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  1. Yeah, i was looking at 1" O1 steel. I was also thinking of using a lathe to put an angle on the rod so it tapers down to the size of the actual stamp face. I'm just trying to figure out how deep to engrave the stamp. I'm thinking around 0.1mm, but I haven't been able to find anything about how deep to make the stamp itself. and the 1/8" rod i mentioned wasn't for the stamp, I was referring to some of the metal I use to make things(such as pedants). I realized after I posted that it may not be clear, by bad
  2. Thank you Glenn, that is some good advice. I was planning on trying to have more made, but for now I'm going to try to get at least one size for my class project. I'm going to try making the stamp so it stamps into the metal, as it will probably be easier. I also plan on adding a chamber to the edge to help move material when I stamp. Right now, the size is limited by the size of the engraving bit that will be available to me. I'm going to try making one as small as possible(given the size of the bit). But I do plan on trying to make a smaller one. I plan to use both primarily on knifes and la
  3. Hey David, welcome to IFI! Those are some nice blades there! Way better than the first knives I've made. Waayyy better. But one thing I started to do while making blades is that I bend the blade slightly towards the side I want to put the blade on, that way when I hammer in the edge the rest of the blade starts to straighten out. Which was what tdalah said. I still need lots of practice making knifes, but in my opinion it makes it easier to straighten out at the end. I made a knife where I didn't do it, and when I went to straighten the blade out I ended up tweaking the edge. Anyways, I look f
  4. Thank you all for your comments. I apologize for the late response, so much for being back, eh? But i appreciate all of the tips and comments, its great to be "posting" again. Anyways, to Thomas, I have not tried using anything else, those were my first attempts both at making those treble clefs and at working with wire. To Robbie, I could probably do with a less dramatic coil, but I recently got a pair of scroll tongs which makes the job much easier. I kind of like the dramatic coil, and it sort of puts my style on the treble clef. To Daswulf, I agree, trying to grind stainless
  5. Hello all, As some of you may know, I am a college student. For one of my class projects I have to design and make something using the school's CNC Mill, and I spoke with the teacher and he said that I could make a metal stamp. I wanted to make a touchmark to stamp on my future blades, and I'll be buying some round stock of O1 tool steel to use. My main question is how deep should I cut into the steel for the stamp? The design is a pretty basic 10 toothed gear with a hole in the center, and will measure around 0.25-0.35 inches in diameter (I'm still working on the CAD Model to make it loo
  6. Hey guys, I'm not exactly sure where to post this, so I figured this is as good of place as any(well, maybe better than in the bladesmithing section). I'm just posting this because its been forever since I've made anything, and even longer since I posted anything. So for all of you who joined after I stopped posting: Hi, I'm Luke, and I'm addicted to blacksmithing. For those of you who care to hear a short story, keep reading. For those who aren't, just look at the pretty pictures. So, I'm a full time college student so I barely have time to forge any more, but over the summer I was messa
  7. Thanks for all of your replies, it really does help. Hoping I can start making stuff soon.
  8. Hello, its been a long while since I last posted on here(been super busy with college and what not), and its been just as long since I've made anything on the forge, due to school and my workshop(the garage) is now full of stuff, so there is no room. I am planning on moving my shop out into the "dog run" on the side of my house, and am excited to get back onto forging. But, the one thing I seem to be missing is a quenching bucket. I have a water bucket, but no oil bucket. I want ideas on what to do for a good, long term, quenching tank/container thing. I will be doing projects that will requir
  9. yeah I do realize that, im trying to think of the best way to square out the top with out grinding a ton of metal or messing up the spike.
  10. I got bored waiting between heats on a project and decided to go ahead and try some screw drivers. Are there any special ways of heat treating the screwdrivers?
  11. I've spend a few hours working on this Mini Uruk Hai scimiter. I'm a huge fan of Lord of the Rings so I thought "why not make a nice little piece?" Now I do know that the knife is rough, but its still a WIP. But I have a question for any LOTR fans, should the spike on the back be shorter?
  12. Well I've finally been able to get out to the forge! I spend most of the day forging and got some practice in and made a few cool things in the process! All of them happen to me necklace pendants. I made a wing, my first snake(which I am pretty proud of despite the lack of eyes, I need to make myself an eye press...), my second attempt at a leaf, which the lines came out as a failure, my first heart(the point needs to be pointier but oh well, I still like it.), and my first attempt at an arrow head. I think I know where I need to improve but I'd love to hear what you guys have to say! Thanks f
  13. It may help to say that the project is a crossbow, so I'm going to forge the bow part of it, so it isn't going to be to big and isn't going to flex a ton. It will need to be as powerful as normal crossbows.
  14. First off I will say that this has nothing to do with knives, but it does have to do with heat treating. I am planning a project where I need to forge my own leaf spring. I'm thinking of forging it out of steel(i got it at homedepot so i don't know what kind it is) into the shape I need(which is tapering both ends of the steel then putting a bow into it). My question would be how can I get the most spring into it? I want it to be able to bend and return to the original shape with out it breaking or loosing the shape I forged it into. Feel free to ask any questions if it would help be able to a
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