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Jesse Frank

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  1. Everything has oficcially been shipped out, so if anyone doesn't get it in the next few days, please let me know. Thanks! Jesse
  2. Thanks everyone for the response. I'm going to hold off selling any more for now, I am waiting on one more payment, and then that's it for a while. I'll let you all know if I decide to sell any more at some point. Jesse
  3. There is ore here in Fl, but it is few and far between and of poor quality. There are plenty of Limonite concretions in certain areas of the state, and believe it or not, you can sift through the good and the bad wth a magnet. They are magnetic just sitting there. They are generally small brownish stones, and you will mostly see them on hillsides where they have been weathered away. I have yet to have any luck smelting with it
  4. Hey Mark, I did get it, and they will ship out this week. Thanks!
  5. Well now, that all depends on whether or not you let it cool down before opening it up
  6. Right, It depends on many factors, time, temp, steel dimensions, alloy composition, ect. You gotta be careful running this stuff at those temps, its REAL easy to make cast iron, or at least it has been for me. Basically what happens is that the stuff takes up enough carbon to lower it's melting point to at or below you soak temps, and you get a pool instead of a bar. Ask me how I know I've never had a problem carburizing with just charcoal or leather strips. What you've got to remember is that your carbon medium doesn't do the work while it's solid, it's the gas that does it. You're still basically gas carburizing. There is actually very little of the solid material that get's burnt, if you do it right. It's pretty neat. I'm glad you like that seax
  7. I don't know, 3 hours at 2200 seems excessive to me. It depends on how you look at it. I have put a thermocouple in the can so that I can accurately measure the internal temps, but it can take an hour or more for the center of the can to get up to heat, depending on the size of the can, ect. So I suppose you could say that you would soak it for 2 hour or so, but the whole can would be at temp for a much shorter period of time. You can do it in a charcoal fire with no can, but that's a right PITA, OK for really small stuf, but you gotta keep it in the reducing portion of the fire, and make absolutley sure that the fire is deep enough that no O2 gets to it. If you can keep ALL the O2 away, the steel comes out cleaner than it went in. If O2 does get to it, you get "blister" steel, which is ok, but much more of a pain in the rear end to work with. Lets pu tit this way, the first time I carburized something, I pu it in an open can full of charcoal, let it cook @ 2100 for 20 minutes TOTAL, and that 1/8" bar was good to go. The center wasn't fully carburized, but hey, fold it once, and you got a high carbon edge. I talk a little bit about carburization in this thread: http://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?sh...esse+frank+seax
  8. Everything has officially been shipped. Thanks!
  9. My best guess is somewhere in the 1800s, but I don't really know. The remaining boxes are packed up and will ship tomorrow. I tried to ship them today, but I guess the post office here in Woodville closes at 11:30 on mondays and wednsdays Thanks, everybody, and there's more where that came from!
  10. Glad it arrived safely.... yeah, the packing material is cheap as dirt
  11. 6 more boxes shipping today to John Bergman Bruce Bryant David D3 John Thompson Micheal Z Graham Freeden I'll get the remaining ones out as soon as possible. You guys are giving me a workout! Thanks!
  12. No sweat. I found out yesterday was presidents day, so yesterdays list shipped this morning, and I am starting to prep the others now.
  13. Hey man, I found that vibrating the quench was the quickest, easiest way to agitate. It doesn't take much. in a pinch, we've done it by holding a palm sander on the tube. The results are remarkably effective. I don't think it helps past the vapor phase, but before that, there is a marked difference in the quantity of smoke produced. vitually zero. I would usually try to slow the cooling rate down once it got past that point anyhow, so it was ideal. Truthfully, I wouldn't do it any other way with this type setup. the anti scale compound I used to use would cake on in a normal oil bath, and flake off with a water quench, and the astounding thing was that it would make the compound flake off like it was water quenched when we vibrated it Tai Goo gave me the idea to try it, and there is an ASM artical that was floating around touting vibrations as being superior to conventional agitation protocol, but I can't seem to find it.
  14. Actually, I forgot to add that one of the things that contributed to the spectacular nature of the fountain was that the oil had been pretty well hydrogenated, so that really let the pressure build up. That's the only thing that I don't like about using veggie oils to temper with, is that they need to be changed pretty often if you are using them regularly.
  15. Yeah, that would be a great idea. To be honest, I think that most people wouldn't have this problem in most places, but here in Florida it can stay at 90%+ humidity for extended periods of time. I think that is what got me. It's probably not a huge concern, I'm the only one that it seems to have happened to, but having all five gallons of oil geysering up 3 or 4 feet in the air in the shop will make one a little gun shy, if you know what I mean.
  16. OK, got a much larger response than I anticipated, still have some left, but I'll have to ship half today and half tomorrow. six boxes of chain are shipping today to: Dan K Tate Roth Dj Pratt Burton(to new address) The rest will leave tomorrow Thanks
  17. Just be carful to keep a lid on it when you aren't using it to keep out moisture. my old rig(6" pipe 3' tall, basically a gas forge around a tube) ended up getting a significant amount of waterin it, even with a (loose fitting)lid. OIl float on water, and water has a lower boiling point, and really likes to expand when it turns into a gas, so one day while I was heating it up, the water at the bottom started boiling, making my quench tank into makeshift oil cannon/volcano that shot hot oil everywhere, got on the insulation, caught fire and wouldn't go out. I emptied my extinguisher on it to no avail. Now, I would marquench/temper in it, so the temps were pretty high, but still......
  18. Hi Jared, The price you see is shippe, in a flat rate box. PM me, and I'll get you the info. Thanks, Jesse
  19. Yeah, thanks guys. I appreciate it. I got a little burnt out (pun intended) on things for a while, But I'm glad to be back:)
  20. Just wanted to let you all know that I got called to work on Saturday, which is good, because I can use the money, But It means that the chain will ship Monday. Thanks again, Jesse
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