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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. Al Massey

    The incredible disappearing steel

    My average steel loss in doing up a steel billet over 300 layers is 40 per cent or even more, and that's using a press and a good gas forge setup. Scale happens. As for compression- that's not happening. You're not going to "compress" anything unless you're starting with really raw bloomery steel.
  2. ...while drawing a soft temper on the back? I'm thinking of making a dotanuki styled blade (slightly wider/thicker katana style) from oil-quench patternwelded alloys (1084/L6 or 15N20) but using this paste on the edge while I draw additional temper on the blade back, so I get a back hardness in the 40's whilst maintaining a cutting edge in the high 50's. Sort of reverse hamon thing using the paste if you follow me.
  3. For most simple steels, foil is a waste, for things like 440C that need a long soak, they are a must. Scale on 440 is basically chromium oxide which eats abrasives like it is an abrasive- which in fact it is.
  4. Al Massey

    Edge geometry

    Short answer- yes, or perhaps yes. Long answer- what kind of knife or you talking about? There is no such thing as an "ideal" edge geometry.
  5. Al Massey

    Wayne Goddard RIP

    I had breakfast with him at the Atlanta show with my wife the year after I got my JS stamp. An incredible mind.
  6. Al Massey

    After a bit of a lay off

    Reminds me of a Douk-Douk.
  7. Al Massey

    Forge Press Design Help

    I gotta second this. There's no way I would trust the welds, it looks like a lot of them are not penetrating.
  8. Al Massey

    5160 Steel.....For a Real Leaf Spring????

  9. Al Massey

    5160 Steel.....For a Real Leaf Spring????

    From my understanding once the fabrication of sword blades became a higher tech industry with more controlled heat treating, military swords tended to run from the low 40's to the low 50's depending on manufacturer.
  10. Al Massey

    5160 Steel.....For a Real Leaf Spring????

    I think stiffness is more a factor of cross-sectional thickness rather than actual hardness. A very thin cavalry sword in my collection rockwells out about Rc55 and yet flexes quite easilly. A much softer short sword with a thickness of nearly1/4" throughout, more or less, is much more difficult to flex.
  11. Al Massey

    I think I bought the wrong burner

    I don't know what the lighting is in your shop, but in dim light, yellow is what I forge-weld at, bright orange is more my forging heat. The background light is important- if it's bright orange in daylight you may be almost burning the steel.
  12. Al Massey

    Kurkri...from start to finish

    An absolute mastery shown of the limited tooling and materials. One individual shown is wielding an angle grinder like a precision tool.
  13. Al Massey

    My new shop...

    16 by 24 feet.
  14. Al Massey

    Purpose of refining wrought iron?

    By the mid-1800's wrought iron fences were being replaced by and large by cast iron which could be made cheaper for the same amount of ornamental work and shipped in large sections and assembled by unskilled labour.
  15. Al Massey

    Purpose of refining wrought iron?

    Wrought iron always came in different grades depending on intended use. The lowest grade was full of inclusions, could have large quantities of phosphorus and silicon- plus, sometimes, enough carbon to harden when you didn't want it to. and could be counted on to split if you looked at it in the wrong direction. The best grades could be forged very thin without splitting and were practically impurity free. Starting with high-quality iron gave you a better quality of steel, just as starting off with high-quality steel in a damascus billet gives you a far better product than welding up RR spikes and rebar.