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  1. 11 hours ago, Warner Smith said:

    What is this supposed to look like when finished?   Do you have something you are modeling it after?  I'm a complete newbi too....



    Actually the knife is finished the only thing I might add is dished out wooden cutting board that would be just slightly larger than the curve of the blade.  The Inuit Indians have very many variations of the Ulu, if you Google the name you will come up with many pictures of the Ulu.  Most that are sold in the lower 48 states are called herb choppers and usually do not have such drastic curve to the blade.  I almost bit off more than I could chew on my first try as it was really hard to get an almost even bevel along the entire curve.  I spent many hours working by hand to get what I have there.  Not perfect but to quote Mr. Doug Marcaida on Forged In Fire  "it will cut".  LOL   If I had to do it all over I would try something with a much simpler shape first time out of the chute.  


    Thanks for looking

    Bob (AKA Robertmunford)



  2. My attempt at an Inuit Indian Ulu.  Blade is 3.5 inches wide with single bevel.  Top to bottom about 4.5 inches.  Handle is Maple with copper wire for pins.  Finish is food grade butcher block oil for food prep safety.  Steel is from a large concrete cutting blade used on a gas powered saw.  All comments good or bad are welcome as I am a newbi.  I was able to get it file skating hard so believe it will hold and edge.  Only time will tell....



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  3. I road tested it.  lit of the coal forge and completed a set of Kens iron tongs.  I know I know a bunch of noses wrinkled but it gave me some hammer practice lengthing out the reins.  The turned out fairly good being my first, and I was happy with the chunk of iron.  I will probably be happy until I get to use a real anvil.  LOL  Next project some tongs from scratch.  Got some steel today will try my luck tomorrow.  If you see lots of lightening and hear lots of thunder near Memphis it is just me expressing my frustration.

    Wish me luck all


  4. Back in March I posted a picture of a piece of steel and asked what would be a good way to use it as I could not afford an anvil.

    The attached picture is what I finally come up with.  I was able to get it water jet cut and boy is that a nice smooth cut.

    The strike plate is 5x13x1.5 inches with a 1 inch hardy hole and weighs in at about 28 pounds.

    The plate that it is mounted on is 13x14.4x1.5 inches and weighs in at about 80 pounds.

    The legs are 2 inch schedule 40 pipe.

    I have not been able to road test it yet as I just finished it.  All comments good or bad are welcome as that is how this newby learns.



  5. On ‎4‎/‎19‎/‎2017 at 11:54 AM, Joshua States said:

    Naming sculptures is something my wife always expects me to do, so I come up with names for stuff all the time.

    Touch of Spring

    Life Conduit

    Leaf it by the Door

    I like the first two because they are serious, the leaf it by the door I like even better.  might have to twist the wifes arm a little.  no I don't think so she would woop up on me.  LOL

    my bride gets all the names she picks, if I twist she will not work for free anymore.  LOL

  6. On ‎4‎/‎19‎/‎2017 at 8:27 AM, Brian Dougherty said:

    Nice piece.

    I'll get the flow of ideas started: (With two pretty poor ones...)

    I'm an electrical engineer, and my mind immediately went to "Branch Current", but I think "Flowing Vine" is slightly more clever.

    Thanks Brian  I understand branch current being as I used to teach starting, charging and ignition in a Navy Class A school.  Makes sense to me and you, others I don't think so.  LOL Flowing vine however is nice.  I am going to give my bride of 46 years all the names and let her come up with the final name.  When she does I will post it.

  7. Thanks Gary:   Yup KISS "keep it simple stupid" has been the advice given to me more than once over the years, and is a piece of advice I have given more than once around my shops and in the class  rooms I have taught in.  I will have a little practice beating on iron before I even start on a knife.  I plan on making a couple of tongs so will have some idea what I am doing.  Then comes the hard part, designing a blade, then making one, and finally putting a handle on it.  I hope that the handle will be the easiest part for me being as I used to do quite a bit of wood working in my younger days. 

