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

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  1. basher

    some for the Kitchen

    I have just finished up some kitchen knives. The posh one with silver and saxon patternweld was a commission . the others are ones I just finished
  2. basher

    When to start knifemaking?

    There is no basic progression to follow and no need to start with blcaksmithing before forging blades. They are just different similar things and both take time to learn.
  3. basher

    Purpose, Profit, or Potential? I read your posts and normally I have no idea what you are on about ....a different language, or a diferent world ...But I do read them! This one makes more sense to me and mirrors the conversation I have had again and again recently with other smiths (self employed mainly) . That is the trick of balancing purpose (the main drive for most of us) with profit ( the thing that enables us to carry on). I have no faith in potential having been false sold it numerous times. When you start purpose is cheap and profit is hard won, you can bask in a self indulgent work rich slavery that glows with self respect and achievement , normally at the cost of (or at least in opposition to) profit.....and if you survive you will start making profit . The point will come when you are enslaved to it and have to work a personal value of you'r own satisfaction in the work.......and these things will battle and if you are lucky they will find peace together.. trying to do the work you love and make money...Having your Cake and eating it.
  4. Using a gas axe (oxy propane Torch) is the best way of controlling the twists and the only way to get them really flowing into one another by leaving a controlled amount of heat in the previous twist that is very slightly untwisted by the action of the next twist done in the opposite direction.
  5. If you are running a 3 phaze to 3 phaze inverter it does not make too much diference as the VFD will run both but single phaze to 3 phaze needs to de wired in delta at the motor....sounds to me like this could be the problem... (as I have had similar issues) but just a guess.
  6. Dan is your motor wired in star or delta?
  7. basher

    EN45 steel

    I think EN45 does not have a direct equivalent steel the closest I have found is 6150 (though not exactly the same). Its not at all like 1045 which has a close UK match with EN8. As Tim mentions above the austenising temp is 100C higher than most plain carbon steels. this also seems to make this material prone to a thicker than normal layer of decarb. I normalise and harden at 900C I have used this material for big knives and swords with good results as well as crossbow prods, I have found a temper of 250C to give good results for swords , 430C for springs.
  8. basher

    UK steel sources?

    If you are looking for carbon steel furnival steel in chesterfield phone Andy , great to deal with sells 15n20 , en42, En42J, cs80, cs90 en9 en8 and loads more. Steel is sold in industrial lengths so do not expect to get small pieces , 5m and 7m bars and 1m sheets… start to think of steel by weight, my last order cost between £2.50 and £6.50 a kilo depending on grade. generally the cost goes down dramatically as the quantity goes up.
  9. you can poke the tang through and then bend it over a copper washer, or peen it (rivet it) over a washer or if you are using a handle with a ferrule just jam it into the handle. re tempering , you will get much better results from a kitchen oven than any torch, forge or other un regulated heat source., temper colours are not a very exact way of tempering steel)....canola oil (rape seed in the UK) works well as a quenchant .
  10. basher

    UK Knife Law - Updated

    alas there is no such entity as an assoc.....we have tried.....and it was tried again 20 years before....As I understand it the input stage is now passed and a lot of us gave input...and the GOV has confirmed that they are going ahead with passing the law. The same thing happened with the curved sword ban which passed anyway despite most parties including the police deeming it unworkable.
  11. basher

    UK Knife Law - Updated

    I am hoping there is a sensible work around to allow people who are over 18 to still purchase knives ( with a suitable ID check to confirm age I have been doing since I started ) and have them sent somewhere at least close to them. If not then a lot of us makers are in trouble. In an amazon world where people expect to have stuff at their dorstep now, I fear it will have a large impact on makers sales even if there is some kind of work around..... Fingers crossed. I am glad that I also run classes as well as Make and sell stuff!
  12. basher

    Seax Question

    definitely not...trying to forge the complicated geometry of a seax is anything but simple and requires a pretty strict set of procedures to get the shape.....It wont happen by happy accident.
  13. What rpm is the hammer running at Dan? I have run mechanical hammers (Goliath) from as little as 1 hp but that’s for a 240 rpm 60lb hammer, 3hp is better 5 better still.Faster would need more it a fast cutlers hammer? I would be inclined to get a new motor. Are you limited to 13 amp single phase as you will need more than that for either an inverter or new 3 hp motor.
  14. Its a strange steel, I made some test blades from it laminated with pure iron cladding (along with some 145C with same treatment) 4 or 5 years ago and could not get the blades to "not chip" using a brass rod test, tempered at 220 and then 250C. so I kept them and have had great use from them. In practice they do not chip at all in a kitchen environment. I would play around with edge geometry (which makes a huge difference to chipping or not) and tempering temperature to see if you can get a result you are happy with.
  15. basher

    Dwarven hunting knife

    Well I think that proves my point! sometimes it is much more about the words than the steel!