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Zanshin

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  1. Ciao Angiolino, è un po' difficile capire quello che scrivi per via dell'inglese... (senza intendere nessun vilipendio, per carità) se vuoi scrivere in Italiano posso tradurre io per te. Comunque, quello che twntano di dirti è che devi star lontano da pezzi non solidi come la putrella, il binario ecc. Se trovi blocchi massello anche non enormi, 40 o 50 kg bastano, pezzi di rimanenza da tornitori, fonderie ecc va benissimo le forche del muletto vanno benissimo ma le devi usare verticalmente altrimenti la flessione è troppa e fai lavoro doppio. Se vuoi, su ebay trovi un fornitore che ti spe
  2. Welcome to the community Tsunero. I live in NW Las Vegas. I think that Biggundictor was referring to blacksmithing, bladesmithing etc. Personally, I am an hobbyst bladesmith (thank Biggundoctor for your compliments) and I am trying to hammer as much as I can. I don t have all the tool either but if you want to stop by, a couple of hands more could be helpful, if I can get a good sledge hammer. Lemme know
  3. Hi everybody, I went ahead a little since last time... Those are my progresses so far... But I also forged a folder blade and built the frame of that folder, that's why I haven't finished it yet... I hope you like it so far. PS. I need to find some ferric acid to etch the blade...
  4. Let's gather in a couple of week!! So everyone will have enough time to prepare himself...
  5. I agree with Frosty, try and make your own. In the meanwhile you can use the HF ones. Not always in that shop is negatife, I found a lot of stuff there that works pretty good... I red some reviews of those punchs and some are oretty bad. Although, people are stupid and lots of negative reviews talked about punching hard metal like pliers, wrenches... Those are often hardened steel and is not adviceable to punch hardened steel even with more expensive ones, they will get ruined, I know it for experience. I say: buy them, try them, if not working, return them. In the meanwhile, make your o
  6. I agree with Frosty, try and make your own. In the meanwhile you can use the HF ones. Not always in that shop is negatife, I found a lot of stuff there that works pretty good... I red some reviews of those punchs and some are oretty bad. Although, people are stupid and lots of negative reviews talked about punching hard metal like pliers, wrenches... Those are often hardened steel and is not adviceable to punch hardened steel even with more expensive ones, they will get ruined, I know it for experience. I say: buy them, try them, if not working, return them. In the meanwhile, make your o
  7. Well, for some particular steels, you need a little of annealing before forging (i found it useful on d2, d3, ecc if they have been already forged previously, to prevent cracks, those steels are pretty nasty) but for a leaf spring it's useless. After forging you have lits of stresses in the metal structure so you may need a first normalization (SUB critical heat) and air cooling a couple of time, and then, I suggest to bring the knife blank to austenitic temperatur (amagnetic) and turn off the forge leaving the knife inside the coal. In my forge, which is closed on sides and top, the coal kee
  8. Wow!! You guys are coming out with solution I can't even think about... I can totally see the expertise you must have in working the metal...
  9. Eddie and DCRAVEN, those are really good things indeed!!! I would wear that bracelet!!!!
  10. I can totally Understand. Plus, hammering gives to the metal better mechanical properties and allows you to save a lot of metal, which is very important sometimes. However, to hammer-shape so precisely, one has to be very, very, very good at forging. Again, wonderful job!!!!
  11. @ Biggundoctor: On Cl las vegas i found only that one ($750) and a PW same poundage ($500). The last one is still there after a month, really rare for an anvil... @ Jim Coke: I have always, and when I say always it means since I started digging a hole in the ground to make a fire to strigthen spring leaves, always found in blacksmiths (and bladesmiths) real, true, and fair people. We can be a little... rough sometimes (and I say this only talking about myself) but we give a kidney if another hammerhead needs it, even if never met. A master bladesmith in Italy who I had never met before, ex
  12. By the way, I just called the guy to see if he still wants to sell me the anvil and he said he never send me an email. He is actually taking it to an auction house because it thinks to sell it $1000. Well, the email with pictures in my account it must be auto generated... good luck!!! Fra
  13. Thomas: I hammered for years on a railroad track and, before, on one of those iron weights used on the front of tractors before having my cheap anvil at my parent's in Italy. Now that I moved here I was thinking to buy a chunk of steel and have it hardened because I don't really need the complex shape of an anvil. Then, this guy contacted me and offered me the anvil. You can understand that in such this case, it's feeling the "taste" of the anvil so close that made me sad, not the fact that I want something specific. Plus, the lack of honesty xxxx me off a lot, even if, it's true, the anvil is
  14. Guys, I don't know what to say... I am not gonna lie, my wife just saw me almost crying... For joy. Thanks to biggundoctor for the offer... Jim, I agree with you but if you really need something it is hard not to look for it really hard... Anyways, going back to the topic: the problem is that lately people just think to do whatever they want even if it mean being dishonest. One example: I had to sell the wood for cellos I had in Italy because sending it here was not convenient. A guy contacted me to buy the whole thing and he made an offer. I accepted. Later I received offers for singl
  15. Yesterday. I found a guy selling a Swedish anvil 120 lb for 200. He send me pics. Then I said: when can we meet? He never responded. Now, that anvil is on cl for 750. Now. One thing I don't understand: if I have to pay 750 for a used anvil with chipped corners, I would rather buy a new one like NC or Cliff Carroll from online shops that sells you free shipping, for the same price. NEW. The whole point of buying a used tool is to have it for cheaper because it is USED. I am not gonna lie: I am pretty angry at those people who BUY used anvils at stupid prices because it is their fault if a tool
  16. This is the reason I cannot find a used anvil for a price lower than a new one. Because there are id...s that buy chewed anvils at huge prices because they look "vintage" for their collection ov vintage stuff. I found a guy sellung here in Henderson a Peter Wright 120 lb CHEWED (bended working table, all corners destroyed) for 500. Fortunately the ad is there after several weeks. I recently sent an email with a reasonable offer and he told me the price is firm. The world is upside down...
  17. It's impressive how precisely you forge shaped the knife!!!! I wish I had half of your skill!!! Wanderful knife!!!
  18. I like the blade. Personally, I like better when the twisted is deeply ground so that it shows the "stars" but this is a very handsome blade!!! I would NOT use an antler for this blade because the shape is very nice and clean... You could try a Hippo tooth, the straight ones, I think that how it usually tapers would nicely fit the shape of the blade creating a fluent shape. And, it is an awesome material!!! Francesco
  19. Zanshin

    Two more

    Nice little knives. I would not make that little dent in the proximal part of the blade, it would bother the end of the cutting edge, the one towards the handle, to not touch if cutting on a board or a workbench. Just my opinion. But the knives are very handsome!!!
  20. I usually make small knives to giveaway out from drill bits for concrete. I usually leave the twisting pattern of the bit on the back, as I am showing here. This is made by tapering the bit and bending the metal to make the handle (I am sure you guys can do it much better, I am not a good bladesmith :rolleyes: ) but you can make the handle leaving its original shape and maybe just bending it so that you can recognize the drill bit. Te goot bits for concrete are a good steel that, without hardening, get hard and flexible enough to be a pocket knife (remember it's a giveaway item) even just afte
  21. OOOk, these days I had to go slow and I just started to polish ome side. A lot to polish still but I wanted to start looking at the pattern. I have no ferric so I used lemon overnight, as soon as I can go to Radioshack I will buy the serious one... anyways: there it is:
  22. Zanshin

    Anvils

    Yah, and I am craving for an anvil... :(
  23. So beautiful.... I can't wait to have a forge again...
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