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Matthew Rhame

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    Early medieval European armor and weapons.

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  1. Admittedly the title is kind of "click baity", but the real end goal in this for me is overcoming the challenge of using a bad source material and turning it into something great whether that be a knife, dagger, sword, or billet. It's sort of an adventure for me, so even if I fail, it will still be worth while (I'm no stranger to failure, I assure you. haha). Although hypothetically and unrealistically if I did turn out to be some bladesmithing prodigy, I wonder if there would be master bladesmiths that would "scout" me (sorry just fantasizing out loud xD). Anyway, I digress... I wonder about the copper content, because in "Damascus" steel it is an amalgamation of high carbon steel and low carbon nickel/misc. So in essence wouldn't possibly melting copper into the steel basically just be skipping the whole "stack", "cut", "fold", "forge weld" process? Now understandably it could make the material too soft, but if that is the case then I suppose I could just use a harder steel for the edge and go with the sanmei method/technique. Anyway, thank for the feedback. Best regards. "Failure is the mother of success"
  2. Sorry, if this is a silly question, but how exactly did you forge the small lip around the center piece?
  3. So as of late while gallivanting around the site, I stumbled upon the concept of "Aristotle's Furnace", so I got to thinking; I'm an amateur with some free time coming up due to fall break, I have an excess of clay that I processed, and I have a passion to make some good steel. So the thought occurred to me that rebar could perhaps be a cheap alternative that is readily available and can be cut into bits and melted down in the furnace. I am even thinking of making my own charcoal for this project. Does anyone have any other suggestions for cheap, readily available iron or steel sources? Also your thoughts on the process of purifying rebar into good steel would be greatly appreciated. I've read that the steel content varies greatly in rebar, so perhaps after a go or two through the furnace I could sort out the soft steel from the brittle steel much like Japanese smiths do. If there are any experienced folks that would be willing to weigh in on multi use clay bloomery/furnace designs that may prove to be more fruitful, then I'd highly appreciate it. Side note: it is preferable to keep the furnace reasonably sized and transportable.
  4. Any opinions on Forged swords vs Stock removal swords? I'm currently thinking about making a single edged viking sword or langsax/langseax out of 1075 bar stock. The durability and "battle readiness" of the sword should still be fine, right?
  5. Thanks for the kindness and words of wisdom, Doug Lester. As I said on another thread, I probably should have put more emphasis on the "seax" part rather than the "sword" part, haha. Perhaps in my over eagerness I may have been a bit fool hardy, but I do mean what I say. I may not begin by forging a sword, but I'll get there one day, but for now I guess I'll stick with practicing by making railroad spike knives and buying materials online to make damascus (1095 and 15N20)... hopefully the attempt will go well, but if not then I'll just keep trying and when I finally do have a sufficient billet of damascus, I'll try my hand at forging a seax. By the way, keeping my flame going is quite difficult here in ol' Doggerland. Ever see a man weld under water? Just imagine that but on a larger scale and hours on end. lol
  6. Thank you both, Mseronde and Austin Lyles for your inputs. In hindsight I suppose that when I typed "sword or seax" I should have put more emphasis on "seax" and a lot less on the "sword" part, haha. The thing is that materials like railroad spikes, saw blades, and lawn mower blades are fairly abundant for me and my friend, so we were planning on trying to do something with some of them. Perhaps, it would be better to practice by making the railroad spikes into knives rather than trying to go through the process of hammering, folding, fluxing, removing scale, etc, but at the very least I would like to attempt to make "damascus" somehow... and when eventually that attempt or one of many others becomes a success, I'd like to make a seax. On another note would anyone mind sharing the different types of pattern welded steel that they've made and how those experiences were? I'm particularly interested in jelly roll "damascus".
  7. Not too bad at all. I'm assuming the pointed tip at the end of the handle is for hammer fisting someone with side or downward strikes, right? Regardless, I might suggest adding some curvature to the lower edge of the handle for a better grip, especially since it's only going to be wrapped with paracord, but other than that nice work, congrats man.
  8. Anyone have any grinding jigs that they'd care to show off? I'm looking to put a Scandi grind on a blade and I'm curious as to how different people go about it.
  9. Hello everyone, I've looked into blacksmithing and bladesmithing a lot over the years and I haven't ever heard of someone using rail road spikes and saw blades to make damascus. I assume it's possible, but I am concerned with the possibility of the carbon content being too low. So I've thought about adding 1095 steel to the "stack" if necessary in order to make a sufficient billet for a sword or seax. Would anyone mind weighing in with their expertise and/or knowledge? P.S: This will be my first time ever actually blacksmithing... yes, I know a beginner making damascus is crazy and probably going to result in countless mistakes and an overall failure... crazier if not what many would consider dumb or naive is that I want to make a sword. Yes, I realize that no sane person would recommend either of these projects to a beginner, but screw it; it's what I want, so I'm going to keep at it until it works out. lol
  10. Hello everyone, I've looked into blacksmithing and bladesmithing a lot over the years and I haven't ever heard of someone using rail road spikes and saw blades to make damascus. I assume it's possible, but I am concerned with the possibility of the carbon content being too low. So I've thought about adding 1095 steel to the "stack" if necessary in order to make a sufficient billet for a sword or seax. Would anyone mind weighing in with their expertise and/or knowledge? P.S: This will be my first time ever actually blacksmithing... yes, I know a beginner making damascus is crazy and probably going to result in countless mistakes and an overall failure... crazier if not what many would consider dumb or naive is that I want to make a sword. Yes, I realize that no sane person would recommend either of these projects to a beginner, but screw it; it's what I want, so I'm going to keep at it until it works out. lol
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