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Don Rooker

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About Don Rooker

  • Birthday 01/03/1978

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    Ada, MI
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    Bladesmithing, welding/metal fabrication
  1. Ok, so time for the noob question... how exactly do you use the thermocouple to check the temp of your steel? I mean I’m assuming you can’t just touch it to the blade and get an accurate reading right? I watched some videos on decalescence, they’re really very interesting but I’m curious if I can pull it off without over and under shooting and missing the good temp.
  2. Yes the handle is busy. I like the way it looks but Josh was right, I didn’t pin it together. It was also a huge pain to do and I think I will keep the handles simple for now.
  3. Wow, lots of great comments and suggestions. Looking at through honest eyes and not the “Oh my god look what I made goggles” I can see you guys are right about almost everything. I am definable going to work in my heat treat and do some experiments to ensure I’m creating a quality blade. The lines and booger’s your seeing is a vinager patina after taking 000 steel wool to it. I will be posting more blades when I get the time to make some more. Lots to process and play with here
  4. I expected a worse beat up then that to be honest. I’ll look into your suggestions, I need to be more accurate I need to be more accurate in my quench. I should practice and break some to see how they look.
  5. I see what your saying on the plunge line. I am hoping it’s something the camera did because I never noticed that. It definitely hardened I will try some sample pieces at a lower temp, I am going by color, and check them against this blade. One soon day soon I should breakdown and get a laser thermometer. Thanks for the input!
  6. It takes me 4 hours or less to make the knife I am thinking $60-$80 price point, $60 for a simple handle and $80 for what is pictured. Have at the critique I’d like to know what you all think.
  7. I have been reading and following this thread for quite a while but this is my first post. Please let me know what you think and where I can improve. I am planning to post more and take pics at various stages. This is my first stock removal knife, I have forged all my other blades. I am considering selling this design and it seems to be very quick using this method. I made this from an 8x1.5x0.125 piece of 1095. Heat treat was in the forge roughly 1700-1800 degrees quenched in 100 degree vegetable oil and temper for 1.5 hours at 425.
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