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  1. Damascus etching help

    Is there a chance your etchant could be contaminated with a thin layer of oil on the surface of it? It almost looks like you have a tide line going across the blade as though its dragged a layer of oil with it as it's entered the acid, other than that I have no idea. I hope someone with more experience than myself can help you figure it out!
  2. Damascus etching help

    Did you thoroughly de-grease the blade before etching? If not the could well be the problem. Other than that the only thing I can think of is that the blade isn't hardened evenly and the softer areas are etching differently to the harder areas. Hopefully its just a grease issue, Good luck!
  3. It followed me home

    Looks like a hand held induction heater, think electric blowtorch for localised heating. It's an interesting idea and I didn't actually know such things existed!
  4. It followed me home

    No, Whitechapel, but it's not uncommon for the two to work on each other's bells or replace fittings, or copy the other company's products for that matter!
  5. It followed me home

    When I worked at the bell foundry the no-bell prize was awarded after miss-casts where the mould didn't flow properly! Also those look more like chime hammers than bell clappers, I may have actually disposed of the pattern used to cast those a couple of months ago. In the devastation here you can see some patterns for a much larger version.
  6. Peter Wright leg vise?

    That'll do the job nicely! I'd just mount it up and put the vise to use and leave the bracket as it is for now. If it bothers you as it is, manufacturing more authentic one would make a fun future project! Great vises Frank, thanks for sharing.
  7. Peter Wright leg vise?

    I don't know but mine says "Patent Solid Box" so I would assume it would be possible to research when that patent was filed and then you would know your vise was manufactured at some point after that date.
  8. Peter Wright leg vise?

    Good save on the vise, and at a good price too! It looks as though you have the cousin to my vise posted here: Your vise has the heavy chamfer on the legs referred to by Frank Turley on the thread regarding my (English) vise, it's interesting to see the American version posted, thanks for posting it.
  9. It followed me home

    Used to spin a room? Most people just use alcohol, it's less bulky and does a fine job of spinning a room!
  10. I can't help with the sharp edge problem, personally I'd just grind it off, but I will say that the blades on the planer I used to use were HSS (high speed steel) and were fairly useless for blade stock, I hope yours are something different!
  11. Forging a blacksmiths Knife.

    I saw this yesterday and was impressed, a very clear and concise set of instructions, well done!
  12. Show me your anvil stands

    No offence taken, thanks for the tip. That would be a much more elegant solution and probably be even more secure though with my current set up the anvil is already incredibly quiet as it's stapled down tightly into a bed of silicone.
  13. That's a rare, high speed dragster anvil!
  14. Show me your anvil stands

    Badly shaped staples! They do contact the feet, and hold the anvil very securely, but they only contact in one or two spots!
  15. Show me your anvil stands

    Not at all, it's just a stand that's relatively easy to move about and that's non-flammable.