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  1. Alan Longmire

    Nickel silver pins

    It will turn green. It's more stable than some other brasses, but it is certainly not tarnish-proof.
  2. Alan Longmire

    Arkansas Toothpick/Dagger

    Good call on both the ricasso and the ivory. Subtle, but better!
  3. Alan Longmire

    Break Drum Forge

    Looks fine so far! The table doesn't need to be heavy steel, it's just there to hold extra coal and steel. Mine is 3/16" plate, but 1/8" or even 11 gauge would be fine.
  4. Alan Longmire

    Break Drum Forge

    Oh, anthracite will get hot enough to melt steel easily, but you will need flux. It's just borax from the grocery store, no big deal.
  5. Alan Longmire

    More Hamons

    Nice! Are you still doing the full-on traditional togishi waterstone thing, or are you sneaking some gaijin belt technique into the mix?
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    That goes double for me! Where did you find the stone?
  7. Alan Longmire

    Break Drum Forge

    Those are too thin and will warp. You need at least 3/16" plate around the pot. Which you could then set on the cart... I have that cart and it sits a little low for me. I am an even six feet tall, might work for you.
  8. Alan Longmire

    Faux sheer steel

    The higher the layer count the more authentic it looks when it comes to blades. Of course, most people have no clue and you could tell them anything. But that wouldn't be nice.
  9. Alan Longmire

    Burner Placement

    Agreed, it's not a big deal. Annoying, yes. Major, no.
  10. Thanks, that's what I thought. That is some good forging!
  11. Alan Longmire

    Burner Placement

    That just means it's not fully cured yet, you're still driving off water and that cools the forge. Plain wool is also white, so it looks hotter than it is.
  12. Alan Longmire

    Building a Metal Dust Collector

    That's some good HDR! I caught myself squinting while you were welding.
  13. Alan Longmire

    Anvil weight question.

    Free is good! And it will be worlds better than railroad track or the Harbor Freight ASO. Vulcans chip because the steel face is so thin compared to Fisher, the other steel-faced cast iron anvil. Fishers have reinforced edges an inch deep with flanges that lock them into the body, and the face itself is 1/2" thick. Vulcan's faces are only around 1/4" to 3/8" thick, and the edges are not reinforced. They do have a little spike thingy that locks the face to the body, which is why you'll always have a little spot of face left in the center even if all the edges are gone. I've seen that on a 50-lb Vulcan, it had been reduced to a single 1" square of steel in a sea of broken cast iron. I'd use a thin cutting disk on an angle grinder and carefully slit into the weld bead until the bar pops off, then switch to a flap wheel to level out the weld bead. I'd be afraid a cold chisel would take more of the face with it if the weld bead had good penetration. Or if, heaven forbid, they were stupid enough to have used hardfacing rod...
  14. Alan Longmire

    Kiln - to buy or not to buy

    I agree, Gerhard. Even the best gas forge can't be programmed to ramp and hold steady. There's a couple of good pinned threads on kiln builds here. If you feel electronically skilled enough it's definitely the cheaper way to go, particularly if you're doing larger items. I don't know enough about them to build one myself, but I feel sure that can be fixed.
  15. Alan Longmire

    New member/ New anvil/ Info please

    Me too! Might also be a Trenton. The name will be stamped on the side along with the weight in pounds. There will be a serial number stamped on the foot under the horn. Give us the name and the number and we can provide the date and the material, since post-1916 Hay-Buddens are all-steel anvils.