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  1. Very nicely done. Whats that pattern called?
  2. Thats a cool looking blade. I agree it has character. First ive seen with that much topography. Would be interested in knowing how it holds up in the long run. Is that braided leather for the handle wrap?
  3. Nice looking knife!! Congrats on the first one finished!!
  4. My 120lb Acme anvil. Made by Trenton, stamped Acme and sold by sears back in the day. Serial # 111452 made in 1912. http://s165.photobucket.com/albums/u59/agaspard/
  5. Before rebuilding my entire forge, ive decided to try applying a bubble alumina refractory on the floor and part way up the forge side wall. Ive read that this refractory is pretty flux resistant so i'm hoping it will be a better alternative to building a whole new forge. I'll have to replace the floor with a new fire brick as the current brick has been eatin most of the way through. The side walls of the forge currently have a thin layer of satanite over two 1" layers of ceramic wool blanket liner. I was wandering if i could simply apply the alumina refractory directly over the satanite laye
  6. Thanks for the quick reply basher. Guess ill be doing a bit of research on vertical forges as i can see having to reconstruct my forge welding forge in a much shorter time than i was hoping. I definately dont see relining/reflooring the thing after every other damascus billet is completed. So.... in the vertical forge is the billet suspended in the forge(and how) and the flux allowed to drip into a drip chamber so to speak? Do you fill your drip chamber / catch area with anything specific? I think i recall reading that some use kitty litter. Whats the best approach for mounting the burner?...
  7. Ok so i've forge welded a couple billets of pattern welded steel in my recently built forge and i'm seeing first hand what ive read about frequently. That being the speed in which flux will eat through your forge floor and lining. I've seen kiln shelving recommended often to help prevent the flux from eating through the forge floor so i've been looking online for just that thing. I came across High Spectrum Alumina Cone 11 kiln shelving. As I also remember reading about alumina bonded refractory castables being better suited to protecting against the rapid corrosion of the forge lining/floor
  8. Nice job on your first knife! The Pros and cons of both coal and propane forges have been discuss in length in the forges section on this site. Check it out and give it a read through. I'm sure you will find the answers you are looking for. Welcome to your new addiction and welcome to IFI!!
  9. Thanks Dodge. Thats just the kind of input i was looking for. I really like the way this pattern turned out and wouldnt want to mess it up or cause myself more work if it isnt worth it. I'll practice a bit with the parkerizing process and maybe try it on a small designated piece to see what i think later on. Thanks again for the input. Altus
  10. Thanks for the kind words guys. Robakyo- Shamrocks is the first thing i thought of when i pulled it out of the etchant as well. Wasnt on purpose but now i know how to maybe make a more distinct shamrock pattern if i choose. Woodyarmourer- ive made several knives and have attempted to make damascus before with varying degrees of success. This is just the first time i was successful enough that i could forge the billet out without so much delamintion that it ruined the whole billet. Its all trial and error but im getting better. Anyone have any ideas about the parkerizing question??? Than
  11. ohh and forgive all the grind lines on the handle portion of the blade. I do this to both the handle portion of the blade and the inside of the handle to help the epoxy better adhere. Thanks again and God Bless!!
  12. Here is my first successfull pattern welded blade.It will be going to my Dad for his birthday. The blade is 3.5" long with an overall length of 7.5". Its made of 1084 and 15N20 in what i guess would be considered a random pattern. I started with 9 layers and forge welded them together then welded another 5 layer billet(already forge welded together) to the 9 layer billet to equal 14 layers. I then drew the 14 layer billet out, cut it in half and welded it together for 28 layers. I repeated the process once more to give a final count of 56 layers. As this is my first successfull attempt i didnt
  13. I cant say what the recommendations are for curing the refractory cement you are using but i would recommend allowing the cement or mortar to air dry completely over several hours then firing up the forge to cure the cement/mortar. I personally allow the mortar to dry for a full day or so. I then fire up the forge for a 3-5min cycle then kill it and allow to cool. After cool i'll go through another firing cycle of 10-15 mins and kill it. I'll repeat this process adding 5-10 min to each firing cycle until i get the forge up to forging temps. You will notice some steam coming off the forge in th
  14. Nothing to add on the refractory mortar but the T-Rex burner is a BEAST!! I recently purchased one from Mr. Rex Price at hybridburners and have been forge welding some of my first pattern welded billets of 1084 and 15N20 in a similar sized forge. Im reaching welding temps at 5-7psi. It should serve you as well or better than any two similar sized venturi burners out there right now. That is of course just my humble opinion. Enjoy!!
