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Steak knife/paring knife in the works. I forged the bevels on this one and it looks good considering it’s my first time doing that. I didn’t have to grind very much either, they are very even. Oh and yes I will sand out those scratches.

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Cool stuff Conner!

 

In the unlikely case you guys have been wondering, I'm still alive :lol:. I'm taking a break from knifemaking. I've been reading a lot about loudspeaker making lately and decided to make myself a pair of floorstanders for a change. There's a lot of science to make it all sound good! In the end, ff they only sound as good as my Oberon7, I'll be pleased :D

 

Once I'm done with the speakers, I'll finish my KITH knife I promise hehe. 

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Be careful Joel. Getting into electronics is certainly a dangerous hobby. I HAVENT FORGED ANYTHING IN OVER 6 MONTHS TRYING TO PERFECT THE FAN AND OIL CONTROL CIRCUITRY FOR MY FORGE!!!

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A very pleasing day today with a couple of new things finished. First was a trial of stone washing and have to say that I am very pleased with the result. Not the best pic but I am going to put a bronze CB 3 (SS) pin bolster on this one with dark gidgee handles and black pins. Will put it in a stamped sheath with an attached steel and see if the resulting look has an exceptanceamong my customer base.

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I cut a few slices off the bar of bronze and am collecting the saw cut pieces in a container and will add all the bits from the slices from when I cut out the CB shape. sometime down the track I may have a look at casting some of these little bits into something a bit more shapely than a simple bolster or pommel.

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Finally perfected my oil forge design. Gets blazingly hot. A quart of oil runs it at forging temp(not sure the precise temp) for nearly an hour. Only issue im having is that it keeps wanting to burn neutral or slightly reducing. Hmmmm

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Addendum. The addition of this little "vent" has changed everything. 100% easier to start and now i can choose the atmosphere within the forge much more easily. 

 

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8 hours ago, JohnK said:

A quart of oil runs it at forging temp(not sure the precise temp) for nearly an hour.

What kind of oil are you running?

 

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Taking a break for a few days. Had a bit of surgery on thursday to remove some unwanted on my face and it is a difficult place to cover so I have to stay out of the shed for a few days.

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I am going to use the oportunity to take my wife on the Alpine Express. This is a train journey from the east coast to the west coast over the mountain range up the South Island. Because of the lockdown and closed borders our tourist industry has been hit very hard so the prices have been reduced dramatically to encourage the NZ population to get out and see parts of our country that were priced out of reasonable reach for many. What was priced at NZ$916 I got for $300 so a substanial saving.

Away in the morning so today the electrician arrived so have another 5 double plug outlets in the shed, finished the wiring of the helve hammer and the main cable from the house was changed from 15 to 40 amps. 

Have everything ready to get in the truck and go in the morning. Away two nights so I have the essentials (socks and jocks) and Lyne has a suitcase lol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pulled out the finger a bit on Saturday....

 

Rolled 2 wool micarta bolsters, sanded 3 blades, cut out profile of a smaller Kukri than my previous ones.

Doesn't sound like much, but that was 9am-6pm......have to get myself in the shop weekday afternoons or nothing will ever get done....

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19 hours ago, Joshua States said:

What kind of oil are you running?

 

Blend of 50/40/10 used engine oil, used cooking oil, and gasoline(to thin it out for consistent flowing. It will run purely on oil but it has a tendency to not flow well since im using oxy/acetylene torch valves. It is fully outdoors with a fan blowing downwind :) gotta mind those fumes. I get both oils by the bucket for free so it's worth the effort

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Testing an unknown(oil well clean out rod?) steel for hardenability

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19 hours ago, Garry Keown said:

Taking a break for a few days.

Enjoy the time off. Rest up. Heal quickly.

 

1 hour ago, JohnK said:

Testing an unknown(oil well clean out rod?) steel for hardenability

Around here we call them sucker rods. Typically in the 4140-4160 range. Very useful for punches, chisels, drifts etc.

