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  • Birthday 11/20/1997

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  1. Gerhard, This year and mostly the first half, I finished (operative word here) 12 blades, I think. There’s a pretty good pile of blades that I screwed up with the grinder. I believe these are the rest of them, at least what’s in my photo library. I’ve really started to find my groove and maybe my style with each piece building on the next one in terms of form and shape. I haven’t done anything recently because I’m working on turning my garage into my workshop. And my current one with my forge and grinder is an hour away. This is the only pic i have of this one.
  2. Thanks Don! I appreciate it, I usually have the distal taper from forging and in this one I took it all the way down.
  3. Haven’t posted or been on here in a very long time but here are the blades I’ve finished this past year. I don’t know exact dimensions because it’s been a while since I’ve made them but I’ll do my best. Little over 8” blade out of 80crv2 with black linen micarta and bocote. Heel I think is 2 1/8” tall, I remember that this was a thicker blade both at the spine (.13” maybe?) and edge (.01-.015?). This is about 7” blade out of W1 drill rod with some autohamon from a forge heat treatment. Between 1 7/8” - 2” tall heel. The handle is dyed curly maple with gr
  4. I found this site that sells pure tung oil, real milk paint (https://www.realmilkpaint.com/category/oils/). People use their tung oil products for countertops, turned bowls, butcher blocks and cutting boards. They has MSDS sheets too. I have used their pure tung oil and half & half tung oil and citrus solvent. I use a couple of coats of the half & half letting it dry off then 1-2 coats of pure tung oil a day for about 5-7 days before letting it dry then buff however long that takes. I used it on these wenge handles with no problems at all. I use both every day and they g
  5. Does anyone have an issue with their propane tanks where the flow limiter is extremely sensitive and activates not matter what? I have two new Manchester propane tanks from TSC, a 20 lb tank and a 40 lb tank. Both are still on their first fill up. My dad is using the 20lb to heat water for a steam box or at least wanted to. It won’t even let a turkey fryer be lit because it’s tripping. It’s basically a dud right now. The 40 lb I am using to run my forge. I have used it probably 5-7 times with mostly no issues. The flow limiter has tripped several times. Especially at the p
  6. Put this fullering jig together. Sorry you have to see the horrendous welds
  7. Not today, but a couple days ago I tested my new forge with getting up to welding temps. And it worked great! I stacked 3 pieces of 1084 .25” x 1.25” x 3”, tacked and added a handle and forge welded them to a solid piece. I did another first with the new block and made a big integral chefs knife. Overall, I’m pleased I was able to do it, especially all by hand hammering. Now I know what to look for when making integrals and have ideas to fix the little things I don’t like. Now I’m waiting on that delivery of 15n20 and 1084 to make some fun stuff
  8. I’ve been cleaning and reorganizing my shop for the past couple of days. Today, I made a hammer and tongs stand to replace a table that I put everything on. Still need a bracket to put tongs on. I still have to change a couple of breakers out for 20 amp and rewire for a 30 amp breaker to run a welder.
  9. Thanks guys. I think that’s the issue, however I’m only running at 6 psi and it was in the middle of the forging session where it was running for awhile. In the future though, I’ll turn the regulator down before turning on the gas just in case.
  10. SERIOUS, HELP! Is there any reason why on a new 40 lb tank that the pressure gauge randomly drops to zero and won’t supply gas? I’ve been using a different 20 lb tank just fine but once I switched tanks it sputters then losses pressure. All lines and fittings are leak free and tight. The openings of the forge are clear. And the tank valve is wide open. What in the blazes do you think is happening?
  11. Well crud, I could of used this 2 semesters ago . I got some things clarified in my head with the pictures, especially the dislocation and grain growth/boundary stuff. Thank you!
  12. Did the handle shaping on this 7.5” kitchen knife. The wood is Padauk, I’ve used it for making cutting boards and looks great on a knife.
  13. Celebrating my dads birthday with brats, homemade fries and a fire. Luckily, the weather cleared up for a nice night.
  14. I got the guard lugs filed down to near finish thickness and shaped them to a point. It’s all pinned together and profiled. Next I’m going to handsand the blade to 600g and glue it all together.
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