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  1. yes, hello, good sir, tired of your "regular old blacksmithing?" then may I interest you in traditional japanese blacksmithing? thats sure to keep you busy for another 10-20 years ;P these are a few things to look up or buy, build, learn. that might take a few years. "sen-dai" "sen scraper" "togi-dai" "whetstones" "fuigo bellows" "sitting/kneeling while forging" "anvil at waist height" "tapered japanese bladesmith hammer" if nothing else, a fuigo, would be a thing that may bring you great joy. if you need help fine tuning it
  2. Great stuff! im working on my first leather sheath rn and was wondering what to do about the edge of the blade slicing the stitches.
  3. But I tried welding it at different temps, I started low and when it wouldn't weld, then ramped it up to lightly sparking. I don't get it. Is this blackmagic-sacrifice-a-cicken-and-hope-for-the-best? Not sure what steel it was, I only know it was over 50years old and probably not bi-metal
  4. I did an experiment where I tried to forge weld little pieces of broken Hacksawblade for the cutting edge of a small kiridashi. The hacksaw steel welded to itself flawlessly! But...it did not weld to the low carbon steel body. Wikipedia says hacksaws are HSS. I'm flummoxed, why did it weld to itself but not the low carbon body?
  5. @Brian Myers hey, that looks exactly like the picture I was sent, except better quality! yea my design was just a first draft, just drew it for understanding the general shape. I was thinking of something like 60-80mm total blade length and maybe. thanks for the measurements. but I still would go with threaded tang to have a removable guard. I think that would also make sharpening the blade from tip to the heel easier.
  6. I was requested to make a carving knife. this drawing was taken from the reference picture, I was sent. I modified the design and added a tapered ferrule and a threaded tang so the guard could be removed (since I felt like it might be in the way and the reference picture I had been sent might've not been a carving knife? never seen them w guards) this would be San-mai laminated and is intended for children. so whatcha think? anything I might need to think off? add? retract?
  7. Made a Japanese blade/swordsmith hammer and tested it by forging a kiridashi. Computer - Shortcut.lnk0449-1953.mp4 VID_20200507_185226.mp4 VID_20200507_185226.mp4 VID_20200501_190933(0).mp4
  8. This might be something to read/look at, some of it is readable with google translate, if you have some prior knowledge and can mind bend yourself to figure out what this nonsense could mean but the pictures could be interesting anyway. http://www7b.biglobe.ne.jp/~osaru/midokoro.htm#jihada
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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?"
  14. mhm yah, true, a knife isn't always used like a fixed position instrument, like a saw or plane.
  15. 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
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