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Conner Michaux

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  1. Thanks Jeremy! I’ve had many spills due to my acid jar deciding to walk off the shelf! Must be those blasted forge gnomes..
  2. 2" wide, 1/4" thick, 6" long. Is that alright? That way if I make a mistake I have enough to try again.
  3. If its no trouble for you, a little bit of that billet would really help me out a ton, thanks again.
  4. Thanks everyone. If hand hammering doesn’t work very well for the stainless San mai, would squishing it in the vice work?
  5. Thanks for the info. I will definitely try and figure out this wrought iron. Ive been looking at other sanmai recipes, How difficult is it to forge weld 420 or 410 stainless to w2? I have seen some pictures of stainless/high-carbon sanmai and I must say it is very cool.
  6. Yeah I might need that wagon tire.. For some reason, no matter how hot I forged this wrought it would not stop splitting down the middle, I was working it at a bright yellow heat and I wasn’t working it lower than bright orange. Dunno what’s up with it.
  7. I think it’s a cold shut, one wild hammer blow put an ugly dent into the edge, when I tried forging it flat it rolled over. And then that created a little stress point and cracked through the edge. I’m pretty sure that’s what happened. Oh well I’ll just go forge another.
  8. Well this kinda sucks... that’s right on the edge.
  9. Forged the tang and spike straight, and I’ve started drawfiling the bevels and shaping the profile. Is there any issue with the bevels being convex? Filing perfecting flat seems close to impossible.
  10. First attempt of forging this tanto, I think its decent. but there is a bit of curve in the spine and i had to hot cut the tip and reforge it so there is a bit of a burr that the dull hot cut left. but other than that its pretty close to the drawing.
  11. Ive been wanting to cook one of these for a very long time Ive never done a compound butter before so we will see how it tastes.
  12. First half of the cement pad is down, we were fighting a storm to keep the canopy over the cement so It wasn’t ruined, perfectly sunny weather until it wasn’t.. this is roughly 22, 80 pound bags of cement.
  13. Okay I get it now, thanks for the help.I will try making the sen today and I’ll start working on the blade This week.
  14. Thanks Alan, Im trying to understand the best I can. I am not totally sure what I will do for the bevels yet, but in my drawing above is the blade and tang shape accurate? If I am understanding correctly this is shinogi-zukuri? This is the picture off of Dave J's website.
  15. Thanks for the input. I drew up another 2 designs. Here is the one I think is the best, it has more of a taper towards the tip, I tried to base this one off of a full sized tanto and then shorten it.
  16. Yeah I dont know pretty much anything about these but i'm just following what this article says.http://islandblacksmith.ca/2016/04/making-a-mountain-tanto/ and trying to learn as much as i can. So far as i know, the bevels are forged full flat and then that other bevel (I think thats the edge) is filed it. Looks like ive got more research to do!
  17. How’s this? I based it off of one of the Kotanto knives on the website Alan linked up there. It’s got the “fancy spine” as I am calling it because I don’t know what the Correct term for it is. Blade length is just over 4”
  18. When you put it like that it seems much more simple, but I dont have a rasp. Would it be possible to make on out of an old half round file? Ive got an old save edge usa half round I can use, its about 1" wide and pretty chunky,
  19. Does anyone know if there are Sen scrapers for sale somewhere on the internet? I don't think I can make one so im trying to find one (if any) for sale.
  20. I recently was researching and reading about tanto knives and I came across something called a Ko tanto so I looked further into the internet trying to find information on these, I found an old wip thread on this forum of someone making one. That and his website is about the only thing I can find on these knives, is the Kotanto actually a real thing or is that just someone’s take on a traditional tanto? If not what are the origins of this knife? I would also like to know about the construction of these blades, edge geometry/tang shape/handle construction etc i would like to make one
  21. Final heat treat is done number 5 i think. I made some clay with a lot of dirt, steel dust from under the grinder, and a lot of charcoal powder. And look! It dun did something!
  22. Higonokami folding style knife. The idea is a late winter theme when the snow is slowly starting to melt, and the tulips in the garden start to grow up through the snow. im shooting for a wrought iron sanmai, and the “centerpiece” is going to be the small engraving of a flower Bud growing up through the snow. Hopefully I will get to start on it soon, I just wanted to draw up the idea and post it before I forget about it.
  23. Thanks for the help folks, I’ll probably start drawing out the wrought this week. Chances are I will mess up on a few billets so if I run out of the chain I’ll buy some other stuff. But let’s hope not!
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