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Honest opinion? Im not sure of the steel composition.  File test refused to dig in with a water quench. No cracks. Shattered like glass when struck with a hammer. Worth forging with? 

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@Garry Keown Definitely rest up friend. @Joshua States i noticed it would probably be good for something other than a blade. It is, parond my french..... a total B word to forge. I had it at a very iridescent yellow and it refused to move much using my 5lb maul. Good/bad i have alot of it though. 4+ at home and probably more than 100+ft at my dads. Which is free and accessible. Is it blade worthy or should i do something in particular with it other than punches or tooling?

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@JohnK it is a total Bear to forge. I too, have a pile of it in my back yard. I used to build fences out of it...…..

I have forge welded them together in bundles of 4 to use for press dies, fullers, and the like. I have a power hammer and a hydraulic press, which makes things significantly easier.

Probably would make a good hammer, if you can weld enough pieces together to get the mass. (mine are 3/4" diameter) I took them to square and stacked them 2x2. A 3x3 stack would make a sizeable piece of stock.

 

I still use a piece to heat up my quench oil. It's lasted for years. I made a blade out it way back in my early days. I never finished it, but I did put an edge on it, and it stayed sharp for a really long time. It also took a really long time to sharpen.

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@Joshua States so somewhat blade worthy?  Hahahaha! I do everything by hand and while i have power hammer plans in mind i just havent had the time to build one. I think! that this is around 7/8ths or 1'. Pretty darn thick. Even with my forge running lean and piles of scale it retained an impressive amount of carbon for my hardening test. I kinda lazed on it all since i wasnt sure of the composition or exactly what it was. I know its oil field rod but its exact purpose is umm ehh meh? But i shall take the advice and well i definitely do need a new hammer. Love my maul and obsessed with my tinners hammer but i need a good in-between so heres my chance?

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Hunter/skinner in the works

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It was predicted to reach 112 degrees out today. So at 0630, I decided to fire up the forge for some welding work.

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Slabbed up a maple burl that's bit sitting around for years.  I found this at one end.

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That looks killer.

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This covid 19 is a real nightmare!, we were on lock down in the UK and I was off work for almost 3 months and loved it,

Typically, 3 weeks ago I got the call on a Friday night to return to work on Monday :huh:,... But I hadn't finished my latest blade project, 3 kitchen knives for my daughter, I didn't have any time to get back in the shop, until this evening, I got home after a typically manic and stressful Friday, I was in a foul mood, I sparked up the forge and heat treated the 3 blades, the middle sized one warped 4 times before I was happy with it, I got burnt by the charcoal sparks and quenching oil when I quenched the largest blade, and covered in charcoal soot........ It's happiest 

I've been for 3 weeks:D

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On 7/8/2020 at 4:38 PM, Brian Dougherty said:

I found this at one end.

Cool!  Reminds me of a piece of burl I cut off an unknown species of log 4-5 years ago.  One side looked like a brain, and the other one like a mushroom cloud.  I just pulled it out of my box and some of the bark popped off, so not quite like a mushroom cloud anymore....

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19 hours ago, Martin Tiney said:

I got burnt by the charcoal sparks

In as you're in the UK, any reason you're not using coke?

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Back in the shed and these were all heat treated before I left so they were ground among other things today and are ready for a hand sand. Handles on a couple more were shaped and finished but will get pics of them up in a day or two. The Helve Hammer is up and running but I want to change one of the pulleys to speed things up a bit as the strike rate is a bit slow.
From the left is a fruit knife, kitchen petty, professional boning knife, damascus buffalo skinner and a 5m 1/2 inch chef. A 4x4 hunter was ground, hardened and is in the tempering oven for the first of its cycles.

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16 hours ago, Gerald Boggs said:

In as you're in the UK, any reason you're not using coke?

Charcoal is easier to obtain than coke, I can get it in all 4shops in our village.          I did try Coal once, but the smoke was to much for me. 

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