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Aaron Gouge

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  1. Thanks again Allan!!! That is supper helpful as usual!!! So many questions you just can’t find answers to! This form is great because it eliminates so much hard trial and error!!
  2. Hey, will ferric do anything to my elk antler? I need to touch up some places on the wrought iron with ferric now that the butt cap is on. I plan on using q tips to apply the ferric. I will also tape the antler with blue painters tape. Thanks
  3. so I decided to remove pewter from the edges and leave a core. Then to re pour. In drilled multiple holes into the existing pewter core before re pouring. Mostly a success! It decided not to flow around this one spot an the spine. I guess that’s the nature of the material. Still need to do final hand sanding on everything but it getting thier!
  4. Thanks again Allen! Very helpful! Thanks for chiming in Jerrod. I like the thought of a inlay. I’m trying to do it early American look so not sure what kind of material to use as a inlay. There would have to be a seam in the inlay but I suppose that would be held together with the pewter pour. Thanks guys!!!
  5. I think I’m tracking with you Alan. Remove enough pewter around the outside edges to leave a core. Then re-pour so I have clean lines on all the outside.
  6. So I took it back to the belt grinder and took some metal off the spine. I also took a little bit more off with the Dremel on the front. It helps the overall look but I still have a gap!
  7. Hey guys, Wanted to piggyback on this post with another question. I tried a pewter bolster today. I wanted to try it on a smaller knife before trying on the bigger one with the wrought iron butt cap. I didn’t have quite enough pewter. After my pore and sanding I’m about 1/8 short of where I want to be. So what are my options?
  8. Thanks Allan and Velgski!! Pretty excited that I came across this wrought iron so rapidly! We are currently living on a old farm in Kentucky. Renting the old farmhouse that sits on at 120 acres. I’ve become friends with the landlord, It was his great uncles farm.. We’ve done a lot just to make the property nicer. His great uncle had a tool room in the barn. Pretty much sits as his great uncle left it. I found the hook in the tool room and asked the landlord if he could part with it! He readily agreed! For now I will just use some of it for pommels on elk antler handle knives. I’ll try t
  9. So before heading to church this morning I took 5-6” of the hook to the grinder. Sanded it up to 220. Left it in the ferric while at church. So it soaked about 2 hours.
  10. Sooooo I cleaned the piece well before I put it in the ferric. The side that is more copper colored is the side that was facing up. Is it not normal for the copper color? When forging the pice I worked the partial eye out. So I had more of a rectangular piece. Then I forged it flat. The side I flattened was the side that was already flat. Prior to working the partial eye out. So if this is WI to see the best grain how should I cut and forge this peavey? Thank all!!
  11. So I put the piece back in the Etch for the rest afternoon. I also move my container inside to the top of a shelf. This is the result. Any thoughts on the copper color?
  12. The ferric chloride is some I bought 3 1/2 years ago. I had 1/3 of a bottle left in the original container. I mixed it 3 to 1 with distilled water. But it’s been sitting out in my shop at below freezing temps. For the most part I was forging it pretty hot. When one piece fractured off it was getting a dull red at that point. I will take it to the belt grinder and etch 4- 5 inches of the hook. For best results how fine of grit should I take it up to on the grinder?
  13. Thanks Alan, Somewhere I read that a lot of your wrought iron due to the foraging process had much square edges then steel that was produced later that tended to have more rounded edges. Due to the very sharp edges on this particular piece I wondered if it might be wrought. I was wanting some to use as pommels on some elk antler knives. But it’s not looking super spectacular after it’s been etched….. so I’m not sure what to do with it. I agree it certainly seems to have some layers. I might throw it back in the etch well I continue my pursuit of local wrought iron. Le
  14. So here’s where I’m at. I cut the piece in half. Put 1/2 in enchant for 45 minutes. The other half I thermal cycle three times then quenched in water. Once it cooled I put it in the voice and walloped it some with the hammer. It bent over and then broke. I also included a picture of how I originally found the hook. So what do I have?
  15. Thanks Velgski I will etch it longer. Alan I will cut the price I forged in half. I will etch one piece for a longer time and quench the other piece. I will thermal cycles the peace a couple times and then quench in water.
  16. So before I saw your reply I threw the small piece in the forge and hammered it down. A small piece started to fracture off so I hot cut it off. I had it sanded up to 400 already. Rubbed some ferric cloride on it. This is what I got.
  17. Hey all, I was given this old hook out of a old barn. I was hoping it was wrought iron. From the reading I have done it seems likely but never having been around it I am skeptical. What day you all?
  18. That is what I have tried to do with this Hudson Bay Camp knife.I still have some hand sanding to do as well as seal the handle.
  19. As always you guys are super helpful!! C Craft I actually have one of the books ordered and another soon. The two I am starting with we’re also recommended in another forum. Don, thanks for your insightful reply. In my college years I did some Civil War reenacting. I am very familiar with the blah blah blah blah blah blah blah well it could’ve been. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah yeah but did you know….;-) at this point I don’t plan to do any reenacting. But I have connections to colonial era, mountain man and civil war reenacting communities. I thought if I cou
  20. Hey all, Have more recently been interested in knives of colonial-fur trade era knives. A couple books I have seen for sale are “Knives of Homespun America” and “ American Primitive knives of 1770-1870” Wondered if any of guys had read them? Preferences? Or other sources of information on early American knives would be great. Thanks
  21. Thanks Allan. I have some leaf spring steel around so that should work well for a comparison. “Actually what you want is not to abuse a perfectly good tool by throwing it at stuff, but I digress... “ I hear you. I use a knife for slicing chores. A machetes or hatchet for chopping chores. I will say that a tomahawk thunking into a chunk of word is a pleasing sound! Aaron
  22. Allan and any others At the less than 45 Rockwell range what kind of edge holding are we talking about when using it to cut wood? I think this one will mostly be thrown. Just trying to gather as much information as possible. Is there another hardness that could be recommend for a hawk that would be more for chopping with some throwing? Also since I don’t have a rock roll tester. I want another piece of steel I can run a file down to help with pitch and feeling of metal in the 45 Rockwell hardness. Any thoughts? Aaron
  23. Help with edge hardness on tomahawk! So I have a tomahawk that I just re-forged the bit. I made it two years ago for my cousin’s husband. He throws it a lot. When throwing it at a pallet he hit a large nail head and put a sizable chip in the blade. He continued to use it and eventually broke a corner off the blade off. It broke on impact when pitted against a seasoned Cherry log round. So now it has been reforged and he treated. Tempered for 2 two hours cycles at 400°. This particular hawk is made from an older American ball peen hammer. So not sure what metal. I also blue backed the
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