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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. I'm thinking its the .070 its pretty thin I could bend it by hand if I needed to.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Okay so I made a metal order this morning and I should have that at least by the end of the week so I can do some forging. I was wanting to try something a little bit different I'm wondering 2 inches should be about plenty for the width of some kitchen knives? Right? Anyhow I wanted to try it to it was only about a dollar difference in the size. I also order some more of the 1/4 inch thick material that I normally use. But if I wanted to say like I said make a kitchen knife for someone that should be perfectly fine right? Yes I did order from NJ Steel Baron.
  13. Okay so I've been taking sort of a break from forgin and buying metal I've been getting the PC upgraded to be able to run virtual reality games. How ever I was bored just browsing through twitch. and I happen to come across an interesting channel. I normally watch PC gamers living streaming on Twitch how ever, this was the first live stream blacksmith channel that I have EVER seen on that platform. So I figured I would help the guy out and post the link to the twitch channel so if you guys wanted to watch. ragnar_forge on twitch here's the link if you want to watch. https://www.twitch.tv/ragnar_forge Found that quite interesting so I thought I would share it with the rest of you guys. Not sure if he's a member of the forums or not.
  14. Okay yea I haven't posted in a while. I hadn't had much material except for an extremely thin strip of 15n20 and some left over scraps of 1084 I had. So I cut some up gave a try at forging out damascus. But I don't think I will ever be able to do this by hand ever. Due to having a bad shoulder. But I gave it another shot at least and I was able to finally get the forge out and running this morning. So I think my next objective is to just stick to plain steel knives. I've still gotta put in an order for steel. Just wont be this month since I already broke the budget with other things i had to take care of. Gah hate it when life gets in the way. But I don't think Damascus steel and pattern welding will be for me at this point.
  15. So i wanted to do some forging this morning at least get some practice. I did what I could with the little steel I had left forged out a blade. The tang well yea could be better but it could also be worse I'll have to straighten out the spine on the belt sander to even it out. Which is entirely no big deal at all. I also used some of my mild steel that I had from trying to make tongs and started making a fire poker with it. Its taking me a bit longer with it because I'm having to thin it down and round it. But I wanted a longer fire pick than the one I already had so I'm making it. I did not forge the bevels on the blade since I know how to properly do the bevels on a grinder I'm going to grind those in. I didn't really plan this out on paper but I had more of a plan in my mind and I kind of stuck to it. I'm not artistic so if I tried to draw a blade on paper it would probably get forged out crooked HA. But at least I'm learning. I've probably just got enough coal to do one heat treatment then I'm completely out.
  16. Welp guess I'll quit on the ax thought while I'm still ahead LOL
  17. Jebus all those make me look nervous to even try one LOL. I mean Id like to because it's actually what I'd like to make most of all. But now I'm kind of doubting on my abilities after seeing all of those.
  18. So I have a small amount of coal left I have to get my stock pile back up. But I have enough to forge for a couple of days at least. I do have a bit of scrap steel left over I am definitely wanting to try an ax. I am not going to do a big one just like a small hatchet just for the experience. What I am wanting to know is will it be easier to fold over a piece of the steel to make the hoop and forge weld it onto a straight piece of steel? I'm planning on doing this with some scrap steel as I said. I have an idea of where I want to go with this I haven't drawn it out I probably should but I can do that later on when I'm ready to start forging it but I'm trying to figure out the best way to accomplish this since I will be new into axes. I just wanted to give this a try out as I said to get the experience.
  19. The steel has been trying to give me a headache every single time I make one LOL.
  20. Got the forge out for about an hour then the wind decided to pick up on me pretty good and I had to shut down the forge. Gah the pain sometimes of just wanting to try and get something done. But I already have a new blade going I'm trying out something new I'm going to try for a full tang this time instead of a hidden tang. At this point I'm not really sure what direction I want to go with this tang but I guess I will eventually work itself out. I'm open to suggestions how ever.
  21. So I bought a cheapo little sharpening stone it has three grades of variances of grits on it. But man it works great. It sharpens up steel really well. I think I spent like 20 bucks on the stone block at harbor freight lol. It was a good buy. Just put a small bit of water on the stone and went at it for about 5 minutes and the blade was fairly sharp I'm going to work at it more later and get it sharper but I can say the harbor freight sharpening stone block is a decent one. I still need to make a leather hoaning strip. Or how ever you spell that.
  22. Ok I’ll have to give that a go I do have a round DreMel bit
  23. I’ve tried the chisels before and last time I used a chisel I broke the scale lol
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