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  1. Wanderer -no handle. He says that he just held it very carefully lol. Dodge -if he can remember to bring it to work tomorrow, I'll take another pic or 2. Sorry that I didn't take more.
  2. No pics, but I saw a guy hauling a boat down the road that had a tree growing through it... about 3"diameter tree! Lol. I was thinking ... what the world ...
  3. FROSTY! LMAO! THANKS FOR THE WORRY LOL! the leather glove was me checking the sharpness lol. The brush handle came about to its current predicament from me using a (very dull) hatchet to make it short enough to rake ashes from my forge lol. Steve, the last 2 pics are the knife/dagger as sold. My future work will have a lot more time into it. Look closely lol. Jmc - my anvil is still the one I made in the anvil section post about homemade anvils. It's flat, so it's definitely good for knives lol. I'll post some forge pics tomorrow if I can for you, but I'll go ahead and say I'm using a homemade coal forge and it took AWHILE to get the whole thing to critical temp... either a design change to my existing forge, or a gas forge is in order. The cutting edge ended up being about 10 inches and my hot spot is only bout 6inch diameter ... where in Alabama are you from??? And ha -I got an order for a bushcraft style blade at the same "finish requirements " as this one, cause the guy that bought it went home, skinned a hog his neighbor killed with it, and it was still arm shaving sharp! Maybe I got lucky with my edge grind???
  4. I made it from a worn out bastard file. its not pretty and doesnt have a handle, but it's pretty dang sharp! annealed the file in sand, forged the point into it, rough ground it with 80grit belt sander, then moved to a worn out 400grit belt. got it to critical temp and quenched in oil. used a handheld propane torch to temper the middle to a straw color, then back to the 400grit belt for final grind (was working with limited time, so i left the filemarks on it). Sold for $15 as is with no handle to a guy at work when i showed him how easy it cut through the glove lol. had fun making it and learned alot! comments always welcome
  5. capnroo

    Gut Hook

    I have never liked gut hooks myself. I prefer my great grampas old timer sheath knife that was handed down to me. Keep it sharp and I barely have to use any force to skin with. I even use it to pop the joints out quickly and neatly. Other people using bonesaws and guthook knives are amazed when I'm done skinning before them. Thanks, big pawpaw. :)
  6. I'm in the u.s. too. But this is like triangular with rounded 'angles ', and pretty meaty. I got a section to near-white hot, high yellow, and beat it with a 3lb hammer for bout 30 minutes. It really didn't want to move, even after bout 5-6 heats... I'll come back to it another day. The particular tractor it was off of was an 80's tw-25 Ford. It's a beast.
  7. My Grampa is getting out of the hospital today (hopefully), so last night I decided to make a 'knife' for him. Made it from a chisel I used for years, hammered to shape and edge done with belt sander. 80grit first, then wore out 200grit belt. quenched in a mixture of 1/4 marvel mystery oil, and 3/4 WD-40. its all i had besides water lol. anyhow, enjoy. comments welcome!
  8. capnroo

    Gut Hook

    Check with harbor freight, or MSC(I think that's right). They should be fairly inexpensive. Or maybe MC mastercarr?
  9. Awesome. Thanks for the input, Charles. Might even make a hotcut out of it too. :)
  10. Just looked up 1045. Says its .43-.5% carbon and hardenable. Decent for making punches?
  11. So that's a mid carbon rating? I'm new to steel ratings ...
  12. I was Just kidding . Books are good, but it's really nice to have someone show the proper way and practice from there. Beers are good afterwards, though. :)
  13. Beer always helps... about 3 beers after you've been pounding for awhile, and you'll have a DUH! IDEA, and go right back to it. :-)
  14. This is a newer style. Probably really malleable. Didn't get a chance to work on the forge this weekend, but Im gonna play with the material and see...
  15. Are these the type of sawblades most people make sawblade knives out of? Just wondering, because I have a length of metal -cutting handsaw blade from work I plan on making knives out of once I have better experience smithing...
  16. True. It would have to flex. I didn't think about that.
  17. Does anyone happen to know what standard pto shafts are made of? I did a spark test and it seems to be high carbon, but I really don't have experience with the spark test. Just what I've read...
  18. oh, I thought clinkers was the stuff that looked like welding slag on my grate
  19. After the first fire, I just used the "coked " corn from the previous fire, and a propane torch to get it started. Very easily. Corn does not leave ""clinkers", but after about 5 fires there will be a whitish tan substance that clings to your grate, which is kinda hard to get off. I recently got my hands on a bag of coal, and it is by far better than corn. I used a few double handfuls of coal for the time in which I would have gone through half a sack of corn...
  20. I tried all that. With big hammer and small hammer. I'm just not experienced enough to do it that way. Although, I guess I could use the cross slide on my lathe to taper a piece of material ...
  21. Greensboro,I think, is about a 2 hour drive, I'm basically on the Alabama Florida line 50 miles north of Pensacola Florida. I guess I'll have to wait n see, but keep excess cash with me. I built a homemade anvil, but no horn, hardie hole, or pritchel hole, and have a small order with curves (horn use) due Sunday. Maybe he will come through, be in price range, and soon. MAN, IM IN THE DEEP END FOR A MONTH OR TWO!
  22. This old guy that picks up parts for one of our work customers occasionally says he has a small anvil for sale and that he'll bring it to the shop next time he picks up parts. He doesn't know anything about it, but says it's small and the face is about 3-4inches wide. I was wondering if anyone knows the approximate weight of most anvils with 3-4inch faces... thanks.
  23. capnroo

    First set of tongs!

    Thanks, guys. Like I said, I had help and we used a jig to bend them, but I can make more now, like whirly said. :)