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Forging a copper rose pommel for a misericorde I'm working on. Also going to try and make a couple of tiny ones for the ends of the quillions...    

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

Coffee etch and a little oil.. very happy with it. My grinder finally broke down so no handle or any more knives for a while, but there’s an ameribrade 2x72 coming soon. 

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5 minutes ago, Peter Killham said:

It wasn't today, but last weekend.  I'm hoping to get some time to work on it this weekend.

 

Do you want some tips or suggestions on how to grind that clipped point?

 

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Worked overtime Friday and Saturday till lunchtime, then heat treated 3x 52100 blades while drinking beer.

Sad story, 2 of those blades used to be my first sword, forged from one whole bearing race.

I trimmed it down to wakizashi size so it would fit in my kiln, I was busy on the grinder trying to sort out a few last things when it slipped inbetween the platten and work rest.......guess I don't need to tell you what that did.

By the time I ground out that boo-boo the blade was way too thin, so it became 2 kitchen knives.

 

When I'm stressed, worried and generally fubar, I should stay away from the grinder....these are hand sanding and contemplation times....

 

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Just now, Peter Killham said:

Absolutely!

 

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Today I HT'ed 3 blades. On one, I tested ATP-641 alone as clay to get a hamon, instead of my usual furnace gasket cement.

 

It did not work...

 

Anyways, I still got 3 perfectly straight and hardened blades.

 

I also reprofiled and reground the filet knife I broke earlier. 

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6 hours ago, Joshua States said:

 

I am saving this one for later use. Thanks Joshua

 

26 minutes ago, Clifford Brewer said:

Good to see you back Colonel..............B)

Thanks, it's good to be back! You should see some more mustard patinas soon :lol:

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Yesterday did some grinding on an experimental Z-wear/ stainless blade and some light chopping into a carved buffalo horn. Also I cut welded doors on the Argentine grill and layed out the vents. 

 

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Certainly not the most awesome thing I have ever done or made, but you have to start somewhere....

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The bench top lathe turned up so it was unpacked, bolted into its place on the bench and given a tes run. I will get a bit of a heads up from the engineer on turning speed etc for steel and brass but pleased to have it after years of thnking it would be a handy thing.

 

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Has been a busy weekend and going to be busy vacation day tomorrow.

Yesterday got the stout all bottled.

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Today, got four tomahawk bodies and two tomahawk shaped axe bodies forged up.

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Tomorrow bottling the Imperial PA.

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I had a bad day in the shop. A spalted maple handle came apart in the knife vice.

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Bummer Faye, that was a nice piece of wood too.  Look on the bright side.  Now you can sell it as having a three finger handle!:D

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5 minutes ago, Alex Middleton said:

Now you can sell it as having a three finger handle

Unfortunately, it broke right at the end of the tang, so I don't have a solid wood back any more. I was thinking of putting it back together with blind pins and a fiber gasket. If it survives some abusive testing I might even sell it.

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Real sad, it was a beautiful piece...

 

It is one of the reasons why I refrain myself from using burls and other brittle materials(think pine cone) for my hidden tang handles. Even stabilised it's not very sturdy. But perhaps if used on a framed handle with liners it would be strong enough? 

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4 hours ago, Faye said:

I had a bad day in the shop. A spalted maple handle came apart in the knife vice.

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Too pretty to waste but If you can do casting in an upright container and were accurate with a 2 or 3 pins you could save that handle and at least it would be an interesting experience and add another skill to your tooll bag

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Bit of reorganisation to run that forge safely. Swapped the bandsaw with the drillpress (which is about half a ton). Moved the press to the right. I need to get rid over all that wood over grinding section too. And perhaps construct a duct over the forge just to suck the waste heat. I cannot make a hole in that wall, so it needs to go out of the window.

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34 minutes ago, Joshua States said:

That is a really cool drill press.

 

 

True!  And I have that bandsaw as well. ;)

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1 hour ago, Joshua States said:

That is a really cool drill press.

 

Its very old one and I want to restore it when I have a bit of a time. Its a bit of a beast, since it takes anything up to morse 4 and can drill a hole 400 mm deep in one go.

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20 hours ago, Jaro Petrina said:

 it takes anything up to morse 4 and can drill a hole 400 mm deep in one go.

yikes :o

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