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emtor

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  1. The drawing below shows a forge made from two flowerpots. Does this seem like a good idea? The reason I wish to make a flowerpot forge is that flowerpots are readily available in many different sizes. Also, is it a good idea to insulate the forge with LECA and fireclay? I've got this idea about not wasting too much heat into the surroundings. Would insulation lower the fuel consumption and also make it easier to obtain welding temperatures?
  2. Making a knife handle from green wood is never a good idea. When it dries it'll crack and split unless you're very lucky. Wood for knife handles needs to be very dry, but what do you do with that piece of wood still containing moisture and you just need to get going right now? Buy raw linseed oil,-the virgin cold pressed variety is the best. Fill a jar with linseed oil and submerge the wood in it. Within a week the oil has replaced all traces of water which acts as a guarantee against cracking. The wood benefits from being saturated with oil in other ways too, as it gets easier to work with
  3. Ivory nuts (tagua nuts) are the perfect substitute for ivory or antlers if you want to spice up your knifehandles. The inside of ivory nuts have an ivory-white color and takes well to polishing. The ivory nut is easily cut with a hacksaw blade and this is how it looks on the inside:
  4. Files and scrapers sounds like a good idea. Up till now I've been using a sanding disc with 40 grit paper. When the handle is nearly finished I fit the blade, then I attach the blade in a vice and continue shaping the handle with long strips of sanding paper. I hold the strip at both ends and let the middle of the paper form a tight curve around the top/bottom of the handle. A wider curve is used for the sides. This ensures an even and symmetrical shape and the control is great. The finishing touch is done by sanding in a more regular fashion using pieces of sanding paper.
  5. emtor

    Hello all

    Knifemaking has a long and old tradition here as almost all small farms of old had a blacksmithing forge. People had to do this out of pure necessity as farms were often isolated in remote mountain valleys and had to fend for themselves as best they could. The knife in the picture is a Lappish knife from the far north and is a true piece of art. These knives come in different sizes and the largest ones can be as long as 30 inches. The edge of the large ones are ground sharp on the tip and more like an ax further towards the handle so that it acts as a multifunctional tool. In this way it can b
  6. emtor

    Hello all

    Thanks Steve. It's nice to see that the art of knifemaking is a popular activity across the pond too.
  7. emtor

    Hello all

    I'm a newbie on this forum. I just wanted to show you all an example on how knives are made here in Norway. Although I've made a few knives myself, they're nowhere close to this one. Copyrighted image removed and a link placed into the text.
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