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  1. I guess I will be upgrading my forge blower sooner that I thought. No idea what it is from, but it works.
  2. Nice work and a nice story to accompany it. The hands are a lot bigger than I thought.
  3. That is outstanding. I would like to see more in the process pictures, how you start, what are the steps to the finished product.
  4. Soak your handles in the linseed oil, at least a whole day. In the pictures is a knife I made about six or seven years ago and it didn’t shrink a bit. I soak it in linseed oil and then I polish it with bees wax. It is interesting because it is cut across the grain and not with the grain. Just wood from the shed maybe dried for a year possibly less.
  5. With a hidden tang you don't need to use rivets. Just use a good glue, two components glue is rock hard when dry, use a leather spacer between the guard and handle and you need a way to clamp it together till it dries. Couple of long bolts and two wood boards will do the trick. I haven't made knifes in a long time but I have made a few and you don't need fancy equipment to do them. First leather I used was from an old shoe, the one in the picture is from a coil spring, coin, leather, horn, leather and a piece of oak. Leather spacers help to hide the imperfections.
  6. In the book Practical Blacksmithing author writes how he repaired anvil horns by making a dovetail joint. That looks like a milling machine in the background.
  7. From personal experience and looking at this forum, it is a piece of advice we all or most of us have already used. Anvils are expensive, so we use anvil shaped objects, not because anvil aren't useful but it is hard to justify their usefulness if you are using it for couple of hours a week, hence they are not useful to you. But as we start to forge more often, than we decide to buy the best we can afford.
  8. More anvil videos please. Small and large. Making them or just talking about them.
  9. I burn charcoal in it, it is the most accessible to me.
  10. Not forging because my little shop is occupied with a different project. So here is my forge. The table is old riveted together, my grandmothers uncle bought the table, bellows and anvil in 1938, unfortunately he was killed by the Nacis in WW2. So my grandparents bought it all from his widow. We still have it all, but I took just the table for now. The fire was side blast with the firepot made from clay. I put a cast firepot in it. The hood is made so I can easily take parts of it off or the whole hood. It is enclosed for my piece of mind, so I can close it and leave without worrying about fir
  11. Welcome Kyle. I also have a single speed blower (that I should upgrade, the bouncy castle blower is a great they are designed to run for hours) but the solution is from: DF-in the shop youtube channel. It is a valve system that does not obstruct the air flow. It works for me I am very pleased with it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLWupoLgOEs&list=FLVyDqFFEGLOBOwPoKrmco0w&index=3&t=115s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epBHOViClBs&list=FLVyDqFFEGLOBOwPoKrmco0w&index=2&t=234s
  12. No forging for a while. Rebuilding the engine from my vintage CZ 175/477 year 1972
  13. I had no Idea Skoda made anvils. Now I’m envious because it is a beautiful anvil and because it is a Skoda.
  14. I guess I didn’t express myself correctly, I was thinking about wall scribe (hope that’s what it’s called). https://i.stack.imgur.com/JkLKh.jpg
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