Ranchmanben

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  1. Hmmm. I used a plain twisted wire wheel. That must have been the problem.
  2. I actually did do it but I didn’t like how splotchy it looked where the ti wasn’t really clean. I tried it again after using the wire wheel and it looked even worse. Did the wire wheel again and called it quits. Here’s what they looked like blue/purple.
  3. The ti I forged before this definitely was 6al-4v and it had the same color scale. That’s why I think it’s the same grade.
  4. Here’s a picture of them before I was done forging them to show the scale color.
  5. I was given a 4’ bar by a friend. He said it had been passed around to a few different shops but no one knew what to do with it. Other than tongs, I’m not really sure what would be a good use for it.
  6. That’s what I figured but wasn’t sure. I’m not positive what alloy it is but I suspect it’s 6Al-4V.
  7. I’m not sure what you mean.
  8. I cheated on that pair. Titanium scale is a weird orangish brown that looks really ugly so I used a pretty liberal dose of wire wheel.
  9. Farrier style 3/8” fire tongs made from titanium. Starting stock was for each side was 4” of 1.125” round stock. They weigh right at 17.5oz and hold better than any other tongs I own.
  10. Thanks everyone. I can’t take credit for the engraving though. My dad did that work. He’s tried to teach me but I haven’t knack, some people can hammer steel and some can carve it. The knife was a fun change of pace. The Damascus was very fun to make, I can see how people get sucked into making elaborate patterns. I’m going to be playing with it more.
  11. Got some Christmas presents handed over yesterday. A couple of fancy hammers with bois d’arc handles and one user 2lb rounding hammer. Also a knife with raindrop damascus I forged from 1084 and 15n20. Ebony scales and copper pins peened to fill the holes tight.
  12. I’m a big fan of those wrench openers. Especially that darker one. Great work Mark!
  13. The best book I can recommend is Mark Aspery’s first book, Mastering. The Fundamentals of Traditional Blacksmithing. The books are a bit on the pricey side but worth every penny. All the instructions are very clear and each step has at least one accompanying photograph. Well worth the money.