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Jonas Liebel

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  • Birthday 10/30/1997

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  1. Thank you Alan and thank you Brian for your warning, it might save me from some moment of stupidness. I have an idea about several 5x2 cm steel tubes stacked together to get several blades hot at the same time, would that be a possible thing to do? Or does it only work with pipes? (Excuse the quick sketch, I hope you get the point)
  2. Thanks everyone for your information. I see, hot spots are going to ruin my initial idea. About the blade-inside-a-tube-thingy , would I dunk the entire thing into my quenchant? I'm also kind of worried about the tube removing my precious clay outline Once the forge is heated up, how long does it approximately take to heat up a medium size blade (moving it around inside the forge to prevent hot spots)? Of course this varies from forge to forge, but a rough guess is better than nothing.
  3. Heya folks, I am currently building a propane tank gas forge like the one in the picture below. I am also planning to increase my knive production rate to be able to make a little money with my stuff, but I do not yet want to invest several thousands of dollars into a heat treating oven. Now i was asking myself the following: Is it possible (and reasonable) to use my soon-built forge to harden several blades at once? Can I control the heat in there by sticking in a thermocouple sensor and adjusting my burner? I am mainly going to work with 1095, and Im going to stick in a lot of clay-covered blades for hamons. So, for example, would there be any problem with the following scenario: I put 5 clay-covered 1095 blades into the forge (using one of those blade-racks), heat the forge up to 800°C (which is, as far as i know, the temperature to harden 1095 at) and then try to let the blades soak at that temperature for 10 minutes by regulating the heat via the burner. I hope someone can give any advice on that topic Cheers, Jonas
  4. Alright lads, thanks for your advice!
  5. Thanks guys for your information, I know of course that my setup isn't the best, I'm working on a better solution right now. I think the entire thing hardened, and i have polished the blade further which revealed an interesting pattern after etching, Its not the hamon, but rather... bubbly? What is that, a sign of overheating perhaps?
  6. Heya everyone, I have recently tried to achieve a hamon on a full flat ground 1095 knife blade. I have done a few hamons before with no trouble on kiridashis, but this time nothing happened. There is nothing to be seen on the etched blade after hardening, and I am not sure where I went wrong, so maybe someone can help me out: Included are pictures of the blade before clay layout, with clay applied and after hardening. The clay outline was about 1mm thick, so not exceptionally thick... I used canola oil for quenchant which was pretty hot, because i quenched two regular blades in it before. After hardening and tempering i could see some heavy scale that went down pretty deep, so I had to grind a fair amount of steel away, but not that much. After polishing and etching there is NOTHING to be seen... Could it be the thin clay outline? The high oil temperature? The grinding away after hardening? I have no clue and Im a bit lost. Hoping for some help! Cheers.
  7. Gorgeous! Cant wait to see it finished.
  8. Its nice to see you all share your first work! There is an interesting story behind each one of them.
  9. Nice! Is the clay pattern going to remain your secret?
  10. I like it very much! Great job
  11. Good lord, thank you for this name! So much inspiration to soak in!
  12. Thanks Jake! I'll keep your words in mind. Does anyone know if photos of a similarly carved handle exist?
  13. Hey all, In my latest sketching/drawing session, the following design has been born. In my opinion it looks pretty coolish and fancy, but I'm not sure whether all the handle carving will make it feel weird in the hand. Also, any suggestions for handle material? Im not sure if everything is good for such carvings. General opinions on the overall design are welcome as well Cheers!
  14. Beautiful. I hope to see more of you in the future
  15. Please Sir, feel free to post anything about this beautiful piece in as much detail as you like! I haven't heard of anyone that has died of an information overload. Keep it going