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AndrewB last won the day on March 31

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  1. So I started working on a new blade with the 1 1/2 wide material. I actually like this better than the 2 inch wide. I'll save the 2 inch wide order some 15N20 at the same width for damascus. How ever I did start forging out the tang first and it worked quite well. I still gotta refine the tang I left it a bit thick so I could carve in a ricasso before it hits the blade. But I think a lot of reading watching videos I think this is finally working to the way I want the steel to go. OOOOOF its been so hot over the last week here I didn't even want to light the forge. But at least I have plenty of steel to last a while now. I also do really like where the tang is going and taking shape to. The tang looks more kitchen knife like tang to me. Anyhow any criticism is accepted cheers. Hope you guys have a good weekend. Yea just been busy with IRL stuff.
  2. Update note anvil is mounted. I had to carve out a slot into the top of the stump for the anvil front foot to sit in so it was level. But if I did this correctly and I'm hoping I did and my math panned out it should sit fully level on even ground. :D But at least I have a proper anvil stand now LOL. I opted to also leave the bark on for now instead of debarking it. Where the bark has been scraped off already is from the chainsaw.
  3. Thanks for the feed back guys just an update it's not a huge stump but I do have a photo of what Im getting it's not here as of yet but I mean its a simple small round so it will work for my anvil. Someone is hauling it over for me after the trees are finished being cut down from what I've seen over there today they are about done. But at least I will have a sturdy anvil stand and another great thing my steel should be arriving on monday as well so a double bonus. But this picture should give you guys an idea of it. No it's not on level ground either at the moment. I wasn't gonna attempt to move that thing lmfao. It is yes 25 inches in over all length. The anvil comes up to about 4 or 5 inches higher than that so it's right at the perfect working height for me. So I kinda lucked out.
  4. I may have a small hatchet laying around here somewhere I don't have big knives that I would feel comfortable batoning the bark off. I should be able to figure out a way to get it off though. yea that was the other thing I was worried about was it cracking once I removed the bark and mounting the anvil to it.
  5. So a few days ago my parents said they were having a few trees removed. I asked them to tell the tree cutters that I wanted a 25 inch length of trunk cut for an anvil stand. So yes I'm getting a new anvil stand. Still not quite sure how I'm gonna get it to my house exactly but at least I'll have a proper stand. How ever what I'm wondering is how I should treat it so that it doesnt rot. It will eventually but I want it to last me for quite a while. I know I will need to debark the piece of truck that I get immediately. So that will be a big project for me. Any suggestions on the best ways of going abouts this? Thanks. I currently do not have a debarking knife.
  6. So I got on the belt sander today ground out a blade profile I semi like it. As well as I kept contemplating about giving damascus another go. I think I finally came to the realization of where I had been going wrong. The thicker steel that I was buying was not meant to be hand hammered into damascus rather the fact of just simply forging a plain old fashioned blade. Working with this thinner material the 0.070 thickness has taught me a very valuable lesson. I think on the next steel order I'm going to get a touch smaller width maybe an 1 1/4 and I'll get 2 or 3 48 inch pieces of that and I'll get 2 or 3 piece of the same width of 15N20. I think I will have a far better success rate at forge welding the smaller and thinner pieces together rather than going from a thick pieces of steel to a thin piece of steel. I guess I've just been kinda dumb about the hole damascus thing. I think now that I understand it and the proper way or better way rather I think I'll give it another go what you guys say?
  7. You werent late LOL I've just never worked with material this thin before so its gonna be interesting to heat treat so grind bevels AFTER being key Heat treatment is a must on this thin of material. Okay. That basically answered my question. I mean I do like the thickens of this steel for working it on the grinder makes life a heck of a lot easier.
  8. Playing around with a design drew it out on the steel first. Nope I did not lite the forge this has all been done on the grinder. I will say those shredder belts just litterally TEAR through this stuff. So yea I think I'll definately keep using this thin stuff for when I wanna grind a blade out. How ever heat treating will probably be a bit on the tricky side with this thinner steel. I do believe it is the 0.070 thickness. But I think I'm going for the kitchen/ filet style knife blade I've still got lots of work to do on this as of yet. But if yall have any suggestions on how I should do the bevels on this I'm almost tempted to just do a noob bevel grind on this and call it good only because the material is so thin LOL.
  9. Okay I am gonna be ordering some thicker stuff as wel but that will be next month, but at least with that steel I can grind it to shape soly on the grinder if I didn't feel like forging it. I mean I could forge weld it together to get it thicker in theory.
  10. nothing I wasnt sure if I got metal that was too thin or if thats the stuff for basically grinding out blades. I'm gonna get some more eventually but it seems like that stuff I don't even actually have to put in the forge to thin out.
  11. I'm thinking its the .070 its pretty thin I could bend it by hand if I needed to.
  12. I think I ooofed on the steel thickness LOL. I got the steel this morning. How ever its 2 inches width by .70 thick which I would have thought would have been a 1/4 thickness but I'm assuming what I bought was more for grinding blades out on the grinder and then going in for the heat treating. Am I correct on this or am I just a doof and got the thickness wrong. I think I can make a decent kitchen knife out of that thickness I don't have to do much to it LOL. If I want to forge weld it all together I know I can do that too. Dang shoulda ordered some more 15n20 in that bat LOL this is SO not the steel thickness I'm use to. I don't want to waist it I'm open to comments and suggestions.
  13. Not real shop wise but got the pc upgraded so I can do VR glad I got that done should have steel next week hopefully so I’ll be Abel to get back to forging.
  14. I think it's .70 thick and I wasn't exactly sure on that one. I guess I just haven't quite gotten down the movement of metal that well yet so I just wind up with a Bleh knife you know @Alan Longmire. I can change the steel but I also wanted to see what I was able to accomplish with a bit wider material. Since I seem to have issues using the anvil getting some things right when forging out the blade. But I mean at least I'll have more than enough material for a few knives at least. I did get the other stuff as well the 1/4 thick by 1 1/4 wide by 48 as well. I just wasnt sure if it would be better to get a wider chunk and use less material every time or get a narrower piece and use more or less either way. Seems like I go through quite a bit of metal by learning. LOL.
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