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5 hours ago, Emery White said:

I really like the pattern weld design on this one. You are really gifted. I'm impressed. How long does it take you to make a knife like that?

Its not a knife, but a spearhead. The back part is gonna be forged a bit tighter and then separate socket welded onto it.  Funny you ask that because I m not very experienced, so I need to think alot about what to do. I had to cut my strips from iron and O1 by angle grinder, that took some, the core and edge was done separatelly and the core was "wyrmed"  by cutting series of waves on it sides and then reforging straight. It was supposed to be quite bit bigger, but I lost about 5" on bad weld.  That is, when you do the core this way, you need sacrificial metal. And I used something which I didnt knew what it was. Might have been spring steel and that welds notoriously badly. :(  If you go back in this thread I think there is whole process how I did it. Must be around 10 hours into it. Way too much.  Next one will be better also with a tip wrap - that way you dont need to cut into the core and disrupt the patter. Now I want the socket to be dark. That means I have to roll and weld O1 socket. 

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15 hours ago, Joshua States said:

I can never get them open fast enough to make it to the quench

 

Thus the AEB-L and plates, no need to remove the foil.  O1 gets anti-scale instead.  

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Trying something new.

 

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Dovetailed bolsters and scales on a folder.  Temporary assembly pins, the scales aren't drilled for the spring tension pin yet.  Lots of work left to go, but the bolsters do actually line up. The pic is just a bad angle.  Two firsts for me, the dovetailed bolsters and using horn for the scales.  So far so good...

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Yesterday a younger and very talented smith came out to my shop to learn the ways of pattern welding. We made him a very nice billet of ladder pattern using the press method, and a small bilet of W's. Here are a few shots of Corey Dunlap making steel.

Hot cutting the ladder billet to fold and stack hot.

 

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Cleaning the W's in preparation for a stack.

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The ladder billet coming out of the press.

 

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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.  

 

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For some reason I got the urge to try a redo of one of my failed tantos from the past. This one is 12 fold

hearth steel, part of a longer term project to make a blade and koshirae that mean something to me. Last night it lived through heat treatment and has a hamon the whole

length of the edge which is a huge relief! 
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I don’t have much time to work on this for the next few months, but there will hopefully be more to come!

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On 12/10/2022 at 7:46 AM, Randy Griffin said:

Not what I did in my shop but what I did to it.

Finished it. :D

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All the big equipment is out back. I’m ready for cold weather.

 

Hot off the press.

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First one from the new shop. Just need to sharpen it.

 

Tried something new.

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Filed the spine. Turned out pretty good.

Let me know what y’all think.

Comfortable looking shop, would be tough to leave it even to eat.  Love the file work on the handle, very unique.

 

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On 1/5/2023 at 2:12 PM, Alan Longmire said:

Two firsts for me, the dovetailed bolsters and using horn for the scales. 

 

And done.  

 

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Yeah, you can see the pin.  The first one locked the action and had to be split, cut, and punched out.  Makes for a non-recoverable flaw.

 

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Then the horn delaminated at the center pin, which shows up as a hazy patch.  Those fine scratches on the tang are not visible except via camera.  Dunno what's up with that...

 

The dovetailed bolsters did great.

 

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but I have learned to respect horn.  After affixing the scales with Loctite A330, the humidity changed.  The horn shrunk, which warped the scales.  

 

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That little gap at the butt end will probably shrink in high humidity, but that's what caused issues with the pivot pin.  Live and learn!  Also found out Horn is too soft to buff with white diamond compound.  Leaves it looking muddy.  Red rouge is the stuff for this.  

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Got thickness dialed in on a partizan blade. My order of operations here was remove scale, establish centerline and thickness at the base (very difficult with the flare from the lugs), and grind the blade to approximately the desired distal taper. Now I need to re-file the bevels to reestablish the centerline and grind the socket to shape before I'm ready to heat treat. For reference, the blade itself is about 19.5" overall, if I remember correctly.

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In my continuing quest to master small, single-blade folders, today I learned I'm getting really good at making Factory Seconds. :rolleyes:  Didn't peen the pivot pin enough while assembling one of my mini Barlows, so the pin is not only visible but tactile. The action is perfect, though...:lol:

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On 1/16/2023 at 3:43 PM, Alan Longmire said:

... so the pin is not only visible but tactile. The action is perfect, though...:lol:

Go back and reprofile the bolsters on the grinder until the pin goes away. B)

-Brian

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2 hours ago, Brian Dougherty said:

Go back and reprofile the bolsters on the grinder until the pin goes away. B)

The bolsters started at 3/16" thick each.  They are now at 3/32" and once the pin disappears, it pops back when the blade is cycled.  Thinking about drilling it out and re-pinning, just gotta build the little tool to take the load off the spring...

