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  1. JHCC

    Unique Hammer

    That's a cool looking tool, whatever its original purpose.
  2. On a business trip to Maine, I took a side trip to Liberty Tool and got good value for seven bucks. (Two hammer heads, a chainsaw file with guide, a small round file, and a profile gauge.)
  3. Trade you for some of that S-7?
  4. JHCC

    They redefined the kilogram

    Or to put what rockstar.esq said a slightly different way, a scale measures the amount of pressure that a given mass exerts against a spring (or a pressure-sensitive pad,in the case of the fancier electronic ones). If you move that scale from an area with high local gravity (mountaintop) to one with low (deep valley), the force of gravity on that given mass will change, but the springiness of the spring will not. This is actually a good thing, even in a scientific context, because it means that you can use fairly simple equipment to measure variations in the earth's gravity, even if you can't use that same equipment to accurately measure mass.
  5. JHCC

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Although I can see people wondering why they need a wrench when what they want is to get hammered.
  6. JHCC

    Seax Question

    That's interesting -- what was he wearing?
  7. JHCC

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Well, I didn't get into my forge today or indeed do any forging at all. However, I did find myself (in the middle of a long drive through the state of Maine) passing by the New England School of Metalwork in Auburn, so I stopped in to check it out. Dereck Glaser was teaching an intro class, but took a few minutes to welcome me and show me the forge. They have a great selection of demo pieces from past visiting instructors, including Mark Aspery, Peter Ross, and IFI members Wayne Coe and Frank Turley (among many others). Great place to visit, and I hope I have a chance to come back for a longer visit some time.
  8. JHCC

    Seax Question

    I don't like Hollywood movies about Vikings: too much seax and violence.
  9. JHCC

    where to buy coke

    Welcome to IFI! If you haven't yet, please READ THIS FIRST!!!
  10. JHCC

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Maybe next time make the center dots with a triangular punch and then file the rest of the design around them.
  11. JHCC

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Nice. Distinctive and personal.
  12. It’s from a 1-3/8” axle. The stem was squared in the gate-arm guillotine: And the top was upset with a 7/8” adapter in the portable hole: The finished block is 2-1/8”w x 2-3/8”d x 3/4”h. (Still needs a bit of grinding.) The stem seems longer than I remember forging. I think I may have extruded it down the hardy hole somewhat.