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About hiltsbilt

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    Webster city IA
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    Umm Blacksmithing, and other things as well :-)

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  1. on the bigger knifes I cut out the basic shape with an angle grinder then took then to the forge to refine the shape and forge the bevels. then when I annealed the blades I wire brushed them very well to clean them up a bit, after that i did a bet of rough grinding and then hardened and tempered the blades. next I took some 400 gret wet dry sand paper and with some water used it on the whole blade just to clean them up a little and give then the little shiny spots. But I do not smooth and grind the whole blade, only what is going to be sharped, because I like the rustic finish and being able to see the hammer marks looks cool.
  2. Ya that part of my shop is not heated, you can see my breath in the video, but with the forge going and swinging the hammer only my feet are cold.
  3. Made a YouTube video of making some tongs, not a "how too" I'm not really at the stage where I think I can do a how too yet. Here it is https://youtu.be/IFV_1qNAy_U
  4. I made some knifes and sheaths for my nephews for christmas. They are all mostly the same, just different color sheaths and paracord. I had only made 1 knife prior to making these 5 so they are a simple shape but thick and strong for whatever they want to do with them, and have a bushcraftish shape :-) The first picture is after they opened them, then the close ups are of the one I kept for myself. The last few Pics are of a smaller knife that is more suitable for my EDC, I'm not sure I like the shape but its comfortable to hold and works well, I also did not rough cut the shape, just through it in the forge and started hammering. All of the knifes are made of 1095. This was also my first time doing any leather work thats why i used rivets I could not get all the leather tools needed to do stitching.
  5. Humm the pictures went away well here they are again, also no report of injury this past year :-)
  6. not enough outlets thats for sure, Im going to have to add more. Only half the shop is insulated (the back half in the picture, there is also a roll up door on that side) the side that my forge is in is without insulation and I also keep a Co2 alarm right behind me at my hight, so far it has not gone off, so thats good. I also open the big doors when I need more ventilation. Its far from being full yet (just give it a couple years lol), but the previous owner left a bunch of stuff I need to get rid of, and organize what I'm going to keep. here is a picture of the Half without the insulation from when we where moving in (there are doors that separate each half)
  7. My smiting area is far from done but I have my little propane forge up and running so I can forge. It will change a lot when I get my coal forge up and running, just need to build a table and hood. I'm not sure how big the shop is, but it is big
  8. Mine are way big, about 4 foot long and I still don't have a problem controlling the air flow. But I would make them about 3 foot long if I made a new set :-)
  9. Nice guys, love all the sling shot stories. I had a wrist rocket growing up (still have a couple ) used to shoot it out my bedroom window (never said i was a smart kid) ended up braking a window and denting a car, ya umm no more sling shot lol.
  10. I haven't posted here in forever, but I wanted to share. I wanted to make something for my nephews, so I thought it would be cool to forge out some slingshots (even though I have never made one lol). They are going in the mail tomorrow, I hope they like them.
  11. nice one me and the wife are jealous of your bedroom door:) good on ya