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  1. It followed me home

    Thanks. I'll put a couple of coats of boiled linseed oil with mineral spirits on the handles to give them a little more protection and bring out the wood's colors a little better.
  2. It followed me home

    These nice knives followed me home (one in the custody of my wife ). The top one I won in a club drawing last month. The smaller one was a Christmas gift to my wife today. Heckuva deal! A matched set of knives made by a friend makes for a very nice Christmas! The wood is Bois d'Arc (Osage Orange or Bodarc in this part of the world).
  3. I've not seen nor heard any mention of it as yet, but I'm willing to bet alcohol was involved. No, not as fuel for the forge. Most of the really stupid things I've seen done were heavily influenced by alcohol.
  4. Hand forged tongs from rebar

    Speaking as a retired LEO after 30 years, I can tell you that a GED will not cut it on an application to be a police officer/deputy sheriff. Most agencies now want at least two years of college on top of a high school diploma. The old game of "cops and robbers" bears no resemblance to police work today.
  5. It followed me home

    Nothing other than mild bar stock. Most of what I have is car parts, leaf and coil springs, torsion bars, etc.
  6. It followed me home

    I cut an inch off one end of a big blade to get a full cross-section, heated it to orange and quenched in water. After placing it in a vise, I tapped it lightly with a small hammer, and it broke in two pieces above the vice. No visible grain in the breaks. So yes, it's very hardenable, all the way to the rear edge of the blade. It did twist and warp like crazy in the quench, though. Would 5160 be good to stack with it in a billet?
  7. It followed me home

    I don't know. I'll see if the guy at the sawmill can find out for me.
  8. It followed me home

    A friend at church works at a local sawmill, and he just happened to find a few pieces of bandsaw blades lying around. These are some serious blades! The shiny circle on the bottom blade is a quarter for size reference.
  9. Flatter

    Thanks, rockstar.esq! The face is about 2" square, overall length about 3.5". To speed things up I asked my wife to hold it for me "right there", and she drew back to hit the work with the flatter. "NO!!!" Just put it right there and hold it flat while I hit it! Once she got it, it worked like a champ.
  10. For Those Who Metal Detect

    At the rate I'm finding coins, in another 40 - 50 years maybe I can afford to upgrade to an AT Pro. Right now I'm running a Bounty Hunter Time Ranger that I've had for about 6 months. Just went out to the local fair grounds this morning and brought home $ 0.36 more than I left home with (except for the $15 worth of gas I put in the car). No old coins among them. Looks like the carnies must do a surface sweep just before they pull out, because all of these were 2" to 4" deep and heavily corroded. One interesting coin was a penny with a cross cut out of it. Never saw one of those before.
  11. Octopus

    Beautiful work as always, Das! It's especially nice when your work compliments her work, and vice versa.
  12. Hand forged tongs from rebar

    If you use a heat gun as an air source, you're wasting electricity. A plain, cheap hair dryer will put out plenty of air, and you can bypass the heating element to run even cheaper. Feeding the fire with 1,000 degree air from a heat gun may be part of the problem with your air inlet pipe getting hot. Also, the pipe should not be exposed to the fire, it should be surrounded by the dirt /clay to shield it from the heat.
  13. Hand forged tongs from rebar

    Like many kids, I suffered from the "get outa school" syndrome (we had a saying; "In God we trust, in school we rust"). After 3 years of high school ROTC, I was convinced the Army could teach me whatever they needed me to know. My dad suggested going to a newfangled computer school (in 1959, that was a radical suggestion). If I had listened to him I might have been where Bill Gates is now. But no, my mind was made up. US Army was going to teach me to fly helicopters, no college required. I had that in writing after taking the entry tests. Then in basic training they told me helicopter flight school was closed until further notice, so I needed to make another choice. I chose radio communications. That was my first introduction to "No battle plan survives first contact". There I sat in a 3 year enlistment with no flight school, learning to operate radioteletype. Two good things came of that; I had to learn typing and International Morse Code in the process. I still use them to this day. As for the rest of my career, I worked my way through a few dead-end jobs doing what I had to rather than what I wanted to do. College or computer school would have opened many more doors for me. The decisions I made in high school were flawed, and they impacted the rest of my life. Think about that before you jump off the deep end. Now to round this out and bring blacksmithing into it, I was 74 years old before I started blacksmithing. Now it is my primary hobby. I'm not good enough at it to make a living, but I enjoy making things for friends and family.
  14. Maybe you could turn your leaf vertically and call it a flame. Then you wouldn't need veins. The artful curvature of it lends itself to a flame in my opinion.
  15. Air-Assisted Hydraulic Bottle Jack Press

    As you said, Latticino, it's slow. But it's faster than trying to move heavy metal with a hammer. A bigger/better compressor might improve the speed a little. Even having to turn the valve to retract the jack, I can still get 2 - 3 squeezes to a heat if I work fast. I'm working on a piece of 3/4" coil spring in hopes of turning it into a knife-shaped object. So far I have the blade portion down to about 3/8" thick after working for about an hour this afternoon.