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R. Thiele

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About R. Thiele

  • Birthday 08/29/1977

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Greer, SC
  • Interests
    Family, Good Beer, Good Friends, and of course Bladesmithing!

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  1. R. Thiele

    Holy burn batman!

    Not crazy about the balance of this hammer. That's why I am making the drift...going to make a couple of hammers.
  2. R. Thiele

    Holy burn batman!

    Although the heat was high, my muscles were actually what was burning
  3. R. Thiele

    Holy burn batman!

    Forearms are burning! Making a hammer drift! Holy heck!
  4. R. Thiele

    steel

    Yes, I have called, and they can order it in. Have both square stock and round 4140. I will check and see if they have any cold rolled 1095.
  5. R. Thiele

    steel

    Would be a fun trip
  6. R. Thiele

    steel

    Anyone have a reccomendation on where to source 4140 steel for hammers?? I need a new hammer, and I'll be damned if I pay that much! Unless of course I fail
  7. R. Thiele

    first piece

    Like I said, crude, but functional.just need to give it a final sharpening. 10.5" blade, 17.5" overall. 3rd knife, still learning.
  8. R. Thiele

    first piece

  9. R. Thiele

    first piece

    So, I have been sick with flu all week, so I haven't updated the progress on the knife. I was successful in attaching the guard, but I will say, I understand why pinning is a preferred option. A lot of post work cleaning up the solder, and it still isn't perfect. The guard seems to be on pretty well fixed. I have it mostly done, just need to give it a good final sharpening. I will be making plans to get a belt grinder. I am not crazy about hand filing out all the hammer marks, quite laborious. I will post a pick when I get back into the shop. Not quite up to that yet.
  10. R. Thiele

    first piece

    What is your preferred method of attaching the guard? I had to do a slotted guard, being that I didn't do a partial or full tang. So I have it fitted nice and snug at the ricasso. I think I was getting the metal too hot. a new guy here at work used to be a machinist, and pretty much confirmed it. it was heading. I will give it another go today.
  11. R. Thiele

    first piece

    Ok guys, time to tap the knowledge again. I need advice on silver brazing. I need to fasten a guard to a rather large knife I am making. Is it as simple as using silver solder wire and heat? I am using a bernzomatic high heat MAP torch, so I can get plenty of heat. I will be wrapping the blade in a wet cloth to prevent the blade from getting too hot.
  12. R. Thiele

    full tang handles

    Hole in handle and peening the end.
  13. R. Thiele

    full tang handles

    Anyone have any good tips on fitting a handle onto a full tang? I am thinking I need a longer drop bit to make a guide, then burn the handle on? Last night i did a short hole, being i don't have a extra long bit, then burnt the handle on. I must say, it's not fun. Especially hickory.
  14. R. Thiele

    first piece

    How do you manage to make micarta??
  15. R. Thiele

    first piece

    So, first complete blade done! Learned some good lessons along the way. 1. Be patient! 2. With everyone's help, I learned about decalesense, which made it possible for that old file become a knife. 3. Give myself a more finished bevel prior to heat treat! 4. Hand sharpening real hardened steel, not your over the counter kitchen knife, is a bitch! Reference lesson 3! 5. And finally, do not put flame to your handle, even though the finished product looks cool....may have burned out a little epoxy. Now, I have one more question...how the heck are you supposed to profile and sand your scales and still be able to peen....cuz, I have the pins in, but they aren't peened! Still feels solid. Will see later. Thanks for your help everyone, I have a new addiction.
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