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  1. When in doubt get the paternity test ! never have intimate relations on fathers day or mothers-day unless you want the outcome the gods are jokers after all
  2. That might be something different. But it sure looks mighty nice !!
  3. Wow good tip on the camphor i never heard that one before
  4. my guess is the spacific temper requirements for maraging are defined somewhere in usfa or international fencing ruelbooks you can check with leon paul or other manufactures as to the actual process.
  5. You know you are a blacksmith when your only worry about the pandemic is “do i have enough coal to make it for two weeks? “
  6. I am gonna go see if i caint kill old smog so i can afford to purchase one with his tresuer beautiful
  7. DuEulear

    Lever Press?

    The principle is ok but the fulcrum should be in the middle and rigged so you lift the lever to do work at the other end. A small man can push many times his own weight against the earth to generate more force than a fat guy sitting. Now the question becomes what do you build it out of that is both rigid enough and light enough that you do not loose a great deal of force to the frame flexing. Or to lifting the mass of tge lever. By the time you solve all the inherant issues and design problems i bet you could have smithed up enough hooks hammers and blacksmith keychains to simply buy a p
  8. Heat can be relitive you can skip the torch and just throw it in the temper oven at 350 for a cycle or two oil after
  9. I pay . 30 cents or less if I purchase from scrap bin as i pay scrap price then. I would say price will vary depending on shape and condition we sell 4140 as hot roalled anealed decarb free anealed, pre heattreated hot roll and decarb free all have a diffrent price per lb between 3 and 10 a pound thin bar costs more than thick per pound because making it costs tge same in tooling and time enjoy
  10. I second the notion that large chunks of homgeneous steel is not difficult in the modern day i needed a show anvil for a viking themed fair there where no rules but i wanted to be a touch more authentic i grabbed a scrap end of 8” square bar of prehardened 4140 ended up with a 115 lb block without trying very hard spent 3 hrs putting a 1” hardy hole in and love the result ps if you are anywhere near me i can keep an eye open for you
  11. I would argue that black- smith means a smith that works in the black meaning iron and steel. A Modern welder welding steel is still working in steel. Is this a forging operation? The answer is unequivocally no. Neither are fileing, grinding, polishing, coloring and waxing of metals but if you are executing these processes on steel or iron then they are part of blacksmithing. All be it modern blacksmithing. Susan
  12. Only a guess but it is possible the tape you are using is slightly acidic and reacted with part of tge steel etching a particular alloy element and none of the others? I know nothing of that alloy but is the only idea i can think of susan
  13. Well my “crayon is 1.5” hex about 6 “ long lol the lampblack and charcoal dust are pretty close to graphite moly is cheap and easy to buy on amazon so is pretty simple in the days of the interweb
  14. I have seen that texture in my own work after not brushing off scale during forging from the anvil or the part. Pickel in vinigar when done but be lazy and forget it in there for a week it will increase the pitting. Then finish after a wash and base neutralize with bakingsoda susan
  15. So this weekend i had a chance to further experiment i mixed 50/50 graphite and moly roughly 60 grams of it with 300 grams of high grade beeswax melted in a double boiler stirred it up then poured into a tall thin glass bottle from my recycling after cooling i broke the bottle giving myself a industrial sized crayon i applied wax to warm punch after each heat or so before cooling in the slack tub did a good job and my hands stayed clean left over wax on my punch should prevent rust i hope enjoy
  16. Just my oppinion but the absolute best hammer to start with is the one in your hand. after some practice and reflection you can form your own ideas as to weather you need one that is lighter or heavier or rounder or more square.... enjoy the discovery Susan
  17. I missed that one sorry i dont know anything about the microstructure of carbon fiber but if ya have it around you can certainly try it the moly is a major factor in this too so give it a whirl It really only seemes to take a thin film of the stuff to work so i assume the mess can be kept to a minimum by finding an application method that keeps overspray to a tolerable level Susan
  18. I have no data to share just yet as this was the result of my first experiments which were spur of the moment. I did end up with filthy black hands but that is to be expected as i took a little lube and rubbed it into the face of my anvil and treadle hammer dies. i did add some of tge same lube to a old unused quart of sae30 wt oil (unused) shake it up and used a rag to apply. As another means of application. i am also planning on making a beeswax and lube stick for hot work to keep the crud off my hands It dose not seem to take much and it lasts on your tool surfaces for abou
  19. So i had a job interview recently for a forging press operator position. There was of course the obligatory plant tour included. Sa we progressed they mentioned that most of the mess in the forging department was from the graphite lubricant they sprayed on the dies so the metal would flow properly. Said otherwise it just sticks and wont move correctly. This got me thinking about the ye old slippery stuff i use as a punch lube and wondered if i lubricated the surface of my hammer and anvil horn id this would add an advantage when drawing out stock. So of course i had to try it i am
  20. If you have work hardend your steel it was to hot. If you cannot anneal it your only option is to continue cutting with something harder than what you are drilling it never hurts to have a few carbide bits in common ( to your work ) sizes for the occational drilling emergency. Save them for when you really need them and treat them well you will find they are really expensive. dont forget carbide can be used hot and dry or cold and flooded with coolant never inbetween if you tempature shock it you will shatter it!!! And then you need a new one . Speeds and feeds for an
  21. 20’ bar is mill standard if you are purchasing a 10’ bar you are probably paying a small premium for the cut. I work for a steel supplier we make all our money on processing and delivery margins on steel are small believe it or not susan
  22. I know it is a bit overboard but i don’t allways have a striker when i wish i did . I happend upon another 6” leg vise for dirt cheap so i set this one so it is about 1” taller than my anvil. Susan
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