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  1. As a general rule, a hidden tang should be at least 2/3 the length of the handle. I make my hidden tangs as wide as I can get away with, slightly tapered in all dimensions. When in doubt, overbuild... :D


    If the tang does not pass completely through the length of the handle, it is a really good idea to pin it.... never just trust the epoxy to hold it together.


    I've never burned in a tang, never trusted the method enough not to damage the handle material. I expect the heat could have a detrimental effect on most of the materials I use.

  2. This may seem like a random question, but I was thinking about what defines a fighter, (besides the obvious) and I realized that I don't know anything about them.  So what does define a fighter?  I would love to learn.


    I'm sure that the answer will vary depending upon who answers, but here's my thoughts on what defines a fighter.

    The blade is slender yet stout, with a good sharp point for effortless penetration. Bowie style blades are popular with us Americans. False edges are common, but not the rule. A guard is almost always present to prevent the hand from slipping onto the cutting edge, and can be single or double. The handle needs to be non-slip, either by shape, texture, or both. The knife needs a good balance right around the guard, not too heavy in either the blade or handle.


    Good lookin knife, Ulrich. Really like the handle carving.

  3. Quick follow up:


    -What causes scale to form in the first place?


    -do you get as much scaling with gas forges?


    I may be wrong but my understanding of it is scale is a form of iron oxide that forms at temps over 1200 degrees or so. The only way to completly avoid it is to forge and heat-treat in an atmosphere devoid of oxygen... So scale forms when steel and oxygen get together at high temps.


    It happens in a gas forge too, and has an ugly reddish tone to boot.


    I've found that wire brushing while the steel is still hot, then soaking in a ferric chloride solution for 15 minutes or so, goes a long way towards dealing with scale. The FC solution loosens the scale, making it easier to remove.

  4. I forge because I enjoy it.  I forge because without setting up the bevel with a hammer, I can't grind a good bevel.  I forge because it saves me alot of time behind the grinder, eating steel dust and using up my belt supply.


    It's the thermal treatments that matter, not how you shaped it...:)

  5. A ladder pattern has always been the easiest for me....getting the welds to stick, that's the tricky part.... I prefer to cut the channels then forge flat, but either way works.  One thing that can be neat, as far as random patterns go, is to leave the blade extra thick and put some really nasty deep hammer marks in it, then grind it down to shape... each hammer mark will leave a 'divot' in the pattern, with really pretty results.


    Good luck with your billet.


  6. Bronze:  Color, durability, ease of working.  Some types can be hot forged.



    Generally speaking, what alloys of bronze are good for forging?  I've wanted to work with bronze for a long time but what types available would be best for fittings?  Something that could be cast and forged would be ideal...


    I've used copper,


    nickle silver,

    iron, and

    steel for fittings.  


    Silver is a metal I'd really like to try in the near future, but feel I need to expand on my soldering skills first.


    Happy New Year to you and your's.



  7. i thought it would be nice to give my father whom has just returned form Iraq. You can plainly read AMERICAN SOLDIER on the face, I etched in a few symbols of america and liberty...

    I'd say your father will be very happy with it.  Congratulations on your first... [ylsuper]

  8. as long as so many people are on this post i'll ask another question... is the clay coating process used on knives and short swords and katana the same for a longsword (english style or something like that). how are those big broadswords heat treated... can it be done the same way?


    btw, thx for all the links to supplis

    As far as I know, European smiths didn't use clay, but that doesn't mean that you can't.  Be very careful to use the same amount of clay on each side of the blade, otherwise you're asking for warps.


    A double edge looks great with a hamon, but requires very careful temp control to pull off right.

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