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Ric Furrer

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    Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, United States
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    Steel-making, swords, pattern-welding
    traditional as well as ultra-modern forging.


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    Sturgeon Bay, WI
  • Biography
    One man General Blacksmith doing architectural and cutlery work

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  1. No mechanism Thomas...the rice ash has silica which melts and acts as high temp flux. The common decrab from forging is what draws down the carbon in the Japanese work. Some starting carbon levels are very high in tamahagane and after folding it drops to the useful levels of about 70 points....but you knew that. Ric
  2. I have not read that one Thomas.........Hope the job situation works the way you wish it to go. Ric
  3. Mild steel is just fine for general forging. When they wear replace them.
  4. I'm stealing that guard idea. May do it in mokume or titanium laminate just to be different. The blade is good too! Ric
  5. wayne cole had some rough ideas drafted....he sells blacksmith tools now, but was a lawyer. Mine is on my class information listing on the website.
  6. Hello All, So I am adding a generator to the shop to make proper 480 three phase. Space is tight and I was planning on having it enter the building near the natural gas line entry. I recall some rule about not locating both entries within a certain distance to each other, but can not find the rule. It is a long shot, but does anyone happen to know if a gas line entry can be a few feet away from an electrical entry? Ric
  7. I assume you are planning to only make narrow forgings? The center of the ram rod is rather close to the frame. I understand this limits the lever effect of the ram, but it also limits the material you can forge. Ric
  8. JJ Perret died in 1784.....five years before the revolution in 1789. The Motto of "Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite " seemed to originate during the revolution and adopted well after. Maybe someone did an etch, engraving or gilding over one of Perret's blades much later? Now I really want to find the bar. Ric
  9. The actor with the gun was Jon Erik Hexum. I liked the show. He was on the donor list and several body parts were used to save other lives....something I intend to do. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon-Erik_Hexum As to swords on stage....use polished round bar with rounded tip or synthetic and have them make a "ching" should when they hit. A dime edge is an edge in my opinion. Chris Lambert about lost a finger on Highlander II when Michael Ironsides hit him. My guess is that the students will clang them together in earnest when they are alone and they will do so with
  10. Which Museum (the French seem to call every museum the national museum)? I should be able to get a photo from the curator. Ric
  11. I recall a shade three is for general forge work. http://www.thefabricator.com/article/safety/selecting-the-best-lens-for-welders-eye-protection Ric
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