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Ben Hoover

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  1. Thank you yet again. I shall order some of that within the next week or so and give it a go.
  2. So Joel, (I apologize as I don't know howto make the e with the dots over it), which would you recommend as the best beginner steel? And thanks for the information.
  3. Great and informative post, and all done on a cell phone... you're one miracle away from being nominated for Sainthood, Vern. Only question I simply must ask of the knife gurus on here (yeah, I am considering trying to make one finally)... 1080, 1084 and 80crv10 are supposedly all the same? Or am I being seriously mislead, when using a canola quench? If one of you were teaching and it was the first ever blade... what would you recommend if I may ask?
  4. @Zeb Camper thank you for that. This is the first time I've ever heard to quench between tempering cycles.
  5. On the temperng cycle you mention quenching in water, so I have to ask. Do you mean that you wait for the 'ding' at 400 or whatever temp you are using, then immediately quench it in water, and if so, do you do so after each thermocycle. and why, if you don't mind my asking? Thank you for a great write up
  6. I understand. I was wondering about the 'gotta garden parameter on forged is why I asked. Now I know make kuni mild to prevent breaking.
  7. Would clay help it and just leave the edge hard?
  8. Alan, let me start by saying I am NOT trying to dissent with you. God and every one alive knows I am not even worthy of gazing upon your shadow with what you can do. But... there are some videos of guys doing canister welded Damascus without a press. Are you stating it is much easier and I misread? As for the layers, I would definitely agree. I want to try that, but not until I try a motorcycle chain with some wire wrap to hold it together just to see how it works. Seen others say it worked quite well, but with my minimal skill set I don't want to waste good steel yet until I know I can do it.
  9. Congrats!! I am getting some small amount of cash coming up, and aside from a couple of forge burners and a vise, I am looking at various Guillotine tools to decide which one to go with.
  10. That pretty much clinches it. I'll be ordering some in about two weeks. Thanks again. I will probably run one in my current forge until I build my next one.
  11. Thanks Brian. That was actually my next question was how much of a gas hog is it. I am going to go look at your plans for your build, ,as my next forge I intend to build myself so I can actually get what I want, and those burners looked very good. Once again, thanks. Any other pros and cons to them?
  12. Brian, hopefully I am not practicing necromancy, but wanted to know how they worked for ya?
  13. Sounds like febreeze in a 50 gallon drum was in order.
  14. I am a complete newb. I have a partially finished lawnmower blade I started hammering.. and it is still sitting in the shed waiting, two months later, for me to pick it up again. Why? Because, in spite of how easy this is made to look on TV and Youtube, once you pick up that hammer and start swinging... you realize that all those hours and years spent by the blacksmiths and bladesmiths honing their skills, the hammer is literally an extension of their arm, and they can make those minor adjustments in swing, that correct the previous strike's slight miscalculation. You will learn very quickly how difficult it can be to planish, as well as how to hold the heat on the metal when you are hammering it. Every blow of the hammer causes not just the reaction you wanted, but others as well. You will be constantly compensating and correcting. And... it is a very addictive thing. A few on here have seen my bottle openers. And the difference between my first and my fifth was huge. You can progress and get much better. Your hammer control will get to a better level with every swing.... And you better pack a lunch, because this is NOT a sprint. It is most certainly a marathon. My admiration and awe of the bladesmiths just grew once I got to swinging my own hammer, to the point where I plan on taking several more months of just learning the blacksmith basics before I again try a blade.
  15. Don't have one yet. This is a process on a shoestring, but I am getting there.
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