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Greetings!

 

After learning how to make bloomery steel, it was high time to make something. Today, I started work on my little bloom which was smelted from iron ore. I combined the smelted iron with a little bloom I smelted from regular nails, it sparked pretty good (around .9% I think).

 

I started off making a Japanese style forge. I will be posting more pics, but I will just explain for now.

I wet the pices of bloom with water and sprinkled them with commom borax (not anhydrous). I placed them on to an iron bar, then proceeded to wrap the billet in toilette paper. I then covered the wrapped billet with a borax slurry made of water and borax. The TP shrank and help on pretty well. Then, brought up to heat and welded B)

 

I will tell all of you lurking bladesmiths, who are desperately trying to weld, a secret:

BIG deep fire, small sized fuel. I chopped my charcoal to about half-inch pieces. Plenty of air will be ok if you have a deep fire. Dont let the pice sink too far down towards the tuyere. Thats all! I was having trouble welding, but I got it down.

 

Well, here are some photos! I dont think I will have enough carbon to harden the blade by the time I am done forging.....so I might use what I have to make a san-mai sort of blade. I guess I could use a piece of old file...we will see! Enjoy!

 

 

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/MetalMuncherr/Picture130.jpg

 

 

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P.S- I have not folded once yet....just welded because it was 42 C today....pretty bloody hot.

 

 

Cheers!

Two roads diverged in a road,

And I,

Took the one less traveld by.

-Robert Frost

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Here's todays work:

 

The forge is around 7 inches wide, and about 10 inches deep. The shape of the interior of the forge is a sort of "U" shape. The walls slant downwards, but not too steeply. The tuyere enters at the bottom of the "U".

 

Here are some photos, enjoy!

 

 

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/MetalMuncherr/Picture133.jpg

 

 

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/MetalMuncherr/Picture134.jpg

 

 

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http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/MetalMuncherr/Picture139.jpg

 

 

Cheers!

Two roads diverged in a road,

And I,

Took the one less traveld by.

-Robert Frost

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Want some??? GET SOME!!!

 

Took some action photos today, enjoy! I forged it out, but could only fold and weld twice because my handle burnt off... <_< I will have to chop more charcoal and weld a new handle on to it. What I could do without the handle was to prepare it for the next weld, I just made the cut.

 

The billet sparks soooooo well!!! I couldnt believe it! I thought I had a low carbon billet, but it sparks around .9%!!!! I am speculating that the forge environment added carbon to the billet...the iron bar I used as a handle burnt off, so I sparked the burnt end to see if it was indeed the forge. Turns out that it was :D The billet lost a considerable amount of weight, but there is plenty for a small hunter or skinner.

 

I sanded one side and thoroughly checked for a weld seam.....couldnt find any!! B)

 

I will keep you posted, here a few pics. Comments are welcome!

 

P.S- Photos have been re-sized for your convenience ;)

 

Thanks to everyone for your help!!! Couldnt have done it without you dudes!

 

Just firing...

 

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/MetalMuncherr/Picture140.jpg

 

Setup

 

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/MetalMuncherr/Picture144.jpg

 

 

Just folded and ready to flux

 

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/MetalMuncherr/Picture145.jpg

 

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About to come out of the fire

 

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/MetalMuncherr/Picture150.jpg

 

 

Welding....but I had already been working the piece, so the heat looks uneven

 

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/MetalMuncherr/Picture153.jpg

 

 

Coming down from welding heat

 

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/MetalMuncherr/Picture155.jpg

 

 

The billet! It has been forge folded twice, and then cut for the next fold

 

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/MetalMuncherr/Picture158.jpg

 

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/MetalMuncherr/Picture163.jpg

 

Cheers!!!!

Two roads diverged in a road,

And I,

Took the one less traveld by.

-Robert Frost

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Want some??? GET SOME!!!

 

Took some action photos today, enjoy! I forged it out, but could only fold and weld twice because my handle burnt off... <_< I will have to chop more charcoal and weld a new handle on to it. What I could do without the handle was to prepare it for the next weld, I just made the cut.

