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Geoff Keyes

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Geoff Keyes last won the day on October 2 2019

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  1. Some one may know better, but given what I know about scythes, I'd bet that they are low carbon, maybe even the equivalent of mild steel. Grass is very abrasive and so rather than have a hard edge which cuts for a while, but is hard to sharpen, the blades are soft, but a couple of strokes on a stone, or a peening over a stake puts the edge right back on them. It would also not surprise me if they had a "T" shaped spine. Geoff
  2. Thanks guys, that is all stuff I needed to hear. We held onto the payment, so the refund is no big deal. I was looking forward to spending the $, but, oh well. Geoff
  3. I'm hoping this has nothing to do with me. I sold a 2 day class to a local woman for her husband. I was looking forward to another chance to expose someone to what we do, and the chance of learning something from a student, which happens nearly every time. A couple of weeks go by and then I get an angry sounding call from the student saying that the class was not something he was interested in and wanting her money back. I'm pretty sure that there is something going between them, but it's hard not to second guess yourself. And it's snowing. I gotta go feed the ponies. Blah! Geoff
  4. I have a request for a period (1770) sailors knife. I'm wondering what would have been used for handles. Bone, wood, ivory, horn? I'm betting that there aren't all that many originals around. They were tools, and they would have been used up, lost, or broken. In the day I think they would have been English blades, and the cheap end of them. Any info people have would come in handy. ' Geoff
  5. As old as 16th century? Wow! What makes you think that? You've done a lovely job, I'm glad it went to you. Geoff
  6. I was trying to make an archers ring out of an antler cutoff. The problem I'm having is that my thumbs are pretty wide across first knuckle and the ones I've made don't fit. Can I boil the pieces and change the shape to fit me? I can just pass these along to other folks and find a piece that fits, but I like other things about these. Geoff
  7. I had considered cutting it into pieces and welding into a billet and making something new out of it. Maybe cutting it down into a tanto? Geoff
  8. I know pretty much nothing. I know that someone had wrapped duct tape around the tang and used it for chopping blackberries. I took it as trade for some blade work, but that's about it. Geoff
  9. I think I was accurate in my description. It's pretty rough . Have fun Geoff
  10. Hmmmmm, seems kinda light But it's only $275 USD, and it should be cheap to ship Geoff
  11. Dave Lisch builds forges with 1 inch of Kaowool topped with 1 inch of Kaowool soaked in Mizzou. I have done this for my welding forge and it seems to be an adequate compromise between an ITC-100 lined forge (for heat) and a hard surface forge(for durability) I can get welding temps with about a 10 minute run up time and I've had no burn through or flux damage issues in 2 years. I have not used Plistix, so I can't speak to that. Geoff
  12. I have made, or at least attempted to make, slip joint folders and the mountain man style exposed spring folders. I made a spring for a pair of needle nose pliers. I also use it for HT small damascus pieces for jewelry. It's not very efficient, a small Kaowool forge works better, I think. It heats faster and is more controllable. I built the 2 brick forge as an experiment. Geoff
  13. If you haven't read this, you probably should. We don't mind beginner questions, particularly when we can keep someone safe(er). Geoff
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