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It's the First time for ages I've managed to get into my workshop, New job ,cold weather,my wife And I caught covid,but this evening I started to make a folder ( my First folder) marked out the blade, liner's And spring,drilled the hole's And cut the part's out only to discover I picked up the wrong pieces of steel for the spring, I've cut it out of mild steel,:unsure:,I must get out of the habit of hording all those "useful" offcuts.

Tomorrow I'll re cut it out of sping steel:blink:

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Finished another folder.  Little bitty bugger, 2.5" / 63mm closed, 4.5" / 112mm open.  O-1, brass liners, nickel silver bolsters and pins, ebony scales.  Still needs an edge and some cleanup, but it's

Yesterday, and not my shop.

Finally got my bench cleared off and back on some knives. This one was fun, but glad to see it done.   My oldest grandson turned six this weekend and I promised to make him a box for his tre

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I'm just waiting for when I try to heat treat a spring and forget which steel I used.  My folders are either O-1 or AEB-L, and I am positive I'm gonna do that one of these days... :wacko: Let's see, soak at 1950 F, or is it 1575? and temper at 450 F, or is it 1145? Not gonna be pretty, that's for sure.  :lol:

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15 minutes ago, Alan Longmire said:

I'm just waiting for when I try to heat treat a spring and forget which steel I used.  My folders are either O-1 or AEB-L, and I am positive I'm gonna do that one of these days... :wacko: Let's see, soak at 1950 F, or is it 1575? and temper at 450 F, or is it 1145? Not gonna be pretty, that's for sure.  :lol:

FWIW, I think AEB-L tastes different than 1075.  Not sure about O1.  Also not sure I could tell the difference blind...

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Well... that was fun.

Just came in from shutting down the forge for the day.

I think it was a good call.

 

Have the new refractory to re-line her anyways.

 

But, I cut, stacked, forge welded and cut my first "feather" pattern attempt.

Remains to be seen how it holds up.

 

 

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With all the handsanding done on this lot, it was time to look at handles  on those that are not going into the ready drawer.

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From the left is some antler but there will be brass guard ad pommel on that one then a nice piece of walnut wover spalted buckeye bolsters  koa over buff and gold tassie blackwood over buff. box Elder on the 7 in chef and stunning piece of Honduran rosewood on the 5 in chef. english oak on the general pupose and burma camphor burl on the pair of steak knives. 

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Some beautiful wood on the way. Spent some time (and lots of $) this morning selecting some lovely handle blocks. This is part of the selection with gold and dark Koa, box elder, spalted maple, and hickory burl among them. As always the pic does not really show the spectaculer colours and contrasts that is reveasled when it is in hand but Jason does short videos of the blocks I select, turning them in all directiosn so I can get a full picture of what is offered.

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1 hour ago, Garry Keown said:

Some beautiful wood on the way. Spent some time (and lots of $) this morning selecting some lovely handle blocks. This is part of the selection with gold and dark Koa, box elder, spalted maple, and hickory burl among them. As always the pic does not really show the spectaculer colours and contrasts that is reveasled when it is in hand but Jason does short videos of the blocks I select, turning them in all directiosn so I can get a full picture of what is offered.

 

The way you crank out the work that ought to be enough to last you about a week or five days.

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59 minutes ago, Jaro Petrina said:

I have finalised pedal on the power hammer and found out I can close matchbox with it :D

Report back once you've learned how to strike a match with it :lol:

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Curtain hook to practice Welding mild steel/finally making something functional for the house like my wife has been asking for for years..>_>
If you look at the leaf closely you can see where I nearly melted it off,lol

 

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A descent result for the day. Took them out of the clamps this morning and they are in the andle rack waiting for leather this afternoon

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Made some progress on @Dr Rays harpoon fighter today with all the work done pre heat treat now. I made a cutter to clean up the fuller from a piece of heavy spring steel and bent an old file to do the sanding. 

 

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