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About Gergely

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    Imaginary Blacksmith
  • Birthday 05/05/1979

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    Hungary, Europe
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    old Central-African blade designs, blacksmithing (beginner), junkyards and reusing junkyard steel

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  1. Saturday I did some heavy propaganda for spreading the word about IFI: Thank you Glenn for the first IFI T-shirt in Hungary! Blacksmiths without Borders indeed Bests: Gergely
  2. Way to go, Mark! I envy your patience though, forging with clueless adults can be very challenging. Bests: Gergely
  3. That's awesome! And a bit creepy But way more awesome!
  4. Hi Marc, My point was totally from the view of a possible beginner. I can never stop wondering when hear something like: I'm totally new to this trade and bought a 1000$ anvil, what to do next? As a professional you certainly are right about buying new tools that have the paperwork allright and work instant and cost-effectively. Your post made me think that maybe I misunderstood the title of the topic - I thought the op asks about what brand is better than another (hence my personal reference on Milwaukee grinders), now I think the question might have been something different. Bests: Gergely
  5. Hi Allomancer, One of the things I like in being a blacksmith is the non-consumer type of its nature. - Found a hammer? Use it, it is a hammer no matter who manufactured it. Use it more and make your own hammer - then you'll know who made that hammer. - Found some tong shaped objects? Use them, then make your own... and so on. Anvils seem to be one of the main target of blacksmithing consumerism, but who says you need an actual anvil? - Go find a big piece of steel, that's your anvil. Machinery is tricky but what machines do you actually need in the beginning? Maybe an angle grinder, whatever type... You can really make your own stuff literally from trash. It's a start. Then later you'll know where you need to develop and how. End of rant. And I try to be a bit helpful : Milwaukee is my favorite brand in angle grinders. But my first was a cheap Chinese BlackNDecker and it did all works done that time. Bests: Gergely
  6. Sometimes it is, that's why the flexibility And back for the op: I'd do those for 10$/piece, but that's because around here 80$ for a half days work is not bad for a shop like mine. Actually it's worth even if I use oxy/acet for bending. (Totally useless comment, I know, but what else I got right now? ) Bests: Gergely
  7. I do use sometimes box store prices as a standard starting point - the minimum of my pricing is the store box price multiplied by 10. Flexible rule though...
  8. I sell them handled. There is a 85 y old joiner who makes the handles and even put the heads on the handles for me. I like him a lot and it's important (for me) that he can do this. It costs me a bit, but worth it both timevise and morally. About the name: I know crowbill is a bit different but these called 'crow' or 'crow sheperd's axe' in Hungary so I thought to go with that name . At least the crow is there
  9. Hi John! Sorry to hear that - I hope your tolerance gets payed though as life can produce mysterious things. Kozzy - those are very valid points, I try to remember them when next time someone says my little flowers are too pricy for ~12-13$. (incl. techniques are: hot forging, cold leafwork, gas welding, hard brazing, polishing and surface coating) Also - trying to be positive - I'm glad to hear that even in civilised countries cheapness is shown towards crafted products. Although my joy is bittersweet... Bests: Gergely
  10. Hi, nice work on the hammers! Also those wood samples are beautiful - the redheart is exceptional, it's a pity we don't have those around here. I tried to confirm Mark's theory a bit, so made two crowbill type weapons. Also messed up the heat treat of the bearded axe second time (!) and reshaped a scrapyard axe head. Craft fair in the weekend so better take hurry
  11. That beast is a beauty! Happy birthday and happy hammering! Bests: Gergely
  12. Thanks! Well, it seems I can't deny it... I have a learning route planned in my mind (not too carefully, though) that leads towards the complex shaped African throwing knives's designs. And while developing skills I need to get some incomes, too Bests: Gergely
  13. Glad to hear about you, Mark. That's a sturdy piece of workbench - good score! Bests: Gergely
  14. Found the topic. The steel is 1.2516. It's not very good alloy for springs, it's a 1,2 % carbon with some V and W in it - It is very unlikely to have this alloy in coil springs But the pictures are beautiful: But I still hold my point on the shorter sparks - higher carbon content.
  15. Well, I can only tell my beliefs on this - no actual facts whatsoever. When I see these shorter sparks with the "tiny explosions" I usually consider the alloy being high carbon content. Try to search the topic templehound started about one of his knives (sorry for the minimal info) he shows an awesome picture of the sparks of the steel he used. That goes well with your style of sparks. And he mentions there the number of the alloy. Bests: Gergely