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On 5/29/2024 at 7:20 AM, billyO said:

Looks like a good start on the W's, @Conan Dunlap!

Here's how the chef's knife turned out: 52524.jpg

Blade length: 8-1/2" (220mm)

Height @ heel:  2" (51mm)

Spine thickness @ heel: 0.095" (2.4mm)

I'm hoping to get Coop to take a picture of the top side.  I like how the powder turned out, especially at the tip.  To me it looks like a mountain over a lake.  Maybe I'll call this one Ansel Adams.
Have a good rest of the week, all.  

 

Thanks, I am just a hobbiest so it's slow going but I am liking how it's looking!

 

Love that chefs knife!

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Did some filework on a wrought iron hawk head.  Until the shop hit 91 F (32.5 C) at 70% humidity.  I'm not a fan of summer.

 

Measure, draw layout, file off ~1.5mm of iron...

 

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Various projects are waiting because I need punches for them. And to make punches, I need hardenable steel rods, some 6 to 8mm, which I can't easily get. I do have a fair amount of old leafsprings, so I started cutting them up, to use them. 

 

The way my mind works though, is rather then just making the punches that I need, I first made a crown shaped punch for a late medieval knife makers mark, which a knife I haven't even started making yet :huh: And I also did make one I need, a U-shaped punch for the Osmund-knife. For that one I need more punches for the inscriptions. 

 

Nice thing about punches though is that they are small contained projects, that I can do late in the evening when I have some free time, and which don't make much noise. And I can harden them in the kitchen, so they don't need to wait for a rare moment that I can light the forge. 

 

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1 hour ago, Alan Longmire said:

Did some filework on a wrought iron hawk head.  Until the shop hit 91 F (32.5 C) at 70% humidity.  I'm not a fan of summer.

 

Measure, draw layout, file off ~1.5mm of iron...

 

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Summer, what's that? I'm still waiting for autumn to finish :) It's been 10 months already.

 

Anyway, lovely filework again Alan!

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Wrapped up the major parts of this 6 month project I've been working on to refurbish this hammer I got back in January. Has some minor work left to do(see the wood on the drive wheel) but I was able to get a few test hits in on some wood. She can hit soft and hard with a almost smooth running. Once I get the parts tuned in she'll be like butter and I cant wait to get back to forging.

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Added to the Father and son set. Mom said that the daughter would be jealous(and it wasn't fair) , so we added one for her. Did the grinding last week and some bronze wire inlay over the weekend. Still need to grind in the clip and all need hand sanding/sharpening. Started out with Bird and trout in my mind with the last one, not sure what I would call it. 

Sometimes I see issues in photo's that I missed. Just ran out into the shop for a minute. 

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I finally ordered a drill bit organizer set. They came while I was away. So I got them situated in their new home and filled with the drill bits I have. Should be remarkably easier to find what I need. I stacked some tubs filled with carrots items. The one on the left is filled with taps and dies and the one on the right with various old projects and parts. I also found the adjustable rotary broach holder I was working on.

 

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The existing shop is all packed up and the new shop isn't ready yet, so I needed something to do (i.e. practice) that won't take a bunch of tools. So, I got a new toy to start carving some wood scraps.

 

 

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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 finished my adjustable rotary broach holder. I looked at MSC and similar holders are around $2700! I ordered a 1/8" hex broach for the folding knife screws I'm making. I also organized my taps, so I'm going to try tapping the handle instead of using a nut. 

 

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On 6/16/2024 at 11:46 AM, Alan Longmire said:

I'm not a fan of summer.

I feel your pain... This is the main reason I'm putting off moving back to the Midwest.

RIP Bear....be free!

 

as always

peace and love

billyO

 

 

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On 6/16/2024 at 11:46 AM, Alan Longmire said:

I'm not a fan of summer.

 

11 hours ago, billyO said:

I feel your pain... This is the main reason I'm putting off moving back to the Midwest.

