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  2. Ambar,

    Could you possibly help me out with any information on these knifes. My neighbor recently acquired these and we were curious as to their authenticity. Thank you in advance.

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  3. Zeb Camper

    Power hammer build questions

    If you dont have $, you gotta make due with what you got. I spent over $1000 on mine, but I got a heck of a deal on all the steel. $0.50 a pound. And it's a lot of steel! One way to look at it is the build isn't over yet, still working out the bugs, but in the meanwhile this thing has broken down a lot of stock saving me hours and hours of work. When making this, everything is where it has to be in order for it to work based on what I had. I think I've got a good idea of what needs to happen. Switch the hammer to big square tubing to save weight, which will make it run smoother, and so the new guide can wrap all the way around it, this will also let me run the guide closer to the anvil because my die will no longer be protruding from the hammer. I'll rebuild the pillow bearing bracket to be safer so if it ever breaks it will catch itself. The crank plate (or eccentric wheel thingy) needs to be built out of 1/4" plate and a square (or circle if i can find the tube) cut out of the center. A fabricated box with no lid that goes into that square will be welded in place with bolt holes matching the existing screws and the spindle. This will be welded to the rim of the tire. Then, I'll rebuild all the wear joints once again, and probably the arms its attached to, which wont be hard to figure out, because I'll be making the exact same part, but better. Once the hammer is lighter, the motor runs at 1750 instead of 3400 rpm, and the new knurled drive wheel makes more contact with the tire I think it will be running really smoothly. It works pretty good now, but I just dont want to get killed using it.
  4. JASON VOLKERT

    WIP - Sami influenced gift knives

    I don't have any suggestion for you but everything looks perfect to me.
  5. Alan Longmire

    Beer = better forging?

    Yes, Socrates himself is particularly missed...
  6. Alan Longmire

    What did you do in your shop today?

    Thanks! I know S&H, they are indeed excellent anvils. Jim Austin has a shop full of them, but none that big.
  7. Joël Mercier

    Super quench. Some data.

    Yeah, I've heard that multiple times from Alan. Though Stephen says he's trying to make a knife out of it, not a sword...
  8. Charles du Preez

    Beer = better forging?

    And René Descartes was a drunken fart, I drink therefore I am
  9. Al Massey

    Super quench. Some data.

    Most swords from the Medieval period up to the Napoleonic era were rarely over 50 RC, something in the mid-40's would be considered as quite a good blade. In a long blade, the ability to survive hard stress trumps how many rope cuts, etc. you're trying to get out of a blade. Most Solingen sabres were hardened in the 40's range.
  10. Bruno

    Power hammer build questions

    ,Late on this one, As far as motors, I got a 2hp 1725 Farm Duty Motor/220v on my Rusty Style. Works Great. Great motor, got from surpluscenter. Leeson Motor. Can't go wrong. Around $400. As far as tweaking machinery... In my experience, if it moves it needs maintenance. The cleaner your motion, as in the less wobble, the less likely your gear will tear itself apart. My initial build worked. Then I broke the Jackshaft to the tire clutch. Then I got access to a lathe and rebuilt the parts. Running smooth now. But when dealing with the forces a 2hp motor can create and the the pounding of heavy steel parts, things are going to wear and break. I hear even Little giants need to be tuned right to run well. A bad tuning will tear something up in short order. To be fair, I doubt my hammer has 25 hours on it. And call me crazy but it feels like the weather affects things like my Water pump to my house, so sometimes it just feels like things run funny on some days. .02
  11. Geoff Keyes

    Power hammer build questions

    I built my hammer for about 100 hours of fab (3 weeks of nights and weekends) and about $600 USD in cash. This was in 2000. It's been running almost without tweaks since the first day. I changed out the grade 5 bolts in the toggle for grade 8 (they stretched over a couple of years). I changed the the way the pedal worked (it pulled on one side, I changed it to pull down on two sides if the foot bar) and that's it. It's got hundreds of hours on it and I've gone through 1 belt. So the short answer is, no. Geoff
  12. Pieter-Paul Derks

    What did you do in your shop today?

