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  1. Its that time of the year again.. competition time.. Sample piece. 1 hour. 1/4X1X20 and 3/8RX20
  2. Im curious if the spikes have enough carbon to harden at all. And if the anawer is yes, to what depth. The acid etch after hardening will show this some.
  3. Frazer if you don't mind do a hardness test and see if the etch comes out different on the steel 1..
  4. Frazer very nice.. Thanks.. It's very interesting to me that the narrow gauge tracks were in use as long as they were.. I wonder if it was a mine or private line or trolley system? Here they phased out the narrow gauge stuff pretty quickly.. It's interesting that many of the local towns had trolleys even with smaller populations. Many of which were narrow gauge. You were lucky to find such interesting iron
  5. Frazer. That is really excellent.. in my area the narrow gauge tracks were phased out early so have never seen a steel 1.. You might want to cut 1 and acid etch them to see if they are carbonized wrought iron on the small ones.. I've found carbonized wrought iron is amazing for it's self sharpening and edge holding. Well of course depending on lotta factors but prefer it for wood working tools.
  6. Carbonized steel wrought iron can have some interesting sparks depending on the depth of the carbon migration. For wrought iron there is a snap test done cold, a file test, a cold forging test, spark test, acid test.. Frazer the railroad spike test is a great example.. Splendid.. I have found the small spikes from the narrow gauge tracks are wrought iron having never found 1 that was steel.
  7. with the sand floor I suggest making the feet larger.. The feet will have a tendency to vibrate and sink in the sand. Looks great otherwise.
  8. Kama is a Japanese cutting tool much like what we would call a sickle basically a Large cutting blade used for cutting rice, straw, and people.. The Japanese had a tendency to adapt everything to war.. Looks like a great tool.
  9. Tongs still look good.. You have made 125 hammers?
  10. Great ideas.. I never even thought about putting pipe dope on with it on 1 thread.. Thanks BGDr.. You can buy a set of thread cutters from HF that work very well.. I had a set that is 20 years old that I have used a bunch.. Good cutting oil is the key to great threads and long life to the dies. Here I was taught to use pipe dope over tape..
  11. JmShrader.. I've been making my own for about 17 years. Because I could not find a pattern I like. I've tried all sorts.. I get about 3 or 4 years out of a single blade knife and about 5 to 8 years out of a loop knife.. I sharpen all mine with diamond hones for fix up between jobs and once a year the secondary edge from sharpening is taken back down and blade made thinner. I've made loop knives on more conventional designs but with hoof pick on the back.. I've started a new design which should work amazingly well.
  12. I would give it a light sanding with about 200grit and then thoroughly degrease it before putting it completely in the acid. Muriatic acid is what I primarily use as well as vinegar and what you seen is typical for regular strength. They sell commercial strength which I prefer and get it from a store I know.. It really does seem that the materials for the most part like Ferric chloride better and then coffee soak to bring out all the high and lows.. I feel it becomes what one is really after.. Cable damascus personally I like to leave fairly loose since for the most part its a homogenous material it doesn't pop like crazy.. No differences really in materials.
  13. Chelonian, I'd be happy to use any 1 of those as long as they hold the stock size.. Nice work and great development.. Really shows the skills coming thru.. He is left handed and this was his first set of left handed tongs.. I'm so programmed to make right handed tongs I kept trying to change the jaw to boss angle.. For right handed tongs get held at the reverse angle for nice fit up of jaw to boss when put together.
  14. Goods we often judge our own work the harshest.. For sure.. I'm often amazed at what do at their shops with lack luster equipment.. what I take for granted at my place is way outa whack someplace else.. Was the first work out for the 4lb steeled wrought iron hammer. I can't wait to supply him with more tongs.. He had about 8 pairs nearlly all for knife making..
  15. Not my shop.. I went to visit a friend and bladesmith and he was making some tongs for small work. I jokingly said I could make a pair in 20minutes.. LOL.. "At someone else's shop.". LOL>> There is no way unless they are super sloppy or have an amazingly well stocked shop.. took 1hr and change.. 1/2" stock with anvil sitting way to high for my liking. I don't know how anybody can forge on an anvil knuckle height.. One losses the most important part of the stroke.. I don't know how to make a smiley with tongue sticking out.. Had a great time making them and was very much fun visiting..
  16. Love you make your own hoof knifes.. I too make my own and far superior to what is out there..
  17. Goods.. Very nice work.. You have a discerning eye.. Nicely done.. Looking forwards to the etch photos.
  18. Sound like a great weekend.. I love driving early in the morning.. The sights, the smells , the lack of traffic.. Great weekend indeed.
  19. Wonderfully planned and executed.. Very nice Alexandr Dennis that will work very well as a shop... Very nice.
  20. Beautiful work Mark.. Very nice.. have you started to use dies under the power hammer for production work?
  21. Depending on the wagon depends on whether they use steel or wrought iron for axles.. A heavy wagon or cargo type wagon will use wrought iron where a fine Buggy will often use steel since the axles are light and graceful.
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