit.
  12. Minor update. I finally had some shop time and had a bunch of stuff to get sanding on, and this was one of them. I got the bevels and flats to 220 nad set my plunges and shoulders. I also had to straighten out the tang. This is do while setting the guard shoulders using the file jig tool. Set the carbide faces toward the tang to make the shoulders and put the mirror on the blade side. Get the blade reflection nice and straight and you will have the shoulders square to the blade centerline. Then you can grind & adjust the tang to also sit centered.
  13. As for hammer head stock, I was considering this. https://www.blacksmithsdepot.com/4140-hammer-head-blanks.html
  14. Good to see you back John. Have you seen this site?: http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgindex/detail.aspx?id=129&tab=3 They have several machines called "wrapping rolls" or "bending rolls". Not sure if that's what you have.
  15. I have a similar aspiration, and am eager to see responses.
  16. Well done sir! A ribbon burner is a wonderful thing. I have had mine for about 10 years now. I probably should cast a new one. My forge is developing cold spots.
  17. ABS MS Brion Tomberlin is always posting links on FB to accounts that steal photos of other makers' works and try to get him to accept a friend request. It is amazing how many people accept FB friend requests from unknown people. Brion also posts a short phrase something like "26 mutual friends. Be more careful folks". This is one of the bad things about social media. If your account is public, anyone can see whatever you post and copy the photo. Then they can pass it off as their own work. This is why I have two FB pages. One is mostly personal stuff and I will post some WIP shots a
  18. Hmmmm.........decisions to make. Who's in this year?
  19. I actually work for the Planning Department. I sometimes find myself telling people "of course there's a form to fill out, this is government." Luckily enough, the form does not have to be filled out in triplicate, sent in, queried, sent back, resubmitted, subjected to public inquiry, lost, found again, buried in soft peat for 3 months, and eventually recycled into fire lighters.......unless of course, you are asking for a refund of fees.
  20. Somewhere on this forum is a long thread from someone who built and oil fired forge. IIRC, it was quite detailed in the build process and was a successful project. Using the site search engin and looking for "oil forge", and "oil burner", choosing "content titles only", and "find all of my search terms", yeilded these threads: Oil burner forge. - Tools and Tool Making - Bladesmith's Forum Board (bladesmithsforum.com) Neat little oil forge blower - Beginners Place - Bladesmith's Forum Board (bladesmithsforum.com) Maybe they can help you out.
  21. I use my Paragon oven for both the quench and the temper. This means I have to wait for the oven to cool down in between the two processes. I purchased a fairly good quality IR thermometer gun, and while i wait for the oven to cool, I leave the door open. This gives me a nice little table I can lay 2 or 3 blades on to "soak up" some heat. I simply wait until the temp of the door (right in front of the open oven) reads approximately my tempering temperature and lay the blades on the oven door. I have found this to be the equivilent of the "snap temper" Joel mentions. The process invaribly bring
  22. Parsha, I make a lot of frame handles. They are my favorite. Check out this thread. It is a little more complicated as it starts by showing a Damascus frame, but the second page shows a plain flat stock frame. As Alan pointed out, the technique is basically the same. In that case, I would go with something more like this. Full tang with stainless bolsters and stabilized wood for the scales.
  23. ".....whose ape-descendant lifeforms are so vastly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea."
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