 

The billet sparks soooooo well!!! I couldnt believe it! I thought I had a low carbon billet, but it sparks around .9%!!!! I am speculating that the forge environment added carbon to the billet...the iron bar I used as a handle burnt off, so I sparked the burnt end to see if it was indeed the forge. Turns out that it was :D The billet lost a considerable amount of weight, but there is plenty for a small hunter or skinner.

 

I sanded one side and thoroughly checked for a weld seam.....couldnt find any!! B)

 

I will keep you posted, here a few pics. Comments are welcome!

 

P.S- Photos have been re-sized for your convenience ;)

 

 

Michael,

Thanks for the photos, nice work.

 

Jan

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Thanks for the pictures, this is very interesting. I love your forge design. Glad you got some high-carbon out of it, I think charcoal (and a deep fire, as you say) might help in that respect. Awesome project!

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Thanks guys! ;)

 

If anyone is interested, I can take some more photos of the forge. It works soooo well! Its amazing how easy it is to weld in it! With proper fluxing and good heat, the welds just kind of want to take :)

 

Bye bye mum's vacuum cleaner though.....lol! :lol:

 

Does anyone know how to fix up the ends of the billet? They are still all spongy and gnarly, but the rest is really good. How do I go about welding the ends? Any help would be awsome! (yes, Jesus, please chime in :D )

 

I will be posting more photos shortly!

 

Cheers!

Two roads diverged in a road,

And I,

Took the one less traveld by.

-Robert Frost

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P.S- How would you weld a handle on? Should I try to forge weld a re-bar handle on? Or have it welded on electrically?

 

My problem would be actually setting the pieces just right to weld. I dont know if I would be able to. Any advice or tips are welcome =]

 

Cheers!

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And I,

Took the one less traveld by.

-Robert Frost

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I don't worry about welding the ends of the billet. They are just an indication of how "solid" the billet is. As long as they look stringy, it tells me that I need to fold that billet a few more times. When they look solid, simply use and angle grinder to clean them up.

 

You are doing great so far.

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Hello Jesus,

 

Thanks for joining in ;)

 

So you dont weld the ends.....I guess by the time I am done folding 6 times or so, the ends will have cleaned up a bit.

I just dont want to hot cut them off and wind up loosing material.

 

I sanded one side of the billet, brought it to a 1,200 sandpaper grit. However, I still couldnt see any pattern or grain :blink:

Do I need to etch it? I have ferric chloride, but dont know much about etching. The finest sandpaper grit I can get my hands on

is 1,200 grit. Any thoughts?

 

Cheers dudes!

Two roads diverged in a road,

And I,

Took the one less traveld by.

-Robert Frost

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I'de say etch it, unless you have traditional finger stones and know how to do a full polish

 

just wipe it on for about a minute, then wipe it off, and rub with something like comet to get rid of the oxides.

 

 

You could talk to JimC here on the forums he has some excellent stones for good prices.

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Thanks guys!

 

I would order japanese water stones, but I live in Brasil :rolleyes: I guess I will just have to really work it down with the 1,200 grit...maybe some polishing compound and leather for finish.

 

We will see, I will post more photos when I get some more work done!

 

Cheers!

Two roads diverged in a road,

And I,

Took the one less traveld by.

-Robert Frost

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No problem Bill! I just felt sorry for the pour souls with dial-up :P

 

ABS mastersmith? Quite the title! Congrats! I will be posting more photos shortly. I am in the midst of moving right now, so

progress will be slow. I am moving to an apartment, so this will probably be my last run, thought I would make it a good one B)

 

 

Cheers dudes!

Two roads diverged in a road,

And I,

Took the one less traveld by.

-Robert Frost

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No problem Bill! I just felt sorry for the pour souls with dial-up :P

 

ABS mastersmith? Quite the title! Congrats! I will be posting more photos shortly. I am in the midst of moving right now, so

progress will be slow. I am moving to an apartment, so this will probably be my last run, thought I would make it a good one B)

 

 

Cheers dudes!

wow I get forgetting about the dial up guys. sorry

Bill Burke

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