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  1. The weight marking is 1 - 0 - 23, so 135 lbs. How's the rebound?
  2. Will W., I am by no means a "truly skilled knife maker" and thus have no pointers to offer, but I do have a request: could you post a clearer picture of your knife? The focus is pretty fuzzy, and it's hard to make out the details. Thanks.
  3. I'd do sharper inside corners on the star. Otherwise, these really great.
  4. A tepee is a good option, but you should also consider either a semi-permanent shed (something that could be disassembled and removed if/when you move away) or simply forging outside. As long as your gear is protected from the elements when you're not forging (e.g., wrapped in tarps and bungee cord), you should be fine. The advantage of a tepee or shed is that you can forge in inclement weather more than you can en plein air, especially since you don't get excessive cooling of the metal from any wind that happens to blow through. If your area is relatively sheltered, though, that may not be as much of a problem.
  5. Hadn't heard of this, but googling shows me some good photos and instructions. Very neat indeed. Actually, I've been using a variation of this since I was little. The version I was taught (which I was told originated in southeast Asia as a knot to tie bamboo together with straw rope) starts as a long, wide "U" of wire with a small loop at the very bottom. This U goes around whatever you're fastening, with one leg on either side and wrapping all the way around. You then stick a spike (or long bolt or whatever) through the small loop, catch the ends of the two leg wires with the end of the spike, and twist it up, just like the Cobb & Co. The whole thing snugs up nicely.
  6. Holey Swage Block, Batman!
  7. That is my suggestion as well. At least, it would be if that vise weren't a total piece of crap. But don't worry: if you send it to me, I will be happy to dispose of it for you.
  8. My (kinda) worn-out rivet forge was $125 a couple of years ago in a junk/antique shop a few towns west of Cleveland. Guess I got lucky. (Maybe I really should go ahead with building a JABOD and seeing what I can get for the rivet forge....)
  9. And when the tree is cut down and the branches cut off, it becomes a "log". Blacksmiths do like 'em hot....
  10. Actually raises a good point that I don't think anyone has addressed yet: what kind of steel is used in breaker bars, and can it be hardened? Update: oh wait, never mind. I was thinking of something else; this has been addressed elsewhere.
  11. More Powers to you.
  12. Thanks for the clarification. Context is key.
  13. Yes, that's particularly appealing.
  14. Treat it like a knife handle: either with a hidden tang (like a file) or with scales riveted to either side. The latter gives plenty of options for rivet material. One option would be to have a tang (of either variety) that extends all the way through the handle and then forms a loop for hanging.