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R. Thiele

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About R. Thiele

  • Birthday 08/29/1977

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    Greer, SC
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    Family, Good Beer, Good Friends, and of course Bladesmithing!

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  1. R. Thiele

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    I was actually successful in annealing it by bringing it to below critical in the forge, then I moved it to the back side of the forge with one burner running while I was hammering some other stuff, and kept it at dark cherry for about an hour. Drilled right through it, and files nicely. I feel very lucky, and I learned something new!
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    Yeah, the drift I made a while back is 4140, I didnt harden it. I will need to make another to drift my whole larger. you are correct about the hole when cool.
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    Yeah, I did some research after I posted the question. I am going to do what I can to try and anneal it with what I have. Will prove difficult. As I said, I happened to just have a piece sitting around, never used it, so I thought , why not....well the why not is obvious now I do like the way the metal moves though. Very easy to work. I will go pick up some mild steel this week. I have some more sitting around I am going to play with to get experience.
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    Going off topic, but what is the deal with O1 steel? I had some sitting around I though would be nice to make a guard and pommel....well, I am thinking I now have to anneal it after working it? It is rock hard...
  5. R. Thiele

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    I used 4140 to make a drift. I quench as I go with it as well. Trying to tackle a hammer again.
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    I have one other question...do you guys harden and temper your tools, such as drifts? I have read arguments against it.
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    You know, I can't recall if I have been draw filing correctly. I doubt it would do much good if I wasn't, but I bet I have been applying too much pressure with my mill files....
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    Is there any particular filing method that seems to help the life? I do draw filing and straight filing..
  9. R. Thiele

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    Looking for recommendations on files...been using Nicholson, but not terribly impressed. They seem to dull quicker than I expect, and actually dealing with QC issues, such as warped files...bout sick of em. I have been researching other brands, but I value personal experience more. WHAT SAY YOU?
  10. 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.
  11. R. Thiele

    Holy burn batman!

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

    Holy burn batman!

    Forearms are burning! Making a hammer drift! Holy heck!
  13. 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.
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    steel

    Would be a fun trip
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    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
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