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Will W. last won the day on July 14

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    New York State
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    Any kind of metalworking, the history of bladesmithing, smelting, gunsmithing and shooting, traditional archery.

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  1. Will W.

    Some of my recent work

    Very nice work all the way around.
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    Axe WIP

    Basically 1080, for anybody wondering. Very nice axe. The pattern and dimensions are eye catching.
  3. Will W.

    First kitchen knife

    Excellent work. The handle is certainly atypical, but it looks ergonomic and comfortable to use. Nicely done.
  4. Will W.

    Eastern Fusion "Ancient" Dagger

    I really like this blade. The direction in which you took it is fantastic too, a habaki on a dagger of this style is a unique touch, and you executed it very nicely. The pattern of the mokume, the hamon, and the handle play against each other very well. Its a busy knife, in a good way. The stand is a nice touch too. Did you make a sheath? Just curious.
  5. Will W.

    Starting a New Bowie

    That pattern is exquisite, Gary.
  6. Will W.

    Brut de forge on kitchen knives

    This ^ This^ This^ While serious pathogens like salmonella are an issue, exposure to most pathogens is good for you! Its how your body builds immunities and keeps your immune system active. I think everybody else covered the point well enough. Just clean it if youre worried about it being dirty.
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    Any jerky lovers out there?

    You can totally make fish jerky. Its the only way i enjoy eating it actually. Fish is practically a vegetable haha! Sweet mother of jerky , i must go to this place. Jerky is probably 30 percent of my diet, so this place looks like heaven. Youve done this forum a favor, Jeremy.
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    Chrome Vanadium tools

    A good example of this is 303 series stainless, among many others. It has enough chromium to be quite corrosion resistant, and makes great fittings, pins, etc. but is a terrible choice for an actual blade that needs edge retention due to its nigh lack of carbon.
  9. Will W.

    Found a big old hunk of wrought iron...

    SO COOL!!! Thanks for sharing.
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    Chrome Vanadium tools

    Going off of what Alan said, different makers of wrenches likely use different steels. You may find one companies wrenches make decent knives, while a different companies may not be worth your time. But thats the fun of mystery steel! Experimentation is three quarters of the battle. That being said, their are almost always better options out there for mystery steel that we all know about by now; springs, ball bearings, etc. These also have the added benefit of almost certainly not being plated. I trust Jerrod about the only danger being via arc welding, but you will still never find plated *anything* in my forge. Remember: In Rust We Trust.
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    The Sun

    "The Sun is a wondrous body. Like a magnificent father. If only I could be so grossly incandescent." Points to whoever catches the reference . We get some nice sunrises/sunsets around my neck of the woods. Just wish i could take decent enough pictures to give them the credit they deserve! Feel free to share any other sunrise or sunset pics!
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    Starting a New Bowie

    I truly hope this is the official name of this pattern!
  13. Will W.

    Equipment needed for dagger making?

    All that is required to purchase, IMO, is a hammer. You can make your own charcoal, dig a hole in the ground for a forge (or make one out of clay) make some type of blower or bellows, use a large rock as an anvil (this has been historically proven to be effective) and use scrap metal to learn the forging process. It all depends on how primitive you are willing to go, but you can get started for free, if you wanted. Thats an extreme case though. The harbor freight ASO's work well enough to get you started, but you can probably find a chunk of scrap steel for cheaper at a scrap yard. Anything heavy and larger then the face of your hammer will work as an anvil. Sledge hammer head, for example. A large truck axle stood on end works very well too. Basically, you want the bulk of the mass beneath the area where you will be hammering, so the force is being transmitted into the steel youre forging. Over on IForgeIron, theres some good threads about making a JABOD forge (one of my personal favorites.) It stands for Just A Box Of Dirt. Its literally as simple as it sounds. Check it out. For heat treatment, your forge, a baffle pipe, and a container of oil large enough to quench your object is all that is really necessary. Remember the KISS rule. Lots of people over complicate things and give themselves a headache. You never have to think outside of the box if you never build one around yourself. Good luck!
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    Bangin' & Jammin'

    You and I have similar tastes in music, Bruno. Amon Amarth, Dethklok, Korpiklaani, Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, Pantera, Metallica, and so many others. Anything fast and heavy really gets the blood pumping for good forging. I find myself listening to calmer music while doing finish work, however. Old country music, blues, folk music, instrumentals (violin, piano, etc.) Things of that nature.
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    Man, I love my job

    Thats really cool, Zeb. Nice work.