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  1. On ‎4‎/‎4‎/‎2020 at 9:34 AM, Alan Longmire said:

    Ha!  Nailed it, yataghan curve and all. B). How are you going to hilt it?

    Lovely.  There is a subtle Asian nuance to the blade, even before HT (if I am sequencing the pics correctly)

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  2. Hmmm, if you are not going for dramatic grain, European Beech makes a great all around wood for dirks & such.  I bought a couple of 2-inch planks years ago, back when I was active, and used it on several dirks and sgians.  It is hard, but not recalcitrant to carving, and not brittle.  Stains and dyes well.  Nice for replicas, goes "antique-ee"  beautifully.


  3. On ‎4‎/‎28‎/‎2018 at 7:02 AM, Alan Longmire said:

    oth processes also recommend leather and bone charcoal as better than wood.  I have heard all sorts of explanations, ranging from phosphorus and potassium in bone promoting faster carburization to the black magic of using animal parts to the (more likely) it was a good way to use the byproducts of butchering.  Commercial carburizing compounds contain barium, and I have no idea why.  Plain old wood charcoal is fine.  Carbon is carbon, but I doubt diamonds make a good carburizing compound...

    Alan, I imagine that the barium acts as an "accelerant", optimizing carbon transfusion into the iron.  Lots of old shop manual recipes called for adding calcium carbonate to the mix as an accelerant, but I believe this was a red herring and a mistaken shop tradition.

  4. That is Engravers Pitch in an engravers bowl. A rounded vessel containing thermo-plastic pitch. You heat it up with your torch to liquify the surface and embed your work. When it cools your work piece is held rigidly so you can work on it. Heat it up to release the work.

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