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    Bladesmith and Blacksmith.

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    london UK
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    Pattern welding , swords and other pointys , Power hammers and all things hot and squishy .

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  1. these clutches certainly need oil, but not very much. I found that adding a drop to the top of the inner cone every day i used it seem'd to work very well much more and it just span less and it would over grip. also worth checking that the clutch engagement ring isnt too worn if its very sloppy it may not pull the outer cone back easily.
  2. a 9" grinder is one of the most essential tools of the forge! with thin cutting disks for stainless steel they are quite amazing and can do fine work if you are used to using them.
  3. there are numerous things you may be aiming for when you etch , contrast depth of etch and an element of "matting" from acidic action. I dont hot blue stuff but do do very similar stuff with coffee and tea (hot) and prefer the results I get after a deep etch. etch first in vinegar to get depth , then ferric cor some kind of conteast and a little more depth and the the boiling tea/coffee for deep darkening a light pass over with 6000 grit to clean up the high spots.
  4. I can feel the diferences between my smallest anvils (150 or so) and a 200 especially when working off center on the anvil , 200 and up not at all , i have a good range all the way up to 900lb..... all this with a hand hammer of course. I have anvils I prefer but that is basically more to do with face geometry , the way the edges are ground etc. I regularly (pre lock down!!!) use 12 different anvils whilst teaching classes and am happy with any of them. I am however very partial to a beautiful anvil!!! There is a lot of stuff written about the ring and rebound of an anvil being all
  5. I have found rebound and anvil hardness to be irrelevant when it comes to results from forging hot material. I have many anvils of many construction and lots of diferent hardnesses .all forge well. I can feel no difference between them when working hot steel. I would happily forge hot steel on a large block of mild steel. hardness will play a factor with regards to the anvil or hammer denting with missed hits and the longevity of the anvil if used in an industrial way. and people like something they can measure.....
  6. if you are hand welding just using Karosene and no borax that could be your problem. no problem with the technique at all but just that it does not really lend its self to welding with a hand hammer. If you are welding in a reducing forge or using Karosene then the problem you get is that as soon as the billet comes out of the fire it is being oxidised at the edges in the air. when you are welding with a power hammer or press its not really a problem because the whole billet can be shut before the oxidisation causes a problem. I would recommend using borax when hand welding as you are only re
  7. My latest sword a patternwelded single edged viking with patternwelded fittings. hope you like it. stay safe out there.
  8. thanks for all the kind comments. the blade is a simple san mai construction of bell-clapper wrought iron over 1095 core.
  9. “Far over the misty mountains cold, To dungeons deep and caverns old, We must away, Ere break of day, To claim our long forgotten Gold The latest Seax by Myself and Petr Florianek... My blade but Petr has surpassed himself with the blade carving , handle and sheath ...My fave to date. hope you like it. [
  10. I weld up billets, use collers for wrap around swords where I want the edge material to be able to slide along the core as it stretches instaed of bunching up and somtimes use wire wrapping or shaped tongs. use whatever you have that works for you.
  11. yes they are slagg inclusions , part of using that material. its not perfect and is in fact big ones are the main cause of failed blades for me... I accept small ones a part of the charm of the material as it is part of the material.
  12. hi les, the blade is made from 5 bars of metal. wrought iron at the spine then 2 twists made from 7 layers of steel one twisted clockwise one anticlockwise . Then another layer of wrought iron and random pattern of about 240 layers at the edge. cheers for the kind commen ts all.
  13. This is lhe latest colaberation knife made by myself and Czech bladesmith Petr Florianek. Inspired by saxon swords the 11" blade and handle are made by me and the carving and Sterling silver handle ornamentation is by Petr. Hope you like it.
  14. you will have to be on it they don't come up often and go quick . I would join the British artist blacksmiths facebook page , look at ebay every day gumtree too and facebook marketplace.. hammers do not hang around the last sahinler I bought I speed typed "I'll have it if its in good working order and will pay imediatly" and the seller had over 10 more inquiries in the next 10 minutes . If you umm and err then someone else will own it. I would recommend you look at anyang forging hammers in the Uk sold by Massey forging. ill send you a message with John nicolsons contact details for massey an
  15. could you please explain how a tong help punch is safer than the hafted punch?
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