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Matthew Schneider

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  1. I'm curious about the welding of Wootz, from my experience if fit too hot ir just crumbles. What's the trick to avoiding that?
  2. I think this puck turned out better than the last though with smaller dendrites. These sure are beautiful! Think I might melt a small one just to keep as a puck, right out of the crucible they are like a shimmering rainbow colored steel jewel.
  3. Thanks I'll check there, I need one that goes to like 3300°F really. Going molten more often now
  4. There's a few pyrometers on Amazon, 3272°F max. Made in China probably. anyone have one that's worked for you? As long as it's fairly accurate it would work for me
  5. My mistake I meant pyrometer Yeah I considered a k thermocouple, how are they at measuring the temperature of surfaces though? I've only ever used them inside a furnace, would be great for that or my crucible but measuring the temperature of a bar/puck etc?
  6. Pretty dang happy how this turned out, I'll be changing my forging of the next on to start above ACM to get a more wattered pattern but for my first time I'd say it's pretty good.
  7. Kinda life I miss living, love your totems!
  8. It's definitely beautiful but looks like I might have some graphite, a bit of a bummer to say the least. Did the roast this weekend, I'll start forging this today 385 grams, old files and a bit of ball bearings to top the charge off, hard to guess exact carbon % since the files. Surface Dendrites are considerably larger than my last puck.
  9. Can anyone suggest a high quality digital thermometer that's been accurate and reliable? Amazon has so much crap with fake reviews, I'd rather that come for one of you that's actually used one that works accurately. Going to be used to guage crucible steel temperature, so one that reads up to steels melting point hopefully.
  10. Never mind, that's definitely hot enough now! Removed the upper bricks and I have far better control of it now. Changed the tuyeres a little so there's more space between them and the crucible and hot damn it's !!!HOT!!! HOPEFULLY I've got a beautiful ingot in the morning that I can forge at least as 'easy' as my first. Recipe is just a bit different this time.
  11. It's forging out nicely, had time ti get it to somewhat blade shaped yesterday, I'll finish this today then I've got another crucible charged with 4x more material so hopefully that turns out even better! Next time I'm paying better attention to where the top of the ingot ends up, I didn't plan on it being the face of my blade...next time, all learning process
  12. I did 13 heat cycles to soften it and decarb the surface. Did some light forging, no cracking and it's not super hard so it's looking positive so far. Tomorrow I'll be forging it out, can't wait to see how it turns out!
  13. After several attempts, each ending in an ingot thst didn't fully melt last night I finally got one that did. It's small 155 grams but it's my first success and I'm really excited about it. I melted this one in my forge, crucible suspended above my clinker breaker with tongs, piled up coal around it. Took about an hour to reach moltel though I probably got there sooner. Slowly ramped the blast down over half an hour and left it to cool till black. Structure looks good and it's not sparking as cast iron thankfully. Going to thermal cycle this today and attempt forging...gently. Pray my luck c
  14. So I made a furnace to do sone crucible steel melts, I've ran it twice but both times didn't get a full melt. The crucible is on a pedestal, the tuyeres are pointed at a downward angle, one at the base and the other slightly higher on the other side. they are ofset a bit so the airflow moves all around thw crucible. Both times I slowly heated it till crucible and everything we're glowing orange then turned up the blast and ran it like that for 1 1/2-2 hours. I've forge welded and melted iron bars in my forge with the same coal. First time I tried a mix of bituminous and charcoal, tended t
  15. Something I've been curious about is if the various kinds of patterning in crucible steel are better performing than others. Everyone seems to prefer the "watered" pattern that looks similar to a high layer count pattern welded, large banding. I personally find the very fine almost net-like structure (like the third and fourth pictures) more appealing, it seems to have more depth to it to my eye. Though every one I've seen is a beautiful thing no doubt. I don't know if anyone has actually put this to the test or not, the only video testing a crucible steel blade was a Very fine patterned
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