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4 minutes ago, Joshua States said:

You took the billet up to too many layers before turning 90 degrees (called forging on the bias) and stacking. You need to forge on the bias after the initial billet is welded together. Then forge it out flat, cut and stack, lather, rinse, repeat. 

Thanks, I will try that next time, appreciate the help!

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6 minutes ago, Joshua States said:

If you forge what you have out flat, you will distort the pattern and stretch it out. It will still look pretty good, but it's probably going to end up looking more like random Damascus than anything else. 

That is what I did with this block, and not only does it look random, I am afraid the joints will be obvious. Oh well, every mistake is learning!

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52 minutes ago, Conan Dunlap said:

every mistake is learning

There are a lot of pinned topics in the Beginner's Place forum boards. They are pinned for good reason. Reading them, and following the guidance provided, will lessen the learning curve considerably.

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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Attended a new market Saturday morning, shared a stall with my "neigbour" Mike who had a small forge & anvil setup, he spent the day forging nails to the great amusement of some people, and I actually sold a cleaver, almost 2 cleavers!

 

Somehow managed to make myself light the forge later that afternoon, need to get making because my stock is very low.

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Not really knife related, but I'll call it forging practice and hammer control. (OK, not knife related at all...:wacko:) Anyway, a fellow artist at the space I rent asked if I could help trick out a bike for his kid, and have it finished in a week.  Here's what we came up with.  I wish I had more time to plan and forge, would have done it in fewer pieces so as to avoid having to weld and grind the joints. 

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RIP Bear....be free!

 

as always

peace and love

billyO

 

 

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47 minutes ago, Christopher Price said:

I forged a damascus screwdriver last night, just to see if I could.

Sounds like we have a new entry into this year's KITH! :D

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Today I took a piece of 1095 flat bar, 19" long, 1.5" wide, and .25" thick. I forged 3 kitchen knives.

 

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Rough ground them to 220 grit (after dismantling part of my surface grinder and fixing it) and clayed them for hamon.

 

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Then I quenched them and cleaned them off. Edge is over 64 HRC according to my testing chisels.

 

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They are in the temper now.

 

8 hours ago, Christopher Price said:

I forged a damascus screwdriver last night,

Awesome! Can't wait to see the finished product.

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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17 hours ago, Joshua States said:
On 3/16/2022 at 4:39 PM, Christopher Price said:

I forged a damascus screwdriver last night,

Awesome! Can't wait to see the finished product.

Ditto on both

"The way we win matters" (Ender Wiggins) Orson Scott Card

 

Nos, qui libertate donati sumus, nes cimus quid constet.

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This is gonna be cool.

 

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Basket hilts roasting on an open forge.....

 

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This is the kid I'm helping with his project.  You may remember the sword blade from last fall.   We did HT last weekend, and we did the basket today.  Smart guy made a 2-D paper pattern, adjusted for fit, and had it laser cut.  All we did was heat and scroll/bend/form over stakes.  He's going to fit the hollow spherical pommel during the next week and we'll put it all together after that.

 

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I got bored. This is the first thing I've forged in well over a year. This stump anvil is one of the last things I forged before my little break. I might get it out of the stump and forge weld a high carbon face on it and it might become my KITH project for this year.

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I got a wild hair and decided to make a bit. The knife maker in me messed it up and made it super straight, thin, and light. My horse said the mouth piece needs some slight adjustment too. 

I lost count of how many times I sanded the shanks and mouth peice and then soldered or welded something to it and had to resand. Or I melted the copper inlays out and had to redo those. I had to make the shanks twice too. Learning new processes is always fun. It makes me appreciate making knives.

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OK, here's a knife post of a recent completion (just got pics back from my neighbor).

6" Chef's knife with 225 layer (maybe 300?) raindrop pattern in 1084/15N20 with stabilized Big Leaf Maple burl handle and African Blackwood bolster.

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RIP Bear....be free!

 

as always

peace and love

billyO

 

 

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22 hours ago, Faye said:

I got a wild hair

That's an understatement.....:D Nice work.

 

9 hours ago, billyO said:

6" Chef's knife with 225 layer (maybe 300?) raindrop pattern in 1084/15N20 with stabilized Big Leaf Maple burl handle and African Blackwood bolster.

That looks mighty handy

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdJMFMqnbLYqv965xd64vYg

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@billyO……the handle and blade compliment each other. Really nice work!

@Faye…….this bit is something else Faye, most impressive work.

Gary LT

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"I Never Met A Knife I Didn't Like", (Will Rogers)

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Well, since it's steel related :) Last couple of weeks I've been busy re-restoring my antique cargo tricycle. Stripping down all the bits, and hopefully doing a better paint job this time. I restored it befor 10 years ago, when I didn't have a clue what I was doing and very much learning as I went. 

 

Coincidentally, similar leafsprings have been my main source of steel during the years I was actively forging. Though those leafsprings were even older, of the hand carts that predate these cargo tricycles. And the mud guard brackets were made in my force 10 years ago :)

 

 

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