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Zeb Camper

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  1. Etching problems

    Well, I'm perty well bumfuzzled by the whole canundrum. You got any immediate post quench pics? Did you notice any blistering? If you held it for 60-90 seconds after non mag, that's plenty of time to overheat a blade. As I said before, I think you have large grains, accompanied by alloy banding. Now, what would cause that to be visible after such a light etch? There is something else at work here I think. I can't say for sure, but whatever you did was obviously wrong. The best I can do is aid in any information you might need on how to do it correctly. Look up terms such as "normalization", and "decalescense", try and get an understanding of those two and the rest fall within. As jerrod suggested, get your heat treatment nailed down before you go for a hamon. Hope this helps!
  2. Etching problems

    Ok. Did the steel come CRA (cold rolled annealed)?
  3. Etching problems

    But, did you normalize, or anneal, or anything prior to quench?
  4. propane forge issues

    Have you checked your nozzles? Sometimes they just need a good cleaning. Using .035 I guess? I bought a really nice chilé forge and It came with a clogged nozzle, so anything is possible.
  5. Etching problems

    So, I was correct that you attempted to normalize? We wanna know step by step everything you did to heat treat it please.
  6. Etching problems

    I think what he's asking is: did you use any chemical cleaner, or soaps, or at any point apply any oils, waxes, polishing compound?
  7. Etching problems

    I can believe that, some clays puff up. But the clay needs only be on the back 1/3rd of the blade. 1075 works good usually, but It shows every flaw (and desired trait) after etching. That's why it's so popular in hamons. It's a good steel especially for a beginner.
  8. Etching problems

    I just can't let it go. Part of me wonders if you got martensite at the edge, and got bainite behind that, then pearlite. So, maybe large grained band of bainite with alloy banding is what we're lookin at here.
  9. Etching problems

    And, what I meant by "normalization attempt (very bad thing)" is that if you go over critical with clay on the blade, you run the chance of growing your grains. And if you go over critical for 3 cycles and let it cool to black heat on the visible steel you might still be at red heat under the clay. Going over critical for 3 cycles WITH or without clay will cause alloy banding. Aldo's 1075 I have found to be fairly finicky about the alloy banding. You really have to be careful.
  10. Etching problems

    Well, clay looked wayyy too thick and too far down the blade. I would say the intire blade was critical when you quenched judging by the pictures (Not a bad thing). You took a picture outside of the forge, so I'm assuming this was a normalization attempt (very bad thing). I would guess you just grew your grains really big, and got alloy banding at the same time. Quite the quandary.
  11. Toku'ish attempt

    You get those cracks when you either work it too cold, don't forge from tip to tang, or you do forge tip to tang and once you get to the tang you figure out that you missed a spot on the blade. I've ruined a few pieces like that.
  12. Hunting knife

    I'll give you some advice. Start out with a simple flowing line for the spine of the blade/back of the handle. Draw what blade shape you want below that. IMHO the handle should flow right into the ricasso and have more meat in the back end. A lot of people don't realize this, but your thumb and lower fingers (pinky included) are the strength fingers. The index just keeps everything true. Now the profile should be drawn out, then add some style
  13. Hunting knife

    Nah, in order to get a better idea of how you want the finished blade to look.
  14. Hunting knife

    If I were you, I would trace your blade out, then draw a design around it.
  15. Hunting knife

    You'll catch hamon fever next!