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Al Massey

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  1. Here is the actual eulogy from the Dartmouth Funeral Home website, composed it Wednesday after seeing the body: It is with sadness that I announce the passing of David Heimdahl Goeb, age 54, in Dartmouth on the 7th of May, 2018, after a long illness. Dave, known also as Black Hat, Dave the Perv, and often "That computer guy", was passionate about many things, especially but not limited to computers, reading, writing, cooking, Lego, history, strategy, and did I mention computers? His erudition was seldom equal
  2. I was thinking that perhaps a Moro in the 19th century was on Hajj (pilgrimage) and met and befriended a Sudanese Muslim on the way, and perhaps the Sudanese warrior fell ill and gifted his new friend with his Solingen Kaskara sword, which the Moro had shortened and remounted when he got back home. Would make a nice story.
  3. My late wife's son, who had been staying with me for a considerable amount of time when his business and finances collapsed, finally succumbed to a habit which I did not realize he had until far too late- and when his neglect of his own living conditions to the point of being a hazard to safety got too much I kicked him out of the house and into a cheap motel a few months ago on account of it. For months he had insisted his liver issues had nothing to do with his drinking- and continued drinking. Dave was a man who never really grew up in some senses. A writer and reader of just about everythi
  4. ...This is a bit unusual. This seems to be a Solingen trade blade, reworked into the Moro style. I need to make a new grip, half the old was essentially sawdust and splinters. The guard is very traditional, and well-executed in the forge-welding. Both edges are very sharp all the way around the tip and to the base with no secondary bevel. Not a "touristy" piece by a long stretch but a very efficient weapon.
  5. This is why they created 3M belts....
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. What kinds of steel are you using?
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. I really like G2 epoxy from Lee Valley. Works great on exotic hardwoods.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. If you go with propane, do get a CO detector. They are a cheap investment in your health.
  20. Here's a link to an old video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpeyhC-UIFg This fellow retired in his 90's after over 70 years forging blades with coal. I don't think many of us will be nearly as good with our hands at that age assuming we can work at all. Assuming we can even walk or talk or use the bathroom without help. Still worried about an early death? Use proper ventilation and have a decent chimney. Plenty of info on how to do it.
  21. Hard to go wrong with 1 1/4 by quarter inch bar stock in 3 foot lengths, 1084 or 1080. Make anything from a Bowie to a broadsword with that.
  22. Rough-forged the groove in with a top and bottom die and finished using the grinder, then went up-and-down on a shaped scotchbrite wheel to cleanup before buffing. It is slightly flatter at the bottom.
  23. Draw the temper on the old files, clean them up and stack them with the 15N20, should weld pretty well. Just remember- clean, clean, clean.
  24. Thanks. I find you need a fairly decent layer count to get that looking well, around 150 or better. I've had better luck drilling than punching eyes in.
  25. The guard is mild steel. The guard was put into place hot, then forged down and heat-shrunk, ain't ever going anywhere. Didn't polish the blue off because- well, I like the colours and it does show that that area is tempered back . Average Rc is just under 55 from my tests. PoB is about 4" in front of the guard and the CoP is about 21" up from the cross. Pretty stiff so it thrusts well. It would probably lose a couple of ounces with a full sharpening but as this is going to be displayed in a competition I'm holding off on that.
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