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  1. San Mai Bowie

    It does look very similar to Alec steele's. Very nice!! It would be a shame to use it and get it all dirty and scratched
  2. One burner first forge

    Fire brick is probably not the best choice, lots of thermal mass, and it will be eaten by welding flux, and it may crumble. A kiln shelf from a pottery supply store is quite tough. Whats the volume without the brick? As to the burner, This is where i get into deeper waters, wait and some real burner experts will come along. It looks good to me, but i dont know too much. So to clarify, you designed the burner?
  3. Thanks TP, i will have to ask one of my buddies to come strike for me. I probably should get around to buying a sledge too. And making more tongs.... Lots to do!
  4. One burner first forge

    Looks like a good start! It may be a little large for the one burner, what is the internal volume? What kind/design is the burner? This is essential to answer any questions I think end openings are more of a trial and error thing. They look good, but it really depends on how it works with the burner.
  5. Do you have letter punches? Thats an option i think on the softer steel. Touchmark would work too Spraypaint? You could put tape and a sharpie lol on the bottom, or you could roll up a paper with your name on it and stick it in the horizontal square hole in the body of the forged steel if there is one. Anything that you can prove its yours and noone can sabatoge. Brass inlay?
  6. Best forge?

    That's very advanced, and requires lots of skill and experience, and a pretty hot and generally large forge. Buying a good forge is hard these days from what i've heard. DYI is the way to go! Can you give more information? Does he live in the city? That would mean a gas forge might be better. What stock does he have/want to use? How much experience does he have? There are a lot of variables here, rarely are there plug and plays that work for everyone. Good luck! (M)
  7. Thanks swedefiddle! It seems to work but when i get some more steel i might make a new one or rework this. As to the upset though? right now i only have one pair of tongs, and no post vise. Should i just hold the bit upright and pound it and hope it doesnt fly away? I have found that quite difficult.
  8. I have made one out of a jackhammer bit, but its really small and unfinished. Its sitting on the anvil there. I didnt upset it any before i started. I think i'll make a new one. Any tips on how to hold the bit steady while upsetting? Hold with tongs vertically on the anvil? Thanks
  9. Lol i just googled plibro pilcast 31 and got the temp rating. Google is our best friend! As long as what you have is a castable refractory it should work(with the temp rating i saw). For curing and construction, see my thread. People answered all my questions at least. Again pls pls read forges 101 fairly thoroughly. It will give you the background info we all need for these things. . You will learn loads. Happy forging (M)
  10. I know what youre saying, but a 30 minute skim throught forges 101 would solve all your questions. Or most of them. As to the refractory, it should be a castable refractory good to ~3000. I looked at the data for Plibrico Plicast 31 and it should do the trick, but next time posting some data for us would help. Live and learn. I started my time here by asking some really dumb and demmanding questions, bbut ive been learning. Not saying yours are dumb questions, but you can read forges 101 and possibly "construction of a gas forge" which documents my build to make your life easier. Enjoy the learning and make a great forge! Who'd a thought you could make a forge better than any you can buy for ~$200! Best of luck! Keep us posted (M)
  11. Ears on a bull

    Ok, ive heard that before. What kind of chisel/slitter do you use usually?
  12. Ears on a bull

    Ok, i googled those qnd i see what you mean. I think they look quite funny! I can definitely see the resemblance. I will have to try them tomorrow, the problem is that i am really bad at hot-splitting...
  13. Ears on a bull

    I just googled longhorn cows, and the ears all seem to be small and just hiding under the horns. Maybe try that? I dont know even how to begin to make one of those, how do you do the horns in the first place? I really liked these since i first saw them
  14. April's latest mount knives

    Nice knives! First one: What is the purpose of the choil-like thing on the spine? Is that for your thumb? The joints look really smooth, and with a blade that thick it should be pretty much invincible! Second one is not my personal style, but the fit and finish are spot on! I only have 1 knife under my belt, and i hope to move up to some bigger ones like your first one. How much forging did you do untill you started grinding?