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  1. Guys, I've run into a horrible problem. Currently I am working on the biggest commission of my life, and this blade keeps twisting along it's axis no matter how many times I re-heat and hammer it down flat. So, I've created this 40cm long blade, with 20cm long tang, consisting of 3 bars folded and twisted steel - as pr. my usual blades. Currently I am trying to normalize the blade before moving forward with grinding the ricasso and edge onto it - however - the blade keeps twisting along it's axis every time I re-heat and hang it by the tang from the ceiling to cool down. I heat it up to welding temperature, beat the damn thing nice and flat, stick it back into the fire to get it to above critical again - then I hang it up to cool down. By the time the blade has cooled down, it has twisted itself right back into it's original warped shape. At the moment I am at a complete loss as to what to do. Please have a look at the video below to see in what exact way the blade is twisted / warped: Any kind of input on this would be greatly appreciated! Sincerey, Alveprins.
  2. Hey there, I'm new here. Like many others, I too bought an anvil and need help identifying it. It may (or may not) have a little bit of history in it that could be interesting (or not). I am located in Germany and the anvil i bought is definitely British. The shape is a classic "london pattern", just like a Brooks with a relatively thick heel.I'm pretty sure it's cast steel since the only hole is from the bottom straight up and the ring is fairly high pitch and long lasting. The only markings i could find are stamped on the opposite side of where you would normally expect the makers mark. They read as follows:RH1 1/4 cwt1945->So far I found out that the cwt is the weight (around 63.5kg) and 1945 is the manufacture date. The broad arrow denotes it was owned by the British military. No idea what RH means. I could not find a manufacturer with those initials. Maybe it means Royal Hussars but no idea if those even used anvils; and then the question of who manufactured it would remain.Would be interesting to find out where it was made, who made it and how it ended up here, especially because of the manufacturing date.
  3. Gents, I am reaching out to ask if anyone (or all!) could help me with the blower motor. A few ran ago, the main A/C units had an irreparable leak, so as they replaced the furnace/AC combined unit, I asked them to save me some parts. I’d like to see if it can be wired to run normal household (120ac volts). It’s a GE 1/2HP 1000 rpms and has a capacitor, (brown wires go to the capacitor). I’d like to it in my shop if that day ever comes! If not, I can always find use for even the 1/2HP motor. attached are photos of this huge fan, I also have a photo of the induction blower motor, which I wired easy enough. Output is close to around 100cfm base on another squirrel cage fan I have already marked. I had set this up for my ribbon burner but there wasn’t enough force or pressure to push the mix through for proper combustion. kind regards, Gary LT
  4. Hello i bought a bowie and need help identifying the maker. Its a j with a series of stacks behind it. All help would be appreciated
  5. I am trying to find a place to order a small/medium size induction forge, to bump the coal burning forge where I teach blacksmiths into the modern age. I need it in Estonia, so either form EU, or a place that delivers to everywhere in EU. It would be for 5-35 mm stock, 50 mm would be awesome, but probably way out of our price range. Any suggestions?
  6. Hello everyone, Today I am trying to find a good option for a saltwater diver's/fisher's blade. My friend is quite the avid sea-farer and has complained that his blades often rust out rather quickly. His birthday is coming up in a couple months and I'd love to surprise him with a blade that might hold up a bit better... Not to mention something he can show off to his diving group to possibly bring in some market. Any help or tips is much appreciated! Thank you!
  7. I cant see 90% of the pictures for some reason can someone tell me why
  8. I'm in the process of making a new sword and I've got it almost rough shaped out. I'm getting ready to put the edge bevels and then do the center fuller. I have already made my fullering tool for the center fuller but I want to shape my edge bevels first. I was thinking about making a similar fullering tool to shape those edge and hopefully push some steel into the center of the blade. I would then push the edges into just short of where I want their final shape. Then go back through with the center fuller and push them out to just beyond the final shape and grind down. The main reason I think doing this will be helpful is to reduce some grinding and to help reduce the amount of bevel dents I get in the steel from hand hammering them in (still only been at this for a little over a year and I'm no pro... yet). I would appreciate any thoughts or feedback especially from someone who may have tried this already. Thanks!
  9. Hey, newbie here, and I was wondering if you may have any tips for me. My thing is, I'm very much into bladesmithing, I've got a bit of a feel for the metal, but I've had NO teaching besides this wonderful place and youtube. Yeah. However, there is a local bladesmith who just passed his Master Smith testing and is now an MS of the ABS. I e-mailed him shortly before he took the test to see if he had open-shop demonstrations or that sort of thing. He asked my dad to call him, and long story short, I got an awesome (two-hour long ) tour of his shop. So he was talking a bit how he got started, and how his teacher told him to buy equipment and forge about five "throwaway" knives, to show his dedication. He was basically hinting this me. Since then, I've built a propane forge (it's not two million degrees, but it gets my steel about orange-yellow XP), forged two knives (technically about four, but the others I messed up, as in snapped), found a sledgehammer head for an anvil, and saved up about $400 for a grinder (he recommended starting with a disc sander). So my question to you: what can I do to "get on his radar", show him that I'm dedicated, and that lessons would be worth his time? And as a side question, what do you think a two-four hour lesson would cost?
  10. Okay, there is a JS I am hoping to get lessons from, and a while back I visited his shop. He said to start out one of the first things I should get is a grinder (of course), and he said I should try to go for a disc sander, as they are considerably cheaper than a belt grinder, and can do a variety of things. So, I've saved up about $300 or so, and I'm trying to find a good one online. Any advice or tips? Help with brands would be awesome as well, as in which ones are good but inexpensive, or which brands to stay away from. Any help at all would be awesome. Thanks, Caleb.
  11. Hey guys so i have a little problem with my fire brick forge, ive had it for less than 2 days, and it cracked all the way from top to bottom halfway through the length of the brick. its a soft fire brick that i drilled a 1'' hole through it longways and then a 1/4''hole in the side to the 1'' hole, i shoved the nozzel of my propane torch into the 1/4'' hole and started forging but now only a day later the crack is there, it didnt happen through the drilling process i know that much but it sucks that this already happened i was hoping to have this last for awighl while i grasped the basics of forging atleast. thanks for the help guys, -Brandon
  12. This in my latest knife project and i was wondering what category this might fall into. I know there is a placement with swords via the oakshot i believe might be wrong, but either way its a big knife thing. I also would appreciate any tips or some helpful criticism.
  13. hey guys, im building together a fire brick and propane torch forge where you dig a T shaped tunnel through the fire brick and stick a propane torch nozzle in the side tunnel. and i am looking on the home depot website and im wondering what type of torch i should get thats as cheap as possible but still capable of getting to a good forging tempature, any advice on which one to get? Thanks guys, - Brandon
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