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Bill Breslin

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  1. I'm in the Austin, Tx area for the next month. I'm moving to the Pagosa Springs area next month though. Kind of have the bladesmithing thing on hold for now but will definitely be resuming once I get where I'm going
  2. Thanks for the tip, I've learned from my reasearch to never by a cast iron anvil. They're junk apparently. I'm using a peice cut off from a *very* large I-beam as an anvil. The problem I have is it's way too soft and ductile lol. You should see it now poor thing is so dented up
  3. And to Joshua states, "bladesmithing" has made me want to do blacksmithing as well. Im not intimidated by any learning curve. I'm trying to teach myself a trade that Ive been interested in as long as I can remember. I'm an 'auto didactic' individual if you can appreciate that lol. I guess what I'm saying is I'm not scared to learn and there's no better time than now. Just wish I had an anvil and some hardies
  4. So I haven't payed much attention to this thread (OP here) but a lot of good stuff seems to have come from it. I think the BIGGEST roadblock I have is not having a proper anvil. They are hard to come by, and very expensive when you do find them.
  5. Drew a design that I really want to make. Forge time is limited because of neighbors and noise issues, so I plan to do a hybrid. Forge to bend, and stock removal to finish. But I need to find a piece of steel that will fit what I'm trying to do. Here's the design, I call it "The Dirty Harry" for obvious reasons lol: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxrgEU6IPLbFY2FKbEc4QnplWVU/view?usp=drivesdk Where can I find a peice of good steel that fits the dimensions in the thread title?
  6. Here it is in case anyone's interested . Handle is a cloth composite that I pressed out here at the house! https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxrgEU6IPLbFQ1dLVTFDbXViWnc/view?usp=drivesdk
  7. Good info,thanks guys! I got into finishing it before I read the rest of the posts, so it's just gonna have to be what it is. But definitely good for future reference
  8. Also, I've heard using a magnet to judge temp for quenching works. I used crisco for that quench. I typically use motor oil from my diesel pickup though
  9. Next question, is the blade ruined now? Hopefully not lol
  10. What causes this? Is it preventable? I'm heat treating in a gas forge with (unfortunately) plaster and sand refractory. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxrgEU6IPLbFTFZoeG9vcHlldjA/view?usp=drivesdk Here's the whole knife just for show and tell https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxrgEU6IPLbFR0tWNWxBSThLdGs/view?usp=drivesdk
  11. Didn't even think of that. Hmm. Thanks for the suggestion!
  12. I know my technique is lacking when it comes to beating steel into submission. It always seems to rebel in one way or another. I'm having a hard time finding any good guides on basic and fundamental forging technique. Got any suggestions guys?
  13. This is a little late for reply,but the best insurance is to keep it all outside. No chance of volatile gas collecting. I may be "stupid" but in my neck of the woods, the leaks on my propane forge setup don't matter because there's always a nice breeze. [The leaks are not excessive mind you,and I always pull my burner from the tank when done for the night]
  14. Now ya got me thinking about building a "proper" forge lol. Thanks for the info. Seems everything we've built to date is more "proof of concept" than tools with longevity. Every time I do something new, I immediately require better tools to make it easier. Is there any way to salvage this sulfer-spewer that is a plaster forge? It works for so called 'hammer practice,' but I'm finding out I lose a lot of metal from impurities and slag. Being so new to this I have so many questions. Wish I could have a cup of coffee with one of yall experienced smiths. My smithy needs help lol
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