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Hit a bit of a bump in the road with my knife; it was supposed to be 1085 steel, but halfway through, I had it spark tested when the oil quench didn't work, and it turns out it is closer to 40-point carbon! After I found that out, I tried to water quench it to see if it would harden, but still no. I might try a super quench just for fun.

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Got some new leather in for future sheaths. There's so much variation in leather, even in natural veg tanned cow leather of the same thickness. The leather I previously worked with was too soft. It's ok for small sheaths, but carving it is more challenging, as it tends to spring back, making the carvings less clear. This new leather is sold here as saddle leather. It's properly stiff. Stiff enough that if you cut a strip of it and hold it horizontal, it stays straight. I hope shaping it will not be too difficult, particular the angle for broken back seaxes. That was easy with the softer leather. But we'll see. 

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I forged this damascus sandwich, its O1+nickelsteel and O1 core. Very solid 7 mm thick, 35 cm blade. Looking solid through, I shall make it into big english style bowie. "Bear hunter" The core comes out evenly, at the moment I have about 3,5 mm left on main grind, then the clip, the HT and so on. 

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My first gas forge was a big victory in my knife making career, unlike my ribbon burner supposed to be game changer failure. 

So the little guy got an upgrade, new lorry rim stand, work rest with some of my best birdshit welding......earth issues......and refractory lining. 

And my two very cute African village dog siblings 

 

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Spent the day cooking and grinding.  Cooking was Alaskan-style smoked salmon chowder, grinding was taking an 8" santoku from profiled blank of 0.090" / 2.2mm AEB-L to bevels done to 400 grit with edge right at 0.010" / 0.3mm.  Next shop time will be hand sanding to 600 or so prior to HT.  

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I Forged a 3-bar billet and did the fishmouth weld. Then I pulled a smallish Bowie out of some piled W2.

 

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Then, just for the sake of having a distater, I destroyed two wootz pucks

 

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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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I finally decided to re line my forge after 8 years. I’ve patched it here and there and used a replaceable shelf on the floor for flux, but it was definitely time:

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So far I have installed and rigidized two layers of wool, and put in a layer of castable to go under a ceramic floor tile I got from Chile Forge, as I was quite happy with the durability of the original. The plan is to let the floor cure, then cover the walls with Satanite and finally ITC 100
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Did some hand sanding on a kitchen knife before nearly ruining it by stamping my mark too hard.  Had to regrind to remove the dent on the mark side and the bulge on the other...

 

Then I made a hook for a Christmas party giveaway.

 

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And of course NOW I see that the actual hook part is a little crooked... :rolleyes:

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Things have been a bit chaotic lately, but I found some time to work on knives. I’ve got a lot of irons in the fire so to speak, but I put the priority on these blades, whipped

up in the past couple of days. A handful of my “bread and butter” styles with a few pukkos, Sakha knives, and a leuku. IMG_8179.jpeg

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Nice!  I've been using the heck out of the one I got from you in this year's KITH. Speaking of which,

 

just finished this santoku.

 

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Right at 12" / 33cm overall, 7.25" / 18.4cm blade.  Stock removal from 3/32" / 2.4mm AEB-L HT'd to what should be Rc61. Handle scales stabilized walnut from Bill Armstrong, https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/43173-stabilized-scales-for-sale/

 

 

I found out that if you strike a stamped mark too hard on an annealed blade that thin it will bend the heck out of said thin blade, but it straightens out easily too. Solid 1/4" brass pins, slightly riveted, which is why the center pin looks slightly misaligned. :rolleyes:

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Finally got the chance to forge for the first time in a while!

Did some warm up hair pin type doodads, then I got the pre-form for what I hope will be a multi-bar spear started, and I upset some 1/4"x1" wrought into 1/2"  "cubes" to make a set of dice as a gift. It felt good to swing a hammer again:D

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Made some burger press thingies as gifts for grilling friends.  Cut circles out of old scrap 1/4" plate with plasma and forged handle from 1/4 x 1 bar.  Ground the bottom to 120 grit and then heated in forge for patina before seasoning.

I totally stole the design from a local bbq place that sells them for $80 each. I already had all the metal in the pile and rivets were left over from a long ago project, so just cost me propane and grinder belts.

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Oh yeah, this magnetic circle jig for the plasma was cheap and easy to make and works great. Thanks, YouTube!  

 

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Got the wrought iron dice etched to a point I'm happy with

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I'm also working more on that kitchen knife with some inlay in the bolster. While I'm hand-sanding the blade I've been watching Ford Hallam's youtube channel, and now I think I have the bug to try a raised inlay...lol!

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Love the die!  And good luck on the raised inlay if you try it...

 

Yesterday I did some folder stuff.  Soldered on dovetailed bolsters:

 

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cleaned them up on the disc grinder:

 

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and thinned out the profiled blades and springs on the KMG surface grinding tool.  Still need to take off about 0.008".  AEB-L comes hot rolled annealed and need to be ground to remove the scale.  If you order 3/32," it comes as 0.115" and need to be reduced to 0.093".

 

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Today I finished thinning the steel, milled the nail nicks, and, after half an hour's search for my grinding jig (found it at the bottom of a box of belts left over from the hammer-in) started grinding the bevels.  Here's one at a 400 grit machine finish.

 

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On 12/3/2023 at 12:27 PM, Alan Longmire said:

Nice!  I've been using the heck out of the one I got from you in this year's KITH. Speaking of which,

 

just finished this santoku.

 

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Love the santoku, and glad the KITH knife is serving you well! 
 

In my own shop, I’ve been busy lately getting ready for my move, working on both things for myself to work on while I have access to only a more limited shop, and a few gifts for the knife makers I met in Copenhagen who helped me get up and going. 
 

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This morning I got a bunch of stainless blades profiled and just heat treated them. The left is a MagnaCut chef knife which will be a wedding gift for a friend from grad school (Larrin did his PhD research with the same group as us, so that steel seemed like a good fit). The rest are AEB-L “scandi” style knives to learn about that sort of knife making. I couldn’t bring myself to buy blades, so I’ decide to make ones like the guys I know in Denmark work with. 
 

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I also worked on some forged blades to take with me. I have been practicing wire inlay, so I wanted some seax blades to work on. I forgot to take pictures after, but I have four welded up from wrought iron and hearth steel (the billets for two shown above along with sheet metal and paper patterns). I also have been trying out some Ainu style blades. They are usually single bevel, often two layer laminates. I forged some blades with Hitachi White #1 welded to 1018, ~100 year old mild steel (~1005), and wrought iron. 

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