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About double_edge2

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  • Birthday 04/12/1963

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Brisbane, Qld, Australia.


  • Location Brisbane
  • Biography hi im an aries, <deleted, was in violation of IFI site rules>
  • Interests guitar, banjo, hot steel

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  1. double_edge2 added a post in a topic: bobin roller stove   

    Very nice work
  2. double_edge2 added a post in a topic: Cutting a propane tank SAFELY   

    All good fun,,,,,

  3. double_edge2 added a post in a topic: annealing all my hammers...   

    That and a couple of other reasons is why I like the medium carbons like 1045 for forging hammers and some tools.

  4. double_edge2 added a post in a topic: Cutting a propane tank SAFELY   

    **If the gas bottle is empty,
    and the valve works, Eg; will let air in and out,
    open the valve and remove it.
    **Flush out with air or water.
    If cutting with gas flame, face the opening away from you for your first cut.

    If the valve does not open, or you can not safely check if empty and flush.... Do not do anything with it bar get rid of it.
    If you do not understand any part of this, get a friend to help you.
    If you both don't understand, DO NOT CUT IT.
    If in doubt, Don't cut it.

    Some gas in the bottle can make for a big bang,
    I've had the odd metho drum go pop, but gas cylinders are a welded, hard steel.
  5. double_edge2 added a post in a topic: Best Steel for Pritchel and Fuller/Creaser   

    What is your location? ...for resource advice

    As said. H13. Or w304. Or k110 if nothing else...

    Or any hot working tool steel, then down the list next best's....

  6. double_edge2 added a post in a topic: Forging Hammers?   

    Just have a go, you have some car spring or tool steel? And look here and further ...

    YouTube will have some vids as well

    And one other thing.......give it a go!
  7. double_edge2 added a post in a topic: My first small flatter   

    Better than my first attempt.....well done!
  8. double_edge2 added a post in a topic: What type of welder are you guys using?   

    I started with a small 130 mig. It died so I bought the sip 250amp mig. good for tube and ally and light solid, now I use mostly ac stick up the shed, and dc stick as it is the option with the dc tig, and can do the stick ally. Light tig dc is very handy for light tack ons, and repairs and is the electric oxy with gas
    The reason I like stick is its the best to forge if you need to. And tig if you can't. It's a cheap Chinese inverter welder tig stig to 200 amps, and has served me well for about 9 years.
    Get the best welder you can afford. I find diversity is the key for work, if your welder can do it, you will learn it, and it can make you money, or serve you.
    Any of the big name welders like a power source, that can do the ac dc and hf start, and you can buy the attatchments like mig feeder, or tig gun, and stick cables, .....will give you all the welding capability possible.
    I also have oxy/LPG and acetilyne, another very powerfully tool for cutting and welding. With the addition of the henrob thingy, an all round welder and cutting platform, that may serve you quite well.
    Best way to decide is to go to a workshop and see what processes are needed and how they fulfill it.

    Hope this hasn't added confusion
  9. double_edge2 added a post in a topic: First Forge Piece!!!   

    Nice work. You didn't want to taper the tail?
  10. double_edge2 added a post in a topic: Best blacksmith techniques teacher   

    Dunno, I'd like to try a few different ones before I could begin to comment on how their style fit to me or versa visa etc....I do favor Brian's work, and mark aspery, a proven, titled master blacksmith, ....I'd take a heap of USB sticks, and be looking for the plug in the back of the
    To be honest, if I won lotto, I'd be flittering all over the joint getting some tuition or tips from almost anyone
    that would tolerate it.
    I think it would be best to consider (if your budget and lifestyle allowed it,) to get a bit from as many different teachers as possible,,

  11. double_edge2 added a post in a topic: New swordmakers, nows the exact moment!   

    Venus passing the sun.... Should have all your jars of fairy dust ready, the planets pass like this make for unbelievable and easy huge forge welds.......
  12. double_edge2 added a post in a topic: Rest easy and in peace, Blacksmith, Alan Ball.   

    I was informed by Mike, (the other one)......the other day of the passing of Alan ball.
    have a rest Allan, ...then get into it.
    Best wishes to his family and friends.
    I wonder what he'll do next time around?

    Mike and Olly.
  13. double_edge2 added a post in a topic: 7120? any info?   

    Dunno if this helps you much,

    Major classifications of steel[1]
    SAE designation Type
    1xxx Carbon steels
    2xxx Nickel steels
    3xxx Nickel-chromium steels
    4xxx Molybdenum steels
    5xxx Chromium steels
    6xxx Chromium-vanadium steels
    7xxx Tungsten steels
    8xxx Nickel-chromium-vanadium steels
    9xxx Silicon-manganese steels

    Maybe with a press could could save some work.
  14. double_edge2 added a post in a topic: New here have a few questions   

    Nice job on the forge....welcome to the beginning.
    Car leaf springs are good knife practice, and very usable tools, and often found for free in scrap bins.
    I prefer to use coke or hardwood charcoal. Though Both are easily available to me.
    Safety: be very aware of coatings on metals, and the alloys you heat, for fumes seen and not. Ventilation and/or a descent hood.
  15. double_edge2 added a post in a topic: IT TAKES MONEY TO BLACKSMITH !!!!   

    Bit of a break down when people ask me, and that I am a small business.
    About $1000 to $2000, will easy fund a hobby, or hobby business set up for good second hand gear. then the time chased for the skill to use the gear. that as stated, is the real cost to be measured.
    A fair skill, a few tools, can equal money. (in a hobby or spare time scenario, flea markets, family Xmas gifts alone can save a measure)
    But who wants to hand hammer, always, the amount required to run a successfull business?.......(depending on what you make?)
    In today's market, the faster and cheaper you can turn it out, the more you can be available for.
    Ergo, process. Hammers, mechanical, or presses, tooling, work space, in hand with the right marketing,
    If you don't own land or a place to forge,
    So a shed is about $2000 a month maybe, plus power and insurance...$500 a year?.,
    So that's $13 an hour you have to make, for the shed, and say .25 cents an hour for your insurance...non stop...... all your normal living expenses....Rent, car, food, kids, bills, will need a wage, per hour?
    An employee, to hopefully increase output, and reduce your labour...will cost per hour,, plus workers comp insurance...per hour?
    Stopping to make, or buying tools.
    How much an hour are you required to make to much is a set of tongs, or how long did it take you to make them? how much did they cost if you made them?, hobby....40mins to an, the same time frame is worth how much for your time?
    .add some machinery...

    It does cost to blacksmith

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  1. double_edge2 » FieryFurnace

    nice home web page, i wish i could play banjo as well as your little brother..

  2. darton » double_edge2

    hi just want to know if u r still doing the blacksmithing thing

  3. Bush Bugger » double_edge2

    Mike can you send me your e-mail address as this way is driving me nuts! cheers bush bugger

  4. Bush Bugger » double_edge2

    The reason behind this request is I have a work mate who tragically lost his son early this year in a drowning accident and at his funeral they used gum leaves on his coffin, I would like to make one for his parents in his memory out of stainless steel and mark it with his details, and to also make one for the bush fire victims of Victoria and send it down as I think it’s a wonderful idea that they have come up with. As I have mentioned before I am just starting out so not to much experience in smithing, but I do have a couple of questions for you