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  1. I'm trying my hand at a sword, so far the largest knife I've done was a 12" blade on a bowie. I've got the blade, a single edged falchon type, basicly an extra extra long bowie, forged, normalized and rough ground. I can bring it up to critcle and quench, not a problem. I plan on doing a clay backing, but what about tempering? It's too long for any of my ovens, I had been thinking of doing by colors and using a steel pipe in my gas forge. Ideas? BTW, the blade is 5160 from john deere load shafts. Thanks
  2. I bought mine already built, I never could get the time to go to a build, I work overseas, and there wern't plans availible at the time. The only real issue is the base plate realy needs to be heavier than 1/2", I'd suggest 1" at least, if not 1 1/2". Also after some use the motor base plate starts to break away from the motor houseing. Not a fault of the hammer, but sideways stress on spot welds, the motor manufacture didn't figure on the kinds of side loads a tire uses for the clutch. It's an easy fix if your a good welder, just run a quick bead and a brace and it's fixed. Just keep the heat down, my motor have been runing fine for years after modifiying. Here's a pic, just use thick steel for the brace and make sure you put most of the heat to the brace, and do it in short sections letting it cool between welding so you don't burn the wires.
  3. The only thing I would add is that I purchased a tire hammer, never could get my schedule worked out to go on a build. It's a nicely made and well ballanced machine with some of the crapiest welding I've ever seen. Time after time I had to re-weld parts that came apart from near zero penitration of the weld. After the last time I went over it and took it apart and fixed all the bad welds. After that I haven't had a problem. The only design flaw I see is that the base was only 1/2" thick. A pit thin for a 50lb. hammer. I welded it to a 1" thick plate that was a little larger and bolted it down to a 10" thick concrete slab and it works like a champ. The bigest issue was the welding, someone used a mig, and if you don't know what your doing it'll look good and have little to no penitration.
  4. That looks awsome! you have every rite to be pumped. The only thing visualy is the aftermarket pocket clip, needs a third screw for the empty hole. I personaly hate bending clips, it's a pain to get them just rite. I did find a source of ti clips, but I still prefere to bend my own. I know damascus would work for the linner, but I still think ti would be better, after it work hardens a bit it doesn't seem to wear anymore and it's somewhat "sticky" to the lock. Your making me want to get off my butt and try a damascus folder out.
  5. will52100

    Build or Buy?

    You've got a good point, I tend to forget there is other metal working than bladesmithing. Mine is used almost completely for damascus and for reducing large stock down and mosaics. It is a 20 ton with a two stage pump. Not the fastest in the world, but pretty quick and plenty of sqish and plenty of controll.
  6. will52100

    Build or Buy?

    Here's the one I built, it's not a hard build, but if you count your time and materials, it's 6 one way, half a dozen the other. If I was going to buy one the Clayborn is the one I'd want. That's an old pic, I did have to use 1/2" flat bar for the guids instead of the 2" channel, it was flexing and bending it. Probably could have used 4" channel iron or heavy angle, but had some flat bar left over. After I replaced it no problems. The oil tank is two freon bottols brazed together. Got the pump, cylinder and fittings from Northern tools. I've heard the argument of press vs. power hammer, I've got both and think they compliment each other nicely.
  7. I've used the graphite platten linner stuff before. It works OK, but wears down pretty quick. I haven't used it in a long time, realy like the ceramic glass linners.
  8. Here's a pic of mine and what I did to the motor housing. This is before I repainted it and moved it to my new shop. The linkage at the back and the base plate I welded it too are from a "Rusty" hammer that I built that never performed to my satisfaction.
  9. I bought one a while back and love it. It was built at a workshop Clay held. The only faults I found with it is that it realy needs 3/4" to 1" thick base plate and the motor mounts are spot welded on and need a little reinforcement. That and a thick concreat slab realy help out. Not a fault of the hammer, but all 1 horse motors I've seen have a thin spot welded base. A piece of flat bar welded to the motor housing and base stiffened it up nicely. Just got to be quick and not burn the motor up. I've had a couple power hammers that use the motor as a clutch and they all wound up needing reinforcement due to the spot welds breaking and the motor peeling back from the force of contacting the tire/belt/whatever.
  10. Never say never indead. I had all kinds of problems till I met anouther knife maker and got a little hands on, and I do mean little. A few pointers and it was like a light clicking on. Awsome pattern, definatly don't see that every day.
  11. Thanks, it's been sold for a while now though. With normal damascus, especialy the higher layer stuff I don't blue, but with mosaics I like to blue sometimes due to the large low number of layers. May experiment some more when I get my shop done.
  12. Looks great, been meaning to try some intergals but haven't had the time yet.
  13. Very nice work! Last time I looked into hot blueing it was in the 400+ deg. range, under 300 deg. would be perfect. Thanks
  14. I've seen a good many damascus art knives hot blued, but from what I understand the temps used to blue causes a little edge holding loss. Not sure how much exactly. I've used Birchwood Casey super blue and like it for some damascus, realy improves the contrast, and no heat.
  15. Good tip, I'm working on one tonight and probably most of tomorrow and will try it. I made a steel one to use for soildering, but like the tube idea as I try for a soilderless fit now.
  16. foiled again, that's rite in the middle of my 14 days on the water. Seems like everytime there's a show or hammerin I'm stuck in the middle of the gulf.:mad: Thanks for the update. At this rate I'm beginning to think I'll be better off waiting on a set of plans.
  17. Thanks, that was what I was needing to hear. I would apreciate the photo's also. Like I said, I was going to one but it got canncelled. I realy like the idea and design, but I work 14 days on and 14 off offshore. It seems everytime there's a class within driving distance I'm on the rig. I want one pretty bad as a rebuilt little giant down here will run 4+ grand, if you can find one that is. I would love to attend a class, like I said, I'm not an engineer. If it came down to it I could make it from detailed plans but would take longer with the minimal welding and cutting tools I have. I have been playing with the press but can see myself going back and forth, some things the press excells at, others a hammer. Is there a class schedule anywhere out there? Thanks, Will
  18. I sent Clay an email a couple of days ago but haven't heard back yet. There was going to be a class at Mike's shop back in November? but it got canncelled because only six of us signed up for it. I realy like the idea behind the tire hammer, and could probably build one just from the pictures and taking a tape measure to a little giant. But I realy don't have time to "aw xxxx, lets try a little more here and a little less there" till I get it rite. I am getting by pretty well with a hydrolic press and a rocking beam hammer but the press is excellent for damascus it's slow and a hammer on the last drawing heat smooths the metal out and beats a lot of the scale off that I would have to grind off. Also a press is not as handy for low temp forging straight carbon steels. The hammer I built is similar to "Rusty", but is a little slow, hits a little soft, and is under powered and likes to trip breakers. Not to mention the plans left a lot to be desired. It went through several incarnations to be as functional as it is now and I have no desire to repeat the process. I'm a roughneck, sometime bladesmith, not an enginere!:eek:
  19. Anybody have one or plans for one? Anybody used one? I was going to attend one of Clay Spencer's tire hammer workshops but it got canncelled. Any info would be greatly apreciated.
  20. Hello, glad I found this site. I'm a part time knifemaker, I work offshore the other two weeks. I primarily forge carbon and damascus steels, though I do a few stainless knives and have an intrest in decorative ironwork though I need lots of schooling before atempting that! Will