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  1. Joe Wulvz

    Best beginner steel

    Well the purpose of this isnt what steels a regular smith might use but what you would hand to a beginner. you kind of have to throw out the "iv gotten this steel to work by fine tuning"
  2. Joe Wulvz

    Mild steel test

    Historically speaking swords were hardened to Rhc 40-55, we only use 60 as a standard because a air hardening stainless steel air quenches to rhc 60. its the derp method to say that your newer steel is better then a junk stainless knife for kitchen purposes. also if you took your rhc 60 sword in a time machine it would break and you would die from not having a sword. The more you know Hardenability in carbon however the change is about .35% where it starts to harden, but your quenching temp is different. and were talking about water quenching here not oil.
  3. Joe Wulvz

    Mild steel test

    Forgot the decimal :p, but youre somewhat wrong on that because 1045 is very quenchable to the same rhc 60 standard everyone adores.
  4. Joe Wulvz

    1084 HT problem

    How long did you sustain your temp for?
  5. Joe Wulvz

    Best beginner steel

    I wouldnt say W2 is similar to 1095 in that theres a massive alloy difference... the heat treatment for 1095 is rather niche on where it wants to be while W2 has a much broader range of where it can be quenched stability wise as well being tougher at lower hrc and can have a higher hrc then 1095. whereas 1095 seems to have a very niche quench stability. Not going off the model of target 60 rhc compared to kitchen knife standard. Means a nooby can quench it at an off temp with charcoal and still get an ok knife. propane and oil removes most of that but if a starting smith wanted to go with mundane methods it wouldn't be my recommendation for a beginner. W2 forges easier too. (coming from the perspective of using a charcoal forge and water quenching where next to no purchases are required for a beginner) Not to say 1095 doesnt make a decent blade or people don't make good things from it, but I also have owned horrible swords made from it.
  6. Joe Wulvz

    Broken back seax... Tear it apart fellas!

    You can always tell the real blacksmiths because they use the word: "survived" when they quench. lmao, much respect.
  7. Joe Wulvz

    Broken back seax... Tear it apart fellas!

    I do it by heating a huge pile of coal using oil to get a really hot mass with extra air and then scattering it through the trench/forge using a 2 by four on the top as insolation, lots of passing the blade through the coals. Extra heat is better. It is annoying and slow, makes me envious of people with 4 foot easy bake ovens.
  8. Joe Wulvz

    W2 q's

    when I first started off with my teacher he made me forge out bar stock as well as a knife every day and watch quench it, while working on a sword. I had to manage the sword we would be working on as well as the knife, and I used to forge both weekend days every week. 8 knives a month. so having an excess of quenched knives they got used for steel edge testing against other steels (that is razor edge slammed against razor edge). Very very harsh method of teaching but I learned. as far grinding with water quenches goes, in my experience it doesnt hurt to forge the pre taper, grind it smooth, forge the bevels, grind off the chucks, blade edging shouldnt be sharp during the quench just close to it. another thing that helps is rounding the spine and bevels off and doing your fullers if you have them, the shapes will stop warps. (that is one of the original purposes of a fuller)
  9. Joe Wulvz

    Broken back seax... Tear it apart fellas!

    Ok you had me really scared there for a second lol.
  10. Joe Wulvz

    Broken back seax... Tear it apart fellas!

    where did the tang go? :O???
  11. Joe Wulvz

    Mystery stainless steel

    That seems to be a major problem for alot of smiths. Typically a steel has a nomenclature and a vaguely similar steel by alloy content, so if us yanks like a steel you can always look up the equivalent. It's not cheap here either.
  12. Joe Wulvz

    Demo knife

    iv recently become fond of the profile shape either curved or in reverse seax style using CFV, what steel did you use for yours?
  13. Joe Wulvz

    Demo knife

    I am fond of that taper, does the spine taper too?
  14. Andy, Its not like natural gas with an underground pipe, its a tank that gets refilled.
  15. Er so to say each tank regaurdless of the valve has its own escape pressure, im guessing your flame keeps getting smothered out from lack of air? I have something like that happen with my ferrier forge i ordered online, if i get a rampand gust of wind passing over the intake the forges flame dies off or i remove a large peice of steel and the pressure changes. I have to go turn the regularator down and then the combustiom kicks in and then turn it back up otherwise im just pumping out gas. Each tank has its own pressure regardless of the set up, different tank different settings, a pressure regulatator is really just a resistance method. My view on the problem wasnt the gas but the air needed tweaked. Dunno if that helps.
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