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  4. Strangely there are a lot of 66 lb anvils on eBay. Do you remember who you bought it from?
  5. I’ve always seen them as more of a stock removal thing. Mostly because of the nature of forging a blade. Every knife you forge is different. Not to mention if you forge distal tapers on your blade, which I would think that most forgers do, how do you then go and clamp it into a jig when you have angles everywhere? Like Alan above, I think of jigs as being used in production and repetitious processes which, again, I see as more of a stock removal thing where someone may have a large number of water jet cut blanks done up for them. Using a jig is fine but I do feel like if you start off learning using a jig, you do yourself a disservice by not learning how to use your properly use your grinder from the start. I’ve got a decent size milling machine. I think the setup on a forged blade would probably be not worth it for me. I’ve not tried it though. For me, personally, I’m not crazy of using something that takes my hands out of the process. Someone doing this for a living would probably have a much different view on it. For me, it’s just for fun. Whichever way you enjoy the most.
  6. I tried the cherry flavored moonshine last night; one sip straight, and the rest with Coke and ice....we call it a Cherry Bomb. Pretty good stuff.
  7. Hello I just wanted to share my first forged knife. I've made two blades before this but they cracked in HT. 20190728_172512.mp4 20190728_172512.mp4
  8. French cross peen Won for: $19.95 from Ebay ....shipping included in this price.
  9. There is always the 66 lb anvil on Ebay. I used mine a couple times and ended up selling it but it was a fully serviceable anvil. I also had it's big 110 lb brother for quite a while and loved it.
  10. He mentioned the test end was 5x5 microns with a 1g charge. The left side was a pearlite and ferrite strike with the indention being 15% larger and the centered hits are smaller, being cementite or iron carbide.
  11. Looking for info on the pieces to a tanto I know of some but what are all the pieces to a traditional tanto in the correct order please. Me and my big smart brain is so smart need help figuring it all out I've gone through alot of literature sort of lost in the sea of words. Maybe some illustrations or examples if you have them please. Also on a side note if anyone knows the correct degree of bevel to grind to? Thanks
  12. It was really bizarre to see and try to decipher. Skip messaged me and said ledeburite, and my hunt for knowledge took off. I delved into my microscopy book and many items online. Found a lot of good information, and even stumbled across a bit of research that connected me with an archaeologist in Europe who happened to have already been following my work on IG, lol. Thanks Jerrod, I meant to make that clear.
  13. I would like to point out for those that don't know, these are the indentations from the Vicker's hardness test. This is a very small (localized) hardness check.
  14. 1. Speaking only for myself, some people like jigs, others do not. They are indeed handy for production work, but most of us here do one-off pieces. Personally, I like to freehand things, especially on long blades like swords. It's easier to blend the complex geometries that way, since the bevel angle on a long double-edged blade with non-linear distal taper is constantly changing. 2. I've seen it done. Whatever works!
  15. Kinda thick, but it looks like it'd do the job! Interesting handle concept, too.
  16. You are welcome Jerrod. I knew I was pushing into crazy territory, but didnt fully understand cast characteristics until most recently, and what to look for in my product. As stated earlier in this or my crucible thread, I had various samples of my crucible steel and some hearth steel for a researcher to look at. On of the samples was a 4fold piece of hearth steel. He had mentioned then that I had a clean band of heavy cementite, or iron carbide in the piece. At the time it was a mystery, but now things are getting so clear. This is why I love metallurgy and steel creation. Theres so much I learn the further I go in my journey that I am able to critically inspect previous work and findings a refine my understanding. Anyway, the piece was cool and he did take a micrograph, albeit not as bright as mine are. He also used a Vickers hardness test that the microscope was outfitted with to determine between ferrite and cementite structures. Inside that dark band it was showing all of or most of the white to be cementite at the grain boundaries.
  17. 2016, actually. And I had the ellipsis after the title rather than before, so Zeb remains safe!
  18. Indeed it is! Right on the edge of my understanding, too! I've never looked at diagrams for cast iron, so a lot of that is new to me.
  19. Bevel jigs used in conjunction with belt sanders 1. Is this a common approach to large surface area bevels? 2. Has anyone here used a milling machine and a fly cutter?
  20. wheres the bevel? nah I don't think so did you heat treat them?
  21. And if you do buy new, you might want to visit the local Farrier's store and save on shipping.
  22. Chose Bohler N695 .190" thickness Full tang laser cut 4 degree bevel (almost half way up) Aluminum scales with screws heat treat will be sent out Bevel jig for the belt sander at work its my version of a large cleaver as I use one on the daily in the kitchen being a fabricator with limited knowledge in knife making and forging, I thought this would be a simple project for a novice with no tools for smithing i stumbled upon the design with a hand sketch on a scrap piece of 4 x .188 in 304 after creating the shape I drew it on the CPU had a couple sample parts cut in P&O made the bevel jig I looked around on the forum and discovered serge I was inspired by him and drew a set of scales I have no prior experience with this but so far the knife makers community has been very open and helpful here I have (4) blanks that I've beveled and cleaned the profiles on The sample part with the scales is only a prototype to prove the grip feel I have not heat treated anything yet Its early in the process but I wanted to share what I've created so far Thanks for looking!
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