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jheinen last won the day on June 6 2016

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  1. Proof that you don't need a shop full of expensive equipment to turn out great work. Very nice!
  2. We used 1084 actually.
  3. I've been in need of a hot-cut hardy tool for awhile, so I finally got around to making one today. Forged out of 1 1/4" 4140 rod.
  4. From the album Jeff H's Work

  5. I recently spent a couple of weeks in Maine at the New England School of Metalwork taking the ABS Intro to Bladesmithing class. It was an incredible experience. I think I learned more in two weeks there than I have in the last two years. The instructor was Mastersmith Brion Tomberlin along with Journeyman smith Nick Rossi, two absolutely fine gentlemen with a wealth of knowledge and the ability to teach what they know. As part of the class we forged a blade to pass the ABS Journeyman performance test (and I'm happy to say my blade passed with flying colors). Here are some of the blades I forged during class:
  6. From the album Jeff H's Work

    Blades I forged at the New England School of Metalwork ABS Intro to Bladesmithing class.
  7. Awesome! The NESM is such an incredible place. I just finished the two-week ABS bladesmithing course there.
  8. This was my first. It's a seax made from 1095 with a curly maple handle. The bolster is a piece of damascus that I made in a damascus class. It definitely has some issues, but I learned a lot making it.
  9. I'm curious, what software do you use to produce those drawings?
  10. Heating it up did the trick. Thanks!
  11. I'm drilling at 290 RPM. Is that slow enough? Also, should I use a cobalt bit? I'm hesitant to use my expensive bits.
  12. Apparently nickel silver is hard to drill? I tried drilling 1/8" pin holes in a 1/4" thick bolster, and ruined a bit on the first hole. Is there a particular bit or technique I should be using? I was using a regular bit in my drill press with cutting oil. I didn't get the typical curls of metal like I do when drilling steel, just pieces of ground up metal.
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    I have some Japanese water stones, but so far have not had very good luck with them.
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    The handle is fairly small, so I was worried about taking too much off. It's designed around my wife's very small hands, though it feels pretty comfortable in my very large hands.
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    I put the final edge on it with an electric sharpener, though I haven't stropped it yet. It's quite sharp.