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Ross Vosloo

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About Ross Vosloo

  • Birthday 01/29/1992

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    Harare, Zimbabwe
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    Land Cruiser 40 series owner
    Birder, Hunting, Fishing, etc

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  1. I'm also thinking of firing up today using only charcoal. My coal had been really dirty of late and it's just not letting me forge weld gonna see if charcoal only fixes that. Just cleaned it out ready for charcoal only
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    Any doctors in the room?

    never be afraid to go to a doc. learnt that the hard way. i had a combo of tick bite fever and malaria last year and my stubbornness kept me from the doc for 2 weeks. my immune system is only now starting to get back to normal 14 months later. 21, your younger than me xD im 26, and although i used to be a fitness freak (would swim on average 5kms a day), ive really let myself go. trying to fix that. i have perrty much the same diet as you, but im super hevay on the protein (steaks only come in 800 grams of higher, 1.7lbs to you guys states side) and i take 3 sugars in my 10 cups of tea a day. but i do have one advantage. my alcohol intake is maybe half a shot of Captain Morgans spiced gold every other month.
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    Breaking News !!!!!

    ba dum tiss
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    Breaking News !!!!!

    a guy walks into a bar with a steering wheel up his ass. the bar tender says "Damn, that must hurt". the guy replies, "Ja, its drivin' me nuts"
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    Any doctors in the room?

    mind if i ask your age? can have a lot to do with this sort of thing. also, drink? smoke? all play a role in health but when it comes to heart stuff you dont really want to mess around. ive had a few people of varying ages in my life just up and die bc there heart just gave up. my gran, who was very active and not at all sickly, went from being on the phone siting on the edge of her bed to collapsed dead on the floor in just a few minutes. i forget the exact medical term but basically her heart gave out.
  6. i know most of our charcoal here is hard woods poached from mozambique. its a shame to know that even the "official" stuff is all from that neck of the woods
  7. thats very similar, almost identical in fact to my forge, although mine is steel framed with brick lining. the pic i have is before the updates and upgrades, where i went from concrete to brick, lost the concrete "lid", and a couple of other fine tuning changes. i have used purely charcoal in it before and have a couple of observations, 1, very very hot; 2, much cleaner burn, hardly any smoke; 3, it throws sparks like an unmanned flame thrower. i do use a small amount of charcoal to start the forge up every time, so i can try and get some pics of the sparks thrown from just that.
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    Bird and trout hunting WIP

    Well, here are the glam shots complete with sheath. Hope you all enjoy and feedback and critique welcome Thanks gents. Definitely something to try on the next one
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    Bird and trout hunting WIP

    you managed to put in a picture exactly what i was thinking, but in all honesty, am just too scared at this point to do to this knife i agree, a little more curve in there would be great, but i am very scared of messing it up as it would come in very close to the tang, which flares out pretty wide at the bolster/handle junction.
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    This can't be right, right?

    is it possible that the carbon could leech out? ok, thats bad terminology, i should say decarborization. is it possible that over centuries or even millennia, the carbon has simply left the steel? or is it a case of once its in the steel, its stays there unless heat is brought to bear upon it? and yes, i realize that this does sound rather silly. i just have this belief that people of antiquity were a whole lot smarter than we often give them credit for.
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    Bird and trout hunting WIP

    Leather time. 1st up, make up a template This one was actually wrong, of course. The next one was correct. Here's the main body of the sheath along with the belt loop and the front panel. Home made edge beveled really does the trick. The welt cut to shape and skived at the tip. It's quite large, but it's to help seat the slender blade nicely in place. During test fit ups it really sat nicely.
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    Bird and trout hunting WIP

    and here we have the finished knife. please ignore my work desk, these arnt the final glam shots, which will come after the sheath is done. just wanted to show everyone where we ended up at
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    This can't be right, right?

    i thought so. funny how an article which people will read and take as truthful fact can be so wrong. but even the guy writing it, a little common sense should have told him that you cant hit steel to make it hot enough to weld i wonder if age and decay have anything to do with this. i wonder if the the outer edges were high carbon, but due to 1000's of years of decay, have lost that carbon when compared to the edge. why i wonder this is because, if your smart enough to know not to use iron, and smart enough to know how to forge weld, im sure your smart enough to realize that some steel gets harder than other steel, and even if you dont know that its carbon, you do know that it belongs on the edge of the blade. just a theory
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    Bird and trout hunting WIP

    Thank you very much. Thank you for the advise. When you say finger curve, like a facet or a full curve out of the bolster handle transition? I did toy with an idea similar to that, but I wanted to keep the lines of knife nice and slim. The curve of the handle is nice and index's rather well so that your hand is never really in danger of encroaching on the blade itself.
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    This can't be right, right?

    We all know wikipedia is a bit hit and miss, but whilst reading this article I couldn't help but feel that who ever wrote this has no idea... unless of course it's a case of it sounding so far fetched because it's true. So here's the quote, taken from a wiki page on the Roman Galdius, under the manufacture heading. "The Vetulonian sword was crafted by the pattern welding process from five blooms reduced at a temperature of 1163 °C. Five strips of varying carbon content were created. A central core of the sword contained the highest: 0.15–0.25% carbon. On its edges were placed four strips of low-carbon steel, 0.05–0.07%, and the whole thing was welded together by forging on the pattern of hammer blows. A blow increased the temperature sufficiently to produce a friction weld at that spot. Forging continued until the steel was cold, producing some central annealing. The sword was 58 cm (23 in) long.[15]" So, from my understanding, the carbon content seems way too low, even for antiquity. then theres the placement of highest and lowest carbon content billets. And then we come to the process of welding by hitting hard enough to generate welding temps. That can't be, can it??? This article seemed to be very clued up until I read that.
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