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Gerhard Gerber

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  1. Gerhard Gerber

    Doing what you love......?

    Gas forge and anvil to the farm, grinder and kiln to the mine...... Either way......won't be easy to finish anything. Figured if I end up on the farm I'll take along the bucket of bearing races I have and just forge blades so I can work on them when I have leave.
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    This is why I'm always recommending files to people

    I recently bought 3 grits of Pferd files as my dedicated draw-filing files. Looks like on big blades I will always need to revert to files to get things fixed up and even, only problem is I suspect teeth break off on the edges and one pass can put in some pretty deep gouges
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    Dad's design

    I made my Dad a (very good) knife early on, he was talking about "ordering" another so I gave him a voucher for his 73rd.... Forged from the remaining rear half of a Nicholson halfround...the design is not mine, and not my style. Going by reactions my Dad has good taste All that's missing are the glory shots withe the sheath my Dad is busy with. Result of the front half with the raw material......raw material close-up ....first forging....and the design
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    Game of Death Tanto

    I utterly love this knife!!!!! Blade is beautiful, I have a burning need but not yet the skill to make something in that line. See the the whole was stunning, I was immediately reminded of one of my favourite movies, Kill Bill
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    Dad's design

    I think my Dad's leather work might be higher level than my knife-making.... "We did leather work in school........." and a few zillion Youtube videos and he was on his way. Been a great help to me.
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    Dad's design

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    African Blackwood X 2

    Clean & simple & beautiful!
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    Designing a New Project

    Liking it already......
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    How to- First Sharpening After Heat Treat

    If it makes you feel any better, 3 years and 40+ knives in and this is where I mess up more often than not.... Early days I mostly did high saber grinds and then put a convex zero-edge on using my baby belt grinder....which was all I had. Spent 2+ hours recently and got nowhere trying to put an edge on 14C28N blades using a Lansky coarse diamond stone, resorted to the belt grinder and got a good result on the blade I started with the Lansky and recurved the other one to s#1t
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    Completed Mosaic Bowie

    Said it before and I'll say it again, looking at the WIP and the rough assembled knife compared to the finished product there seems to be some magic happening inbetween.
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    Knives are.........?

    My Dad (72) is busy building a monster sheath for the knife I made him, fire steel loop, little pouch on the front and everything..... So yesterday he's busy working on the sheath, checking the fit of the knife.......and he drops it.... I don't have to fix the tip, it pegged into his calf....blood pooled in his Croc, blood everywhere, two stitches and a Tetanus shot. It was this knife: https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/38188-dads-design/
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    Knives are.........?

    The doc said he could stop eating red meat, but knowing what we're like all the gains would be erased by one overindulgence She recommended he donates blood
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    Knives are.........?

    He's fine, thanks......will show off his sheath once done. He was also diagnosed with Hemachromatosis........too much iron in the blood, so I see some teasing coming!
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    Coil spring

    Possible, Mike did most of it in his coal forge, we squared the last bit using my gas forge. it's about 0.5", and in the case of the oil and water it was in for a while....long enough for sure. The kiln is brand new, used by many in this part of the world, and going on other results no reason to doubt it. Klin to oil is 2 seconds at the most. My Google-Fu was not strong enough to find out what steel is used by Land Rover, there's a heap of info out there about the colour codes of the springs, but nothing about the steel used. I believe he wanted to make chisels for somebody that turns bowls on a lathe. I don't agree with the method of the steel. but not my circus. We used 830C as is suitable for 5160. I did not think of trying to snap it, it was a long day of forging, many beers were consumed, and by the time we got around to HT the sun was down and the beer finished Tested with a file, I got the impression it hardened, but not much. Considering the last quench was in water makes me suspect the steel is unsuitable.
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    Frame Handled Fighter (been some time since I posted)

    I missed this post but I saw the knife on Facebook this morning.......simply stunning Wes!
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    What did you do in your shop today?

    All I can say is thank you again bladesmithsforum.com Not sure who gave the advice, but white-out as solder block and a brass chisel for cleaning up just saved me hours.
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    Coil spring

    A friend wanted to make tools from Land Rover coil spring, he straightened it, we squared it up, folded it double and did the heat treat in my kiln using the parameters for 5160, quenched in oil and it did not harden Repeated and quenched in water, still no joy. At least.......not as hard as I would expect it to be......
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    What did you do in your shop today?

    Amen brother, my 3rd retrenchment/redundancy in a row, currently on a half-day/half-pay contract until October and no prospects.
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    What did you do in your shop today?

    I sharpened, or at least attempted to sharpen the two 14C28N steak knives Friday afternoon using my Lansky......the steel won, I resorted to the belt grinder and of course recurved the one blade slightly..... Saturday was spent on the couch, partially due to a stomach bug that seemingly doesn't want to let go...... Also in a bit of a funk because my knives are not selling. Fortunately the feedback is positive, but the shop where they are on display is mostly frequented by locals, and the economy in general is in the toilette.......no disposable income for handmade knives.... Ran straight into the fact that larger blades are just exponentially more work and my pricing is wrong....and 11 pins are too many most likely .........and I have to find work because a half-day contract and making knives in the afternoons seemingly won't cut it....
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    Heat treat 5160

    @Mike Krall thank you very much for the advice and additional information, much appreciated!
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    Mystery Steel

    You absolutely cannot go by this, but FWIW O1 tool steel has a distinctive spark that to my eye is more orange than most and instead of sparks bursts has a kick at the end of the sparks.....if that makes ANY sense.
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    Heat treat 5160

    Arise necro thread...... I've been struggling to find info on normalizing 5160, at least info that makes sense. Came to the conclusion that I'm mixing up normalizing and annealing........although I still struggle to understand a normalizing temp higher than the quench temp....oh well, those are the facts. I have 3 large cleavers in 5160 that I treated rather badly with a hammer, and I would like to normalize them properly before HT. I'll be using the digital kiln because it's accurate and has proven to be rather economical as far as electricity is concerned. the only logical way I can think to do this is set the kiln to 870C, wait till it's up to temp and then put the blades in 1 at a time (they won't all fit)......but for how log? BTW the first 5160 blade I heat treated in the kiln looked like a carbon balloon when I peeked at 820C, I was worried about decarb, but it came out hard and I've never before had such nice even temper colour.
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    ...And so it begins!

    Sorry to interrupt the language lesson.......but I was shown a picture yesterday that immediately reminded on this year's KITH.... It's basically a folding blacksmith knife with the tail curved up & over and acting as a backspring with the very tip interfacing with a notch on the blade like any old slipjoint. Very cool I think, and I want to try and make one ASAP.
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    Can I use a farriers rasp on steel?

    I've been working with a neighbour on occasion, Mike is more into tool making and he's taught himself much more of the art of smithing than I know. He helped me forge out some leaf springs to get more stock for making cleavers, and one one occasion he brought along a farrier's rasp to test whether we could clean up the sides. It does work, but not great IMO. I didn't check the state of the rasp before we started, but it was pretty much done for after out testing. I got the impression if ate the steel but skated on the scale......not 100% sure, just my impression.
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    Plattens - Q's on new and existing

    I loosened the platten, put a steel ruler under each wheel and fastened......about 1mm I would say. I could immediately hear the motor was working harder at start-up, everything sounds different and the platten got very hot very quickly. I was however able to flatten a blade without the wheels getting in the way. Not sure what to do TBH........