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I took that Nakiri to 400 grit. Lovely hamon peeking through.

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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 just looked at the start of this thread again.

It is more than 8 years old, with 5000+ posts and 210 pages!
Holy smokes! The amount of info and incredible work contained in this one thread is formidable.

I thank all of you who have made it so alive and a wealth of knowledge.

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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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Gentlemen I honestly dont know how long does it takes YOU to make them, but this is damascus about 180 layers each side + O1 cutting edge sandwich. I had not a time to etch in nitric, but its gonna be beautifull. Two 1 mm welding problems , that etch is gonna eat. Rhombic profile.  It took me 11 hours start to end. Should I do it for living, I would probably die of hunger.

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I've started prepping for a local Scandinavian Festival I'll be jurying for in May. 

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I'm hoping to be placed in their new "Viking area", and this is the first year they've lifted their restrictions on weapon sales so I'm hoping to have the opportunity to sell Seax's and possibly Puukko's (despite the large time gap...:ph34r:..). 

 

I also thought I'd try to work some art in there and thought I would have a go at a woodblock stamp

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Jaro, well worth it too, awesome!

Gary LT

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

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I hate to make them so specific, because this is again a facsmilie of an artifact and it needed to be precise dimensions, which is alot of extra work. :( 

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Working on getting a handle on the small seax for Scandi Fest Jury

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There was no checking in the handle when I cut it this morning, and the wood was from a firepit save 10+ years ago.  we'll see how far the stress takes 'em...

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Hello,

 

for a client I am forging a full kepesh/kopesh

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9 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

Yesterday:

Got that folder bug again huh? It never goes away fully, always returuning again and again.....

 

On 3/16/2024 at 4:51 AM, Corentin Dechezelle said:

I am forging a full kepesh/kopesh

I do not envy you. That project is more than I would like.

 

“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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15 hours ago, Joshua States said:

Got that folder bug again huh?

 

Got that "sold my last stock, gotta make more!" bug. :lol:  Plus I'm showing a local guild member how I do it. 

 

That's AEB-L on the Beaumont Metal Works surface grinder attachment for KMG.  

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13 hours ago, Eric Estlund said:

Do you push the temper on the backsprings further?

 

Yes indeed!  You want a full spring temper on the springs, so you have to research that for your steel.  With O-1, I temper the blades at 350F and the springs at 700F.  With AEB-L I temper the blades at 320F and the springs at 1145F.  Stainless is weird stuff... each alloy has its own peculiarities. AEB-L hits a secondary hardening around 950F, so you have to go a bit higher to draw it back.  Luckily there are charts available for these things.

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Alan, this is good information. Would you happen to know where to temper 52100 for springs? (Or the available chart!)

Thanks, Gary LT 

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

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A quick search didn't show anything for 52100 spring temper, but this table from Knife Steel Nerds

 

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https://knifesteelnerds.com/2019/05/13/how-to-heat-treat-52100/

 

suggests that 500F should do it.  You want a spring to be around Rc 45-50.  But you want to avoid the range between 500F-700F for low alloy steels due to potential for temper embrittlement.  Try it at 500, and if that's too stiff/brittle try it at 750F.  If that's too soft, try pushing the edge at 525F and grind the spring thinner where it needs to flex.

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Alan, much appreciated. I have a copy of KSNerds for 52100 etc and I’ll go back to review it again, I didn’t recall anything direction on temperature for springs but knowing these should be at 45-50 Rc helps. Last folders made with 52100 were trial, test, redo, trial, test, redo, ad nauseum. However I finally did get the expected action needed.

I will follow your advice / direction, as I have a couple of folder planned soon enough! 
Gary LT

 

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

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Trying a new supply of wrought iron. It's the most steel-like WI I have seen. It came from a chain with links made of 3/4" rod. I had to etch it to confirm it was WI. I couldn't get it to split in the first tests. 

 
These are steeled with 1075. 

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Finished this Cru Forge V blade with Juma ivory handle,  (I had posted a prelim photo here in February).

The hardware is square wrought which I hammered flat and joined with silver solder hidden so I could get the thickness needed to shape the way I wanted. I used Mark Lee Blue express #1 and followed directions to the letter. The end result color is brownish which I am okay with and I’ve seen this before on wrought. For hand-sanding Cru Forge V, I found EDM stones helped the process substantially rather than just sand paper. Still it took a long time.

Now to screw up a sheath! :unsure:

Gary LT

 

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

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21 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

A quick search didn't show anything for 52100 spring temper

@Gary LT   I just added a little info to this thread:  

 

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