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  1. I'm glad to hear the Dragon's blood recipe held up well, considering that was one of the goals I had in mind while researching finishes. I really believe the quality of ingredients is important here. The flip side is a little goes a long way. I'd still like to eventually get a hold of some lead napthanate and see how it differs as a drier.
  2. Mark, according to Jeff's calibrated eye the spark test was around 1.3% or so. Direct reduction, charcoal as the carbon source, and a dash of marble dust, Jeff mixed it up per his typical ratio. This ore has not been analysed yet. I figure I'll get a chunk of the next couple pucks analyzed, since we had to kill this one to try and save it. Jan, runaway.. can't do that this smelting and wootz infection has been systemic and simmering for years. Being an overly analytical introvert, means that if I'm posting about progress online there is probably no hope for me. Besides, Ric has one
  3. I've made a couple things with it (mostly test pieces so far) and like what I've seen. Nice fine grain on it. IIRC I gave it a 5+ min soak at temp in the kiln. I want to run some tests to see if cryo helps it or not (possibly in january when I get the dewar filed). Here is a PNG of a german spec sheet:
  4. This is the puck of steel made Saturday night at the Axe-n Saxe in. It was smelted from columbia river ore I brought down. There was however a crucible failure that drained the slag near the end of the run. Aluminium tig rod was applied in an attempt to kill the steel. So it has been sitting on my desk taunting me since I got back. I finally got caught up on orders and finished some house projects, and was able to fire up the forge and try working it. It started moving pretty well but then started cracking and breaking apart. Not full on crumble but more like how wrought will sta
  5. Man I really need to get out there at some point..
  6. That last ingot turned out nice. The columbia river ingot hasn't been forged out yet. I haven't even had a chance to fire up the forge as I've been working on filling some stainless kitchen knife orders. I did manage to find the time to order in some crucibles. That took a little longer as I decided to see what the local foundry supply company coud do price wise. Don't worry though I'll make sure to post pictures as it gets turned into a knife.
  7. Hilton Homewood suits Oakland waterfront, also .... -Dietrich
  8. looking a little cleaner and more organized than the last time I saw your shop
  9. One thing to keep in mind is that there are 2 different types of setups. There is the DC motor and controller like yours, however many of the newer ones are actually 3 phase AC motors and controllers. Both sets run off single phase 120 or 240. It is possible that the ones you have seen that "run faster" are actually 3 phase.
  10. Funds sent.. the designs look great.
  11. Based on the video and a reference on the Beaumont site I have assumed it is a KBAC-24d or 27d. OF course if the assumption is wrong then this information is not correct. However going on that assumption I downloaded a user manual as I noticed in the video that one of the LED lights was indicating a fault. The Status light appears to be indicating a fault. It is hard to tell but it appears to be a quick flash red to yellow. This would indicate per the manual an under voltage condition. I'm guessing that your voltage in your shop is drooping under load below the threshold voltage the
  12. [edited to reduce image size] So speaking of Blowers.. I was at the big box home impreovement store today and saw this: According to the box it is a blower and a "mulching" vacuum And looky here.. an actual metal impeller : IIRC just over $60 on clearance.. Picked one up.. might be a while before I get around to trying it out.. but seemed worth giving a try.. at teh very least less leaf raking.
  13. So the specs on the 1080+ from AKS is dead on for 80CrV2. I picked up a bit from AKS a while back and have made a couple of things from it. So far I like it. Aldo mentioned at blade that he was going to start carrying 80CrV2. I'm looking forward to seeing what sizes Aldo starts stocking.
  14. The one thing I'd add is if you are using a hand hammer.. use a heavy hammer. I've got an 8lb sledge head I turned into a short handled rounding hammer. I find it is really useful for getting the core to move.
  15. Here is one I finished up recently. It is my interpretation of a subhilt fighter. Blade is just over 6" wrought iron over 5160 San Mai. Wrought fitting and Dessert Ironwood. I need to take better pictures, but I don't think there is anyway I'll catch the scintilations in the etched wrought iron. -Dietrich
  16. as always your work inspires.. Thank you for including the closeups.
  17. Here is mine. -Dietrich Podmajersky Podforge LLC
  18. Alan, It sat on my to do list for quite a while also. I've always loved the colors and the oganic nature of the patterns. Now if I just stopped adding 2 or 3 new items for each thing I mark off the list. Harry, yes they are pendants. I put a silver or bronze jump ring through them and string them on leather cord like this (quick and dirty cell phone picture):
  19. Alrighty, as promised a while ago, here is a tutorial for how I do color case hardening. First off just to get it out of the way.. remember hot stuff... flying embers.. steam... use this stuff as needed: First off we need something to Color Case Harden. In this case I'll be treating a batch of 6 Thor's hammers ground out of 1018. Yes I know there are 7 in that bin but the one down in the lower corner is Wrought Iron that is going to get etched instead. A note on surface finish; 320 - 400 grit or trizac a45 seems to be about right. You don't want it too shiny to start with. I hav
  20. First off let me re-iterate what Geoff said, the rules don't specify any particular knives to pass because that is not what is being judged. I have to admit to having been in the "cranky about lack of specifications" camp prior to going through the judging. I also felt there was a whole list of "unwritten criteria". However after having gone through the process I have a slightly different perspective. I can say that I honestly believe that the criteria listed in the rules are the only actual criteria judged against. I can also tell you that I was treated with nothing but respect and civil
  21. As part of my campaign to lurk less and participate more (Not to mention this event looks fantastic). I'm officially in and paid and my calendar blocked out.
  22. Alan, yea I can do a tutorial. Next time I do a batch I'll pull out the camera and post a thread here on the forums. Might be a little bit before I do another batch but I'll get one up including photos of my relatively simple set up.
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