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Al Massey

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  1. Can someone answer a question? Which metal in a damascus billet should be on the outside of the stack if you are using 1095 and 15n20??

    1. Al Massey

      Al Massey

      As a rule, not so much the steel type but thickness is the issue- if you have great degrees of difference in the thickness, the thicker pieces should be on the outside in my experience.

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  2. When did the word, "tough" (when used to describe edged tools and/or weapons) become both an excuse and an endorsement of excessively heavy blades and horrible cutting geometry?!

    1. Al Massey

      Al Massey

      Probably since most customers for swords are under the impression that they are meant to do all kinds of abusive actions, courtesy of Hollywierd.

       

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  3. Is "Integral" pronounced with the stress on the "In" or the "Te"?

  4. I've got a friend looking for a good source for dull reenactment swords, any recommendations? Around $100

    1. Al Massey

      Al Massey

      Anything you can buy for a C-note I wouldn't recommend as anything but decoration.

       

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  5. First time forging wrought iron today, SUPER gnarly old chain. I never want to see a piece of mild steel again!

    1. Al Massey

      Al Massey

      Wait till you get a really slaggy piece- then you appreciate mild!

       

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  6. I'm feeling pretty excited about tonight's Forged in Fire!

    1. Al Massey

      Al Massey

      Well, no. Rapiers are pretty stiff- they have to be. Broadswords are thin and whippy as hell. Check the blade thicknesses on old ones especially at the CoP.

       

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  7. wondering why I designed this sword with so many parts ... thats right the customer did ...

    1. Al Massey

      Al Massey

      Supposedly "simple" hilts like stirrup hilts are sometimes a pain to get "just so" for me.

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  8. I can't seem to find the information I am looking for. How thick at the base do Rapiers tend to be and what would be the thinnest reccomended?

    1. Al Massey

      Al Massey

      about 3/8" thick or 8-9 mm. Rapiers tend to be thick buggers.I'd go no less than 1/4".

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  9. wondering why I designed this sword with so many parts ... thats right the customer did ...

  10. Note to self: Using a MIG welder to tack your axe bit in place for forge welding makes life much easier.

    1. Al Massey

      Al Massey

      Let's put it this way- doing up a starter stack for a PW I can clamp things up super-tight, cut wire, run several wraps around, tighten, tap it round with a hammer, re-tighten, repeat- or stack, grab a 7014 rod and tack.

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  11. Note to self: Using a MIG welder to tack your axe bit in place for forge welding makes life much easier.

    1. Al Massey

      Al Massey

      Tack-welding is for amateurs. And professionals who really hate wasting time!

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  12. So I recently got a good sized bit of damascus, does it act like a monosteel under the hammer? Are there things I should watch out for, such as shearing?

    1. Al Massey

      Al Massey

      Be careful once you start getting to very thin cross-sections. As it is a laminate, it will de-laminate very quickly if the metal cools off rapidly whilst being worked. Once you have it below 1/8" thickness anywhere I'd grind from there.

       

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  13. Ah . . . that moment when you realize you forged the tang too short, and it's too thin to forge out longer. I keep telling myself I do this craft for the Zen. Yes. Very relaxing.

  14. Ah . . . that moment when you realize you forged the tang too short, and it's too thin to forge out longer. I keep telling myself I do this craft for the Zen. Yes. Very relaxing.

    1. Al Massey

      Al Massey

      Look up my how-to on forge-welding a tang extension on Sword Forum.

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  15. Was san mai developed mainly because of physical properties or because of looks? Was it only the Japanese or Asians who developed it, or did the West try it out before contact with the Japanese?

    1. Al Massey

      Al Massey

      Western smiths were making laminated blades about the same time the Japanese were just starting to play around with iron. Laminate structure swords have been found going back several hundred years BCE in Europe.

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  16. A sunny day, cherry blossoms are in bloom, and axe and seax waiting to be born!

    1. Al Massey

      Al Massey

      You realise that some of us live on the East coast, right?

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  17. Oh dang forgot to renew my membership. Does the three years for JS have to be in a row, and if so if it's renewed late does it still count?

    1. Al Massey

      Al Massey

      Shouldn't be a problem as long as you get in touch now- but it does have to be consecutive years iirc.

  18. Has anyone ever tried seeing what would happen if you shot your knife with say, a 9mm? I've always been curious, to see what it would do to different qualities of blades

    1. Al Massey

      Al Massey

      A 9mm only generates about half the force as a well-trained boxer in energy.

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  19. Here's a question that has been on my mind, lately... Should a katana have a distal taper? logically, I'd assume so, but I have no idea if they do traditionally, or not.

    1. Al Massey

      Al Massey

      Most have about a 20-25 per cent taper- start 1/4" and run to 3/16" and you'd be right in line with most old ones I've seen.

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