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  1. Thanx for the kind thoughts Tim. I expect when my body is able enough and has the capacity to once again practice my pattern welding skills I'll also have the money to purchase a new Anvil. So be it. This Refflinghaus is sweet to work on and is a wonderful size. I almost felt bad when the factory polish oxidized, however for my style of smithing the current surface is more suitable. Also I've practiced on my share of worn, old, beat to $%!& anvils. Difficult. I like something truer to begin with. Something that won't deform or chip if used correctly. Something fine to look at! Seeing this anvil in the studio is of itself an artistic desire fulfilled. Which is why it sets, out of the way, on a block of Maple, outa sight, on the other side of some bushes, with an umbrulla over, it awaiting a good home.
  2. For Sale 100 kilo model 57 Ernst Refflinghaus Anvil. Purchased '09 from Shady Grove. No dings chips dents or depressions on the face/edges Intentional surface oxidation from water forging. Selling due to disability. $1350 OBO Thank you, Michael McCabe Gardiner, Maine. michaelmc973@hushmail.com
  3. Dick I agree with what you've written...been my thinking for years I didn't mean to give the impression that I'm a complete newbie. Sold my first blade while in high school in '83. Back then, prior to the internet, the available info was more or less heat to cherry red, quench, and temper to a straw color. Not exactly a complete recipe for producing what I consider to be a decent hand made blade. And your so right, people certainly will judge you! Just try asking your high school shop teacher for help in building a blade I wasn't happy with most of the few dozen blades I produced. Some were given as gifts and some were sold and the few who've spent money on my blades were pleased even if I wasn't because the blades were "cool" For many years I did no smithing at all as I found bituminous coal to be too obnoxious to work with. But the compulsion to play with fire and steel is so strong!! I've slowly built my collection of good tools. A few years ago I built a vertical pipe forge, primarily for welding, but I use it for everything. It's based on Don Fogg's pipe forge plan (thanks again Don for all the great info!!) but modified in a few ways. The big difference is that it runs with a 1" venturi burner from Rex Price. This welding forge has been a key piece in my return to smithing. Regarding the current blade, it is no longer a Tanto, it is now a "Viking Seax" when it's completed I'll post some pics in show and tell as well as some photos of the partial destruction testing done to the Kissaki while the blade was still a Tanto. thanks again Dick
  4. ".....any amount of practice just adds to your experience...finish it and test it to destruction.. you will learn more than you may think...." Dick Dick, My first impulse was to chuck it simply because it was not what I intended but I'm definitely finishing it for the practice. Destruction testing is very much on the table as an option. I won't knowingly a sell mechanically flawed piece but I'm getting a bit of pressure from certain people in my life to "practice" the "experience" of actually selling something Thanks Dick
  5. "...the European patternwelding tradition one very often sees a low-carbon body with a high-carbon edge section fire-welded on..." George Ezell, bladesmith George, thanks for the info and reminding me of traditional European practices. I'm encouraged by your reply. The lack of cladding seems to be an issue of esthetics Thanks again.
  6. Good day everyone, I'm working on a 4 bar Tanto. The core has an upper spine of 1020, the edge is 1095 with everything sandwiched between 2 pieces of 1095. During the finishing I've ground through the outer jacket on side "A" for most of the blade length and exposed the inner core which shows a nice neat weld line where the 1020 meets the 1095. The weld looks great but this isn't what I intended. If I finish the piece by grinding the jacket from side B to match side A, will the blade be structurally strong enough (assuming the weld is sound)or have I built another piece for the scrap bin? Thanks, Michael
  7. Thanks for the info, and thanks for that bit about ITC 100.
  8. Gooday everyone, I'm putting together a Fogg style welding forge. Is the 2300 degree Inswool suitable for this type of forge or should I be using the Inswool HTZ which is rated at 2700 degrees.
  9. About two weeks ago this poem came pouring from me like a river of molten steel. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Paradigm Shift Fear take me! Fear break me! Fear remake me! Craven crawling, Shadow falling, Raven calling on the sky. Out of the Door Into the wood Steady the pace Breathe the good. Calm the mind Ease the heart Abiding Oak, Magickal art. Thors beard on the forge fire bright Shadows fly Lugh's shining might! We steel crystals Forged by Gods, Beaten with blows, Â Twisted with tongs, Broken and mended, Quenched in the Well of Wisdom, Tempered by the Cauldron of Incubation. Smitten! Fear take you, Â Fear break you, Â Fear shape you, Â Fear remake you.
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    Your Neo-Tribal name

    NT. Freakin' Vulture McCabe.  This thread got me thinking that when people choose a name (i.e. user name) Typically they shoot for something cool or flattering or powerful. The names on this list are full of the foul, low, and vile things of this world. So I figured what the heck lets see what I can come up with and still have a positive concept going.  After I finished, the lyrics from an old tune by Dr. Hook came into my mind. The title is   Freakers Ball   A cute but disgusting little tune. And way down at the very end of the song is the line about people like us.... the people who love to play with fire.   Pyromaniacs striking matches I'm gonna itch me where it scratches Freaking at the freakers ball. Thanks Tai for providing the tools for yet another name.  :laugh:  :laugh:
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    INTP... me too.Three in a row, isn't that odd?? Â Joss, what will you do with the data??
  12. Michael M

    Favorite quotes

    "We all dance on the edge." Â Â Â -Leonette Ireland-
  13. Have you tried www.admiralsteel.com? Or is the quality of their product not good enough? They sell by the piece and claim to have what your looking for in stock.
  14. "....Their 'power over fire' and especially the magic of metals, have everywhere given smiths the reputation of redoubtable sorcerors. Hence the ambivalent attitude entertained toward them; they are at once despised and venerated.This antithetical behavior is especially found in Africa. Among a number of tribes the smith is spurned, regarded as pariah, and can safely be killed; in others, on the contrary, he is respected, assimilated to the medicine man, and even becomes political chief..... " "..... In Africa, too, smiths sometimes form secret societies with their own initiation rituals. In some cases we even find a symbiosis between smiths and shamans or medicine men. The presence of smiths in the initiatory societies is documented among the ancient Germans and Japanese....." From Eliade's book "Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy" For the curious, Mircea Eliade was formerly Chairman of the Department of History of Religions at the University of Chicago. Another of his works is titled "The Forge and the Crucible" It sounds interesting but I haven't read it yet.
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