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About C-1ToolSteel

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    Nut loose in the shop
  • Birthday January 25

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    -Middle Tennessee
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    Blacksmithing, bladesmithing, ANVILS, shooting, woodworking, leatherworking, praise music, acoustic guitar, song writing, recording, music production, you get the idea...

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  1. The Temple Boxer

    Wowwweeee.....there's another beauty! Can't say enough about how much I love your style and creativity. Your sheaths are also always works of art that add so much!
  2. Question: What should I be paying for a London pattern anvil? Answer: The least amount of money you can get away with for an anvil that fits what you're looking for. "Price per lb" is dependent on WAY too many variables to be something you can realistically chart down. Take average eBay price versus average "hey, do you know anyone with an old anvil?" price. Look up "TPAAAT" on this forum for tips on scoring one. Also, keep in mind that the shape of the anvil does NOT determine how "good" it is. There are many pieces of random steel at my local scrap yard that I would gladly take over one of those cast-iron ASOs. This forum is THE PLACE to research anvils so that you can make an informed decision of what fits the bill. So, sorry that I can't answer your question in the way that you were probably hoping. I strongly suggest that you go the "back roads" route, though, for your anvil hunting. The truth is, if there are other people in the market for an anvil present, you're hard pressed to get a bargain.
  3. Blacksmithing gems and pearls

    I got into the craft wanting to make my own blades and so save the "ridiculous prices" of highly trained makers. I now realize that I could have skipped blacksmithing and mowed lawns and bought some of the fanciest swords out there and come out way ahead on time and money! I also know that I would not have traded the last few decades forging on my own for a stack of top maker swords laid flat and as tall as I am! - Thomas Powers
  4. Le Pig

    I LOVE this anvil!! I have seen a few pictures of them, but never worked on one. I just think the idea of the gradual slope over the sweet spot transitioning to the horn is genius. Looks like you could really do some impressive drawing out on that thing.
  5. Books?

    I would personally replace McDaniels book with Whane Goddard's "$50 Knife Shop". Lorielei's book will cover most everything important that is in "Blackmith Primer", and "$50 Knife Shop puts a different spin on knifemaking and blacksmithing that will really help diversify your knowlege as you are getting started. However, all of these books are exelent, so get them all, if you can afford them! Peter Parkinson's "Artist Bkacksmith" is a really good one for down the road.
  6. Grant sign

    I meant that if you tell us more details about what you have in mind for making the letters, we will be able to give better advise on how to get it done. I am by no means an expert smith, but I try to be of assistance when I can.
  7. Grant sign

    Ah, now I'm starting to picture it better. Yes, both of those tricks are good ones. I keep a role of wire in my smithy, and you bet it has come in handy. Wire and Playdough can do some of those really complicated, brain frying, mind bending math problems that us humans avoid like the plague! It just comes naturally to them... The two simple ways to get this project done are... 1: Double the stock over for letters that have a piece branching out. (See example pic) 2: Weld on a seperate piece instead of doubling up. This generally looks better that #1. Sorry for the poor pics. Tell us what you are tracking on, and it will be easier for us to try to help out.
  8. Grant sign

    We need more details. How big are these letters? Can you give some approximate dimensions? Are you welding the letters together? Are you screwing them onto a board? Are you trying to make the letters flat, or round? You said you have a lot of 1/2" round stock, and you don't know how to make the letters exept the T. Obviously, we're missing something, because just bending a piece of round stock into a G is pretty intuitive, right? Details, please!!
  9. Ever See One Of These?

    Ahhh, looks like BUGGUN nailed it!
  10. Ever See One Of These?

    My first thought was a tractor weight, but I'm starting to think it is something else for a couple reasons. For one, it isn't shaped like most tractor weights, even though it does resemble one at first glance. Secondly, it says "FORGED STEEL". Why would they go to the expense of closed-die forging their weights? Is cast iron an insufficient material to make an ugly chunk of gravity? I don't see how that would help their marketing, even if they were lying. Sure, it will work for an anvil!
  11. Littleblacksmith sent me that video a while back. Pretty ingenious! That guy has some amazing stuff. Check out the mud forge and blower he did! I'm not personally inclined to reject every benifit of living in a word full of inventions, but I can't say it ain't impressive to see guys like him start at square ZERO! Oh, there's the blower one! Didn't see that you already posted it.
  12. need prayers

    Sorry to hear that, brother. I'm praying for complete healing, and that it would work out for good, nomatter the outcome.
  13. Keeping it old school......

    Nailing stations??? Super nice vise!
  14. Knife making - Starting equipment

    As Glenn and Thomas are saying, that is a very loaded question. Whatever the "bare minimum" is, to make a knife, ain't gonna be the the same as the bare mininum to make a knife, and actually have any FUN at the same time!! What *you* can get by with is more realative to different factors than you think it is. What the bare minimum would be to get *me* to make a knife would be something like this: angle grinder, file , drill (if you are using pins for the handle), sand paper, some kind of oil for quenching, hair dryer (to blow on a small fire for heat treating), and probably a couple other small thigs I'm forgetting... Oh, and the materials for the knife itself, of course. Yes, buy the book "$50 Knife Shop". Twenty bucks now might save $1,000 worth of head ache!
  15. Stanley Fatmax 4lb Rounding Hammer?

    From the picture, it looks like you will need to grind on at least one face, so why not just buy a regular 4 lb hammer? Wood handled ones are all over the place, and you can grind one face round to fit your needs.