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Alveprins last won the day on March 8

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  1. These bolts look really interesting, however.. I am having difficulty beliving that these will actually hold over time. Won't the material (cast iron) simply get destroyed inbetween the threads of these bolts - and simply disintegrate?
  2. No idea, didn't fire it off... too expensive...
  3. Alright, so I got tired of working with leather, and got tired of forging my new blade... so.. arrow-head! Figured I might need to forge some of these in the future if the apocalypse proves to be imminent... Just for fun. Chiao!
  4. Good input and advice Aiden, I'll give it a try!
  5. Alright, so I've forged for an hour and a half on this piece of WASP Alloy - and I noticed this on the brace of my hammer: Seems it has been scraping a bit of paint from the top of the brace. Note though, that the paint is rather thick, and obviously soft in comparison with the cast iron and steel. Perhaps I should have ground off the paint before placing the brace - so that it would be in direct contact with the cast iron body, not having a "spacer" of thick paint in between?
  6. Hi guys, I am currently working on a little letter-opener which I've decided to forge out of a piece WASP Alloy, also fondly known among those who've had the misfortune of having to work with the stuff - as "Crack-Alloy". Now, this is the first time I work with the stuff - and I have to say - this is some hard *ss stuff! I read that the metal is ordinarily worked in the 1850 - 2150 o F. (1010 - 1176 o C) Now, I burned my furnace as hot at possible, running the Propane gas at 25 PSI (1,75 bar). I don't know the temperature exactly, but my infrared thermometer maxes out at 1050 o C, and it was well beyond that. Must've been somewhere around 1350 - 1400 o C in there. I forged the bastard at white hot - and yet it barely moved under the 16kg air hammer. Anyone else have experience with this alloy? Sincerely, Alveprins.
  7. Thanks! You guys will be the first to know if I get more problems - be certain of that!
  8. The long crack that goes across the entire hammer - goes from service hatch to service hatch - so it ends there - on each side. The crack on the side of the hammer goes from a bit around the corner, down to the service hatch. I have not yet drilled the "start" if you will - of the second crack. I have to rotate the hammer around in order to do it. I will have to build a kind of scaffold, and lift it using a lifting tackle. Everything is closed atm, and I'll need to go buy wood for that.
  9. I went with thick saw-blade steel. Heated to critical, and cooled down. I forged the piece for the "angled" area of the hammer, and used a square cut-out for the flat area on the side. Bolts are 10mm as 13 seemed a bit too big. You can see the dimensions on the pictures below. I did not put metal sheet on the inside though. I ground down two of the bolts so they did not touch the strut inside the body. Middle one was kept normal. Foundation is one huge wood block. I made it like that so I would not have to dig and cast concrete. Yeah, the saw-blade steel I used is pretty thick. Almost as thick as the original casting. I felt I've perhaps used a bit too few bolts? I decided to go with Mr. Longmire's suggestion of 13mm, although I scaled it down slightly to 10mm. If I had went with 8mm - I could have placed more bolts. But they would not be as thick, or able to withstand the amount of tightening I've put into those 10mm self-locking nuts. ZhaoZhuang Make Machinery (Chinese producer) Done! I really hope this does it, and that I will not get more problems - at least not for a few more years. Fingers crossed! Thank you for all the quick, thorough and extremely helpful tips and feedback everyone! And of course - moral support! Now I just need to use it for a while, and see what happens I suppose.... Sincerely, Alveprins.
  10. Guys... I am in serious trouble. Remember the 16kg Chinese Airhammer I bought a few years ago? Well - it seems to be cracking into two pieces. I only noticed this today. Pic below: Ignore the crack around the cover. Thats just he paint and stuff since I've used the access hatch. It is the "hairline" crack that extends all the way from the back of the hammer, into the access hatch, then continues at the bottom along the wall behind the anvil. It goes all the way around to the identical access hatch on the other side of the hammer. I am at a total loss of what to do here, as there is no way I can afford another hammer in this current economy, and without it I think I'm pretty much screwed.... I consulted a friend of mine who does a bit of welding on his spare time, and informed him that I think it is made from cast iron. He said that I'd need a specialist welder to do this kind of job. Also - from what YouTube tells me - it's pretty much a 50/50 chance of success when welding cast iron... What to do? Any tips and/or suggestions? Sincerely, Alveprins.
  11. That is a lovely piece Sir. Great work!
  12. Hi James, I engraved the runes using a Lindsay Airgraver. (counts as practicing as I absolutely suck at using it.... ) Hi Adam, No - it is epoxied through and through.
  13. hi everyone! Alright, so I'm spending somewhat of an eternity working on the sheath of this thing - so I've decided to post at least half of the thing... the knife itself. Let me present - Draumr Gripnir - the "Dream Grip" - with some unintended fingermarks and all! Blade in two bars of folded and twisted railroad steel, with a third bar (edge) of 15n20 and ferrier's rasps. Handle i copper, brass, camel bone and vulcanized fiber. The runes engraved in the brass reads "keep your blade sharp, but your mind sharper". The nut on the end really tested my skills as an aspiring "jewler". Anyhow - sheath and complete measurements to come. Needless to say, this is one heavy knife due to the massive materials in the handle. Sincerely, Alveprins.
  14. Thank you everyone for all your kind words, and I hope that you've all had a wonderful celebration! Thank you! And I am absolutely sure your wife was truly satisfied with your pendant necklace and earrings.
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