    Thanks guys, making hammers is a lot of fun! She is marked 209 kg, which translates to around 460 pounds, It is a really great anvil, with nice rebound and really flat faces after a hundred years. The maker is Soeding&Halbach from germany which was renowned for its cast steel anvils.
  13. Conner Michaux

    Power hammer build questions

    Maybe some day I’ll understand all this stuff, motors pulleys, fabricator voodoo magic ive got a question on power hammers though, It seems like homemade power hammers never really work right, and have to constantly be tweaked and fixed, wouldn’t the total costs of all the initial build cost, tweaking and fixing add up to the cost of a real manufactured hammer? Like big blue hammers or Anyang? (I think thats how you spell it) And what’s the difference between a treadle hammer and a power hammer? Ive seen a tiny 6 pound little giant online, the thing was like 5 feet tall, tiny!
  14. Wayne Coe

    Super quench. Some data.

    I was repeating what Robb had told me. He knows a lot more about that than I do. The other person that you might want to discuss this with is Kevin Cashin. BTW, it is good to hear from you again. Let me know if I can help you again. Wayne
  15. Jeremy Blohm

    Power hammer build questions

    My 85 lb will run on a 3/4 hp hooked to 220 but I have went through 1 motor and working on the second. I might pull this motor apart and put better bearing in it just to save it some life. Changing bearings in a motor is actually really simple.
  16. Gary LT

    Culver Inspired (Copied) Slipjoint

    I appreciate you response Brian, thanks. I’ll check with them. Gary LT
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  18. Zeb Camper

    Power hammer build questions

    I'm gonna rebuild it soon. Cuz I got 2 giant chunks of damascus needing worked down further. I'll consider a belt drive for sure...
  19. Zeb Camper

    Power hammer build questions

    Never mind. I found what I needed. Tefc heavy duty. Might by less hp to save $. I need to lighten the hammer and rebuild it all anyway. Wow, talk about timing! Yeah, idk...
  20. Joël Mercier

    Power hammer build questions

    Would it be possible to use a pulley system that would both reduce the speed and take the load off the motor bearings? Like installing the drive wheel on a shaft supported by a bearing on each side, driven with a pulley 2.5-3 times larger than the one on the 3450rpm motor. It's just an idea...
  21. Zeb Camper

    Power hammer build questions

    Well, time to revive this old thread... I was wondering what the best motor might be for this use. Is a totally enclosed fan cooled the best choice? Can it work with an open motor? I need one with stronger bearings. Is "heavy duty" the only type of specs for these? I'm having trouble finding a 1ph 5hp 230v that runs at around 1750 for a reasonable price. The old one is shot and ran too fast anyway btw.
  22. SteveShimanek

    Super quench. Some data.

    Wayne, i am unclear how tempering would refine grain growth, since the temperatures for tempering are so much lower than normalizing temperatures. Can you please explain this?
  23. SteveShimanek

    Shop floor grinding dust?

    My condolences as well; we just got through with a Samoan funeral for my wife's cousin who was a high talking chief...it was a huge event that went for days.
  24. Michael Stuart

    First Arrowheads (with arrows)

    Nice work! The nock reinforcement can be a real pain but these turned out quite well. I'd be curious also on the weight of the points and finished arrows.
  25. Conner Michaux

    O1 round stock?

    Yeah I’m guessing it’ll warp, I’m gonna leave it kind of thick so I can attempt to grind out what ever I can’t fix in the temper.
  26. Alan Longmire

    O1 round stock?

    Like all good old files, it's going to be a shallow-hardening high carbon steel, either 1095, W1, or W2. And some of my best files are older than you are, , so "pretty old" is relative. There's no way to tell the difference between them by looking, spark-testing, or other easy test, but luckily the heat treatment for all three is the same. Triple-normalize, warm oil quench from 1450 (decalescence for these steels), temper for desired final hardness. The only thing you really have to worry about is that big single fuller, it's going to cause warping. Be prepared for that.
  27. Conner Michaux

    O1 round stock?

    Okay thanks, While we're on the topic of steel, Im going to forge a Yakut blade out of an old file, its either Simonds. save edge or nicholson, I know Nicholsons are 1095, And I know its one of those three files, but I'm not 100% sure which one (because I forgot and am to lazy to walk out to the shed) Any idea what steel those brands of files are? Its a Multi-cut and its pretty old.
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