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Dan Jack

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  1. Good to know... I use an old kitchen oven myself.... holds pretty good up to 450 degrees I like the hot stock idea too - so in a pinch the idea is just to allow the stresses in the steel to relax a bit until you can temper properly?
  2. Thank you for all the replies! It was just a timing issue for me.... I quenched before I really thought about it and then had to go out so the blade cooled. I didn't get back to it for a few days.... I did toss it in the oven for a couple of two hour blocks 3 days later. It's coil spring steel and it's certainly hardened, I just don't know if it tempered properly. I guess I'll throw it through a few stress tests and see... it's one of my first blades, so I don't mind breaking it. It's all part of the learning process.
  3. Ok, Why is that? Does it change the crystalline structure formation? What are the ramifications to the final product - does it result in an untempered blade, or a blade that's too soft? I'm very new at this and trying to understand what's going on inside the metal and different stages, So thanks for everyone's patience!
  4. Is it critical to temper right after quenching? Can you quench, say a knife blade, in oil and them come back a few days later and throw it in an oven to temper it? Thanks!
  5. Very cool, Tom! I was lucky to fall into a federal government job early, so in 10 years I'll be 49 with a 30 year pension. I'm hoping to supplement it crafting some beautiful blades ________________________________________________________ Gold is for the mistress -- silver for the maid --Copper for the craftsman cunning at his trade.""Good!" said the Baron, sitting in his hall,"But Iron -- Cold Iron -- is master of them all." ~ Rudyard Kipling
  6. Good to know, thanks Doug!
  7. Hi All, Just getting started here... I have a gas forge and a few of the necessary tools, but like many, I've yet to acquire an anvil... I have a block of steel 6"x4"x8.5". It has a pritchell hole in the 6" face, but not a hardy hole. The problem is the block is pretty soft steel. the hammer dents it pretty readily... So here's my question: Could I have someone clad my block of steel with 1/2" plates of W2 or T1 steel? Would that provide enough of a hardened face to use to make small knives? I could have someone torch a hardy hole as well... Thanks for any advice you have - my plan is to spend the next 10 years getting skilled at bladesmithing until I retire from my day-job, then do it as a retirement gig.... Dan
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