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Zeb Camper

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  1. Dont bend up your tang too bad! That's a short blade, you might have trouble trying to shwack it. Btw, now would be a great time to clean up the upper ridge of that pitting. Unless you like the look. Keep at it man! Looking good so far!
  2. Might wanna review the specs for 5160. Looks like a tough steel to me. Idk how that much chrome will make it behave, nor the complexity of HT... Edit: Oh, its .05%... I see that I've misread that....Yeah, good luck!
  3. Woke up this morning with one of my seemingly bi-annual occular migraines, so I left work early when the headache got good and set in, got home, took a 2 hour nap, and felt okay enough after that to work on this piece o' junk. Need to weld the new guide on next. I'm kind of worried the hammer will be too light now... We shall see...
  4. Did you use the peen side of a cross peen hammer to spread the steel? My guess is you just hit it with the face of the hammer which I believe will get you more length than width especially on round stock.
  5. Sounds like you've got better than I do. Grobet files are good new files, and surprisingly I hear the cheap Chinese Stanley files are actually plenty hard some say brittle. I might pick one up to see for myself. For $6 why not?
  6. I like it! Be kinda cool if it had a saya to match.
  7. The original design was a "shinogi zukuri" and now you are talking about "hira zukuri" (no upper bevel). This would be better suited for a small tanto like this anyway. You're shoulders aren't set up for it, but you could do a habaki and be just fine. Habakis get shorter as the blades do. The "guard" is called a tsuba. Typically it has one or more "seppa" that are used like washers/shims/spacers for a tight fit in the tsuka (handle). Not sure what you mean by the domed thing. Is it on the pommel? I think it's called koshirea or something. Unless you're talink about the peg (no th sure the name). On files, use a file card. You can use chalk to keep it from loading up with metal chips too bad. I dont think you are supposed to oil them. Maybe read the pinned topic by @Alan Longmire "this is why I keep recommending files to people". Meanwhile I should too. Ill admit, you probably know just about as much as I do as far as filing goes. Have you got good files? It might be the reason you hate to file is you're using hardware store files.
  8. Practice. This is basic stuff, and past the most minor level of direction on technique; the rest will ride on your shoulders. Just dont ever settle for "good enough" or try to cut (more like round) corners. What kind of files do you have?
  9. Hmm... I guess it's good that I keep working on my pile of scrap then...
  10. His name is Bernie, and if you're willing; he's able. You'll prolly ruin a few things, but it works once you get the hang of it. Maybe not all that good, but... I just bought some 2x72 belts and some longboard wheels... Plenty of tubing drop at work... I guess I'll be getting an upgrade as well Knife looks good so far
  11. I'm officially started on this. Got a bar drawn for twisting today. I want to do some carving... is poplar any good, or stick to maple?
  12. Nope, but I hear they're pretty aggressive by comparison. When the power hammer gets done I might look into making one though.
  13. ^^ Yep. I'll PM you when I can get a free day to go to the post office. But really, this thing takes a fair amount of skill to operate because its freehand (no table) and it takes hours to "grind" (sand) a blade out. The plus side is it is slower and less aggressive, and will likely engrain the correct pressures, angles, and travel speed in your brain for if you ever get a 2x72. Edit: it might have to go ups idk...
  14. What did people ever do without power tools anyway? Passion, patience, and practice are all you need. I think you've got the first one. Tell you what, if I can figure out how to ship it; I'll give you my 2x42. But even with that I'll easily spend 12 hours hand sanding. It just skips the filing part is all, and at that rate, I could get along just the same with an angle grinder.
  15. Looks pretty good. I see what you meant now. I thought you meant that if the blade was curved, the file left a curve opposite the edge in the grind line at the spine or something like that. Thats why I suggested what I did. It's still a good idea, traditional Japanese blades start out straight and get the bend (sori) from the differential (clay) heat treat. At least Joël got it. I call that a false edge. Could be wrong. You could totally make that!
  16. Just make the blade straight, file the bevels in, and bend it before the quench. While holding the hot blade's tang with tongs; place your blade at a 45° angle on a log with the cutting edge down. Take a thick stick (shwacker) and apply taps to the spine of the knife until you get the desired curve. Run a normalization, let the blade cool, and study it until you find any twists or bends. Fix those cold with wrenches, or in a vice, normalize, quench. I'd love to see the other designs! And btw, please dont look for my Instagram account... I was like 16-17 when I made it and my profile picture is the same I started with. I thought I was cool with my tiny little bicep and rolling stones shirt. You've been warned lol!
  17. Aluminium for food prep I believe is acceptable so long as you are not heating it up and inhaling it I believe. You will only get a tiny amount of oxide on your hand off that little pin anyway. And after all, how long have you been storing your leftovers in it?
  18. Watch a movie, read a book, listen to music, look at other's work, study artifacts, take a walk, or go for a run. Just look around really. I would suggest against letting your jig tell you what to do. When you start figuring out how to work with what you have to make what you want, you unlock an arsenal of materials, finishes, and techniques to add to your work. I'm not saying go crazy, but work your way into it. Try and learn something new with each knife. What do you really wanna make?
  19. I dont think there is a notable secondary grind like the tip of a Japanese sword blade. I could be wrong.
  20. Dude! This is my new favorite by you!
  21. Thanks Dave! Thanks Don! I would have accomplished nothing with out ya'll <3
  22. I taught a kid how to heat treat. I thought it went really well. I showed him how to spark test using a wide range of iron and steels, what grains should not look like, how to spot decalescense, and refine that grain in normalization, how to harden, and finally, what grain should look like. Something about teaching I really enjoy... Imagine, as a kid, finding an old vacant smithy; full of the finest blades you had seen. Things of old, of legend, and beauty. Imagine the joy... But, I say that smithy is real; it just awaits the smith... I hope I helped the kid find him today.
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