Joe Albina Posted December 28, 2015 Share Posted December 28, 2015 Hey guys, This is my first attempt at forging a knife. I definitely learned a good amount. Just wondering if you have any tips or critiques on the final product and maybe my set up. My forge is an 11 gallon air tank lined with 2in of kaowool, coated with itc 100 with fire bricks along the bottom to set the piece on. I am running it with a venturi valve burner made from black pipe with a flared stainless nozzle. The burner is connected to a grill size propane tank with an inline regulator and pressure gauge. I have been running it at about 10-15 psi. I only have a slightly rounded 4lb hammer with a tapered tip on the back side. Being worked on a too small 15lb anvil. I made my first set of tongs out of half in square bar stock. They could definitely be better but they were the first thing I ever forged. The knife design was developed as I went. I decided to leave around the spine rough and hammered because iike how it looks. To heat treat it I brought it up to temp so that it was no longer magnetic then immediately quenched it in water because I didn't have enough oil around. The grip was supposed to be pinned but I forgot to drill the holes before I treated it and don't have a bit hard enough to get through it now so I just went with epoxy. I didn't let it set enough tho before I started shaping it, so it started to separate on me. I am going to pull it off and get a tougher bit to drill it and pin it. If you have any pointers or recommendations or critiques as to techniques, tools, heat treats, anything please help me out. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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