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Alan Longmire

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  1. I have a couple of pettys I made, but they're not great.  Bad handle geometry on one and a rusty hamon on the other.  But I also have and love this one: BB71D311-FA35-4EE8-9E5D-2110F08729E6.jpeg


    Some guy named Aiden made it for Iron in the Hat last year and I won it. :lol:  That CPM Magnacut is no joke!  For such a big knife it acts like a laser.  


    Sad to say my other kitchen knives are commercial ones.  


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  2. 1 hour ago, Gilbert McCann said:

    Some progress on one of the father and son knives


    I see you chose the hard way to do things...  Much respect, most people doing full integrals leave that bolster curved in front. Very rarely do you see anyone sculpting it to look like an added guard.  I approve of that much filework. B)

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  3. Those hooks, both past (after about 1950) and modern, are going to be a medium carbon like 4140, something that will harden into the low 50s Rc, but still be tough enough to pass any OSHA test. Grab hooks like that are designed to bend when the rated load capacity has been exceeded so you know it's time to replace them.


    And they should make a great beater machete!  

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  4. I've been on a couple of groups like that.  Great promise, but if they aren't aggressively marketed they do nothing.  Looks like Lorne was last here five months ago, on December 31, 2023.  Wonder if something happened to him?  


    if there's no change in another month or so let me know and I'll remove this section.  We don't need to be promoting something that doesn't work.

  5. 8 hours ago, Doug Lester said:

    Wolf jaw tong are pretty much useless in my experience.


    Mine too.  I like box jaw and V-bit for railroad spikes.  You'll need them to fit 5/8" square.  


    Another fun thing, since you're new to this: when you're a smith, you adjust the tongs to fit the work by heating them to orange and squezzing them to fit the work with another set of tongs or a vise. Let cool (don't quench unless you're positive they're plain mild steel!) and you're good to go.  


    Later you can even make your own tongs. It's not that hard, and for some things like specialized rr-spike-head-holding tongs it's the only way to make sure you have what you want. Spike tongs that hold by the head are available, but not cheap. 


    16 hours ago, david harvey said:

    I've sense in closed the back and made the opening smaller.


    Glad you found the choke!  Start with it wide open and then close it slowly until you get a pale blue flame coming out the doors.  Closing off the back is also good, but this type of burner has to have enough opening to exhaust or it'll start sputtering.  As long as you leave about a half to a third of one door completely open it  should work.  


    You'll probably need to tune the choke every time you change the size of the opening.  You want jet engine noise and solid pale blue sheet of flame coming out the opening, no billowing or yellow flame.  

  6. If that's all the way up, either your tank's nearly empty or the regulator is bad.  It should sound like a jet engine and there shouldn't be any billowy flames. It should be a sheet of blue-white out the doors and the interior should be glowing orange to yellow in five minutes or so without the brick.  With the brick it'll take 10 - 20 minutes.


    Check your connections, there may be a blocked hole somewhere.  Other things: don't use teflon tape on propane fittings, it shreds up and blocks orifices.  When you open the tank valve, do it slowly at first, then open it all the way. If you open it fast it can trip the OPD valve and drop the flow.  Where's the choke on that, I'm not seeing it...

  7. Hmmm...  Well, the one I have played with was a 120lber, maybe the big ones don't get the full sharp edge treatment.  Looks great!


    On the Arm and Hammer, the 99 is probably the weight (someone's scales are off?) and the serial number is around 1924-ish.  And I wrong, they're not by the same company that made Trentons. They were founded by a former employee of that company under a very similar name (Columbus Forge and Iron versus Columbus Forge and Anvil) around 1914.  They're kind of rare, only around 50,000 made.  Compare that to 300,000 Trentons and 450,000 Hay-Buddens...

  8. 6 hours ago, Pieter-Paul Derks said:

    even hills have me excited already.


    In that case, prepare for Lookout Mountain as you go through Chattanooga!  It's lovely.  Some nice scenery as you cross the lower part of the Cumberland Plateau as well, even though it's lower than the northern part.  Sorry to keep yammering, I just like to show people my state!  

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  9. Those are indeed beautiful!  I think you'll do fine.


