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  1. I'll double down on ToMAR! My leaves were for blacksmithing/ ferrous metals technologies and not armourmaking. So most of the sources I could mention are not armour specific; though I think everyone should own a copy of "Heroic Armor of the Italian Renaissance: Filippo Negroli and his Contemporaries." Pyhrr, Stuart W., and José-A. Godoy, just to keep them humble. Also if you are interested in the Metallurgy of armour the best modern research is in "The Knight and the Blast Furnace", Williams. (His companion volumn on the metallurgy of swords is "The Sword and the Crucible".
  2. I don't like questions were we are supposed to read the mind of the asker to get all the details needed to answer it correctly. We expect them to be ok playing with 2000 degF metal, dealing with explosive and toxic gasses, and possibly dangerous alloys; a meaningless question makes me wonder if we have chosen wisely. Now I will post long detailed answers to good questions---even if I've done so 100 times already because I don't feel like I am casting information upon the rocks.
  3. I wondered; been in the SCA for 42 years now; I sometimes hang little laurel leaves from my beard braids...
  4. I bit more modern was the "War of Jenkin's Ear"...any excuse for a party---or a war!.
  5. The "mercy knife" makes tendon damage unimportant. Why you want to wear impressive armour in medieval/renaissance battles. It shows you are worth a LOT more for ransom than just looting.
  6. Yes we have used it to press medallions. If I really wanted some nice ones I'd contact the shire post mint; they do it professionally! One thing about screwpresses is that the pressure spike is high when it bottoms out and so it "squirts" the metal into the die better than a steadily increasing pressure. (Nice thing about hydraulic presses is that you can build them to whatever pressure you need!)
  7. Misericord, the last knife you'll ever see!
  8. I believe that is a modern copy of the original (Tod's Workshop did that one, IIRC his video has shot of the original museum piece he reproduced.) If it can't cut the cheese---will it cut the mustard?
  9. Garter snakes give birth to live young---no external eggs! I'm hoping the local barn cats will help cut down on mice in my shop. I was thinking of adding a cat door to the shop wall and then realized that the "dirty shop" was a 20'x30' expanse of sand/gravel/clay in a nicely shielded dry location---can you say "cat box"? So they don't get to go in.
  10. I had some friends that had been medical missionaries in Africa and they told me that the local rats were considered a delicacy as they were the only grain fed meat available.
  11. Back in NJ we used to get the cutest little white footed deer mice jumping into the trashcan we stored bird feed in and not being able to jump out. My Mother would catch them and take them to the local wildlife center to feed the snakes and raptors---she grew up on a farm!
  12. I use the dome headed RR bolts for making dishing hammers, working hot you don't need the big heavy hammers and the lighter ones are easier on your body. There are a large number of possibilities for a raising stake; first one I saw in use was made from a piece of RR Rail with the end ground and polished for it's use. Polidor was raising a beehive helm from real wrought iron using it back in the early 1980's. I've also seen people raise using a ball stake. A few of my toys: Almost forgot to mention: look up Armor Forge by Eric Thing I believe there is a wr
  13. My grandfather celebrated his 96 birthday earlier this year; we've been trying to get to them the last few years as...Unfortunately the lockdown prevented us from attending and we are NOT going to risk him! He was a young Marine on Iwo Jima; he survived that and we hope he survives this! He has always been a tinkerer; built his own wood fired hot tub way back when! Aerated even! He's slowed way down the last few years but still volunteers at a soup kitchen---He remembers the Great Depression!
  14. WD-40 doesn't "last" very long. Most customers you are lucky to get once a year maintenance.
  15. Historically boiled linseed oil was boiled as heating speeds up the natural polymerization, (One way they try to date oil paintings is by how much the linseed oil in the oil paint has polymerized over long periods of time; I'll not go in how to fake it by speeding things up...) Exposure to sunlight helps speed up the reaction too---especially out here where the actinic is fierce! I use the modern stuff with the driers added, often naphtha&cobalt based IIRC.
  16. M&H Armitage Mousehole Forge, [England?], Warranted (mouse) Hole, Sheffield Patent, They had trouble getting all that stamped on such a small anvil. Great travel size or beginners anvil. If you really want the details Richard Postman, "Author of Anvils in America", also wrote a book " Mousehole Forge" with tons of details in it. (Funny the big A lists it as US$26 new and $62.65 used...)
  17. At that price I would even pick up a screw press, (2 leads == screw press, 3+ leads == flypress) My large screwpress is not great for forging but it's wonderful for flattening and straightening hot metal and making parallel sides on a piece. (And I also paid about US$100 for it...) Mines a lot like the one in this picture; too dark in my shop to get a good picture with my archaic phone.. .
  18. My first daughter was positively Napoleonic: weighed 9 pounds even. Lets just say that it was a while before my wife decided to have our second planned child; especially as her Doctor kept telling her that babies tended to get bigger as you got older... PSO: we had our second Daughter when my wife was 43 as per our plans and then we made sure there would be no surprises! Don't assume childbearing is over until you KNOW it's over!
  19. Bat'leth Shaped Object; what a new smith trying to make a straight blade often ends up with.
  20. It is possible to make a system that can be set upright or laid down and used.
  21. Well they started cleaning the smithy, fetching fuel, pumping the bellows, filing and finishing, delivering finished items, fetching beer for the Master smith and worked their way up to striking and doing hot work...but yup a lot of nails was probably one step in there.
  22. Bury a closed off at one end piece of black pipe that your piece will fit in. Add some powdered real charcoal as an O2 scavenger and make a muffle furnace to heat your piece in---just like heat treating blades!
  23. Check the frame for cracks. See how many leads the screw has. Make sure it runs nicely up and down. For US$100 It would already be in my shop! Even if I just used it as a dedicated holder for my touch mark!
  24. Have you tried blowing out the areas that tend to hold oil with an air nozzle?
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