Will W.

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About Will W.

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    Blacksmithing, Archery, Smelting

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  1. As far as power tools go, it depends a lot on how you take care of them. I have a porter cable 4.5" angle grinder that I've used almost daily for a few years now (I realize that's not extremely long), got it for like 40 dollars and it runs just fine still. Just as strong as any dewalt or milwaukee that ive ever run. So long as you don't really push your equipment, give them some breaks during heavy use, and dont dog it down all the time, they will hold up decently well. Consumables, though... Different story. I've had dewalt cut off discs, which were expensive, that I've made probably two dozen cuts with before they either shred or are too small to even use. The ones you get at harbor freight though? Like 8 dollars for 10 of them, or whatever they are? I've had those shred within seconds on the very first cut! I'm a self proclaimed cheapskate, and even I realize that sometimes it's more efficient and affordable to pay up to get the quality.
  2. I hate to seem arguementative Steve, but I refused nothing. I merely said I had to dig a little deeper. I had already read the pinned topic a while ago, but apparently it slipped my memory that the information was there, or maybe I overlooked it back then. I suppose it would have been wise to re-read that first before digging through the threads. I apologize for my ignorance. Regarding the A2, I realize an oil quench may be a little extreme for that alloy, but that's what makes the question so perplexing in my opinion. I was unaware that O1 could air harden in a thin cross section. As always, thank you for the knowledge.
  3. Thank you for the response Latticino. It seems like an odd combination of steels, I know. The main premise was combining air hardening, oil hardening, and water hardening steels. I also assumed the oil quench would be the best route, as it's sort of the happy medium, if you will.
  4. Apologies. I thought it would fit better in general discussion, but I suppose it is about a knife after all. I tried to find info on this subject. I guess I'll have to dig a little deeper.
  5. Hello all. I have had a theoretical metallurgical question rattling around in my head for a few days now. It seems impractical, in truth, and I'm never going to attempt this. Just food for thought. Let's say that someone welded up a billet containing W2, O1, and A2, with the goal of making a knife. How would one go about heat treating this knife? Since it contains water hardening, oil hardening, and air hardening steels, I see no effective way to actually do it. Keep in mind I'm not a master bladesmith or an expert metallurgist. It's probably more advisable to just not make a knife from all three but it's a question that I've been pondering for some time, and I want to see what other members think of it.
  6. Well done, it looks really nice. What were the alloys used?
  7. Whooooa... That's a beaut right there! Fantastic work, as mentioned, the contrast between the light bone and dark blade looks stunning, a fact that the pattern weld only adds to.
  8. Well that is not what I pictured when I read the thread title. I thought it was going to be a giant pocket knife, essentially. The idea is definitely unique (and pretty awesome IMO) but I'm with Frosty on this one. Needs more brainstorming. Is there no way to fold it edge in? How would that sheath work? And (although it will likely never have to) how quickly can it be deployed and readied? It's concealed for a reason, after all... Still, awesome idea and great work making it a reality. Also, I'm curious... What are the dimensions?
  9. 6 inches of tang is pretty long, but it all depends on what you're going for. But WOW that thing is definitely beefy! No doubt there. That time lapse video was interesting as well. Thanks for sharing that.
  10. Whoa! Looks great, nice work
  11. I understand completely. Luckily, the animals don't mind lending me theirs.
  12. Interesting idea. Though I agree that there are more efficient processes. The part I'm confused about is that you mention "cutting" charcoal, several times. The charcoal I make, if it's too big, I can just snap it in half right at the forge with 0 effort.
  13. Probably due mostly to lack of knowledge. I prescribe a few hours of forging and research, no less than two times per week. The condition should clear up within a few weeks.
  14. Glad to hear it! Maybe you could help me find all my lost drill bits too?
  15. Going off of what SLAG said, anybody consider using brain tanned leather?