  15. Great first knife even if it is mild steel. Sometime just going throught the motions to start is a big help. I agree with the others though..... you should def get some good knife steel and go at it. You can aquire spring steel (5160) pretty easily if you have a scrap yard in your area. I sometime go to the off road shock shop down the road and the guys working there let me go through there scrap pile. One successfull visit to either should set you up with enough spring steel for a while. Keep up the good work!!
  16. Nice looking first! Im working on a gut hook skinner for my little brother now. I wouldnt have thought about putting the gut hook at the end of the handle. Way to mix it up a bit. I'll keep that i mind for the next one. Keep up the good work.
  17. Sweet knife!! Congrats on finishing the first. Keep it up!!
  18. see if this works for the pics. http://s165.photobucket.com/albums/u59/agaspard/
  19. Thanks for the input Mr. Thomas. It was indeed under the tree...... We had a get together before Christmas at my mothers and she had my stepdad buff it off, oil it up and place it under the tree before we all arrived. Its crazy that even at 32yrs old my mother can still suprise me at Christmas but she definately did. Ok i have no idea what the problem with uploading my pics is but i've tried taking pics from different cameras and resizing them with no success. I keep getting "uplaid skipped error500" when i try.
  20. You're absolutely right Drewed. It is 7/8" after taking a closer look. Are 7/8" hardie tools common enough or will i have trouble finding tools to fit it? Of course i can always forge my own tools:)
  21. CurlyGeorge- Thanks alot, i was hoping someone would get back to me with the birth year. Old N Rusty- Attempt is the key word there. That poor Wiley never could get a leg up on the Road Runner:). Anywho, i just tried again to attach pics and i'm still having trouble with it. I've poste pics before so im sure i'm going about it the right way. I'll keep trying. Thanks again guys.
  22. So i recently go my first anvil as a Christmas gift from my Dear Mother and Stepfather. I put the word out to all my family about a year ago to keep there eyes and ears open for one. Leave it to my Mom to go out of her way and spend more than i would like her to in order to see a smile on my face. She's Great!! The anvil is a 120LB ACME. From the research i've done and the best i can tell, this anvil was made by Trenton in the early 1900's, stamped ACME and sold by Sears, Roebuck and Co. ACME appears to have been there household brand name back then much like Craftsman is today. Based on my r
  23. Here is a link to another pic of a tire hammer of similar size. forums.dfoggknives.com/index.php?showtopic=11662
  24. In regards to the small tire hammer in the link above by Fancis. I am in the planning and gathering stage of making something similar to that little tire hammer. From what i've gathered, the little tire on that hammer is one of those flat free partial foam wheel barrow tires without a mounting hub. Someone correct me if i'm wrong about that. So far my biggest concern is the lack of a mounting hub and thereby lack of mounted support. Im wandering rather or not it will stand up to the constant pounding of the hammer even after the toggle arms and ram are placed and counter balanced. This is wh
  25. Thanks for the input Mr. Jimmy. The lines on that blade are insignificantly shallow and very very fine. I think a quick buffing would take them right out but i unfortunately do not currently have a buffing wheel. So i will go back and start at maybe 1000gt and work back up to 1500gt to get them out. I can indeed see myself in the blade currently and i'm usually satisfied with that myself but Phil had to go and point out the lines . Just kidding Phil. Thats why i like this site. Most here are not only willing to part with a wealth of information but are also willing to call you on your short
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