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Sam Salvati

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Sam - polish up the face on one of the hammers and show us what that looks like.

 

By the way, I don't know the first thing about how to heat treat a hammer, or even if you do. I know you want the hammer softer than the anvil, and the anvil fairly soft. Still... no idea.

 

Along with that - how do you heat treat an anvil? No jokes like A BIG FIRE, seriously, what is your target for hardness, depth of hardening, what steels make good anvils, hammer heads, etc... ?

 

 

kc

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“Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on the earth. I said then and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.” E. V. Debs

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Sam - polish up the face on one of the hammers and show us what that looks like.

 

By the way, I don't know the first thing about how to heat treat a hammer, or even if you do. I know you want the hammer softer than the anvil, and the anvil fairly soft. Still... no idea.

 

Along with that - how do you heat treat an anvil? No jokes like A BIG FIRE, seriously, what is your target for hardness, depth of hardening, what steels make good anvils, hammer heads, etc... ?

 

I have always heard 1040 and 4140 for hammers, but I am not sure why exactly.

 

kc

please visit my website http://www.professorsforge.com/

 

“Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on the earth. I said then and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.” E. V. Debs

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Hey Kevin

 

I don't really want to be highjacking Sam's thread so once I get a little bit more along on the project I'll post a thread of it's own. As far as hardness/heat treat and all the other questions, needless to say we're all going to solve these mysteries together.

 

Now let's get back to the regularly scheduled "Sammer" programing.

Matt

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So, first let me say thanks to Aldo Bruno and Bob Eggerling. Without either of them I could not have managed to fulfill one of my life goals. Aldo introduced me to Bob and he allowed us to come over and hang out and helped us figure out how to put a nice eye in the hammer head blanks. Bob Eggerling, in case you've been living under a ROCK, is one of the world's premiere damascus makers, and IMO a true artist. He is also a top shelf tool builder, his hydraulic presses are second to none and he has alot of other neat tips and tricks around his shop that are really cool. Here's photos:

 

 

Sam ,

I am taking your word for it here (

) and gathering bits and pieces out of my junk yard...I have talked to Bob ,read Batson's Book many times and found this wonderfull post on another forum ( http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php/648250-WIP-Hydraulic-Press-Build ) . I will start cutting the pieces today (assuming my O2 tank is full).

 

The press will be made form a wide flange I-Beam 25" and some 10"x3" heavy channel, both are currently in stock. I am still looking for your green piece of metal.

 

Jan

 

Sam,

The beam has ben cut and I am cutting the 82 inch long beam to shorten it as it would be too tall ( 82" plus a 24" cylinder) for my shop. The press will be on a heavy duty cart.

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