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I Forge Iron


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    Port Orchard, WA
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    Blade smithing, wood turning, photography, music, fishing

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  1. Perhaps a CO2 shark dart? Pretty portable!
  2. I haven’t been hunting since I left Alaska. Now if I can take an elk within 1/2 mile of the road I’d think about it! ow I’ll have to go to Youtube to investigate inflating animals!
  3. Here’s a field version of the feathered damascus/elk version I posted earlier. This folding skinner is utilizing .150 80CVR20 steel for the stone washed 4” blade. Liners are titanium, and the scales are canvas micarta.
  4. Verry pretty! Great damascus and some special stag! For the first one I would say pretty amazing.
  5. Thomas, the whole knife comes apart except for where the scales are bonded to the scilicone bronze spacers. I wouldn’t doit in the field however!
  6. I’ve had more time than usual to work on my bladesmithing so decided to get some folders under my belt. My learning experience (with lots of tears) has culminated in my design of this folding skinner. Blade is 3.75” of 1084 15n20 feathered damascus. Liners are titanium, and scales are local elk on bronze. Spine is left open so animal gunk can be cleaned out easily.
  7. This setup has worked great for me for quite a few years now. I picked it up at an auction so have no idea how old it is.
  8. I love the die lifter! Looks a lot like mine. Did you do this in order to have the room for a billet splitter?
  9. I've used some super heavy I beam type presses that tended to flex some when under a lot of pressure. I see that you have reinforced your beam, but unless its super thick steel to begin with, I would recommend welding a strong back to the rear of the I beam. Building your dies on plates that just slip into tracks made from inverted angle iron works well, and change out really quickly and easily. Good luck!.
  10. Beautifully done. Real flowing job done on the filework. Great sheath!
  11. Looks like you’ve done a thorough job. I can’t wait to see the video!
  12. Thats' a fine piece of craftsmanship! Did you drill the horn liner for the sheath in order to sew it???
  13. From the picture with no dimensions, I would ascerain that the front/back rigidity appears very good. However, withould knowing the gap on either side to the frame I couldn’t make a guess. The relatively narrow platen is in hour favor. I suggest running the press and blow the relief valve pressing something sitting on one side of the press table. Observe how much cant is created and might be adjusted out. If the amount is satisfactory, move forward, if not stick to working in the center, or deal with working with wonky billets like I have!
  14. Combo “T” dies are great. Your presses ability to run off center work will depend upon the play and engineering of your guides. If your upper die cants, your billet will banana as it is drawn out
  15. Hi, If it were myself I would gusset the web to the sides front and back, top and bottom in order to reduce any chance of twist. Should make for a clean looking press!
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