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Conner Michaux

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  1. For my kith this year I would like the blade to be made of wrought/high carbon San mai. The transition between the wrought and the high carbon has always reminded me of melting snow dripping off of a roof for some reason (So a winter/early spring theme) I have about half a link of wrought iron chain to use. How should I go about doing the actual forge welding? I’m not sure what temp wrought can weld. But I do know that it does so at a higher temp than high carbon. Also, I’ve heard that Using nickel as a layer between the high carbon and wrought is a good idea. Tips or suggestions?
  2. That’s dream anvil kinda stuff right there. Love those things. I’m definitely gonna have to take a look at this blacksmithparadise website.
  3. I decided I wanted my forging area cemented so I can make proper anvil stands that sit flat on the ground instead of under rocks on the dirt. So me and my dad have been digging out a small area roughly 15x10ft to pour cement onto. Little did I know how long it would take to clear out all the rocks/gravel. This is Saturday’s progress And this is today’s progress
  4. In his livestream yesterday I’m pretty sure he said they would be priced around 1100-1300. They definitely look pretty cool!
  5. I can’t seem to forge anything but full flat bevels no matter how steep of an angle I hold the hammer or the steel. Are there better ways to do this? I need to find a way to forge bevels to the hight I want them at. I think one of the issues is that I can’t see where the bevel height is on orange hot steel.
  6. I made this one out of a small off cut of low layer Damascus I got from another maker. I’m really liking this style of knife, once get some more steel I’ll try making a few worthy to sell. Is my photography better than the last one in terms of less background distractions?
  7. I wish, but Unfortunately not yet, that’s coming soon though. This was forged from a small billet I got from A maker on Instagram called 50.50 forge
  8. Low layer Damascus quick n dirty etch. Pay no attention to all the little slips from the grinder
  9. Nope nope nope I’ll stay at the bottom of the hill watching and laughing at people getting hurt.
  10. I’m forging another little blacksmith knife out of a small off-cut of Damascus I have. I’ll get pics soon.
  11. A hydraulic press is completely out of my wheel house. Electronic stuff, wiring etc. but I’m willing to try it out. I wouldn’t be able to afford mistakes with it though. Building one would cost more money than I’ve ever seen. And I would probably drive you all nearly to death with all the questions and times I ask for help. (More so than I already do ) I have a neighbor who is a retired professional welder that lives next door and he would be more than willing to help me with all the welding. And plenty of steel yards to get materials at. so maybe I will give it a go. I suppose I should
  12. Thanks for all the info! I will look into treadle hammers and rolling mills.
  13. I have recently been fascinated with these pieces of equipment and I’ve got some questions concerning them . I would eventually like to get one. Not any time soon of course, maybe within the next few years. but a fly press is a realistic option for someone like me who has sensitive neighbors. And I’m just curious about these tools. How big of a fly press can be used to forge down billets of Damascus? I’m not going for speed, Just some extra power to help draw out various things. (And heck, they look fun to use!)And where do you find these cool machines? What kind of money do these things sell
  14. Started forging this herb chopper today, used a save edge farriers rasp. I’ve drawn out the tang and I have forged out the bevels to about 1/3rd the thickness of the spine.
  15. Thanks for the comments and advice! I’m still not sure how to take good pictures of knives, but I’ll work on it.
  16. Thank you sir I just finished sharpening and stropping, the edge was very very thin before sharpening so this thing is like a laser.
  17. Well it just needs an edge, so not entirely finished. Apparently I figured the bevels all the way up the blade not at all intending that it would be a full flat ground blade. Anyways that beside the point. Very old file steel, I think it’s W2 polished convex bevels, and a very clean distal taper down the spine Its going to be a laser once I sharpen it Here are some pics of it. In another week the tulips will bloom and spring time will officially have reached my backyard in the sun all the little scratches that it’s already taken on are showing up. How about some c
  18. Heat treat went well, its currently in the temper at 400 degrees. Here are some pics pre heat treat, i clean up the spine to make it flow better with the rest of the blade.
  19. I’m going to heat treat it before I grind the bevels, I started them a little bit just so I have a reference point to start from. I was able to work the scroll into a place that isn’t going to be touched by the oil.
  20. Thanks! One question though, the end of the scroll is very very thin, and there is no way I will be able to harden the blade without dipping the scroll into the oil. And because it’s so thin it will probably crack. How should I address this issue?
  21. That just sucks.. Hope there is a chance of salvaging and repairing some of it.
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