Countryboy39067

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  1. Hey friends. I just wanted to give y'all a report on a DVD I bought. I've been looking at YouTube videos on smithing for over 3 years now. I came across a great narrated video of Walter Sorrells forging a modern steel katana. I visited his website and decided to purchase the first video, Forging Japanese Style Swords. Its a 2.5 hour Dvd on forging tanto, wakizashi, and katana length blades. He demonstrates stock removal and forging techniques. I'm pleased to say the sound and video are top notch! Understandably it doesn't show every hammer strike, but it does give great detail on what is needed to create a great blade. Thanks for taking the time to read this. I'm not getting anything for posting this. Just thought someone might like to know about this.


  2. How about this. Instead of destroying historic useful tools, donate them to blacksmithing schools so when a student completes a acceptable amount of courses they get an anvil to practice what they learned. Not only would this save anvils it would help budding smiths and keep alive this awesome craft we all enjoy.


  3. Staged and edited. Did anyone else notice the fake looking explosion graphic and the fact that the explosion miraculously made the light come back on that he turned off for better visual effect? Lol



  4. I took an old belt drive table saw and use a thin 8 or 10 inch carburundum blade to rip leaf springs. I have also used it to split RR spikes.
    I raise the blade all the way up and have very little clean up with the hand saw. Useing the rip fence sure helps keep things straight. Yuo could also make one by building a frame and table. Add 1/2 hp moter and threaded abaptor to hold the blade. Good quality Dewalt blade last a long time.
    Wear gloves as the material will get hot.
    Good luck

    Thanks. I had thought of that but didn't know about the blade. I'll design a jig to make all the cuts. Thanks again!!

  5. Once you get the coal burning, wait till you get a good solid clump of orange coals. They will stick together as they coke so take your fire rake and break it up. You simply need a good bed of coals equal to or larger than the piece you plan to heat. Your fire is ready to use when most of the smoke stops and you have a bed of coals. Have you ever grilled hamburgers using charcoal? It's the same principle. Best of luck!!!!



  6. Guys, sorry, but I'm a total DA when it comes to this process with the spikes, and where and how to make the cuts, could someone post up a how to on this or send me a pm or e-mail, [email protected], pictures would be good as well if possible. I can pick up a ton of these each day. I have seen pictures on here of ones been made and really like the looks. Thanks Don

    Just go to the search box on this forum and type in crosses from rr spikes.. There is a great tutorial on here somewhere.


  7. I use a Dewalt reciprocating saw. Handiest way I've found to do them.

    Do you have any estimation as to how many spikes you can cut with one blade? I've been making one cut, hammering the head flat, then bending it for access to the long cut, then annealing it in hardwood ashes overnight. The annealing didnt seem to help the cutting so I won't spend the time doing that again. I tried using a metal cutting blade in a jig saw but it failed miserably!! Thanks for all the suggestions guys!

  8. It's called arm pump in the dirt bike racing circles. The stretches work wonders but the biggest help will be to relax your grip. The tension is pumping up the pressure in the forearm muscles therefore restricting blood flow to the hands.



  9. These things happen gradually, that hammer face starts spreading, maybe the curve means it leaves fewer marks on the plow points.

    I had not thought of that. I'm going to forge/grind it back to somewhat original shape.


  10. It's certainly shaped like a cross-pein hammer. Amazing what can happen to things over the years.

    It's absolutely a crosspein. I knew it was a modified hammer when I picked it up. It looks just like my new crosspein only mushroomed......and rusty.........and a very uncomfortable handle.....did I mention rusty? Lol

  11. Amen to the above. We lost a great man in this art from cooking off galvaized pipe. RIP Jim "papaw" Wilson!!

    Staff note, this is not correct, there is a long thread about this, with real facts. Jim had other medical issues, Please get facts straight before posting rumors.


  12. Anythings possible I guess. I never knew my grandfather to smith anything other than plow points. That could mean it's older than I thought. 50+ years old at least. Thanks for the tenon lesson.

    Kevin