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Here in Canada, the gun laws make shooting ranges quite boring because we are only allowed to shoot paper. I much prefer to hear a DING at a distance. So I have mostly been trap shooting in the last years, and sold my long range rifle. I kept my .22s for plinking though :lol:. My Henry frontier is so much fun...

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4 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

I had an incredible score this weekend. 

I guess so! That fly press is cool and all but damn, that evenheat has me jealous! Very nice score, Sir Longmire. 

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4 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

it, being a fairly traditional carbon steel and forge heat-treat kind of guy, but this will let me anneal forged O-1 properly as well as HT any stainless I can get my hands on

I'd add any carbon steel as well.

A kiln has made my life so much easier, especially for long chefs(in my terms)...:lol:

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A .224 valkyrie would be a nice round as well. The amount of different cartridges you can put into an ar is increadible. I'm looking into the .50 cal Beowulf only because my buddy standing to my right in the picture of the hammer making class has all the stuff to reload them.

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3 hours ago, Joël Mercier said:

I'd add any carbon steel as well.

A kiln has made my life so much easier, especially for long chefs(in my terms)...:lol:

I desperately need a way to heat treat great big ol' long stuff... didn't you make the elements and stuff for yours? In other words, do you know how they work? I've got just the piece of steel to make a kiln/furnace out of, but electricity is as good as wizardry to a simpleton such as myself. Luckily my best freind is an electrician. Would I be nuts to think I could put one together on my own? 

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9 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

I had an incredible score this weekend.  A pile of new-to-me equipment.

Be careful Alan! You are messing with wizardry there! Congrats on both new pieces of equipment. You just entered a whole new dimension of metal/blade smith art.

3 hours ago, Adam Weller said:

Any reason for the evenheat over other brands like paragon? I’m getting ready to pull the trigger on one of these too.

Either or really. I bought the Paragon, because it needed a smaller area on the bench.

“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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7 hours ago, Zeb Camper said:

I desperately need a way to heat treat great big ol' long stuff... didn't you make the elements and stuff for yours? In other words, do you know how they work? I've got just the piece of steel to make a kiln/furnace out of, but electricity is as good as wizardry to a simpleton such as myself. Luckily my best freind is an electrician. Would I be nuts to think I could put one together on my own? 

It was easy for me but I work with wiring diagrams everyday so I'm not sure for the average guy. Better make use of good ol' friendship :lol:

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11 hours ago, Adam Weller said:

Any reason for the evenheat over other brands like paragon? I’m getting ready to pull the trigger on one of these too.

It was available at a better price at the time, basically.  I do like the side-opening door, and the elements are only on the sides (just like some Paragons).  Either one will work fine.  Plus the KO series can get to 2200 degrees, 2400 max if you explain to the factory why you would want to go so hot.  Although I see no reason to need more than 2000 degrees.

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Not a Iron worker, retired equipment salesman, new how to weld as a kid, started welding for fun after retirement. bought some Amish steel spooked wagon wheels. Started welding old hand tools to wheels, tried a couple of old saw blades and finally have developed a  system, design pieces have them plasma cut and weld to spokes. Have sold 2 wheels. Have also welded rail road spikes into designs, and sold as garden art. don't need a kiln but home I can qualify as a member, or associate member.

Phil Shook

Hawkeye Consulting Service. 

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8 hours ago, SHOOEYE said:

Not a Iron worker, retired equipment salesman, new how to weld as a kid, started welding for fun after retirement. bought some Amish steel spooked wagon wheels. Started welding old hand tools to wheels, tried a couple of old saw blades and finally have developed a  system, design pieces have them plasma cut and weld to spokes. Have sold 2 wheels. Have also welded rail road spikes into designs, and sold as garden art. don't need a kiln but home I can qualify as a member, or associate member.

Phil Shook

Hawkeye Consulting Service. 

No qualifications needed Phil! It's a "bladesmiths" forum, but if you cant tell by now, we have a lot of interests. Awesome to have you! Post some work sometime! 

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Not in my shop, but I got the first solo in the black sabbath song I'm trying to learn almost licked. I gotta work on timing and vibrado and bends. Figured out my amp sounds pretty good if you put pressure on the plug on the back. Tuned my guitar a step and a half down and turned up the drive, gain, and bass all the way up. I think treble is at half and same with reverb. Using the 2 neck pickups. All bass and half treble on the guitar end too. I NEED HUMBUCKERS!!! 

 

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I made what seems to be my favourite mistake yesterday, got carried away and basically did final finishing on the handle of a little kitchen knife.....only to realize I still need to refine the shape a bit.

Also a bit miffed, a piece of rolled natural Hessian micarta failed, resin just refused to set.  I suspect my one bottle of hardener has issues, always need to use more and I guess I got it wrong. A day lost......

 

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I did some more planing on the shirasaya for a Japanese wakizashi I polished recently; worked on making a curved body plane with an O-1 blade (after the second attempt, i got it to work a bit, but decided buying one is a better use of time), and did some tuning on my home built power hammer, which is now hitting pretty well.

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On ‎9‎/‎26‎/‎2019 at 5:49 PM, Zeb Camper said:

No qualifications needed Phil! It's a "bladesmiths" forum, but if you cant tell by now, we have a lot of interests. Awesome to have you! Post some work sometime! 

Knowing how to weld, and a Amateur Radio Operator (K0PAS), surprised I didn't get Banned on both counts?  Now to be a little selfish, I don't have much use for persons who can't express themselves without cussing. now second, I don't understand why everybody is so sensitive. I don't care whether your green(Martin), purple or another color if your squared away and can take some ribbing, and have a different opinion that's OK. just as long as you have enough beer money for all of us..

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On 9/27/2019 at 8:01 AM, SteveShimanek said:

 did some tuning on my home built power hammer, which is now hitting pretty well.

Didnt you start a thread on that? I'd love to see it finished! 

 

4 hours ago, SHOOEYE said:

Knowing how to weld, and a Amateur Radio Operator (K0PAS), surprised I didn't get Banned on both counts?

You lost me, my man! 

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Hi Zeb, yes, I think I had a thread on my hammer; still tinkering, so i haven't done a finale video yet, since it still has/had some hiccups. I put a strap on the spring so that when it hits, the leaves stay together, and gained harder hits from that, but it changed some of the geometry in the actuation, and I had to tweak some of the positions of the switches etc. Finished last night with things looking ok, but today will do some more testing; maybe i will bring the camera this time.

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Finished this no frills 5.5" petty in 26c3 steel(63-64hrc, yikes!). The first of a batch of three. I tried to focus on ergonomics rather than aesthetic. I find it very comfy and nimble. I will take better pics when it's bigger brother is done ^_^

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