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  2. "He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”
  3. Finally got the oil tank cut open now for the real fun : cleaning and modding
  4. Have these four all ready for hand sanding and etching(2 random and 2 ladder pattern), and hope to pick up the router collar tomorrow and a new dovetail cutter to move forward with the boxes. Ground a pair of field scalpels and a tool I hope to use to shape the 1911 grips with so they have been hardened and in the tempering oven at the moment.
  5. Life is all about ASS, you are always Covering it Kicking it Kissing it Busting it Trying to get a piece of it Or, just plain acting like it !!!!!! ......................................
  6. It's not what you gather; its what you scatter. But, dont throw your life to the wind. Dont build monuments to the man you want to be. Dont lose track of who you are along the way. Sorry if this looks like a Dio song lol.
  7. There are many here much more knowledgeable than I am about this, but it is probably a basic carbon steel. You might try buying some 1075 or 1060 to see if it behaves in a similar way.
  8. Yesterday
  9. Hello. For over 10 years i have been forging scrap metal into blades with mixed success. For some steel i knew the grade but for most i didnt. A while ago i got an old leaf spring from a local farmer. I have no idea what it is from but it is very wide and thin, not at all like a leaf spring you would normally find in vehicles. The farmer suspected it was from some agricultural machine the previous owner of the farm had used. Out of all the scrap steel i have used this one just works like a dream. Ofcourse i wont ask the pointless question 'what steel is this' but i will instead ask what steel i could buy to replace it. Here are some of its properties, i have been using the same test files for years so take the HRC with a grain of salt i guess. After the first heat it gets realy soft to the point where it is very easy to work and forgiving of coldworking it a little. It hardens in a simple oil quench to about 60 hrc and is again quite forgiving i have quenched it red and orange and both tempered to good blades with the orange one turning out extremely hard but very springy, my files go to 62 and only the 62 made a little bit of a scuff. It doesnt seem to warp alot even when quenched edge first. It rusts but not nearly as much as 1095. Basically very easy to work, easy to quench and easy to temper while maintaining a good hardness.
  10. I do love the way that you just whip something out. Great work. Doug
  11. Alan: I am starting to really like the stuff..It is different I will say that. Here is one I finished today that is going up on my site tonight..got to get some lucre PDQ..all God's Childin' gotta eats! I forget what this colour combination is called...something like molten lava? JPH
  12. Robert, thank you for complimenting my work. The Nordic style and Finnish puukko bug bit me a few years ago and I have never been the same since. The quality of the work I see from blade smiths here and other sites provides the impetus to keep working harder just to try and keep up.
  13. You really have some skill with that style of knife, Every one you post is a standout example of what to aspire to. I would be lying if I said I wasnt slightly jealous of your results.
  14. That bowling ball carcass material is pretty spiffy for plastic. Looks almost like amber.
  15. For one of their wives? Is he by chance from southern Utah? Sorry, I couldnt help it, normally I am the one fending off the polygamy jokes being from Utah. I like the chopper, I need to make one of those since I have 3 kids who love chopped veggies...
  16. Hello!! First off I totally DETEST grinding..it's boring and monotonous and just un-fun.. So I run my grinders to the point where grind time is minimalised.. And the Frankengrinder cuts everything..it doesn't care..steel, iron, bronze. wood...meat ..bone or anything else that it gets to chew on it'll do it!! Just have to be careful.. besides just about everything in my studio can get ya..some to the point you are FUBAR... So best keep your mind on what you are doing.. On the feathering in of the bevels..these are done free hand..Pretty much everything I do is freehand ..besides I was "taught" to grind by my great friend the late Robert Egnath...he ground more blades in a day than most folks do in a year..His personal record was 193 if I remember correctly... I have ground so many that it is second nature to get that nice transition... It's all practice..just like most other things.. Here's another one with that really shows the feathered in grind...finished this one yesterday.. JPH
  17. The paper isn't visible like the cloth is.
  18. That'll take a knuckle to the bone in the blink of an eye. I've always liked that feature as well, and I think it is one of the touches that makes the grinds on your blades so distinctive. Do you freehand in the feathered portion by eye on the edge of the wheel, or is there an easier way to get them that consistent?
  19. That is apparently more significant that I thought. I don't mess with micarta much, but paper micarta is layers of a paper material bonded together with resin, as opposed to a fabric material, right? Is that why the surface looks more uniform than say burlap?
  20. Purely tactical, pattern welded blade. Seems like an oxymoron to me. I'm in the same boat as Gerhard though, the FS dagger has never been one of my favorites from an aesthetic perspective. That being said, I can't wait to see how it looks once you have it all put together!
  21. Pivoting jaw of a post vise I found at an antique barn/store. Preliminary etch. I cut the octagonal section out and punched the eye. Welded on a thick file for the steel face. Thermal cycling After quench and temper. Now I have to get back to what I'm "supposed" to be doing.
  22. Chas: This was ground on a 14" serrated wheel at a SFM of 7200. I do that "feathering in" on all my double edged pieces..I think it looks a lot better than just having them abruptly come together..It just looks "right" that way. JPH
  23. JeffM

    Bummed big time

    Big Bummer Doug....for sure security cameras....padlocks can be cut-off but cameras tell a story... As far as other means of enforcing your will and security well....there's a reason my shop door has two signs "Protected By Smith & Wesson" and "Beware the Guard Dog"
  24. Looks good! Too bad about the router base collar. I hate when an otherwise decent tool is crippled by corporate greed.
  25. Bummer. I feel much the same as Bruno about tool theft. That's just low.
  26. I wouldn't have guessed that was micarta from the pic!
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