    As for foods, etc., I can't help with Atlanta, (except do go to the Atlanta History Center if you're interested in the American Civil War) but as a native Tennessean I'm sorry you won't be in my end of the state and that I won't be in Nashville (as far as I know) to meet you!  That's a five-hour drive one way for me, and at this moment I don't have any meetings scheduled in Nashville in June.  You will probably pass through Chattanooga on your way from Atlanta to Nashville? If so, their aquarium is spectacular.  In Nashville, go ahead and do the tourist thing, head down 2nd avenue and marvel at the rednecks and tacky fashion.  If you like country music (I don't particularly care for the new stuff, but pre-1985 isn't too bad except when it's horrible), a visit to the Ryman Auditorium is always nice.  Even I appreciate its role in what became "country" music.  Do visit the Tennessee State Museum. https://tnmuseum.org/ It's not large, and it has some really interesting things in it. In my experience many Europeans are fascinated with Native American life, and it has an excellent section on that aspect of Tennessee history. It will give you a new appreciation for what you have in Europe, that's for sure!  Eat at the Farmer's Market food court just south of the museum.  Lots of options.  Do not look for Nashville Hot Chicken.  Unless you love pain, that is.  The mild variety is hot, but still has some flavor. Anything hotter than medium spice is just mean, with no flavor notes except pure capsaicin.  


    In Memphis, you must visit the National Ornamental Metal Museum https://www.metalmuseum.org/.  I apologize in advance for the road construction.  Any of the BBQ joints downtown are excellent, but the Rendezvous is the most famous and thus the most crowded.  Be sure to try pulled pork, both pork and beef ribs, beef brisket, and especially shrimp.  Being from East Tennessee I prefer my BBQ a bit sweeter than they do in Memphis, but that's a personal thing.  Other than the museum and the food, Memphis has few redeeming virtues in my opinion.  But the food is pretty darned great. Oh, and Graceland.  Even if you don't personally care for Elvis, it's worth a look.


    On the way from there to Baton Rouge, stop in Greenville, Mississippi and get some hot tamales.  They are unlike anything you've ever had, but are good.  Baton Rouge is mostly oil refineries, but New Orleans is my favorite city in this country.  It will be hot, miserably so.  That just means you walk more slowly.  Do the tourist stuff in the French Quarter, and do their aquarium, it's the best I've seen except for the one in Monterey Bay, California!  Then take the St. Charles Streetcar all the way to the end of the line.  It will pass through the business district, by the war museum (which I haven't seen), then through the Garden District, Audubon Park, and the universities of Tulane and Loyola.  In Audubon Park is the Tree of Life, a centuries-old Liveoak.  Beware of fire ants, though.  Evil little things, and in the park they don't build the typical tall mounds.  When the streetcar turns the corner from St. Charles onto Carrolton, to your left is a legendary bar called Cooter Browns.  110 beers on tap, (some of them even worth drinking! :lol:) excellent cheeseburgers, and oysters on the half shell if that's your thing.  Ride on to the end of the line, where you'll get out while the conductor flips the seats to face the opposite direction, then ride back to Canal Street.   That whole trip if you don't get off takes about 45 minutes to an hour and a half, but you'll see the real city.


    If it's after 5pm and you're on the east end of the French Quarter AND you're as big a nerd as I am, you must go to Dat Dog Dat Dog - Hot Dog Restaurant in LA on the corner of Chartres (pronounced "charters") and Frenchman streets. At first glance it's unassuming, but looks are deceiving. The food is incredible (as is all the food in New Orleans), but the upstairs bar (you enter though a TARDIS) is a place unlike any I've seen.  It's the headquarters of the Intergalactic Crewe of Chewbacchus, a Science Fiction / space-themed Mardi Gras Krewe Chewbacchus – Saving The Galaxy One Drunken Nerd at a Time….  It's done in purple and black, with blacklights everywhere, and model space ships from every sci-fi world hanging from the ceiling, but the centerpiece is the avatar of the great god Chewbacchus himself behind the bar.  That alone is worth the trip, if you ever liked Star Wars even a little, back before they ruined it with the prequels.  Just pretend those never happened and you'll be fine.  Cafe du Monde is overrated, but it's fun to take a chickory cafe au lait and a bag of beignets up to the top of the levee and watch the river roll by.


    But I repeat: ALL the food in New Orleans (and most of south Louisiana) is incredible.  I'm not a fan of boudin noir, but that's about it.


    Enjoy your trip to the States, and let us know how it went afterwards!  

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  10. If you're taking that to Atlanta next month, I suspect you'll go home with a few awards. B)  Lots of people make knives, you create an entire mythos for each piece!

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