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  1. Decided to try something new this weekend spent almost as much time on Amazon ordering tools and bits to make this faster on the other side as i did getting it ruffed out hopefully it works out small damascus neck knife
  2. my 50lb little giant dies are 4140 welded to mild plate i hit them with 60xx stick and they have been holding up fine most of my dies on the press are mig but i think all my dies are mild on that
  3. you know what i completely forgot to mention about the air over hydrolic forging press some of the guys have been budjet building with the harbor freight air powered bottle jack even if you have a fab shop do the frame work its mostlikly the cheapest way to get a usable press this side of sacrificing a log splitter
  4. well it wont help much but here in central michigan i have seen a guy drive up from ohio to pay $5000 for a 25lb little giant in mostly plug and play shape and i drove 15 minutes to pay $1000 for a questionable 50lb little giant that ended up mostly needing oil to be useful a bit of fabricating to be good for several years that said build or buy a tire hammer they seam to be the best bang for the buck fo starter hammers and beyond if your really serious your going to start collecting power hammers and or presses anyway so dont worie about getting to attached to the first one i have seen some presses come up at a bit more than it would cost me to build one from scratch depending on the motor (being the biggest cost) and out of the two the press is my cant be without the hammer helps a lot but if i only had one it would be the press for damascus were as the hammer would be if i was looking for more general blacksmithing as for finding any of this craigs list facebook marketplace local papers ect ect oh and forums lots of forums and face book groups or like me find out one of your hay suppliers has had one in the barn for 35 years that his dad left him and never ran and just happen to stop by for hay when he has it out sitting in the yard one day only took me 25 years to get my first hammer (cost reasons) and when i did i could have hit it with my car
  5. i have a small electric hydrolic think its rated at 5ton im convinced they refer to the pressure the wedge edge can produce before it starts to penetrate or some other number magic as i have never seen a commercially available splitter with a cylinder that could out put what is advertised i am toying with the idea of using it for something but i know my 19 ton purpose built forging press has limits i have hit so im not expecting much from the little guy maybe split billets for folding im really hoping i can split feather damascus on it but ill be testing it on mono steel before i get excited
  6. as i and others get older its good to see that everyone looks to be eating well at least
  7. Results with any of the cryo methods are dependent on how fast you implement them after quench ie even liquid nitrogen has a diminished efect if done say 4 hours after heat treat (not exactly just trying to flesh out a point) i feel it was knife steel nerds that did some thurow testing on the matter but i have been wrong before
  8. Well if your going to use it as part of the billet go for it i am going to say that ball bearings if 52100 are a bit of a pain as far as every can i have welded up with bearings has had flaws at the corners and im using a press for my welding so might be worse or better by hand
  9. If theres anyone in central michigan thats interested in a bag of kast o lite 26 i got one bag more than i needed and i dont have any other projects to use it on $93 pick up available in lansing or laingsburg
  10. im in the second half of making a larger one to replace the one i have been using for prolly as long as j its still chugging along but the doors too small new one fixes that saw one in a youtube video this last week and was surprised most every one there has a tube type with dual bricks for the door
  11. my wife opened a yarn store in a small town local to us a year or so ago maybe yarn girls are attracted to black boogers beer bellys and grinder dust
  12. Making progress cut the ends off a few canisters today Square is ballbearings 2-3 sizes and powder round one is carpet tacks and powder and small ballbearings in powder in a checkerboard layout gona slice it up and make necklace charms from it to recoup some expenses from all this learing im doing
  13. well first see if coal is available in your area if you cant get it or you don't want to make your own charcoal youl be better off with propane
  14. Falling down the mosaic rabbit hole currently doing major r $ d to get the process workable made my self some forgewelding bifocals because my ass cant help but look in at the glow number 3 green top with yellow low ir full lens so i can see to hammer if needed lenses cut to fit inside of eachother with the 3 at the side sheilds so i dont get a bunch of side glow ........also low on moto tool cut off wheels
  15. pretty sure ive seen it as micarta havent tried it my self
  16. She was breathing fire when i finished welding buuuuut not enough if it had puffed out any more it might not have fit out the forge door I am pretty sure i can get something useful out of it so its still a win
  17. Trying my hand at canister welding ........for got the air hole luckly i think i can scavange enough for some san mi the next one will be better also smaller nuts
  18. Yes cactus juice will penitrate bone even some/most rocks basically anything that can hold/absorb water can be stabilised with cactus juice but do you self a favor and dont try skiping steps or think you have a better idea every step thats recommended on curtis's page is from years of practice testing and the experiences of his customer base
  19. Tried my hand at a viking era cooking thingy aparently something similar was still around in more colonial times but solid not spiral ........also made me re think setting up my shop specifically for knives seemed like everything was in the way at one point or another might be the 5ft starting length or my walls are just to close together
  20. I have a friend in central michigan looking to maybe sell his Champion Blower and Forge co. Champion 20 inch drill Any intrest or anyone know what they usually sell for?
  21. Got further in to troubleshooting the big hammer it was binding when rotated ends up front pin to lift lower the head was binding took apart and there was a bit of rust and oil pack looked further and ill be needing to make two pivot/toggle bushings though they were worn ends up there missing i might try hdpe rather than bronze as it doesnt move a bunch.....last photo is one of the two it has out of four that it should have
  22. any idea the size of the scales in the photos ?
  23. You make a coil that only goes along the cutting edge ive seen it somewhere maybe youtube
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