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Gerhard last won the day on October 3 2018

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About Gerhard

  • Birthday 05/21/1975

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    Windhoek, Namibia
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    Knife making, blade smithing, fly & general fishing, long distance hikes, bonsai.
  1. Gerhard

    What did you do in your shop today?

    Actually last Friday, finished installing the VFD's in a cabinet:
  2. Gerhard

    Hardest Steel I've Ever Worked

    Leaf spring is easier to forge with somebody holding it for you. Vinegar removes scale. Patience is a virtue. Practice gets you to Wimbledon.
  3. Gerhard

    Next attempt at a mosaic

    Whoever it was, thank you, thank YOU and THANK YOU again! I've been using a wood chisel......at least it used to be....
  4. Gerhard

    Angle grinder/chop saw hack

    I'm in the planning phase of building a canopy for my Suzuki, learned last week building stand that I need a chopsaw. Either that or loos 20Kg and get new knees
  5. Gerhard

    Hardest Steel I've Ever Worked

    After Saturday's fun I might have to retract what I said..... I have several orders for cleavers but no suitable material to make them from, best option 8mm thick leaf spring from a Toyota Land Cruiser. I started on a piece at the end of a previous forging session, struggled a bit and just assumed I was tired..... Saturday a friend dropped by and we took turns holding and striking, and it was not easy..... I've forged some of that very same leaf spring before without much hassle, but I realised it was always narrower pieces I'd cut out, never the full width spring........?
  6. Gerhard

    Hardest Steel I've Ever Worked

    I can confirm from my experience leaf springs are not that hard to move. Apart from working too cold as has been mentioned, possibly you are trying to work too large a piece steel. The photo is too small, but it looks like you started with the thickest (10mm, normally close to flat) part right at the bottom. That's a lot of steel to heat up and move.....might be better to start with the 8mm curved parts. As far as the quench between forging sessions go, that sounds like a very bad idea, except if it's to get rid of the last bit of heat before storage. If it's anywhere near working heat and you are presumably quenching in water, that would cause cracks.
  7. Gerhard

    KITH 2019 sign up

    This is one of the coolest things about this site, and it pains me that my location and cost of shipping something overseas prevents me from joining in. Enjoy KITH 2019!
  8. Gerhard

    My first knife. Something I made over Christmas

    Sorry, couldn't resist They are at the very high end.......but with good reason.
  9. Gerhard

    Next attempt at a mosaic

    That's why this place is so amazing.......I now need to find wholesale amounts of Tipp-Ex.......but you'be potentially saved me hours in the future, thanks @Brian Dougherty
  10. Gerhard

    Designing My Next Bowie

    I'm starting to believe @Gary Mulkey roughly shapes some steel & stuff then touches it with a magic wand.......has to be! As always amazing watching the progression, thanks!
  11. Gerhard

    My first knife. Something I made over Christmas

    Firstly, you were my favourite James Bond Secondly, I've spent the last two months of 2018 learning the ways of the milling machine, the lathe and the welder in the afternoon, so I'm somewhat blown away by what you've done.....amazing work! One of you WIP photos reminded me of a blade done by the Grimsmo brothers, are you familiar with their work?
  12. Gerhard

    The bush sword (not really)

    If that knife had a hidden tang it would still be a 120x10x6mm (about) piece of spring steel.......even drilled full of holes that's not something that just flops..... But, maybe you touched on something there - the handle on a full tang adhere's to the KISS-principle and is probably stronger...... That said, if your handle was micarta instead of wood there's be no damage
  13. Gerhard

    The bush sword (not really)

    Despite having evangelical feelings about hidden tangs, for that application I'd take that extra weight.
  14. Gerhard

    The bush sword (not really)

    I like this one Ross........could probably kill the buffalo as well!
  15. Gerhard

    What did you do in your shop today?

    Test runs https://youtu.be/oDylM1fKY34