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Mason Simonet

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  1. Platen(sp?) cutting Q?

    I have a 2x42 craftsman. All I did was jb weld a hardened peace of 2” 1080 steel on top of the old platen... it’s likely the platen on yours is mild steel, so you would need to eventually upgrade it to a hardenable steel anyway. If you want to keep it with the original platen, then it really depends on how rounded the edges are. slightly round edges will give you a nice rounded plunge line, although I prefer square edges then use a flex belt to round the plunges.
  2. Water hardened drill rod

    Darn UPS always causing problems!
  3. New design

    I’m liking the lines of it, i wouldent ad a guard as it would break the lines like Joel said. It looks like a mini kukri, which kukris do not have guards either and are used for a lot more forceful tasks. they do however have the contours in the handle. i would not worry about slipping unless you plan on stabbing something or someone
  4. Spearhead

    I usually don’t like mirror finishes, but that one is perfect! I never would of thought it would fit a spearhead that well.
  5. sharpening and polishing

    ^ ^ ^ I second that
  6. Coal forge info

    I use an old rim, you can find instructions online pretty easy. It’s basically the same as a brake drum forge.
  7. Respirators. Which one do you use and why?

    That’s exactly what I’m using right now, seems like it works well. they also have the charcoal replacement filters for more chemical fumes.
  8. Hardness tester

    Ok, I will definitely bid on it. Thanks for the response!
  9. Hardness tester

    I’ve been thinking of getting a more accurate way to test the HRC of my blades. At first I was gonna get one of those Japanese file kits... but then I found this on eBay https://m.ebay.com/itm/PTC-INSTRUMENTS-PORTABLE-STEEL-HARDNESS-TESTER-MODEL-316/142542828570?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908131621%26meid%3Dafe67070aba04cd784066cb3744878eb%26pid%3D100678%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D5%26sd%3D142542828570&_trksid=p2481888.c100678.m3607&_trkparms=pageci%3A5024fc9d-b813-11e7-b7f5-74dbd18027a4%7Cparentrq%3A4a2b54d515f0a9c56ba16ce1fffbd63e%7Ciid%3A1 i think I can get a pretty good deal on this, it retails for about $800 my question is If this is a good way to measure HRC on Knives. I’m not sure how they work, and the manual is missing... but I’m sure I could figure it out any advice is appreciated. Thanks!
  10. Wrench knife

    That looks pretty good! You did an awesome job on the bevel for your first blade. One thing I would do is wire brush the handle, it will give it a nice smooth matte finish.
  11. Heat treat craftsman wrench?

    I’ve never worked with wrenches, but if it were me I would heat treat it like any simple steel... normalize by heating to non magnetic, let it cool to black color, repeat 3 Times. On the third time let it cool to room temp. Next heat the blade just over non magnetic and quench in veggie/canola oil. Next temper the blade in your oven two 1 hour cycles at 375-400 Fahrenheit. It’s probably not made of a great steel but why not give it a shot? It will be good practice for when you buy known steel. (Which will most likely to be a simple steel) it really doesent matter since it’s your first blade, but it would be good practice to heat treat at night so that you can see the colors of the steel. Good luck!
  12. Hardness testing

    Ohh ok, never had that happen to me. Thanks for all the info guys!
  13. Hardness testing

    It’s all good, all I need is the key word Could I have some more info on (blistering) if you mean right after heat treat, I have all kinds of scale buildup and decarb, but how do I identify blistering?
  14. Hardness testing

    Thank you. this is exactly the type of test I was looking for!
  15. Hardness testing

    Hey guys. I am always worried about one of my blades failing in a costumers hands, particularly snapping. of course I know the old file test, but I was wondering if there is any way to test if a blade was quenched to hot and is brittle. I know if the edge chips while sharpening that’s a clear sign so if the file skates and the edge doesent chip, then I’m in the right area in HRC, right? Thanks for looking!
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