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Got the bevels reestablished on the partizan, and the socket is ~80% of the way ground. I have a 2" long section on the backside that I couldn't get to weld. It's just an aesthetic flaw, and it's a gift for someone as opposed to a paid commission, so I haven't decided yet if I'm going to leave it or arc weld it shut.

 

Next is cleaning up the transition from blade to socket, followed by whatever I do on that weld flaw and then heat treat.

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Yesterday I had Corey Dunlap back out to finish his W's bar. We took the little cutout and some 1095 powder and he made his first cannister billet.

 

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Today I finished up 3 sheaths.

 

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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.”

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Hits and misses, snakes and ladders.

Hit, my December project inspired by an entry in the Youtube fantasy knife challenge is basically done, miss I didn't post pics yet.
Hit, decided to finish a subhilt fighter on which I was unsure about the position of the subhilt, turned out nice.  Miss.....didn't post pics.:lol:

Hit, fan for my ribbon burner forge arrived in a suitcase from the UK, miss, 16.5% import duties on top of a rather hefty price.  At least its the right kind of fan, and good quality.
Had a friend over on Wednesday, he's a draughtsman with a good engineering background, gave me some solid advice on the workshop build.
I've got one grinder with a bum bearing in one of the platten wheels, bite out of the contact wheel on the other grinder which means I can only user the 36 grit belts with the stiff backing.
Burners on my small gas forge are giving issues, can't get it to run properly, and the blown forge build has yet to start.
THEN I need to build a new home for all of them.

Just trying to keep that african proverb in mind, you eat an elephant one bite at a time..... 

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On 1/20/2023 at 6:26 PM, Alan Longmire said:

The bolsters started at 3/16" thick each.  They are now at 3/32" and once the pin disappears, it pops back when the blade is cycled.  Thinking about drilling it out and re-pinning, just gotta build the little tool to take the load off the spring...

Do you have a small reamer for tapered pins?  I use one to create a slight taper on the outboard side of each bolster.  I forget what size the one I have is.  It is either a "0" or a "00" and allows me to use a pin smaller than 3/32".

-Brian

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2 hours ago, Brian Dougherty said:

Do you have a small reamer for tapered pins?  I use one to create a slight taper on the outboard side of each bolster.  I forget what size the one I have is.  It is either a "0" or a "00" and allows me to use a pin smaller than 3/32".

 

Yeah, I have a tapered reamer that I use for this.  I just didn't peen the pin as much as I should have.  It'll probably push right through when I get around to doing it.  Keep the ideas coming, though!

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On 1/20/2023 at 4:26 PM, Alan Longmire said:

They are now at 3/32" and once the pin disappears, it pops back when the blade is cycled. 

It sounds like the hole in the blade tang is too tight on the pivot pin. Either that, or there's not enough clearance between blade and liner causing a slight flex when the blade cycles. This is why some guys use bushings. It alleviates both problems.

 

“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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1 hour ago, Joshua States said:

It sounds like the hole in the blade tang is too tight on the pivot pin. Either that, or there's not enough clearance between blade and liner causing a slight flex when the blade cycles. This is why some guys use bushings. It alleviates both problems.

 

 

I thought about that as well.  The clearance is good, and I didn't think the pin was too tight on the blade since when cycled with 220-grit scratches the pin doesn't rotate with the blade.  What happens is that the liners spring open a bit, leaving the pin about 0.002" below the surface of the bolsters.  Thus my determination I didn't a.) peen the pin enough, and b.) use the tapered reamer deep enough to hold the pin.  

I'm certain it can be driven out with a pin punch.  Its getting the new one in that'll be a problem.  I'll need to make a little doohickey that will take the spring tension off the blade enough to get a new pin through.  AFTER taper-reaming the thing with a wider taper...

 

Busy with the bureaucratic bounty of the day job for the next few weeks, unfortunately.  Although I did start forging the hawk for the next hammer-in day before yesterday...

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@Alan Longmire good luck with that!
The Nick Shabazz video where he shows his trick for assembling a Spyderco Delica/Endura is what allowed me to make a folder.

Before that I'd only attempted restorations and fitting the blade pivot pin last, the reason why they are all still in pieces.

That little one is worth it so fingers crossed, it almost inspired me to do dovetailed bolsters on a Kukri I'm busy with. 

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