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  1. Dang!! Very impressive work!
  2. Latest knives

    Thanks! Yeah, not too many plug bayonets being made. I just made two..This one with a curly maple handle and another with stacked leather. Those into the blackpowder shooting sports are more interested in throwing them. Which is a concern with handle and tang construction
  3. Tire Hammer

    Still much work to be done but I'm slowly gaining.tire hammer1.htm
  4. A Good Library

    My brother just sent me this link- http://www.survivorlibrary.com/?page_id=1014 Tons of information on here! Check out the smithing section and pdf's
  5. Cable Hunter & Longhunter's Knife.

    Thanks! Always liked the crackled look of giraffe bone. Never had any to work with, but found some at Jantz to use on that one. Hard and dense stuff really despite the crackled look and the quick growth rate. Nice blades you've got there! I've seen a lot of Winkler blades, most years ago. Any recent ones where smaller fixed blades or folders.
  6. My Mini Hydraulic Press

    Awesome thread! Going to have to build one! Here at Harbor Freight, the top 2 ton air hydraulic jack salesman almost 10 years in a row goes to Thunder! Thanks Thunder!
  7. Cable Hunter & Longhunter's Knife.

    In the 18th century longhunters where market hunters that would supply meat and hides to towns, cities , and forts. Many where known to spend time in Indian territory and would carry knives such as this. Unlikely a cable blade though.
  8. Cable Hunter & Longhunter's Knife.

    This is the 3rd cable knife from the same 1 1/4 x 12" piece of cable. It measures 16 3/4" overall with a 12 1/4" blade, and 1/8" at the thickest portion of the spine. The guard, pommel, and scabbard band where formed from mild steel. The belt clip 1095, and the pins are a copper tube with a solid brass center. Leather is an 8 ounce vegetable tan.
  9. Cable Hunter & Longhunter's Knife.

    Some good information here... http://www.unionrope.com/Resource_/TechnicalReference/2536/WireCoHandbook_Form 1001M-low res.pdf
  10. Cable Hunter & Longhunter's Knife.

    More info. on the fastenal stuff.... https://www.fastenal.com/content/product_specifications/WR.IWRC.IPS.EQR.pdf
  11. Cable Hunter & Longhunter's Knife.

    I found mine through a guy on facebook, but its the same as this I believe... https://www.fastenal.com/products/details/45546?r=~|categoryl1:"601922 Lifting and Rigging"|~ ~|categoryl2:"601946 Cable and Accessories"|~ ~|categoryl3:"601947 Cable 9and Wire Rope"|~ ~|sattr04:^Steel$|~ ~|sattr01:^1-1/4"$|~ 1 1/4" is plenty large. For most knives you could get away with less. Keep away from rusted stuff unless you have some kind of chemical that might remove it.
  12. Cable Hunter & Longhunter's Knife.

    These are the other two from the same billet for those that may have missed the prior posts.
  13. Cable Hunter & Longhunter's Knife.

    I was told to avoid rusty cable- mine was rust free. I was also told the oils will all cook out of it. Well, to avoid filling my fresh coal fire with oil and all. I heated the cable with a torch just to clean it up. Then went to the forge, heated, untwisted, and fluxed. Back to the forge and back to the vice tightened twist back up beyond where it was originally. More heating, FLUXING, and did 3 full length weld passes (probably only 4" at a time due to coal forging). Once I had a billet I cleaned it all up and etched it to see what I had or didn't have. All was well so I started hammering the blades out.