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Greg Thomas Obach

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About Greg Thomas Obach

  • Birthday 06/14/1970

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    Elliot Lake, Ontario
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    steel forgings, melting steel and iron

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  1. Greg Thomas Obach

    Bladesmith's Anvil

    its been a longtime since i did some anvils. The place i live in is basically a mining town, and there ton's of resurfacing/hardfacing being done on the buckets and wear plates of hardrock mining equipment ( so it was easy to locate both the hardsurface rod and hardsurface wire for the mig, as the weld suppliers here carry alot) I found the mig much better at making a nice surface with very little undercut compared to the surface rod ( which i found hard to stop the undercut when laying beads so close together .... why is that important ? well when you go to clean up your welds later, you will ofcourse find that the hard surface is as tough as alllllllll hell to grind down ! trick is to make as smooth a weld as possible i can't remember the exact type stoody wire i used back then ( it did have high manganese, if i remember correctly ) ... some wire requires you to lay down a bead of high nickel rod first ( not sure ) myself, i didn't bother and the hardsurface held up fine i did preheat the iron before welding and after wish i could be of more help
  2. Greg Thomas Obach

    Antique Bowie

    This ! handle is yucky (sorry to be harsh) looks like an old fake R.P had better taste in knives than this
  3. Greg Thomas Obach

    Reflection to the ancient steel.

    Hi Marius i agree with Alan, except my opinion is that Niko makes “ the best “ modern wootz steel. The patterns are absolutely wonderful ! He has worked very hard, and shared his experiences in many valuable posts. I have forged a blade out of Niko’s barstock and it is indeed a wonderful steel. ( which i would never part with and i cherish ! ) just my opinion, not to diminish the work of other Wootzmakers in any sense Id raise my glass and salute them all, for all their hardwork !
  4. Greg Thomas Obach

    Starting a New Mosaic Bowie

    very cool post !
  5. Greg Thomas Obach

    Pattern welded seax

    that is a great blade and pictures !!!
  6. Greg Thomas Obach

    Inlaying stones into soft metal using a dremel

    if you use a pitch bowl, it will hold your copper work piece solidly and make life much easier nice work!
  7. Greg Thomas Obach

    Forging a "Viking" Broad Seax

    I enjoyed the videos myself, i like to weld up the wrought packet first as it requires a good high heat, then weld on the steel edge last at lower temp
  8. Greg Thomas Obach

    I'm barely holding together- sad news...

    very very sorry to hear this news my condolences your in our prayers i'm at a loss for words.. Al please take care
  9. Greg Thomas Obach

    Knife forging in the Carpathians by Bogdan Popov

    love that anvil ! very nice video thanks
  10. Greg Thomas Obach

    Some sad news and thanks due...

    my condolences, very sorry to hear this news i lost my brother last year. I wish there was something i could tell you to make it better. take care Al
  11. Greg Thomas Obach

    forged in fire sneek peek

    hey Al i couldn't get it either on regular tv .. had to down load kodi tvmc to get it streaming over the net ( what a fiasco that was ) but it worked part that got me was when they couldn't drive Matt's knife into the barrel ( noodle armed host grrrrrrr )
  12. Greg Thomas Obach

    forged in fire sneek peek

    Good one, Matthew very cool
  13. Greg Thomas Obach

    OK..Help! This has me bugged

    hi you produce a dendritic structure when the ingot cool (basically it doesn't all solidify at once.. some stuff comes out of solution before others and forms that tree like structure ) so unless you have done a long proper anneal to homogenize the ingot.. there will be some of it remaining
  14. Greg Thomas Obach

    'Konasamudram' Process

    Hi Jan bar 8b has waves like white caps just like the picture right bellow it .. very nice that big wheel is epic ! awesome
  15. Greg Thomas Obach

    directional strength of wood grain

    if you do the bottom, enlarge the tang hole and fill with epoxy ! gives extra support