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About Chinobi

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  • Birthday 11/20/1985

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    Santa Barbara, CA
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    Mokume Gane, tools, patterned metals and pattern development in other materials, edged tools

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  1. Put the money you would spend on a billet towards a Damascus making workshop IMO join ABS(sorry for the plug, but I've met a lot of great people through them, some tools, but many greats) and the Washington Blacksmith Association, they must have some kind of classes every once in a while.
  2. Excellent posts! Subscribed for the next lessons too, thank you for sharing!
  3. Anvils shall be struck as directed, with ferocity good luck with the replacement, I hope there is little to no excitement involved, except that of successful completion!
  4. Rob Thomas and Chad Nichols are household names in the custom knife community for high quality Damascus purveyors for stock removal knifemakers. George Palagonia of American Metal Xchange sometimes has Damascus or Timascus/Mokuti available. Tru Grit Inc has a section for blade steel stock that includes a selection of Damascus products dont hold yourself back from buying pattern welded blade stock to start with, it's a little more expense up front and a little more heartache when something goes sideways but otherwise it's just steel. Get the HT instructions from the supplier or tell your HT vendor what it's made of so they can do it right.
  5. Please do! Great organization and Vista is indeed an awesome venue and event
  6. Hey all! Been fairly quiet lately but wanted to post a reminder for my California friends and neighbors that CBA Spring Conference is once again at hand, and will be in Vista (just north of San Diego) at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum! Check out the website for up to date details and registration infos. Cheaper registration cutoff is presently April 10th, so strike while the iron is hot! (Shameless, I'm sorry >.>) Demonstrator list as of this posting: Daniel Miller Brett Moten Monica Coyne Tony Swatton Gary Brown Jay Burnham-Kidwell Helmut Hillenkamp There's a wide variety of projects slated for the education barn under the tutelage/lash of various guest instructors. This is a coal forge zone, so read up a bit beforehand if you haven't had much time playing with them yet, they will show you how to do it but it makes it so much easier for you to learn if you do some homework beforehand! The food is great and plentiful, I suggest adding the meal plan (so much easier...). The museum itself is really cool to check out too, they have hundreds of old steam powered machines on the grounds and a vintage lineshaft powering tools in the barn off a really old kerosene (if memory serves) engine (fingers crossed that it's still in working order! :-D ). The power hammers are a lot of fun sound off if you will be attending! I'll be flying an IFI T-shirt at least once, might figure out another insignia at some point, TBD. hope to see some of you there!
  7. Thanks Steve, that was a lot of fun XD I was going to feel bad for all that equipment in the rain...until they killed them all! O.o
  8. Add the tag "" without the quotes after your search words to search this website only, helps weed out a lot of clutter!!
  9. I have had some difficulty reproducing this effect I got early on in my fiddling a with Mokume, but the sticks of twisted billet are all from copper and nickel coins. The knife clip on the left and the bar on the right are from the same billet of UK copper pence and 5(or 10 or 20, I forget) pence coins (not the more modern steel core ones) and the two in the center are straight up U.S. quarters. The blackest one is from the quarters, and I'm pretty sure it was just from overheating the life out of it and really severely fire staining the nickel (which is like trying to excise the devil), then it got a soak in the pickle pot to clean up the copper a bit. That particular bar is so overcooked you can see individual grains in the copper, giving it a really neat granulated appearance actually the picture makes it looks a bit more black than it is in person, more of a dark blue/grey really. I'll try to remember to go fish it out and shoot a more representative picture later. Edited to add: you won't be able to just throw some titanium into a regular billet and cook as you normally would, the reactive metals need to be done in a controlled atmosphere because they (as the name suggests) start reacting with oxygen when they get hot and will not bond =\ Edited again with new pic: The three bars on the right are all from the same parent billet, with the blackened nickel one on the far right and you can kinda see the flecked texture in the copper even though the surface is quasi polished but totally flat.
  10. I wouldn't expect hardening it would be necessary for a bolster, but you are correct that it can be work hardened. Hammer it down to a bit over your finished dimensions without annealing and then just sand/file/whatever to finished size.
  11. Much appreciated! And I have no intention of stopping
  12. Thanks Buzzkill. Gorō you would be amazed at the amount of stretch a good distal taper can generate. Forge a taper on the flat side down the length of your tang starting from roughly the choil/top of handle area and another from the same spot up to the tip of the blade. Very economical use of material and will save you a lot of time on the grinder when you don't have to chew off and waste all that metal to get the balance right
  13. Spark testing was about as sophisticated as we got. The core was the 'student' bloom, which was primarily specular hematite. The skin layers were multiple folds of the bloom we ran under Owens guidance, which was a mix of the hematite and sidarite recovered from a nearby streambed, and the remains of a bloom that Owen had from a different smelt he attended in the states, which all I recall was being higher in phosphorus, so it reads as a lighter grey. The edge metal is estimated to be 'medium carbon'
  14. Thank you, yes I had some difficulty figuring out the grind on that. Very little practice hollow grinding, and that's the first recurve I've attempted. I had access to a 10" contact wheel on a burr king in the class, at home I just have a partially exposed 2" wheel on the top of my grinder, so I couldn't continue to fiddle with it after the fact. Which is probably for the better, as I would have chased that to destruction I'm sure!
  15. Update! Managed to attend the ore to knife class this past July and it was AWESOME! Ran two smelts, forged two practice blades and a tanto from the bloomery material, gave it a walnut handle. Check it out! huge thank you to Owen for providing such an incredible opportunity! non-smithing related photos removed due to amount of bandwidth to show others your lunch