This is an area for photos. They don't have to be knife related, just images that you created that you want to share. I have had great fun with my digital camera and find it is a way to open the creative vein. Keep the images no larger than 640x480 and around 50k.
This forum is to provide a place for members to offer their knives for sale. No dealer or commercial postings, but if you have a knife that you made and would like to offer it for sale please feel free to post.
Alan, are there any restrictions on posting video directly on the forum? I don't have a YouTube account to post a link but I have a video I want too post. It's a 90 second video and is 175.2 MB. Thanks.
It has been several months since I have been here. I have had personal issues that have kept me away from my forge. The knife on the right was the camp knife that I had so many questions about. The person who commissioned it backed out at the last moment. The second from the right started life as a 2 inch ID ball bearing 1 inch wide. Got to learn how to control my fire better as it was much wider to begin with. LOL going to be a kitchen knife once I get it sharpened. It is harder than the hubs of hell, so it's taking some time to get sharp enough to satisfy me. If you have read the story of a camp knife, it is what was left after I burned the handle portion off of the second blade. It has a zebra wood handle. The one on the left is another commission job. It is for a lady welder whose sister says she is never without a belt knife. The blade is from a leaf spring finger guard is brass and handle is walnut with a knot in it. Finish on all but the camp knife is TRU OIL gun stock finish. The camp knife has satin tongue oil finish. All but the kitchen knife are bought and paid for, got wise this time. LOL
I am currently building a Side Blast Forge with a Super Sucker Hood. The forge is water cooled, see the tank to the left with hoses attached. The blower is now on top. The Tuyere controls the air with a ,Guillotine. The gate ,leaks enough air to maintain the fire. A hand crank blower can be added to replace the power blower for fine work such as billet welding.
This forge is made with no part weighing over 50#. The Hearth is a Mark Aspery design. However, the Water Tank is connected to the Tuyere with a top and bottom hose.
I also have a stationary forge that is traditional bottom blast. I can make a deep fire in this forge. This forge is set up with an electric blower plus a hand crank blower connected in parallel to the electric blower. I have had good luck welding 1018 and A36 steel in this forge. I haven't tried a stack of knife steel in this forge.
My hope is the Side Blast forge will work better for welding because the clinkers will drop below the air blast.
I have a small amount of Blacksmith coal. Most of my coal is from house basements left over from when they burned coal for heat. Some of it is stoker coal but most is in baseball to football size chunks. I take the chunks and line then up around the fire. Then the stoker coal or blacksmith coal is piled up inside the ring of chunk coal. As the chunk coal heats, it will look greasy when it is ready to break up using a Coal Hammer. Then, it is fed into the fire and more chunk coal is placed around the fire to repeat the process.
I have found that by placing a large flat piece of chunk coal on top of the fire, the fire below the chunk gets much hotter. I tried placing a sheet of steel over the fire and got the same results, a hotter fire.
I just got the Shatto & Son 25# power hammer running. The power hammer is located about 6' from the forge. So, after the weld is set using a hammer and anvil, the weld can be finished using the power hammer. DOES ANYONE HAVE INFORMATION ON THE SHATTO & SON HAMMER?
My plan it to place an anvil directly in front of the forge so little time will be lost from fire to anvil. A second anvil will be placed conveniently for all other forge work.