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  1. I went to the hardware store and bought "all of the charcoal" not a panic hamster buy. just a regular "they reduced the price so im buying everything" kinda buy, lol so if were going to get locked in, my forge got food, 80-90 kg will last at least a little while. other than that im not too worried, im sure this thing will be over before we know it. although...gotta be honest, this is the first time in my life I've experienced something like this. supermarket counters got plastic screens raised, and multiple security guards??! also, no more paying with cards, hard cash only. kinda interesting.
  2. aaah! hammer tapers toward the face so "the small face is better suited for working on a narrow target, keeping the hammer from hitting the anvil as the bevel gets thinner" I forgot, lol. also there's the video I was talking about! cool thx man, wasn't sure where it was angled handle or angled eye, in the end It both works, thats how I see it.
  3. Not to be an elitist but arn't japanese blade/swordsmiths hammers supposed to taper down toward the face rather than the back? I remember a video of a japanese blacksmith talking about their hammers and anvils and the reasons for why the handles/heads are angled, but I dont remember if he talked about the taper of the hammers head...hm imma go look it up. if I find it, wanna see? he is speaking in english :'P
  4. wow thats got some crazy stuff going on. though I wouldnt wanna touch that with hand woodworking tools, the grain seems to be going in every which direction and back. im also currently working w walnut wood, I really like the smell, I would describe it as "mellow and rustic comfort" other people tho...have told me it makes me smell like I came out of an old building... eeeyeah...maybe watch out for that, if youre planning on meeting folks after XD
  5. wow and suddenly getting married and sharing your life with another person doesn't seem so strange or scary. Media: "less and less young people are getting married" Bladesmiths: "dude, Powerhammer? Hydraulic Press? a person who supports your madness?"
  6. mhm yah, true, a knife isn't always used like a fixed position instrument, like a saw or plane.
  7. Jerky speeds? does it seem like it "stutters?" or "jumps?" might be a damaged commutator bar on the armature assembly. but I don't really count as "electrically smart folk" XD
  8. the first handle I ever made (saw handle) I measured by using a piece of clay and squeezing it until, my fingers were just about to reach my palm. that shape I then roughly transferred onto paper and made a handle from it and I cant complain, its perfectly shaped to my hand after all but that's just one way of making a handle, not sure how good that works for knives but... I mean cant go wrong with something that perfectly tailored to your grip right?
  9. Definitely a few ways better than, the "knife-ish" abomination I made first time. XD
  10. pretty ^-^ I think I've heard of what you're talking about w the second hamon line before, there was a Japanese name for it but I cant remember, its like a faint transition line just between the soft and hard steel. I like the form, it looks slim and nimble
  11. you could use it as an engraving or hot cutting anvil, if its not too hard. or delegate it to being an "outside" anvil, something small to carry around maybe to blacksmith meets or to couple w a portable forge set up?
  12. And so it begins. just don't get into Japanese blacksmithing...that's...a bit...
  13. A Sen-Dai is an workbench functioning with wedges to clamp work pieces down or sideways. especially useful for operations like polishing the surfaces of blades. The bench is very easy to build and requires minimal woodworking/blacksmithing skill. something on the level of a weekend project :"P
  14. man, that looks like fire! no seriously, the pattern kinda looks like flames, awesome work!
  15. I thought to post this here(?) and see if maybe this might be helpful to someone. Togi-Dai are commonly seen used by sword/Katana polishers, however they are also used widely by blacksmiths of different crafts not just sword smiths. A Togi-Dai is a unique area purely for water-whetstone work, were a craftsman can work on grinding, shaping and sharpening all manner of tools/work pieces. this is my version of it, build from...scrap, so dont consider this a "perfect build" but rather a "poormans" inspirational video? timestamps to jump to the construction of the different parts, are in the description.
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