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About basher

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    Bladesmith and Blacksmith.
  • Birthday 06/25/1971

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

    I was initially taught horn to hammer hand, and for most scrolling for me that is easier. However I did a day learning arrow smithing, with a horn to tongs hand smith and there were some advantages to using the horn that way for some of the work. The way I forge blade bevels works with the metal right up to the edge of the anvil face next to the horn or cutting plate, that way the hammer can be hung at an angle over the edge of the anvil face to get the very edge of the blade thin, this only works with horn to hammer hand.....if you forge in this specific way... Do what you like, no rules.
  2. Tempering in oil

    I tempered swords in mar quenching oil for a long time, but I have had the oil bubble up and empty its self a couple of times now and i no longer do it. The advantages are even heat distribution. but 450C oil is terribly dangerous and any unheated oil or water droplets turn it nasty quickly.
  3. I would assume its ruined. The first thing that happens as carbon steel burnes is that there is heavy oxidation at the grain boundries. The lucky flip side to this is that high carbon steel is much easier to weld together than mild and wrought iron as it can be done at a much lower temeprature.
  4. There are numerous ways you can achieve this shape, the method you sujest will work but neesd some specialist tooling to support the barbs. there would also be a couple of ways to forge weld it together. Doing it small enough is the challenge, I woiuld start bigger and then scale down once you have a method that works.
  5. Iron Hand , a single edged norse sword.

    Benton, you would be most welcome.
  6. power tools for knifemaking, yes or no?

    I try and do as much as I can with power tools and I have a lot of them, multiple power hammers, multiple grinders, lathe , milling machine etc. I will turn to hand tools if the job is specific to them or if the power tools lack the precision . However I am quite good at making the power tools work beyond where other people turn to hand tools. I love hand forging but always bulk the work out under the power hammer (I love power hammers!)....I hate hand sanding and now do almost none just a blending 3 or 4 minutes after sharpening and before the etch!
  7. Bader BM-2

    pretty much the only maintenance I have had to do on any of my grinders is change bearings on contact wheels , motors. the only other thing I can think of is reflattening or replacing plattens. bearings often last a decade or so of hard work somtimes longer.
  8. bloomery

    I would add my recomendation of Lee sauder. I spent a week with him and would highly recomend it , I had 40 or so smelts under my belt when I visited him and learned a lot about all sorts of stuff. other places to look:- iron smelters of the world facebook page, daily smelts going on all over the world. bloomers and buttons on bladesmiths forum (huge amount of great info on smelting) there is a smelting festival planned in ireland for late august next year. lots of european smelters , holland , luxemberg spain and Germany to name a few I know of. I would be happy to help with any UK based info feel free to email me at [email protected] I run a once a year smelting class but its this week....smelted today and on monday making iron and then steel....going to be a busy week.
  9. Forging a blacksmiths Knife.

    Thanks for the kind words, I'll get more Vids done when time allows. Cheers Owen
  10. a Half hour "How to" Video . Forging a Blacksmiths Knife.
  11. Alldays hammer base

    Here are the oficial Alldays foundation spec:- [ it is a deep foundation and is probably optimal. I have a "proper" foundation for my 200 alldays and I dont regret it (30 man days in the instilation!). I run 3 100wt hammers mounted on sleepers (so non optimal) and I am verry happy with them for me they do not need more.
  12. Alldays hammer base

    Nice hammer. I have the foundation recomendations and blueprints etc that came with my Alldays 100 weight. I can email pictures of them to you if you want.(I only just got the 100 but run a 200 alldays and a 100 Pilkington (Old alldays). I am going to raise the 100 weight on new bought oak sleepers. A layer of sleepers and 50mm board on top brings the hammer to a good working height for me.. For a one piece hammer like this ther is not the need for a seperate concrete block. I put a cast block in for my 200 but that has a seperate base. I have seen people waste an awfull lot of money putting weird steel bases under hammers. There would be no problem with a high strength concrete., or making a thin steel boz and filling it wioth concrete..... I am going with wood for mine, I may cut the floor around the hammer to isolate it from the rest of the pad. I would love to see how you have the belt drive done as the gear on gear noise of these hammers makes thewm noisy. I would add a spring or two to the back of the treddle as I find the weight only return on an alldays a little slow. Email me at [email protected] if you want me to photograph the info I have on the 100.
  13. Its a hard one, I oficialy have enough stuff but the off button is hard to find.....
  14. I have thought about this , make sure that your motor controle valve allows for the continuation of the flow of oil around the motor circuit as the motor tries to stop but the inertia of the large weights involved keep pumping oil, very easy to have a situation where huge pressures are generated.
  15. Saxon Gaucho knife

    My latest Kitchen knife . Inspired by seaxes, bowies, Khyber knives and Criollo Knives (Gaucho's knife) and yatagahn . I have always been fascinated by these large "gentlemans companion knives" that form a part of so many cultures attire over so long a time. Equally at home in the kitchen or on adventures in the dim distant past, or for that matter a (slightly steam punk) dystopian future..... ] 13.5 long 2.5" wide blade , Patternwelding in the saxon style . Wearing walnut sterling silver and a little copper. The knife weighs 15oz .This one will have a sheath..N european type with fittings of silver or copper?