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  1. Al at Riverside Machine just got in a boatload of good stag tapers and sticks, some slabs too. The best I have seen in years! He will have some at the Piney Woods Hammer-IN in Old Washington in two weeks. mike
  2. Been too damn busy. signed the papers on a piece of property yesterday if the title clears I own it finally get to build me a shop to work in then get to build me a house probably won't get bored for the few years will get tired pore people got pore ways be cool possum okie
  3. I'm with the possum on this one. Short, thick and wide. Door in the gas forge is the limiter. The press loves it. One lick welds. All the benifits that larry said, plus heat is maintained through the weld process itself. Only IMO. To each his own. m
  4. yesterday... walked out a piece of property.... still living in a box and working off the porch.... land here is too damn high..... specially to pore folks.... hepatic possum!!!!! that hurt mi sencitve side.... who why and what we is..... i understand larry... hang tough okiepossum
  5. hey possum..........! spent the weekend in Ohioway at the hammer-in..... met some really neet peopel..... ohio has no wemin!!!! some real gud smiths tho...... theys was undrwhelmed by the okiepossum..... BUT; it went real good........ lookin forward to next yaer....... a gud goat humpin' wuod be good for ya larry ........ take care bud
  6. Studentship: I often get; as I am sure a lot of you do; the question, " Will you teach me to forge a knife?" My usual answer to that is " What have you forged so far"? "anything?" Sounds cold I know. BUT! If someone does not have the drive to start on their own in some manner before they seek out someone to instruct them I see very litle prospect in them progressing very far past the " very interested" phase of knifemaking. Those that truley want to; DO. A person with a charcoal grill, a claw hammer, and a chunk of railroad iron is learning far more than all the studious questions in the world coming from the recliner. mw
  7. There are several bladesmiths in OK. To tackle sword forging you need to have a bit of experience at forging blades. Go to americanbladesmith.com to find out more about the college. mw
  8. Thanks guys. One of these days I might get some part of this thing right. Will hand sand the next episode before ht. I believe I did on my initial effort but somehow dropped a step in my process. Oh well; it's only sweat and steel. mike
  9. An anomaly; for me anyway; that someone might have some insights on. Have been water quenching some 8670m steel to get some distinctive quench; i will say activity; for lack of a better word. I pretty much standard procedure it. 1. Forge, normalize three times, grind to shape to 120 grit, normalize. 2. Heat the whole blade slowly to just a tad above non-magnetic and hold for about 5 minutes. 3. Interrupted quench in 160 deg. water. In for a two count then out, repeat till blade is dark. 4. Immediatly into 400 degree oven for two hours. Cool down; repeat. 5. Grind then sand to a clean 1200 grit. 6. clean with MEK then a 3 min. etch in app. 75 deg. 5/1 ferric cloride. NOW comes the question. Ya'll didn't think I was gonna get to it did you? After the etch and rubbing with flitz it looks like severe scratch lines running vertical on pretty much the whole blade; but predominatly in the areas that are highlighted by the quench itself. Question: Is my grain structure forming and aligning with the 120 grit grind lines? Will a longer or shorter soak time dissolve the grain structure to the point that it is not so noticeable? Anyone with some experiance in this happening to them? I will try to get a picture, maybe. thanks mike
  10. There is nothing like seeing and hearing first hand. As Daniel said; go to a hammer-in/demo. There are many small things that cannot be conferred over media. m
  11. I thought years ago that it would be a simple thing to make my own. Two blocks of steel with parallel surfaces on at least two axis with alignment bolts and tightening screws also parallel with each other and the blocks so as to maintain parallel movement though the adjustment range. Then harden and hope that it still is right; it won't be. After a couple of tries I decided that these guys were way too cheap on their prices. m
  12. "Kudzilla"... that was good Don. I needed that today. Kuzu is about to OK now. Hell; might as well. We got fire ants, killer bees, and armadillers. We might as well get covered in kujo weed too. mike
  13. mike; I think that the most simple test would be to pull some individual strands out of the cable before any heating or welding and bring them up to temp and quench them. If they get full hard; you have a process problem in the welding. If the individual strands won't harden then you don't have a hardenable steel in the cable, or your temp and quench is way off. 02 centavos mike
  14. I will be looking for you guys. Gonna get me a brand new set of spectacles this morning. We want to see good for the judging; don't we? take care ya'll mike
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