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Alveprins last won the day on January 12

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  1. Haha! Nah, this is Norway - not the US. Anyhow, seems I can get the real deal - and won't have to experiment.
  2. I get you Brian, but my mind is dead set on this. I need to have this equipment close and ready, and I will have to learn how to use it as it seems I am taking this bladesmithing business from hobby to full-time.
  3. UPDATE: Alright, so seems I am able to get the salts. I called up Brownell's Norway ,who directed me to a gunsmith, who again directed me to another gunsmith who imports the stuff. He has about 700kg (1500 pounds) in stock, so I will be droping by him real soon. I will buy the tank itself from Brownell's, however the burners are way too expensive at 500USD for a complete burner. I suppose I will have to make one myself. Next thing is to get a long metal pipe, and some sort of regulator / air intake thingy....
  4. I believe I might have a solution... I can get my hands on Lye ( NaOH) Sodium Hydroxide in the form of good old "Caustic Soda" which is is sold for cleaning. As for the Potassium Nitrate (KNO3) or Sodium Nitrate (NaNO3) - I can get some Calcium Nitrate Fertilizer containing more than or equal to 90% Nitric Acid (HNO3) - while the rest of the fertilizer ingredients are Calcium Ammonium Nitrate (CAN for short) (5Ca(NO3)2•NH4NO3•10H2O) If I could possibly use 5 pounds of Lye (NaOH) and 2,5 pounds of Fertilizer (90% Nitric Acid HNO3 + 10% CAN) dissolved in 1 gallon of
  5. Thanks man! Actually, I don't really have time to collect my own p*ss for months, so I will have to try to get potassium nitrate somehow if it can function as a replacement for sodium nitrate. I see the farmacy here in Norway sells it, but at the quantity I need (2,5 pounds) I'll need to fork up 500 USD.
  6. I tried accessing the "Brownells Nitre Blue Blueing Salts product page - and was immediately re-directed to a page with European dealers - which of course don't have it. I had to connect using a VPN masking my IP as being from New York in order to view it. I am going to make a phonecall though - to the Norwegian dealer of Brownell's products tomorrow. I see they sell blueing tanks and thermometers and such - just no chemicals - which seems a bit useless. I'll let you guys know how it goes - if it is of any interest. Everything is so difficult here in Norway. No ac
  7. Seems I found a recipe on this very Forum: Problem is - I can only get the Sodium Hydroxide for this mixture, I cannot get the Sodium Nitrate.. absolutely unavailable in my country, and by the looks of it - Europe. All plant fertilizer is "non toxic" etc. containing not the faintest trace of Sodium Nitrate.
  8. Hi guys, I've seen some really black knife fittings lately, and I am curious as to the process of getting them that way. From what I could see in the YouTube video, the bladesmith lowers the parts into a thick boiling "goo" and leaves it for an unknown amount of time. When the fittings come back out, they're pretty much jet-black! Link: He talks about "bluing salts" at some point, perhaps in another video.. I don't remember. Anyone able to explain the ingredients of this "goop"? Sincerely, Alveprins.
  9. I'm serious though. I saw this picture in the newspaper the other day, after the storming of the senate by some... not sure what to call'em? Anyhow, the first thing I noticed was the drawer in Nancy Pelosi's office (bottom left corner): I thought, damn... that is a nice drawer! I like the swooping curve, and the top seems to be some kind of burl? I don't know much about furniture, but I do know quality when I see it. Your stuff brought my thoughts straight back to this kind of environment.
  10. Thank all of you for your kind words. Honestly I'd gone a bit different way if it was entirely up to me, but the customer had a budget (which I blew, as usual) and requests which I had to follow.. so.. I had a look at your work Chris, and I must say I am quite impressed! That is some top notch furniture! Would fit right in at the White House. Anyhow - I made a short video of the knife to showcase what it looks like under natural lighting conditions:
  11. Alright, so... better late than never... Let me present "Odal" - the Heritage knife. Details on the blade can be found in my previous post HERE. Handle is in walnut, supplied by customer - treated with oil - also provided by customer (he makes his own). I decided to attempt to further develop both my drawing skill as well as engraving - so I sketched up a Urnes inspired dragon on my pad and put one on each side of the bolster. The back cap (or whatever it is called) on the handle is in the same steel as the blade. I've also done some inlay on this
  12. Haha! Thank you.. However, I think I will put one single rune on this one. The customer provided me with two gold rings he wants me to melt, and use as a part of the knife. I am currently considering making a "badge" of damasc steel, with some inlay borders and one singel "Odal" rune in the middle, filled with his gold. The front bolster will be made from mono-steel, with some inlay. I will do my best to blacken it. I want to try a Japanese method I saw on YouTube once, involving boiling the piece in very strong tea. I fear however - it might work better with iron than steel.
  13. Thanks all! I just received feedback from the customer, and he is more than impressed with the outcome. Now I have to top it off with a striking handle, and a sheath that does not put the rest to shame.. haha!
  14. Well, I've been doing some inlay on an actual blade this time, and made alot of mistakes.. If anyone is curious as to what a complete failure looks like - look no further! : Anyhow, I finally managed to actually finish the damn thing, and the result can be seen in this separate thread:
  15. Alright, so I've been messing around with my Lindsay Airgraver, experimenting allot with brass and copper inlay etc. - and finally I've had an opportunity to put my newly developed skills to the test. I had a customer who wanted something special for himself, and asked me to whip something up for him. Well, lo and behold - here it is. A 10cm blade in san-mai lamination with sawblade steel for the core, and folded and twisted damascus from railroad steel, mixed with farriers rasps and 15n20 steel. I added a video as well - as a still picture simply doesn't give the b
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