 

Pfft....rookie numbers

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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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11 hours ago, Joshua States said:

Pfft....rookie numbers

 

It's the humidity! :lol:  I don't mind forging when the shop hits 110 F, but I get annoyed if I'm dripping sweat on a hawk head just from filing on it.  

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Days are getting shorter now Alan….. you can’t stop it …..My Kingdom for the first frost….. ha ha ha 

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12 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

It's the humidity!

Do you have any idea what 113 and 15% humidity does to your sinus cavity?

You simply cannot drink enough water.

 

I have stepped foot in every state in the lower 48 and I can say with cetainty, that with very few exceptions, no matter where you are the weather sucks for 3-6 months out of the year.

So just pick what king of crappy weather you can deal with.

3 hours ago, Dick Sexstone said:

Days are getting shorter now Alan….. you can’t stop it …..My Kingdom for the first frost….. ha ha ha 

Winter is coming......

 

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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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10 hours ago, Joshua States said:

Do you have any idea what 113 and 15% humidity does to your sinus cavity?

 

 

Oh, yes.  I love the Southwest, but after a day or two my wife and I get spontaneous nosebleeds from the change in humidity we're used to.  

 

I've been to many places as well, and so far my favorite climates are San Francisco (not the whole bay area, just the city) and the south coast of Cornwall.  Not too cold, not too hot, plenty of moisture.    So, on the cool side and slightly damp seems to be my thing.  Guess I'm a salamander? :lol: 

 

14 hours ago, Dick Sexstone said:

Days are getting shorter now Alan

 

Only two days past the solstice! Not that noticeable at my latitude yet. B)

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I messed up the heat treatment on the first screw I made yesterday and the threaded end cracked off. So I made a new screw for my newest folder. Rotary broaches are pretty neat tools.

 

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Heat treated, polished and etched a Nakiri I've been working on the last couple of weeks.

 

1095 edge between two layers of 15n20, with wrought iron cladding

 

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I noticed something weird with the etch, my initial reaction was that I had left some decarb on but then I looked a little closer...

 

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Is that alloy banding? For the record this is NJSB 15n20, and the heat treat was tuned for the 1095 edge: thermocycled at 1500/1400/1300 in SS foil, then double coated in ATP 641 for a 10m soak and quench at 1475.

 

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and unless I'm mistaken, that looks like a hamon...? I bet that if I had tried for it, it wouldn't have worked.

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Looks like a combo of alloy banding in the 15n20, a thin line of decarb at both the 1095/15n20 and the 15n20/wrought junctions (thin white line on the 1095, same on the 15n20) and an auto-hamon.  Cool effects, and really nice blade!  

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Some more work on the nakiri. Buffallo horn stinks. 

 

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I could call it done but that copper buttcap is begging for some irogane work. I haven't done any of this in a couple years so that feels like a great excuse to get back into it.

 

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I installed a taper attachment on my lathe last night and got it all finished up and put back together this morning. I had to move a ton of stuff around so I could climb over the machine to drill and tap the mounting holes. 

 

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"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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Got the last few knives for a festival in August profiled and beveled today!  It's the Junction City Scandinavian Festival, and it has primarily focused on 1800's Scandinavian Festival culture (or..what we think we know of that here in Oregon..), but this year they are opening up a "Viking Village" to explore a few (or 9-ish) centuries earlier, AND they finally dropped their ban on selling weapons! :)

I have about ten knives to sell, 6 seaxes and 4 puukkos (some not pictured here), and I'll have some other forged goodies.

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As a bonus, I got the frame for my Viking tent fit up yesterday, and dip dyed my canvas covering this morning to dry in the heat over the day.  Should make for a good booth :)

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Happy 4th of July!

Before I went to work I celebrated with my first wire inlay in steel! :lol:

Thinking I may do a second slightly shorter one underneath also:ph34r:

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Have a Good 4th everyone here in the States, be kind to your family and neighbors, and try to keep those fingers!

Your local dispatchers appreciate any serene moment we can get on days like today, lol!!

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