Jonah k

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About Jonah k

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    Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada
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    Blacksmithing, Carpentry/ furniture making, hike, bike, camp, archery, axe throwing. Basically I like to build anything and do anything outdoors

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  1. Not sure what brand they were. They were left overs from a boiler repair at work.
  2. He liked it. It definitely made for a good conversation piece at the party. And i hope he uses it.
  3. My forge is made of insulated fire brick and I just friction fit it together. It is held together tight by putting angle iron on the 4 edges and then I have pallet banding ratcheted down in 4 spots. Only down side is you need a pallet bander. But it seems to work good and has held up for about 5 years so far. I have a piece of hard fire brick In the bottom that I change out every once in a while to stop the flux from eating the bottom too much. You can kind of see the idea in this picture. HERE IS A BETTER PIC
  4. Finished this knife for my dad's 70th birthday this week and gave it to him this weekend. This was my first go at stacked pattern welded steel. To say the least , it was an adventure that took me to the edge of my sanity. I forged 3 blades before I got this one to work, the first one I forged to shape and it cracked at the handle to blade transition but I did like the shape, I believe it had about 29 layers. Then I gave it another try but I thought diddnt have enough steel. But I went ahead anyway and finished forging the second one. No supprise I did not have enough steel to make the shape and size I was after. So then I ordered some more steel to give it another try. While I was waiting for that I made the box and sheath. Then i made the 3rd blade and it cracked in the same spot as the first one. This one had about 126 layers and I think I forged it to long and lost too much carbon because it wouldn't harden properly. So then I ordered some more steel. "Running out of time now". Anyways, finished the 4th blade 2 days before the party. It has 73 layers but I ground quite a few away as I did not really forge this one to shape to avoid cracking. It is made of 1084 and 15n20 with a 80crv2 San mai center layer. The box is black walnut and maple with a zebra wood top, handle is also zeebra wood. The blade was etched in warm muriatic acid for 10 minutes. Also had some cracks and cold shuts in this blade but was able to grind them out. In the end I was happy with the knife and it was quite the learning experience.
  5. Hey Haven't posted in a while but had some thing happen a while ago that I thought I would mention. I have a cotton wheel on one of my bench grinders that I use for poishing and it sits by my other bench grinder and belt grinder. Anyways, It caught fire from grinder sparks the other day and I diddn't notice until I came back in the shop 20 min later and it was full of smoke. Just a reminder that they catch fire very easily and can smolder undetected. Also is something most people have at there grinding stations. I now take mine off when I am not using it. Cheers
  6. Nice knife. I like the sheath very nicely done.
  7. Well I gave this another try this weekend.I used some of the suggestions above which helped, thanks. The blade turned out with no weld flaws this time and I changed the profile a bit but I had a few problems with hardening. I assumed the file was 1095 and I have no idea what the cable was but I heated a little past non magnetic and quenched in warm canola oil. The core-file hardened I think but the cable Damascus didn't really harden and it seems I have kind of a soft ish spot in the San mai edge.Maybe the cable is weather hardening w1 maybe. I tempered in the oven twice at 450f and I straightened it a bit between cycles and during the last one. The pattern looks good and the San mai looks centered. So anyways I am gonna sharpen it and clean it up and see how the edge holds up, it's just roughed in right now.follows is a bunch of pics of the process. Last one shows pattern and the San mai is hard to see in the pic also I just dipped it in the acid long enough to see how the pattern turned out.anyways here they are. Pics are backwards
  8. I'm doing this same is thing right now cable San mai with a Nicholson file center. What do you guys figure I should do for tempering cycles it will be in a toaster oven. It's been a while since I made a knife and I think I assumed the file was 1095 but I can't remember what I did for time and heat. Any Imput would be appreciated.
  9. I like the shape. Is this done on a power hammer. Beautiful axe
  10. Seems like i see a lot of san mai blades with the core steel not all on the cutting edge. I will post an update when i figure it out.
  11. That's kinda what i figured id do. Also i think doing it that way keeps the middle layer centered. Thanks