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  1. Gerhard

    What did you do in your shop today?

    I saw that......very cool!
  2. Missed this......thanks for digging it up!
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    Hunter for a friend

    Stunning knife and sheath........
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    Hardest Steel I've Ever Worked

    I would suggest getting somebody to hold it for you the beat the snot out of it with a cross peen hammer and flatten/fix up. I made Kukris from the very same Land Cruiser leaf spring, a 40cm length gave me two blades in yin-yang fashion. That half-width leaf spring was easy to work, the belly was mostly grinding.
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    What did you do in your shop today?

    So today N$300 worth of Pherd files and some sweat fixed up what I couldn't do with N$20,000 worth of belt grinders. Not saying don't get the belt grinders, I would be in hospital without those 36 grit ceramics........ Those 3 are the start of a file collection....as soon as one pisses me off it becomes a knife
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    What did you do in your shop today?

    Actually last Friday, finished installing the VFD's in a cabinet:
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    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.
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    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....
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    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
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    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........?
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    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.
  12. 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!
  13. Gerhard

    My first knife. Something I made over Christmas

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

    Facebook just reminded me.....today 3 years ago...... The whole setup was temporary, the "forge" was driven by 2 PC fans from below (via a Johnny Walker tin) and a busted dashboard fan from the top. "Anvil" (a.k.a beer rest) is a counter weight from an automatic washing machine cemented into a paint tin. Forging was done in a squatting position ......back when I was still a young, fit 40-year old........now I'm a fat old 43-year old! I'm very tired of this year, this was a timely reminder of how far I've come in this journey......or trip rather
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    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
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    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!
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    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?
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    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
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    The bush sword (not really)

    Despite having evangelical feelings about hidden tangs, for that application I'd take that extra weight.
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    The bush sword (not really)

    I like this one Ross........could probably kill the buffalo as well!
  21. I'm almost ashamed that I've had my kiln for over a month and it's never been used in anger..... I was waiting for a manual since I was seemingly the only one out of a host of Southern African knife makers using this same piece of equipment to hold down the M-button and fiddle with the settings.... I found a manual and my brain finally kicked in and told me logic is still logic no matter where you use it.......devised a simple test to find out if the controller resets any changes when switched off. Now my question, I bought foil as well, but I'm not sure when to use it.......I've seen it done so I'm also not looking forward to that process. I believe for the 1095 and 5160 the foil is not necessary. O1 and 52100? Also, I plan on using 12C27 and 14C28 this year......? Is my understanding correct that the foil is used (with the obligatory layer of newspaper) to prevent the carbon from being cooked out of the steel while being held at whatever temperature the steel requires? Is this just to prevent scale and the subsequent hassle, or actually the decarb of the steel and effect on performance?
  22. Gerhard

    What did you do in your shop today?

    Test runs https://youtu.be/oDylM1fKY34
  23. Gerhard

    What did you do in your shop today?

    Received the correct drive wheel for my second grinder today, spent the afternoon assembling the new grinder. I used to swap between the wheel and the platten on the first grinder so there were compromises, also took the opportunity to optimize where the belts run on the drive and idler wheel. Still need to build a stand for the second grinder and setup an enclosure for the VFD's
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    Patinas on S30V

    No, sorry dude, some would say I make and sell knives so I can buy Spydercos..........the guys patina the M4 and 52100 bladed models, forget about S30V Recently got a Para3 CruWear sprint run and I was lucky enough to be gifted a Maxamet Mule
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    Next attempt at a mosaic

    Ridiculously beautiful blade Brian......just amazing!
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