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Matthew Schneider

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  1. Does anyone still sell PLISTEX or METRIKOTE? I'm not seeing it for sale, just finished a new furnace and need some asap.
  2. Very cool! Look forward to seeing how this turns out!
  3. Getting my process down much more reliably. After 3 incomplete melts I tore down my furnace and started experimenting at my forge instead. So far every one I've done in the forge has fully melted though the heat and fumes aren't as nice as running the furnace in the open with a ocean breeze to carry away heat and coke fume. much higher heat covering the whole thing with soft firebrick and much less fuel used as well. This . Has led to plans for the furnace rebuild, soon as the ceramic wool arrives I'll have a furnace I won't have to fuss with constantly. 2 pucks roasted and ready
  4. Turned out pretty good, can't wait for the next one!
  5. Trying to forge above ACM to get a more wattered pattern, just a little too hot and the end of the puck crumbled a bit. Lost 83 grams, still have 285 thankfully. Hopefully my pattern will be less dendritic from it this time though I actually like how that looks too. If only I'd have waited 30 seconds like the little voice in my head told me....all a learning experience though
  6. Nott the best camera for this but you can kinda see the structure, think maybe I should have ground a little deeper. This one clearly has lower carbon, and my cooling was a little faster. It's surprising how such small difference make such a clear significant effect. I think the other ingots were picking up carbon from the crucible to a higher degree than I imagined. I coated it with high temperature cement this time, ingot turned out quite a bit different than the last few times. The sides of it were actually very shiny and smooth. There must be some loss to the slag and combustion, I'
  7. Iridescent! , that's the word I was trying to remember last night, that furnace leaves me feeling like I've cooked myself as well as my ingot, wipes me out. But damn is it worth it!! Yeah it's absolutely beautiful to me, right out of the crucible it was actually a lot more colorful, I used a damp rag to cool it slowly, pop those glass shards off faster and it wiped most of it off, it was a lot prettier. Yeah that sounds right, it would probably be pretty tricky in a coal forge, perhaps why we haven't seen much of it. I've never seen a pattern welded blade that had Wootz as part of it, I'd
  8. Sounds like it would be a pretty tricky, did it maintan it's pattern after that? I remember him talking about erasing the pattern with heat and bringing it back with multiple cycles. I sure would have liked to meet that guy, he was kinda my idol back when I'd first learned about wootz and saw he'd succeeded in making it. I held onto that Blade magazine with an article about it and pictures of what he'd made for a long time.
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. Thanks I'll check there, I need one that goes to like 3300°F really. Going molten more often now
  12. 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
  13. 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?
  14. 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.
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