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  1. Welcome to the damascus bug and a whole new realm of possibilities in designs you can make.
  2. Brain storm? Make a four strand twist with nickel wire. Cut to desired lenghts to fit canister. It might give the star pattern.
  3. I think you'll really enjoy it. I've had mine for about 5 years now. Worth every penny. I went with Als after researching different blade sites, seeing it in action on FIF and using a couple of hammers. In part my decision was based on my shop floor needing reinforcing to handle a hammer. A press does move metal differently than a hammer. It will take you a little longer to move metal since the press movement. Als has two stages. You'll get an initial moving of steel then slight pause as the secondary squeeze kicks in. I like that aspect as it allows me to make damascus and govern the
  4. Billy. I haven't had much luck getting small details in my canisters. They tended to wash out as I Drew out the billet. So this is a Wag. Maybe try cutting small pieces, like slivers or rods of 15n20and scatter them heavily through your canister where you want the stars to be.
  5. This might sound presumptuous but was any edged weapon really designed to be defensive. The knives we associate with mountain men were camp general purpose knives and a weapon of last resort. A bayonet was designed to replace the pike pole and to extend the reach in close quarters, but as anyone who served knows its been everything to the fighter. I could go on, but the vast majority of old edged weapons/tools were used in daily life and turned into a weapon when required. For me, its been a tool for day to day life since a child. As far as a fight. Using a knife against an unarmed pers
  6. Personally I've had good results with warps when I clamp blade to a straight piece of stock and given it at least 2 tempering cycles. It helps relieve the stresses in the blade from the quench. Then I use a slower grinder speed to avoid over heating the blade.
  7. Well, since we understand the metal stresses could be a cause. And the temps are controlled by the oven it leaves a couple areas to look at. 1. Your normalizing numbers may be to high. For 15n20 the 1650 seems to agree with various documents. The second and third are high when compared to other heat treat sources. But since temps vary all over the board because if personal opinions it trial and error. 2. Oil contamination or deterioration. 3. Oil temp to high 4. Quench technique might lend itself to warp. 4. Blade configuration. Thin to thick.
  8. You stated you determined the hrc as 60 prior to tempering. I'm curious as to your method to determine Hrc prior to tempering as all I've ever done was file tests to check for hardening. Usually prior to tempering my files won't cut, unless I have a decarb problem
  9. There are people far more qualified to explain why metal does what it does. If you haven't tempered yet you can clean up a majority of the metal. It doesn't have to be perfect. Clamp it to a piece of straight stock and run it through what ever your tempering cycle is. If it takes a curve after that try blue backing it while in a straightening jig.
  10. Yes!! Sometimes its magic. I've had a notion to make a short sword using his geometric system. Been studying his articles but dont have the equipment to heat treat a large sword. Looking forward to see your progress.
  11. Nice design. Flows pretty much from the old Air Force jungle survival school negritos blades and the navy's JEST design. But like you say we are getting away from threads purpose. I really would liked to have seen what Geoff ended up making.
  12. Thank you. I've got a nephew that might like a phillipine bolo with that style handle.
  13. Wow...did this ever take a hard turn. From survival knife to something based off fantasy blades. His concept pictures look like no survival knife I ever saw. Geoff's blade was more than adequate for survival. I do like Adam's handle in his pictures. If Adam doesn't mind I'd like to borrow that concept for the curved handle. Glad I followed this. I learned alot about customers and customer relations.
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