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  2. Unboxed my new chainsaw-backpack from TrueNorth ^^ lots of room for tools,water,fuel and other miscellaneous items
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  4. Had a problem with my power hammer. So I decided to repair/upgrade. They way I had the connecting rod to spring linkage was dependent on the Rubber's inside the leaf spring to maintain stiffness. Well guess what ? The desert dried out the rubber. So as a result, the connecting rod linkage was causing a slapping effect. The rod would either move the linkage forward or backward during use. Wasn't any fun. So I fixed it. I added a Linkage stabilizer I guess you could call it to stiffen the spring linkage, and upgraded the connection to the turn buckle/height adjustment. The turn buckle was connected using a 3/4" grade 8 bolt, but it was starting to wear down, so I changed it to a 1.5" shaft with grease fittings. Seems to be running smooth now. Now I just need to shorten the connecting rod by a few inches so I can get full height again. Not running it at full speed. Seems like I can get 3-4 hits a second.
  5. Sorry to hear this news; my sincere condolences.
  6. Have my router back in working order now after picking up the new steel collar. I asked him to make it with a much smaer coar for the 6mm bit so with a 9mm hole and a 14mm outside dia, O ony have a 4mm standoff as opposed to the 15mm standoff for the nylon collar. This is as I recieved it and after a bit of re-modeling
  7. This has been a difficult week for me. Tim passed away last Thursday (?) I really cannot remember. Tim was an exceptional craftsman and mentor. He was also a very close friend. It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I share with you the passing of one of the most wonderful persons I have ever known. He was my mentor, my inspiration, and my friend. He gave selflessly of his time and knowledge to a wide variety of students and it made me immensely proud to have him call me one of his apprentices. His spirit lives on in those of us who knew him, shared life and stories with him, and marvelled at his achievements. We will miss him dearly and never forget the gifts he gave us. We can never thank Tim Hancock enough.
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  9. As long as things stay civil, all is fair.
  10. I will first have to get my hands on some its even harder to find then C75. But my original question was what steel would be similar to the spring i have been using and i think that has been answered with C75 since what i am using now is an oil quench. The spring might very well actually be C75 since its quite old. Iam open to more advice on what to get ofcourse but I don't know how strict this forum is about staying on topic.
  11. That is understandable, but there is a big difference between quenching c95 in water and c60. You might try some simply ground blade-shaped test pieces to build your confidence in a water quench with the c60.
  12. Iam a little skiddish about water quenches, i have lost several C95 blades to it. Iam more confident using oil.
  13. European specs: DIN 1.1231, Krupps CK75 (Germany), AFNOR XC 68 (France), SS14 1770, 1778 (Sweden). All that said, C60 makes a good blade if water or brine quenched, that's what the late Bob Engnath used for his Japanese-style swords. It takes a great hamon, too. I doubt you'll find any car parts (at least recent ones) made from 1075, most are using 5160 or 9260 for the springs. Those little e-clips used to hold down railroad track are 9260 (if made by Pandrol), one of my favorite steels. Relatively easy to forge and finish, tougher than most other steels. It has to be oil-quenched.
  14. C45 is 1045 and C60 is 1060; and that relates to the carbon content (0.45% and 0.60% respectively). Generally speaking, C60 would be the lowest considered to be knife worthy in terms of hardenability. You have to control your temps fairly well, and may want to try a water quench. 1070 definitely bumps you up a significant amount, as far as hardenability goes. Sorry, can't help you on European steel sources, but there are a few Europeans on the forum, so hopefully one of them can chime in.
  15. I will have to try that. Buying steel is tricky here for a small smith so il have to probably order it from germany so i will have to try a piece before ordering 100 kilo. Any tips for car models that use this steel for instance? I have access to several scrapyards that give me freedom to scavenge for a little tax free cash. I have only recently started selling my blades so consistent steel is going to become an issue. This steel has impressed my customers up till now tho and is very easy to work for me. I used C45 and C60 before because my old employer used them in machine parts but those only seem to make decent axes and hammers. Side question, is it the material or do i quench it wrong? I have a big sheet of c45 left that is gathering rust. Well back on topic. It would be great if someone knows a tool or car that uses 1075 so i can get some stuff to test on. I may have been forging blades for over a decade but i have only recently gotten serious so forgive me if i have my info wrong, isnt a higher number better for knifesteel? 1060 sounds like its just another name for what we call C60 here and that stuff just wont get hard enough for my purposes in a simple oil quench. I make mostly single edged big knifes of my own design (i can post a picture elsewhere in the forum if anyone is interested) and filleting knifes that hold an edge for ever(ease of sharpening be damned). I am probably making wrong assumption so iam awaiting your corrections.
  16. Tree stuff! 2 handrails, they dont have the cap rails and labs tongues on yet, but I'll throw those on later today. They will bolt onto the side of a house and down a set of steps. The viney bits will get leaves tacked onto the ends to finish them off. I wanted to do a cooler design, but as always, the boss said it'd cost too much.
  17. That's what I was thinking, 1075 or something similar.
  18. "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.”
  19. Finally got the oil tank cut open now for the real fun : cleaning and modding
  20. 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.
  21. 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 !!!!!! ......................................
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
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  25. 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.
  26. I do love the way that you just whip something out. Great work. Doug
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