    Thanks again Gary for the advice.


  8. 10 hours ago, S. Cruse said:

    Pretty sure if worked with files it can make a nice touchmark punch

    I need to make one.  Forney industries sells a set of diamond burrs that fit a dremel.  Will have to give it a go.


    6 hours ago, Joshua States said:

    Gerald listed a few good places online and there are others. I buy my drill rod from MSC. I have purchased from the NJ Steel Baron and been very happy with the product, but I don't order from them much any more (sorry Aldo) because the shipping kills me. I have to find places in the southwest to keep my shipping costs down.

    That rod you have isn't too small for a knife. I did not mean that. It would be best suited for smaller blades though, unless they were pretty thin. Don't try to make a big Bowie out of it, the material isn't there.

    Got in mind a small blade.  One similar to a knife I bought in the mid 70s.  I guess that dates me for sure. lol

  9. 3 hours ago, Gerald Boggs said:

    My experience locally, it best to go on-line for most of my high carbon steels.  On-line Metals, Speedy Metals and of course, NJ Steel Baron have all been excellent sources of well priced steel.  Fastenal prices have always been at the high end.

    Boy howdy I looked at the prices of there stock and cringed.  If what I have is to small to make a knife with I will use it to make some "tools" with, after all it is tool steel.  LOL

  10. 7 hours ago, Joshua States said:

    Except that most of the bar stock we can buy is in the same boat, i.e. been ground to specific dimensions, so does that matter? I did the math on O-1 bar stock vs drill rod and found that buying the drill rod was much more economical. I don't think that $20 for a 36" stick of 5/8" O-1 was a particularly good deal either (not a really bad deal, but not great). IMNSHO, 5/8" diameter rod is also kind of small for forging blades from, unless you plan on making pretty skinny blades. The volume in 5/8 rod when flattened out will be 1/4" thick at a little less than 1.25 inch wide. That does not include any material loss and assumes an even lateral spread with no longitudinal growth. Difficult to achieve, but not impossible. It is likely that unless you like to forge really thin (like for kitchen knives) 5/8" rod is going to be good for the EDC size type of blade, but not a great choice for anything that is wider than about 1 inch when done. That is, unless your forging skills are a lot better than mine, which come to think of it, isn't really that difficult to achieve, so maybe I should shut up now.

    Joshua if you have any forging skills at all they will be better then mine, as I have yet to light off the forge I just built.  So keep talking I might learn a thing or two.  LOL

  11. Thanks to all for the comments and advice.  At least I didn't get took. 

    Yes Alan I did read the thread and several other articals and all the pros and cons and that is what gave a headache.  LOL  I guess when I get a set of tongs made I will attempt to make something from a part of one of the drill rods.  Good or bad I will post what I make and good or bad I will post a pic of my first attempt at tongs.  :) And then by that time I hope someone online will have some 10xx steel for me to order (I have been to several online places and all were out of stock) and I will see how bad I can screw that up. LOL

    Alan I wish that I was up and running so I could see if I could suck as bad as you do at making knives.   :)

    Dan we will see if 01 does good in the hands of a novice as that is what I will use first.  I contemplated using mystery steel but am heeding all the pros warnings and staying away at first.  I know I know I am being a wimp but will take that plunge at another time.  By the way see a plunge dagger somewhere on here that was beautiful made from a leaf spring so DAYMN what is a poor boy supposed to do.  LOL.

    Thanks again from everyone who chipped in with thoughts, and advice because I am learning a lot from everyone that does.




  12. I have watched videos, read comments on this forum and others, read specifications, on different types of steels.  Have seen comments by some of the most experienced of you all, about which steel to start with, and I am so confused that my head hurts. LOL   Now my question is this,  I picked up 2 three foot rods of 5/8, 01 drill rod for about $40,  did I get took or is that a fair price. 

    When I get some tongs made and am ready to begin making my first blade that is what I plan to use.

    Don't be gentle and don't spare the rod "pun intended"  let me know if I was crazy.



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