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  1. I kind of, do/don't/maybe?! but now that I have gotten into forging them im beginning to turn on my study brain and I'm looking for more information. Alrrright, so we all know how Japanese hammers work so dang well, except I don't really...I have a "vague" understanding from experience. the tapered front heavy hammer delivers a stronger more concentric blow because of its mass distribution leading it to naturally exert more power on the fall, right? and what about the shape? how does it influence the work to use a round, square, octagonal hammer? when they're fl
  2. its probably a matter of comparison. I mean, the gopro shot worse video than my cheap phone. it did perform better in the sense that, the frame rate it recorded at didnt switch around with every new video or that the focus didnt change with every little movement(and usually stopped on everything being blurry) but the quality of the video was bad, especially in lower light conditions, for instance, at night in my room with the light on, to the gopro, everything looked like im living in a dark cave. and turning up the iso did nothin gother than add a bunch of weird flummering.
  3. Cuddly fish bone cast necklace ornament. Made w aluminium bronze and silver. Even the tiny bit of silver I added, lightened the color quite a bit but a noteworthy thing was that this stuff during drilling work hardened to the point, where a cobalt drill bit did nothing!!! Almost like I was trying to drill hardened steel.
  4. Alright got over the first hurdle. Now I have the basic understanding of how this "liquid metal stuff" works(in a charcoal forge) I didn't know that the liquid really doesn't readily want to stick to other gunk like, charcoal or rusty steel rod and that I got a good few seconds to cast it, so no panic. This was mostly copper with a little tiny bit of aluminum.
  5. Yep that is right. Although my reference saves, say its "shirabiki" But I think in this case "hi" and "bi" might've been used interchangeably from region to region.
  6. I was thinking of selling both together for 70-90€ haha But these are not meant to be kiridashi, the name escapes me rn but they are usually the brother tool to the kiridashi. I already stored up on shiro/aogami number 2, pure iron and butteriron. Wrought iron sadly eludes me...
  7. Hello! Looking for feedback. I'm thinking of maybe selling these left & right hand, traditional Japanese style marking knives. But I tend to underappreciated and undervalue my work(maybe?) These were made by hand without electrical tools. Soft steel and hardsteel(100crv6) Total time, maybe, 4-6 hours I'd price them around 70-90€ But Are these even worth trying to sell?
  8. hmm from what I've been reading it seems for what im looking for with the kiridashi I'd have to use silver, a lot of silver and maybe the opposite of shibuichi like 80%silver 20%copper... I've seen some tungsten copper rods, and that color is kinda in the right direction, maybe if it was silver instead it would be spot on..
  9. @Francis Gastelluthe Kiridashi body is made of butter iron not sure if that changes things with a niage solution but yea, im not interested in patinas right now because I want to keep it more simple, the less special processes I have to apply to get the results I want, the better. I will share my smelting blobs with you all when I get back to the forge, for now...still fixing things around the house.... @DanMI don't know much about mokumegane, since the internet is flooded with the "western" imitation processes and those don't seem very traditional the link you send
  10. Hello fellow humans! Im getting more and more into engraving and im going to start making some ingots and alloys, soon-ish. Im looking for something different, like weird..."stuff," going on in the soft metal/s having two metals swirl into each other or adding minerals, chemicals(?) to affect certain metals color during smelting? I literally have no idea yet how to even look these things up, all im finding is "tinted" or "patina" and that ain't it. I know about mokumegane but it seems like I need specific set ups and my forge is kinda on the handwork-traditional side, so
  11. That is true but wastly beyond my budget. 400€ are an arm and a leg for me
  12. this is a rant read at own risk. I bought the GoPro hero 9 and after a full day of playing around with it watching and trying out tons of different tutorials and settings, throwing the videos through editors, I can say one thing: "THIS costs 400$??!" it sucks! the battery runs hot withing minutes of recording and as soon as you're not recording under the bright sun on a clear beach, the footage is all black and even if youre shooting with a lot of lighting it somehow washes all the colors out and makes it look faded. THIS costs 400$?! "my disappointment i
  13. yeh I think I'll buy it and try it around the forge. (14 days return warranty ^^) I guess if the battery is overheating, not just dunking in the quench tank but just switching it out could work as well. might be worrying about some non-issue stuff here.
  14. Yo, so I've been looking into getting a camera, for recording forging and stuff. and there are a few points about the GoPro 9 that I like but I read that GoPros arnt really meant for sitting, indoors, stationary and have overheating issues, which trigger automatic shut downs. apparently they are self cooling via, people using them in outdoor sporty type situations? does anyone have a GoPro and could clear some of this up for me? alternatively, I could dunk it in the quench bucket now and then, right? they are waterproof after all.
  15. @C Craftcuttings files is pretty easy, especially if you're using a sharp chisel, you slide it back till you feel it bump against the raised metal deformation caused by cutting the previous tooth and then that's where the next'll go. Now w a proper rounded edge tho, yea def been noticing it is harder. @Alan Longmire I think I finally got a good picture...micro camera is so terrible.. Tho this is not the best I could've done in terms of cutting/punching. The round edge seems to be no problem but I think the sharpness of the tooth, may be impacted more by t
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