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  2. There was a small crack on the cutting edge. It looked like it was caused by shock. Probably my own fault.
  3. Refractory mix: a guesstimate. 10 parts drywall compound. 2 parts white latex paint. 5 parts plain sandless clay.??. I'm not sure just a guess. Seems to work well and I only used it as a sealant for my forge. But it seems to hold quite well. I used what I had. I'll keep updating as I improve.
  4. Probably doesn't count but somewhat built a shop a couple weeks ago. I am finally using my new forge for the first time. Kith!
  5. Looks like something you'd find in an old Norse kings tomb. So literally not a fail.
  6. Today
  7. Quitting is not an option. What was the flaw and what do you think caused it?
  8. So, the first Hunk O'steel I purchased from Ray Rybar turned out to be great W2.Then a friend told me I had to try the 1095 Ray made. So I called him up and asked if he still had any. Yep he said and I purchased a hunk of 1095. 22.8 pounds I put it into the annealing oven and will probably start forging it after Thanksgiving.
  9. Probably wouldnt need washers for antler handles unless the groove is too wide. I did a friction folder for the KITH this year and found if I didnt use teflon washers it ended up scratching the heck out of the blade flats. But it had stainless liners.
  10. Looks like a really solid build!!!! Well done
  11. That is an excellent deal by the looks of it.
  12. Good news & bad news. The bad news is that this billet developed an unrecoverable flaw and had to be scrapped. Though I hate to throw away all of this work, that's just part of pushing the envelope and must be accepted. The good news is that I haven't given up and luckily have enough of the Damascus left for a new set of leaves & moss. On the good side also is this will give me a chance to enhance the Spanish moss in the pattern. As I've other projects in the works, I'll probably take my time with this but who knows.
  13. I ended up redoing the plumbing to save space on my forge cart. I just need to make sure that the blower is the first thing turned on and the last thing turned off. It's always been my habit so it shouldn't be a big deal. First real test fire to cure the initial coat of Satanite: I think I'm going to like this forge. I was able to tune it down to the point that it just barely sustained a "tiny" flame. It'll take some playing, but I'm thinking I may even be able to control it to the point that I'll be able to hold a low enough temperature for proper soaks during heat treat. Time will tell I guess.
  14. Busted this thing open then cut some slices off the outer race and threw in the fire. What came next was totally unexpected. This stuff don't want to move. I gave up until I have more time. Check out the grain in the break.
  15. I now do just tar which is $30CAD per fluid ounce. Oil and pitch can be made on request to desired consistency. Here is a video I made this summer of me treating my leather workboots with the tar and talking a bit about it and how tar was used in the past with Russia leather. Tar has an amazing ability to waterproof while still breathing really well. It also resists mould extremely well.
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  17. @Daniel W I think there is a big resurgence in craft of all forms at the moment. If FIF lights a kids passion to have a go at hitting some hot metal instead of playing Fortnite all is not lost IMHO. If enough sparks are thrown, a fire will start eventually. I watch FIF for what it is, and enjoy it when I occasionally catch an episode, if for no other reason than I can sit on my chair and tell the chattering cyclops they are doing it wrong
  18. you could compare the helix formed by twisting to a true bladesmiths DNA, see if there are any differences
  19. If anyone wants to build replicas of these artifacts, I wish you good luck
  20. That Koa is some lovely wood. Good save!
  21. 34.) Dacian battle scythe, 2nd-1st centuries BC
  22. 33.) Avar sword, The Migrations period, 6th-8th centuries AD
  23. 32.) Ancient bronze + iron spearhead
  24. 31.) Celtic bronze brooch, 2nd-1st centuries BC
  25. 30.) Roman iron tools, 1st-2nd centuries AD
  26. 29.) Spearhead and a decorated disc-butted ax (bronze), Bronze Age, 16th-14th centuries BC
  27. 28.) Mediaeval iron "forker" arrowhead (for hunting birds), 14th-15th centuries AD
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