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  1. Jim Pierce

    My Humble Beginnings:

    Thank you for showing us mortals that through hard work and perseverance we can all get better.
  2. Jim Pierce

    A tale of 6 blades.

    I'm really liking the look of that dagger, nice job Josh. Thanks for sharing.
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    1st & 2nd San Mai

    Very interesting.
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    4" EDC hidden tang

    Nice knife and sheath.
  5. Jim Pierce

    Three axes for the new year

    The eye section is forged down to around 1 1/4 ". Still a lot of work though.
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    My Lineup of Mosaics for The Arkansas Show

    There are going to be some very lucky people in Arkansas. Such a beautiful collection. thanks for sharing.
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    Three axes for the new year

    Punched it and then drifted it. I got lucky, but there were a few in the class that didn't and it was a lot of work to fix it. Started one the other day and not getting that lucky this time.
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    Three axes for the new year

    Thanks, we just used a 2"x 5" x 3/4" and it was hard keeping the eye centered.
  9. Jim Pierce

    Three axes for the new year

    Very nice, I took a Viking ax class in November and really impressed on me how much forge time it takes to make an ax with only hammer and anvil. What size was the starting stock for the Dane?
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    Next attempt at a mosaic

    That pattern is sweet, great job.
  11. Jim Pierce

    Recently finished Straight Razor

    That razor and scales go together beautifully. Thanks for sharing.
  12. Jim Pierce

    Blade tip snapped

    Finally forged a good blade, no fish lips, decent bevels and relatively straight. Normalized three times and then annealed in vermiculite. Ground and then heat treated, and tempered. Finish grind to 220 and no cracks or other issues. I decided to do a destructive test to see how it held up. Steel was 1/4" 1095 from Aldo, heated to around 1500 in the forge, and quenched in Parks 50. Two one hour tempers at 425. Tested Rockwell with a set of hardness testing files and it was between 60 and 65. Three hits on spine with a two pound hammer cut into brass rod without deforming edge, two hits into 1/2" mild steel same result. I was feeling pretty good then I stabbed into a 2x4 and tried to pry out a sliver and tip snapped off about 1/8". Looking at the grain through a jewelers loop it looked very fine. My question is where did I screw up? Tip was thin but not a needle and I thought a bend would happen before it snapped. I also bent the blade in a vice and it went to around 45 before a crack. Any advise would be appreciated. Thanks.
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    Real nice. Question tough is that a plunge line in the second picture?
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    Blade tip snapped

    Thanks Sam, will start at 450 for 2hrs. On the next one.
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    Carving Knife

    Very elegant. Nice work as always.
  16. Jim Pierce

    Arkansas Toothpick/Dagger

    Dead man's hand and you dead nailed it!! Your blades are always inspiring. Thanks for sharing.
  17. Jim Pierce

    The Little Bealings Project

    Definitely would not want to be on the angry end of this! Beautiful work, thanks for sharing.
  18. Jim Pierce

    Just about finished with this one

    You might call it a "simple using knife", but whoever has it in their hand will enjoy the job much more for having it.
  19. Jim Pierce

    Little integral random damascus utility kitchen knife

    Sweet, function and beauty, a wonderful combination.
  20. Jim Pierce

    Lucky 13th - "Sami Influenced" blade

    The craftsmanship and dedication to pull this off is amazing. Thank you for sharing and your explanations.
  21. Jim Pierce

    1st Florida Blades

    Only a six pounder? What a wimp. I could only imagine what your hand shake must be like!!! Happy to hear the worst of the weather missed you, and thank you for sharing your great work.
  22. Jim Pierce

    1st Century Roman "Fulham" Gladius and Scabbard

    Beautiful work Patrick.
  23. Jim Pierce

    Anvil Stands

    I made the same stand out of 4x4's, I put silicone on the bottom, angle iron around all four toes and 1/4 in bar stock on left and right side to bolt it down. Not quite as a mouse but it does not ring unless I'm forging on the horn.
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    Blade tip snapped

    Will do thanks for the response.
  25. Jim Pierce

    Blade tip snapped

    Thanks Alan I will do that on the next one. Is it the same with W2?