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On 3/6/2023 at 8:34 AM, Gerhard Gerber said:

Saturday morning dedicated to forge plumbing shopping, also got a pine board which a buddy helped me fix to the wall behind the work bench.

Got some screw in hooks and handles for my files that didn't have, but it was beer o'clock by the time the board was hung, shopping really tuckers me out:P

When do you start some knives Gerhard :D

 

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I got a couple of blocks glued up for a handle and made a spatula for my kitchen. I bent it up cold after I ground and filed it. It works well and keeps my fingers out of the heat.

 

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While I was waiting for the kiln to cool off for tempering, I started cleaning up an old hammer head found in a dark corner of the new shop. It has all the appearances of a hand forged hammer, and an interesting makers mark. Like anyone who finds something old that looks hand made, I'm using all of my google-fu to find something about it from the makers mark. No luck yet cause I'm not even sure what to call the makers mark, but it will make a nice addition to my hammer rack anyway.

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Score!

What's the weight?

 

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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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Tomorrow is Finkenstein Bush Market 8am-1pm, then my VFD cabinet needs a few extra cable glands and the new VFD mounted, hopefully the new grinder will be running by the end of the day.
I managed to get DB9 (old serial) connectors to connect the control panel to the VFD relatively easy, but the only cable I have easy access to is UTP LAN cable which is 8 core.  Not sure if all the pins are used, but I'm one wire away from covering all the bases.  STP would solve the problem with the additional earth wire, don't have any

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I forged and rough ground 3 knives yesterday. Today I'm heat treating them and I might end up doing some more forging. My new medication has given me a lot of motivation to not be still for very long.

Bob O

 

"When I raise my flashing sword, and my hand takes hold on judgment, I will take vengeance upon mine enemies, and I will repay those who haze me. Oh, Lord, raise me to Thy right hand and count me among Thy saints."

 

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19 hours ago, Gerhard Gerber said:

I managed to get DB9

Just for a second there I thought you meant an Aston Martin :D

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I have a commission for a new dagger and the client wants, get this, raindrop pattern.

OK. So I spent today forging a 1 inch square 300+ layer billet into a raindrop patterned bar.

Three patterning cycles. These are from cycle 1.

 

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Finished rough bar ready to forge into the dagger blade.

 

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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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8 hours ago, Joshua States said:

I have a commission for a new dagger and the client wants, get this, raindrop pattern.

 

What do you have against rain drop pattern? It doesn't seem like more of a pain than anything else.

Bob O

 

"When I raise my flashing sword, and my hand takes hold on judgment, I will take vengeance upon mine enemies, and I will repay those who haze me. Oh, Lord, raise me to Thy right hand and count me among Thy saints."

 

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2 hours ago, Bob Ouellette said:

 

What do you have against rain drop pattern? It doesn't seem like more of a pain than anything else.

I have nothing against the pattern. I just think it looks best on something with broader bevels.

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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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Oh, that's absolutely a fair point 

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I got at least 2x 9" chef's knives ground and 2 more to go. I also glued up another knife and finished the bench scraper I forged yesterday. I forged it from 1/4 x 2.5" to 1/16" x 5.5" and it was a colossal pain the whole time, but the variable chamber size of my new forge was real handy. Mild steel with a baked on oil finish and a bubinga handle.

 

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Bob O

 

"When I raise my flashing sword, and my hand takes hold on judgment, I will take vengeance upon mine enemies, and I will repay those who haze me. Oh, Lord, raise me to Thy right hand and count me among Thy saints."

 

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I always swear while hand sanding, but I try to do it before HT so it's still relatively easy. :lol: Doing it at Rc64 is indeed hell!  

 

Personally, I had two half-days to play this weekend, so I made progress on another 18th century-style folder.

 

The blade and spring are ready for HT, and I can't take the handle further until after assembly. The slabs are cow femur bone from a $4 dog chew.  Next time, unless I really need THICK or extra-wide bone I'll just buy precut slabs.  Sawing and grinding these down clogged my respirator filter twice. :wacko: If time is money, it's just not worth it to spend three hours doing that. Prepared slabs big enough to fit this are $16 from Culpepper, and they're usually the most expensive option.  

 

Anyway, here it is with fit-up pins.

 

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I remade almost all of the components of my handle except the guard and the spacers before the WI butcap.  I will definitely need to remake the butcap spacers next weekend as well.  I am trying with this knife to make everything to the best of my ability.  It may take more time, but I think the result will be worth it!

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8 hours ago, Conan Dunlap said:

I don't mean to hijack this thread,but how.do you hand sanding before heat treat?

 

I always sand to 400 or even 600 before hardening. The stainless folder blades get sealed in HT foil to prevent scale and decarb, carbon steel get a coat of antiscale for the same reason.  I'm lazy, so I try to minimize the amount of sanding hard steel.

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4 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

 

I always sand to 400 or even 600 before hardening. The stainless folder blades get sealed in HT foil to prevent scale and decarb, carbon steel get a coat of antiscale for the same reason.  I'm lazy, so I try to minimize the amount of sanding hard steel.

Wish I could do that. I use anti scale, but the geometry of a chef won't allow hardening at final thickness without serious warps. 

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I think that is the advantage of using Salt baths for heat treating… after hardening & tempering the surface only needs hand sanding ….My thin finished blade can be heat treated with with no warpage if sandwiched between blocks after coming out of a 325 degree quench …

 

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On 3/20/2023 at 1:00 PM, Joël Mercier said:

Wish I could do that. I use anti scale, but the geometry of a chef won't allow hardening at final thickness without serious warps. 

 

I just did 3 close to final thickness. They did indeed warp, but the straightening hammer I made worked fantastically.

Bob O

 

"When I raise my flashing sword, and my hand takes hold on judgment, I will take vengeance upon mine enemies, and I will repay those who haze me. Oh, Lord, raise me to Thy right hand and count me among Thy saints."

 

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1 hour ago, Bob Ouellette said:

 

I just did 3 close to final thickness. They did indeed warp, but the straightening hammer I made worked fantastically.

I've tried once and the edge went all wavy bacon. In other words, quenching with 0.005" at edge on a 2" wide full flat ground blade is a no go. Now I leave as much as I can without compromising full martensite conversion. 

 

I'm not saying your method is wrong, of course. To each it's own :)

 

Still, I'm not convinced about the straightening hammer thing. Maybe @Jerrod Millercould help us clarify whether post HT hammer straightening weakens the steel or not, cause in my understanding, plastic deformation gets you closer to fracture point. 

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