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Al Massey

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    Nova Scotia, Canada
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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. Ummm, you're not actually setting up the forge IN your house, are you?
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    Removing rust

    This is why they created 3M belts....
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    Old Globe Wrought

    If you made the order on Visa, I suggest you contact your company and have the charges removed due to non-delivery of service- but first contact them and leave a message about your intentions. Let them know you will wait 24 hours then go ahead. When the Visa card folks suck back their payments that definitely will get their attention.
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    how to pattern weld?

    As something to start with, you might consider working with wire rope. It welds to itself easily and gives a pretty, if rather simple, pattern.
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    Yeah, you can always insert a clean piece of steel, I recommend the 10-series. But when doing up a billet, expect to lose at least half your starting material to scale and grinding. The other thing you can do is make another billet and weld it to the first to increase the layer count.
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    What kinds of steel are you using?
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    Grind out all the hammer marks before restacking. If you don't that's going to come back and bite you in the backside later, usually when you're in the middle of the final grind.
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    The old leaf spring debate

    I occasionally check my local spring shop. You will often find "off cuts" of new stock used in making up orders. Sometimes it's pretty heavy- that being said, I have a press and it's neat sometimes to see a 3-foot sword emerging from a one-foot bar of heavy stock. This being said, I've used a lot of scrap spring. I can usually tell if it's going to be bad within a few minutes of forging- cracks will start showing up. This has been pretty rare, though. I've made a number of blades from this stuff and tested them pretty abusively and they've held up well.
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    A duel: thesaurus' at 12 paces

    Still the world is wondrous large,—seven seas from marge to marge— And it holds a vast of various kinds of man; And the wildest dreams of Kew are the facts of Khatmandhu And the crimes of Clapham chaste in Martaban. Here's my wisdom for your use, as I learned it when the moose And the reindeer roamed where Paris roars to-night:— "There are nine and sixty ways of constructing tribal lays, "And—every—single—one—of—them—is—right!" -Kipling.
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    New Chef's knife blade

    Blade length 8.5 ", blade is 750 layer ladder-pattern 1084/L6. Blade tapers from about .20 inches to about 1/10" at the tip.
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    handle epoxy

    I really like G2 epoxy from Lee Valley. Works great on exotic hardwoods.
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    Cable prep Q?

    Cable is easy. You can also clean it with gasoline. Tack-welding the ends is highly recommended and the other tips by the other Al are good knowledge. One more thing- make absolutely sure ALL the strands are steel- there is some cable with non-metal strands on the inside and they will mess up your welds.
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    Quench oil temperature question

    Strange. I sometimes heat my oil well over 200 degrees and still everything hardened up fine. You sure you're getting the spring stock hot enough? Spring steel needs to be about 1550 to harden properly in my experience, a fair bit over non-magnetic.
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    "The Art of the Cutler" by JJ Perret

    Looking forward to it. Perret was one of those fellows who stood head and shoulders above most, who wasn't afraid to reveal "trade secrets", as without experience and hard work they meant nothing, and who both talked the talk and walked the walk. Reminds me of a retired serviceman and full-time bladesmith of my acquaintance.
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    spine thickness?

    In all fairness, some machetes can go to 1/8". A Collins WW2 jungle knife I picked up is a full eighth of an inch at least, and is damn near indestructible. Then again I like thicker backs for hard use blades.