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Everything posted by DavidM

  1. Of course you can do a lot with very little. The determined smith could start with fire and dirt, and produce just about any tool. It would be a lifetime's endeavour, but a very interesting one. Tools are fun. I want all the tools.
  2. There is a recurring argument about tools, usually just have-nots barking that the haves are somehow not good smiths. Not really what your question was about. lol I'll never have enough tools. I've figured out my purpose in life... Which is to accumulate tools to pass on to the ABS when I die.
  3. I get in this argument with smiths pretty often (less now that I've bailed on Facebook though). Way I see it, time is finite. Effort=time. Anything that reduces the amount of time/effort needed to complete a task, means I can spend that time/effort elsewhere. The older I get, the more I feel this way. And arguments about "cheating" just piss me off. Only people without good tools call it cheating.
  4. Brut in 80CRV2 and maple. I'll have to measure it when I get home, but looking at about 17" OAL. Beast of a blade. $450 shipped. Brut1.mp4
  5. *wonders how the hell he missed that text* Responding now.
  6. I have steel and a power hammer...let's get to making that damascus.
  7. Much more pleased with the edge geometry on this one. Still not sure about the blacking process with the handle attached. The maple didn’t react as much as the walnut, but it still discolored
  8. That sounds about right. Larrin's recipe is 1950 for 15 minutes. Should have been "ok" at 1980. We didn't have the supplies for a cryo, but I didn't think the RA would be anything like what this seems to be. Need to play with it some more. I've neglected my nitro-v.
  9. We austenized a bit high, at 1980F with a 15 minute soak. There was a bit of decarb for sure. Was using no-scale for the first time and I think it might have flaked off in the oven. I need to investigate that. But under the decarb it was hard. We did have a hiccup during the ramp that forced us to go from 1900 back to 1800 while I restarted the program. The 80CRV2 blade came out perfect though. Stupid stainless. ;P
  10. That blasted nitro-v I'm thinking something went wrong. But for it to have enough RA to be less magnetic? I've never seen that before. It got hard, but skating a file isn't really the whole story. I'm thinking finish it up for the practise, and start another one. Two first knives...both better than anything I was able to make for a few years after starting.
  11. See, I get baited too easily. I need to learn how to just let it go and bow out like a big boy. i even have a box full of FiF boat anchors to pull out as a visual aid for the beginner conversation. lol
  12. Will haunt me till the end of my days! I’ve had to start explaining that I charge the same for a 3 hour piece as for a real knife. Fif tax
  13. But Alan, it only takes a few hours... the TV toold me so.
  14. I can dig that. Can’t wait to see how it goes
  15. You can come use the NRT any time you like. Although, that thing is dead soft so draw filing is not gonna be bad
  16. Getting a little relaxation before I have to start cooking and finishing up last minute presents.
  17. DavidM

    The Witcher

    Cavill did a beautiful job. And the guy who played Jasiker was a perfect match
  18. DavidM

    The Witcher

    I was not impressed with the props, but I loved the show. Gonna be a long wait for season 2
  19. Chris, that is exactly what I was getting at. Don't care how you get there, but be honest about it.
  20. I had tried to explain them to James a while back, but at the time the quite was a bit more than I was looking to pay. I'll have to reach out to him about it again at some point.
  21. Thanks a lot John. Don’t feel like I’m quite there yet, but it’s happening. I’ve been wanting to make a set of dies like that really bad. You like them? Did you make them from scratch, or start with Anyang blanks?
  22. Especially when they tap on a jetted blank a little bit, then sell it as a forged blade. That may not be an outright lie, but it’s dishonest. I have a kitchen knife pattern I get jetted. I pinch the bevel a bit in order to get curve. Would never sell them as forged.
  23. I will say, it’s a fun journey. Whether or not I ever make another one after I learn this...I did have a good time.
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