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keykeeper

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  1. If it is the berylium bronze, the dust can be hazardous to breathe, if you sand or dress it with a grinder. At least I have read somewhere that it is.
  2. It's actually a farrier's turning hammer, according to my trusty ole' Sears, roebuck and Co catalog reprint. I posted this photo some time ago here in a discussion, although I can't find the post to link to.
  3. Bravo, Bravo....clap clap clap. All joking aside, I want everyone on this thread to know I respect all of you and your experience in the craft. I also vow to never ask a repetitively asked question, at least without searching the forum first. LOL. Keep up the good work fellas!
  4. I don't know Peyton. If it's real Confederate money, I'd take it. That stuff is outrageous in price due to collectors.
  5. Great job on the rack, Bart. See ya at the spring conference.
  6. AIDA Adaptable, Individually Designed Anvil because anyone can configure it like they want it.
  7. Here's some more name fodder (I could use some tongs, myself!): 1. The PLETHORA-one tool, many options. 2. Grant's Adapt-O-Block - How you move metal just got changed. 3. The EVOLUTION-even tools can evolve. (I Know, close to anvolution). 4. Swagecutfullerous Drawbendmaximus-retire your old dinosaur, there's a new beast in the wild.
  8. Here are a couple threads I found about insurance and smithing. May be helpful to your situation. http://www.iforgeiron.com/forum/f7/insurance-dead-stop-7347/ http://www.iforgeiron.com/forum/f11/covering-yourn-backside-8991/
  9. Here's a couple I did this afternoon out of 1/4 inch keystock. I went by the chart posted earlier to make the bigger one. Kind of spindly looking, IMO. The small one is another cut down to make a pendant for a friend. I think it looks better with the size of the stock used.
  10. I like it! Interesting mix of materials and styles.
  11. Excellent photo tutorial. Even I could understand the steps. Nice job, I like the handle being left as cable.
  12. No, if the condition is good. Are the edges chipped bad? Is there parts of the face missing? Pics would be helpful. Price varies greatly due in part to condition, maker, size, etc. PM me if you don't sell it locally. I may be interested in it.
  13. Now this is more like it, he finally sold it!!!! blacksmith anvil fisher norris vintage 1923 350 pounder - eBay (item 230404438449 end time Dec-02-09 11:27:42 PST) Never got that $4000 plus he wanted, though.
  14. I think we should get back on topic, which is the awesome knife Dave made. Phil, If you want a debate on sharpness, maybe you should start a thread on that. I'm sure a lot of folks would chime in. I've always been curious myself about the difference.
  15. Beautiful job, Dave. Your ever growing talent at this stuff really impresses me. I have yet to make my first complete knife, so I'm a little jealous. LOL. I'd like to know what the difference between shaving sharp and slicing paper sharp is. Both seem to be adequate to me, Phil. Maybe I'll figure it out when I make a knife for myself....lol.
  16. Looks good, feels good to just DO IT, huh? So what if you have a few hammer marks, I call that learning. Good job! Listen to what Frosty and the other wise ones on here have to say, correct what needs correcting, and forge on brother!!
  17. Thanks Junior, that is a nice little clip. What I wouldn't give to go back in time and spend a few weeks, months or even years just watching him work.
  18. Here's the link to how I learned to do these... Saltfork Craftsmen Scroll down the page to Friederick Cross Key Fob, then each page can be printed for reference. They are also known as split crosses. Depending on stock, you have to scale the saw cuts accordingly for proportions to come out right. I had a picture of one I did in the gallery, but the gallery is down right now. Figures.
  19. Welcome to the forum, Jesse! You should excel at blacksmithing, after seeing some of the things you pulled off with "Monster Garage". Blacksmiths are the true masters at turning one item into another!! You will do well.
  20. Excellent execution and design, Dave. Ya did good! Looks like it would hang coats alright to me, also!
  21. Ok, first off, if the person selling this is a member here, sorry if I offend you!!! Take a look at this auction, and tell me what you think. 100% GLASS ANVIL BLACKSMITH FARRIER LIGHTNING ROD -TOOL - eBay (item 260512387484 end time Dec-04-09 10:16:18 PST) Lightning rod my butt, it's an Avon perfume bottle, which is VERY common, married to a few pieces to make a "lightning rod". Bet it would hold up well under harsh wind, rain and-he he-lightning! I couldn't sleep if I sold this to someone without divulging the true nature of the components. --END OF RANT__
  22. I like it, especially the idea of being able to configure the tooling in whatever order you would desire for the task at hand. I would call it the "Multi-configurable Forging Apparatus" or MFA for short.
  23. So, that stinky, green smoke really bothered you? Congratulations, you have now converted good coal to coke. You will actually get to like the smell, once you have breathed enough of it....LOL. Good tips from Hollis and Cyancarrek, that light styrofoamy stuff makes nice, white heat. Careful or you will meet the steel burning monster!!
  24. What do we do at hammer-ins? Well, it varies. Some you attend will have a demo or two to watch, and then have a try yourself at making the selected demo item. Some hammer-ins may be themed to making one certain type thing, with many forging areas set up. Some hammer-ins may even be a free for all to make whatever you please. Just really depends on the host. The Fairmont hammer-in is also the business meeting, followed by lunch and a few quick demos. The best reason to attend as many as possible is the amount of knowledge that gets passed around at them. Occasionally there is a hammer in
  25. http://www.iforgeiron.com/forum/f8/blacksmith-halloween-spirit-15270/ Gotta love a wife that supports you and your pursuits.
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