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Al Massey

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Al Massey last won the day on July 10 2018

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    Swords of all kinds, damascus steel (all kinds), fencing, redheads, fiddle music both listening and playing, good Chinese food, pretty Chinese waitresses, Martial arts flicks so bad they're funny, redheads, really bad horror flicks, home-brewed beer and wine, and Futurama. (did I mention redheads?)

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  1. Subject pretty much says it. Although my forge is a beast ultimately I'm going to want a proper melting furnace. I don't see too many commercial ones available for the temp range I want, if anyone has a line on them let me know. I'm probably looking doing about 1 kilo ingots or a little better, tops. Also, I've had great success with forging with Rex Price's T-Rex atmospheric burners. He also has a 1" dia. foundry burner, curious if it would suit my needs if I built one. Definitely will need to invest in hi-temp rated Innswool though if I build- I think I'm looking to get 2500-2600 and th
  2. This is my first attempt at a melt. Looks okay to me, going to do thermal cycling a few times before taking it to the press. 250 grams 1084 steel and 150 cast iron, borax-flourspar flux topped with Grolsch Pilsener bottle glass. Figure approx. 1.5 C. Mini ingot, only 380 grams.
  3. The fear of losing memories is well understood as you get older.
  4. I just use a couple of pieces of fairly rigid angle iron with chunks of softwood gorilla glued to each one- after being in the quench about 15 seconds just take it over to the angle iron chunks which are loosely clamped in my post vise, slide the blade between the pieces of softwood and tighten down the vise.
  5. Is that kilij grip a frame construction?
  6. I'm with Alex on this. I think your heat is too low.
  7. I recall an anecdote about the British machining expert, Joseph Whitworth, where an elderly factory foreman remembered him working as a mechanic in his early years, where according to the old man Whitworth was "Good with all hand tools but simply a wonder to watch with an 18" mill file."
  8. Sounds like you're trying to harden a low carbon alloy.
  9. That's the reason I haven't used mild or wrought in layered damascus in 25 years. It's a very labour intensive way to make 1045 bar stock.
  10. 31-32" is fine. Most of the historical examples I've seen are fairly wide but very thin at the foible- 1/10" or so- and 3/16 or so at the root. Look at as many pics as you can for profiles. Fairly flat blade cross-sections are good usually with at least one fuller, usually less than 2/3 the length of the blade and the fullers are relatively narrow.
  11. Alan, I thought that was the other way around, the early Anglo-Saxon swords being less tapering than the ones favoured by the Vikings?
  12. Namikawa is second to none in customer service. Also, a good source of stones is Lee Valley Tools- I don't know if they ship overseas though. Cheers, Al
  13. It shouldn't cost you anywheres near 8K to build a press. I built mine for about 2K, granted, a few years ago, but still...your equivalent of Princess Auto should carry the parts for the hydraulics and then it's just a matter of getting the steel to put together an H-frame.
  14. The only trick to it was gaps were not something they particularly worried about. Gaps could be filled in with pine resin or wax or a mix thereof.
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