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    hobby smith for many years. i live in the country and have a small shop with the usual equipment inc
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  1. Very beautiful work. How much of the parts building do you think was done by CNC? It is still a great accomplishment using CNC if Jesse learned how to do the programming necessary. He has the money to buy all of the tools needed. I have made a lot of Damascus (20 yrs. ago) and recently scratch built a semi auto pistol (.22lr) of my own design. Mine was made primarily with hand tools (barrel and mag were commercially made) and is uglyxxxxx I used steel but could have made it from Damascus. I am not a master nor a prodigy(not that anyone accused me of such). It takes time and being stubborn h
  2. Similar to wpearsons comment above- put a small tenon on the end of say a 1/2 in. bar. Flatten and spread a 1 in section next to the tenon and punch a square or round hole in the flattened section. This will be the guide.. Put a hole in the upright and brad the punched guide in place. My sizes may not be right but I am sure you get the idea. The upright will have a nice swell where the tenon is inserted. Good luck!!
  3. Halbrust, If you are fairly new to the sport and using charcoal, you may not be getting a good heat. At what color do you remove the steel and how much time between heats? I bet there are guys who have good coal forges that could make that much progress in 30 min. Dont be discouraged, I think it took me nearly a day to make my first set of tongs. I was never impressed with the heat output of charcoal (but you have to use what is available).I base this on observation because I use coal or coke and have never worked with charcoal. More heat will speed up the process even if you dont have great h
  4. Your poker and hooks look pretty good. Especially for a beginner. Nobody is instantly great. keep at it and you will make great improvement.
  5. I am glad others have responded. . BTW, Making a functional auto knife is not really that hard if you start with stock that is all the same thickness to begin. I have made them using three different machanisms. They were not finely finished but the blade would always snap out. I found that getting the blade to snap out and minimizing the side play was where the skill came in.I did not use any smithing in these knives other than forging the blades. The appeal of this video was that the entire knife mechanism was forged. Thanks for watching
  6. Frosty, Thanks for your comment. I really appreciated the maker's skills. He made a beautiful functional knife and the mechanism added to the appeal. The tally is now two member responses. .
  7. Rock, I am surprised this video generated so few responses-just you.Do you think the fact it was not in English turned people off? I thought this guys work was inspiring and the lack of narration was a minor distraction?? ChiChi
  8. I posted a video in the folder section of a German knifemaker who forges most of the parts for a very elegant auto folder that he makes. I dont understand German but I have a guess there are few of these craftsmen left doing this work which is why the video was made. There does not seem to be much traffic on the folding knife section so I am posting here hoping others will enjoy. Your comments are appreciated. There does not seem to be much traffic in the section for Alaska groups either. With your reasoning perhaps we should post this there to boost it? Cross posting in multiple topics is
  9. Rock, I agree with most of what you said but I dont believe there is a plunger in the scale.Since I posted, I searched and found references to a "pen release" mechanism. There is a small pen blade next to the main blade. When the pen blade is depressed it trips the sear.That would normmally mean that the locking bar is raised out of the notch. In the video, the maker seems to be demonstrating that the short ramped tab on the locking bar is pused to the side out of the notch in the blade which allows the blade to disengage from the locking bar. It is a suble difference from a scale plunger but
  10. There is a great video of a German knifemaker on YOUTUBE. He forges a switchblade knife that has two blades and a corkscrew. Around the 6:00 mark (IIRC) he explains how the mechanism works. It appears that the locking bar is forced out of the knife locking notch by?? There does not seem to be a button. There is some sort of mechanism sticking out of the scale which I believe is the blade lock. Can someone explain this mechanism. I dont know how to add a link but the video title is"Doku Der Letzte seines Standes Der Messerschmied".
  11. I have tried welding spiral ribbons but had little success.I really concentrated on the "jump weld" as the sole method for welding the ribbon. It appears in this video that the smith jumped the barrel enough to push the seam into a perpendicular plane to the barrel's bore and then just welded the seam by pulling the metal together from both sides of the seam while rotating the ribbon very much like it is done on longitudinal welding of a skelp. Is that what you see?
  12. I have made a few leg hold traps for fun. I do not use them either. They are not too difficult to make. Get some hay rake tines and forge to desired shape. The rest of the trap can be mild steel. Good luck.
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