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About BlasterJoe

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  • Birthday 06/25/1982

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  1. Thanks guys. When the temperature is high enough will it grow a new grain structure or should I stick with working the grain that is already established. I guess what I'm saying is does it go through the same martensite/ Austinite process a steel? I will definitely remember that for forever!
  2. Hello all, im sure it's been covered but I can't find it. If anyone could direct me I would appreciate it. i found a large chunk of wrought iron out in the desert one day and brought it home. No idea what it was. I spark tested it and it has grain to it. any how my question is why did it crumble on me. Too hot or too cold. Do you have to only work with the grain or can it be altered when heated? any guidance would be greatly appreciated.
  3. I just recently made a karambit out of a box end none plated wrench. I was surprised how easily the metal moved. If you do forge them use a soft hand. For hardening I heated to nonmagnetic and quenched in vegetable oil. It seemed to do the trick. If you look at my thread some of the guys had some really info on wrenches and vanadium.
  4. Great info all. Thanks a lot. Slag, oddly enough the wrench was made in India.
  5. Made this one out of an old mining rail spike. I find them all the time when metal detecting.
  6. This wrench was not plated. I looked into potential hazards before heating. One thing I wasn't sure about was vandium. I didn't find any negetive info on it.
  7. It doesn't compare to high carbon. It hardened enough for a file to skate and it took an edge. I'm Not expecting it to be anything more than what it is. A fun project that will sit with my railroad spike tomahatchet and horseshoe knife and anything I made from rebar. I would say wall hanger but it's not pretty enough for that.
  8. I saw a video on YouTube for a wrench karambit and had to give it a try. It pretty comfortable in my hand. I was really surprised how easy the metal was to work. It hardened up ok.
  9. Wow, what a great "thing". Do the marbles come out pretty clean looking or do you have to shine them up?
  10. My daughters got me this book. Easy to read and good pictures. I really like it. Full of ideas for new blacksmiths.
  11. Great looking pieces. I love antler handles. On the horn handle is it stabilized? If it's not it needs to have a thick finish on it so it doesn't peel up.
  12. Very cool pieces. I really like the art work on the leather sheath.
  13. A friend of mine asked if I could make him a dead strait adze for some wood work he does. He didn't want any kind of bow to the blade. He also wanted a pass through handle. I'm not sure which side to bevel for this type. I was going to put a single bevel on the bottom or handle side. He will be using it for limbing mahogany in the field. I made it out of a chunk of tierod. The handle is hickory with linseed and terpintine finish. I haven't done a heat treat yet until he looks at it and is happy.
  14. The more I have read this book it is full of smack talk. He uses the term third rate blacksmith a lot. It makes me wonder if there was other books at the time that he didn't like or didn't like where blacksmithing was headed. Its almost like a turn of the century rap battle.
  15. It is an old printing. It's just new to me. There is a whole section of old book donated from around town. I tried the kindle thing but still prefer paper. Especially the smell of an old book. Reminds me of my grandma.