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Steve Sells

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  1. Do not use table salt. The most commonly used salts are nitrate-based and these can be used from temperatures of 300°F through 1100°F (150°C – 595°C). see here https://www.globalspec.com/learnmore/materials_chemicals_adhesives/industrial_oils_fluids/heat_treatment_salts
  2. No trouble with feral hogs around here, but feral teenagers on the other hand...
  3. Yea Ha, ya did it, congrats, you are now a sword maker
  4. While its a very true statement, 4th degree burns are from Nuclear reactions, just a FYI
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  6. The 5 minute epoxys tend to fall apart at the 4 to 5 year mark, as explained in the knife making series. Never use the fast set epoxys on things you want to last
  7. Have you ever made a blade before or are you just jumping in?
  8. not many use a press to make a sword, I use a hammer
  9. UV is at the other ends of the light spectrum from IR. Just using a simple TINTED pair will not block IR, in fact they cause the iris to open further allowing more IR into the eye, dont mess with your eye site, you only have 2 eyes and forging by the braille method isnt fun I hear
  10. so you are saying you want to intentionally contaminate a CO2 tank? Assuming you found someone to do that for you how would you feel in trusting them when you buy a tank from them, as to what is really in it if they will cheat like that?
  11. A6 graphite crucible 4.5 Lbs 5160 1.5 Lbs white cast iron Broken glass for a crucible cover From chapter 13 of my second book, on making wootz It is important to know the carbon content of the cast iron you are going to use. We already know the base metal of 5160 is at roughly 0.6%. Weigh out the amount of 5160 and adjust the amount of cast iron to come up with a final total of around 1.5% carbon. Being a little off will not be a problem. Place the charge into the graphite crucible and cap with a covering of the broken glass. Furnace temperatures will take 60 to 90 minutes to reach above 2700°F (1500°C). Then allow 15 minutes to rest at temperature before placing in hot box to cool slowly to room temperature. Upon removal from the crucible, if the color of the Wootz puck has a very brassy appearance, it could indicate that the carbon content is too high. Any over-carburizing of the ingot from the crucible will turn the steel into cast iron
  12. It is good that Electricians get paid on time
  13. I was wiring in the main feed for power on a stage job and the sound engineer was upset I used too large a wire for the feed, he said it will draw too much power
  14. I can get you a certification from Miskatonic University
  15. For all you know Frosty is a mod, most the staff here use MOD# accounts to do their jobs. the point is you are a wonderful artist, but a lousey exhaust designer. It is dangerous and you dont seem to understand that, and for the record I am staff, but the last upgrade to the forum removed the visable tags from my profile; and I had thought about closing this thread to avoid more BS, but will allow it to finish itself
  16. or read the sections on IFI about heat treating, there are a few posts that address your issues
  17. I know how to teach a 5 yr old how to use a flash bang grenade, its also easy; but I am also smart enough to know not to do so, for the same reason I wont give wiring instructions on an open forum to people that wont follow directions
  18. I hold a Masters rating as an Electrician,and have been licensed since 1984, I am not going to be able to train you to be a responsible wiremen in a few posts that you wont read anyway. This is not a wild statement as you have proven this by ignoring the posts you were directed to read when you joined, and you also ignored the PoP and Sand mix threads you would have read if you really wanted to know about it
  19. If you have to ask about such a basic electrical question, then I highly advise you to hire the wring out to an experienced electrician and NOT do it yourself
  20. I also have to comment that its not advised to share the stack
  21. In my apprenticeship I learned to edge pack as well, but the problem is that edge packing doesn't work that way because anything done to the grain during the 'edge packing' phase is undone during the thermal cycling of the heat treatment process, what it does do is give a smoother finished product as a result of the blows given as the temperatures get lower
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