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Vern Wimmer

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Vern Wimmer last won the day on December 12

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About Vern Wimmer

  • Birthday 10/15/1959

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    Well outside of Gold Beach Oregon.
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    Bladesmithing & knifemaking.(of course)
    Collecting, repairin and restoring Coleman stoves and.lanterns

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  1. Etching problems

    Ok, what I can't see is the tang after quenching. In the clayed pic at the forge it looks like the tang didn't get clay. If it indeed didn't and it didn't orange peel and the edge wasn't clayed and it didn't orange peel.... Either the thickness of the clay or some oddball thing in the clay.
  2. Definitions and history of "Wootz" and such

    "Adding anything extra to their steel" interesting, in that there is no standard for "their" steel and by its nature steel is iron with something extra added and it is fairly well known that "slight" differences in composition can change the characteristics of a steel quite notably. This also brings in the variables we have today that may have effects on different attempts from iron source, and use of local indigenous materials as clay and wood varieties. In which case the process IS adding to the materials. Given that "we" can be even more precise with measuring and qualifying most of what we know we are adding have we gotten to the point where there are no more improvements to be made with crucible steel in terms of performance and is the goal, now, more the replication of old patterns for their visual aesthetics ?
  3. My 1st and a half knife

    A little easier to round it without the blade attached
  4. My 1st and a half knife

    Square corners are, well, "unusual". I assumed you'd be rounding them.
  5. Etching problems

    So it's a stock removal and not forged? Any heat treating cycles before the quenching heat ?
  6. Not a knife...but still a blade...somehow

    It's the little ones that cause the trouble. (Look at my last name for a clue) Great work, and no one around here gets twisted over the language, it's all "Bladesmithese"
  7. My 1st and a half knife

    We'll need the names of all passengers and any witnesses to the accident. Seriously it's a good start . I really do likr the blade shape . Working back from that I would suggest you look carefully and study some knives that you like to see how they handle the pullout, ricasso, choil area. Yours needs a little more definition and clarity as to what you intended. As someone to me "do it like you mean it". You will find it is easier to do most of the shaping of the guard off of the knife. Again IMHO that is a great profile for a blade that size. Good on ya!
  8. Trouble getting blade hot enough during HT

    I took a look at the Texas forge offering. It does not look bad for the price. I like the way the body and internals are done. Burner is simple but that's not a bad thing. If you could put the burner from Ebay on the forge from Facebook .... but really for the basic forge they will all have "this and that" that will appeal, or un appeal , to different folks. PS , don't tell anyone, but, when I switched from charcoal to gas...I had 99% of the materials and the experience to build my first gas forge just "the way I wanted" but I found a company that was just beyond start up level, with a good rep, and scraped my pockets to buy their cheapest model. I never regretted it. An hour after it was out of the box I was beating on hot steel and grinning.
  9. Trouble getting blade hot enough during HT

    I agree with both Alan and Jeremy because they are both right! ( In my upper simian opinion) I don't FB so I am going off the Fleabay. You can build one for less if you can weld and, there are members here that have about everything you need whether you build or buy the burner. Yes, that Ebay one is one of the better ones in that price level and grade. It is far better than some of the foccacatta contraptions I have seen being passed of on Ebay as "forges" but bearing a strong resemblence to my failed Jr High science project "The energy saving "Flash" hot dog cooker. Both Alan and Jeremy nailed the need to coat the interior with refractory coating. You can build a better forge than that one if you are willing to put in the work to scrounge the parts and time to assemble. I do have a small rant about people with no experience building their own burner, especially when they can be purchased complete. There is also the "wife wants to buy it for me" factor which might outweigh a lot of other factors.
  10. propane forge issues

    I think we may have an "Aha" moment here.
  11. Hunting knife

    Hmm, get them, cut them crossway about 6" wide, weld a spike to the bottom, put them on Fleabay at 40-50 bucks a pop as stump anvils
  12. Toku'ish attempt

    As my Father said when I asked about getting a riding lawnmower, "What's wrong, you didn't break your leg or something?"
  13. Etching problems

    I'm no expert on etching or hamon but given that the "orange peel" effect ends at the edge bevel starts, therefore it may have been ground off in the beveling, indicates (to my mind) that the steel got way too hot on the surface before the bevel was ground. What kind of clay Did you differentially heat the blade before hardening
  14. Toku'ish attempt

    By summer you'll be able to twist the top off a beer bottle by twisting it in the crook of your elbow. Won't that be handy?
  15. propane forge issues

    I think a clue may be in what caused the pipe to melt in the first place . With a blower, unless it was a chimney effect after shut down I don't think anything pipe should be exposed to that much heat. At least I think that is the theory.