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  1. Thanks so much Alan, Jerrod, Kreg, Vlegski and BillyO for all of your great advice!! One of the many things I love about this forum, is the generosity of knowledge that all of the Smiths share so graciously!! And BillyO, I will definitely post the pics when it's finished!!!
  2. Hi Alan and hello to all of the other Smiths out there who have been so generous with your knowledge!! I have a few questions about Damascus. I have just made my very first Damascus billet!! It's 64 layers of 1095 & 15N20. First question is: How can I judge when the steel is the right temperature for quenching? (I don't have a pyrometer but could use some advice on a decent quality, reasonably priced unit.) I have heard that the steel should be salmon colored and just beyond the point of non magnetic. Is that accurate? Second question: What is the correc
  3. Thanks so much Alan for the awesome PDF and for all of your great advice!! Thanks also to Dan and all of the smiths who have given me such valuable input!! I had a thought last night while contemplating forging down my 1 inch square bar to fit my 1 inch hardy hole. (Please forgive me if this question is dumb!!) Rather than having to forge down the square bar to fit every time I make hardy tools, wouldn't it be better to slightly increase the size of the hole? And if so, how would one go about accomplishing that objective? Again, sorry if this is a silly qu
  4. Thanks so much Dan!! Those are some great tips!! Like you, I also prefer my hardy under my tong hand and my horn under my hammer hand! I will definitely heed that excellent advice!! (and I've heard that before too.) Just out of curiosity, might you still have that PDF from Alan??
  5. Thanks so much to all of you for your advice!! I've learned so much since joining here and am always so appreciative for all of the guidance I've gotten from all of you!! :-)
  6. Good morning Alan and all of the great members here!! My newbie question today has to do with making hardy tools and determining the correct size of square bar for my hardy hole. My hardy hole is 1 inch and I recently built a bending jig using 7/8ths square bar. I'm pretty happy with the way it came out for the most part, but it feels like a little bit of a loose fit in the hole. The question is: What is the correct size square bar for a 1 inch hardy hole? Wouldn't 1 inch square bar be to thick, or would it? I tried to find 15/16ths but couldn't. (Please don't laugh if
  7. Thanks so much Alan!! For your reply above as well as your replies to my other posts/questions!!
  8. Hi all, I'm relatively new to Bladesmith's Forum and this is only my forth or fifth post, so please forgive me if I'm posting my question in the wrong place. My question is similar to Bill's. I've made a chef knife for my wife and the handle is made of walnut. I've fine sanded it so that it feels very smooth in the hand. The question is what is the best way to finish and protect the handle from water and the oils/liquids that may get on the handle while using? (Meats, veggies, etc.) A friend who is not a bladesmith suggested using stain and then
  9. Thanks so much Geoff and Alan!! Your comments take a "little" of the sting out of my dopey decision. I'll try the tests you mentioned and then decide on a course of action. I will consider this a part of paying my dues and my blacksmithing education. Thanks again guys!!
  10. Thanks so much Alan, Geoff and Brian for the info. Well, I just learned a very painful lesson. OUCH!! My anvil face had a 3.6 millimeter low point halfway between the step and the hardy hole, presumably from a hundred years of Blacksmithing. Here's the painful lesson I just learned. Last week I had a machine shop mill it flat and level. Ugh!! Why didn't I post these questions before I did that?!?!?! What a dope I am!!! So am I totally screwed? Is it useless now? What happens if I try to continue using it? (I feel sick to my stomach.)
  11. Thanks so much Brian!! I look forward to hearing from Alan too!!
  12. Hi all!! Like Chris, I am also new to knife making, and also like Chris, I have an anvil that I'd like to learn more about. I'm hoping that you all may be able to help! In this first picture I can see what looks like a "D" and the letter before it looks like it could be an "L" or an "I". (Please see the small red arrow.) Below that looks like either four number 1's towards the bottom or possibly 1911? (Sorry that the pictures aren't better.) On the other side of the anvil I can see what looks like small round divots in the center, and then four
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