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  1. It's easy guys. Take I-75 South to Corbin, KY. GET off and take 25 South til you go through Pineville. When you get to the "narrows" take a left on 119 and keep going. If You turn right instead of left at the T-bone intersection several miles on, you will go into Harlan, not a bad place to be , but not here we want to go. If you have a 4 X 4. we can go "up top" for the view. ALL are welcome. We all be friends there.
  2. My quench tank is 2/3 of a 100LB propane trank. I want a big . well coaked fire to HT, so I start by heating up a big square drive shaft to red and then leting that soak a bit in the tank. It is not scientific, but intuitive; depending on the time of year and ambient temperature, I may not pre-heat the oil at all.
  3. In my (empirical) experience; 5160 will stand a higher heat in forging than 1095 , some what. The trick is to keep trying until you find the color/heat at which the steel starts to "come along" under the hammer. All things considered, normalize to refine grain after forging and insist on an even heat for hardening. I have not found that VISUALLY 5160 or 1095 take a different heat, just soak a bit. The BIG diference is in the tempering temerature. I use 350 F for 5160 and 400 for 1095, but that is multiple temper cycles. (385 for 1085) There seems to be a fairly narow range for tempering
  4. Chris, my wife the professional ceramacist says that when you ask about Ball Clay, the response should be "What Brand?"
  5. Gawdawlmitye Chris. That is unexcuseable... Call Columbus Clay, Amaco or Mid-South Ceramics. Call Link at Mud-Werks in Lexington, KY
  6. Umm, I am a simpleton, I know..but did you section, etch, micro-photograph the samples after testing? A different distubution of carbon in the internal structure may make a difference? Grain growth in the welded sample? Did you analyze after testing for carbon loss from the welding? Even if this were done in an inert atmosphere, there could be carbon difussion to the container, etc that left a lower carbon, more ductile result in the welded sample...Just thinking, ya know. After all this is not Quantum scale stuff, still in the "real" world. If we were talking about sword size billets of t
  7. http://www.indiaenews.com/technology/20071013/75049.htm I thought this was educational....
  8. Very nice Bob. Weez be proud uv yuh.
  9. The MAGIK must be your magik or it means nothing and has no power. You must imbue the sax with all your emotional concentration, but in an organized way. Color, scent, planatary hour, sigil, symbol,and thought must be coordiated. Once consecrated the sax must dwell in your mind as continually as empowered. Magic is a focused insanity, but very poweful and can change the universe.
  10. Wow Alan. very nice work. Sigh, I used to smoke a pipe, for years, really enjoyed it (read; was addicted) It seems that the cheap drug store pipes in the 60's-70's were actually not bad, but the quality deteriorated amd the price sky-rocketed. Hard to beat a good 'cob, once you accept they dont last long. I understand that formerly a cherry wood pipe was considered good. I was a Prince Albert man. Once you get your mouth broke in, nothing better.
  11. Nice Steve. Nice. Are you going to Bowie's?
  12. Looks like a good start Mike, but what the Heck is that contraption out of which the blade is protruding in the first pic? (at first I thought the flexible gas line and valve resemble automotive electrical cables. Huh? )
  13. LOVE IT! I always am enthralled by progress pics.
  14. This is fascinating. Please keep us posted on developements. Good pic of the crucible in hand with tatoo. Very Alchemical. What is your fuel?
  15. GREAT PICS Bob!!! You have captured the pictorial aesthetic wonderfully. Thanks Randy for the links. Great to meet and greet and jabber with all.
  16. Mike, I got my copy of Batson's Booklet from Mark Z. of Knife World. That was at a Hammer-In at Ron Claiborne's though and I was able to have Dr. Batson sign it for me. You can order it from KnifeWorld.com I believe.
  17. Dr. Jim Batson's monograph on the evolution of the framed handle Bowie is very educational. There are all kinds of variations on this. The inner liners, soldered or pinned to the Frame is the thing. Then those visible pins only go to bind all parts, the blade tang (through the scales) and the rigid boxed handle asembly to be fixed together firmly. Very strong, especially if closely fitted. The one above has no inner liners, so multiple pins are required.
  18. Beautiful! Now that has to have some strong juju going on after that aging. Was it where the moonlight could fall on it? Me thinks it a changling perhaps.
  19. Yes, Indeedy. Very nice. I am making mental notes here for a future project.
  20. I posted some pics over at the OUT POST. I tried to post again with a couple more but it got all cross ways on me and wouldnt let me. I want more hammer-in.
  21. That all sounds so great Bob. Good luck, I am sure you guys will have a blast. I just got back from the Hammer-In in Eastern KY/Harlan County. The smaller hammer-ins that have room for all to demo and a couple of students to get some first-rate instruction are invaluable. I am getting ready for a show in August so will have to pass this year. We had spectators at the ATV Park where the Hammer-In was held, one Family from Wisconsin. When the man spoke, I thought at first he had a German accent! I bet we sounded like pure-D Hillbilly's to them. I have been to Chicago/Naperville several time
  22. Kenny, I really enjoyed meeting your friends, Mike Jones (and Lara and Cora (?) the Doberman ) and the other 7th cousin Cornett, both great guys. Plus the few spectators we had. I thought all the ATV'rs would disturb us roaring up and down all night, but it was quiet. I think it was us who kept going late! A special thanks to Colton who lent me his tent. I would have been under a tarp otherwise. The food was good. I ate a Ka-Bob or two of venison and a deer-burgar or two. That low-fat high protein wild game really stays with you. I didnt get hungry until the next afternoon. I heard t
  23. Yup, good fun all around, got to met a lot of new people and get reaquainted Bob. I am going to try to get some pics posted over at The OutPost.
  24. This is a Bowie that I just shipped to a client in Chicago, Foreed 1085, Mild steel framed handle, jigged bone scales, eight pins, Cuts real nice..
  25. As I understand it , ATF is very fast, equivalent to a fastest commercial specialty HT oils. I have used ATF half and half with non-detergent 30 WT R & O or "elevator" grade Hydraulic oil for years. This mix is PLENTY fast. With some blades you want to use it "cold", that is, at ambient temperature to avoid warping. You don't really need to pre-heat the oil for large blades. It does carbonize and smoke and flame up. The flame temperature is low, just keep a metal lid on hand to snuff it out .
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