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About Cavpilot2k

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    South Shore, MA
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    Homebrewing, Martial Arts, Medieval History, and now...smithing
  1. My grandfather’s old anvil. 81 lb by my understanding of English 100-weight. Serial number on left front foot with some number on the right that is mostly missing. No maker’s marks as far as I can see. Handling holes front and back of body AND foot
  2. My First Knife

    Handle: Yes, leaving as-is, but I may do a leather wrap. I'll keep that in mind for flattening hammer marks. I knew it was going to be rough finish anyway, so I'm fine with them, especially considering it is only the third thing I ever made forging (the first was a bottle opener, and the second was a mild steel practice knife to learn some basic shaping technique).
  3. My First Knife

    Brute de Forge one-piece blade made from automotive coil spring. All hand tools and coal forge (no power tools at all). Design concept was something between a seax and a santoku shape. That took a pretty aggressive pre-bend to end up with a straight edge. I was trying to get more of an aggressive step down to the blade to keep the hand from sliding forward on a thrust, but this is the best I could get. Steps: Forged, annealed, fine shaping and edging with files, oil quenched, tempered, sharpened (it will remove arm hair nicely). I know there are some major hammer marks that would be a challenge to remove if I were going for a clean finish, but they work okay with the brute de forge.
  4. Anyone near me (South Shore, MA)?

    Thanks! I was not available this weekend, but I appreciate the notice. I do not get any emails from NEB - I suppose I can contact the admin too.
  5. It followed me home

    Don’t call. Stop in. Establish relationship. Offer to make them something cool. Make a simple twisted bottle opener, reap the rewards.
  6. It followed me home

    Talked to a local equipment rental place and they were happy to give me a bunch of dull “junk” pavement breaker bits, i.e. future hardy tools!
  7. Fisher

    Ah, got it. Thanks
  8. Fisher

    Is it me or does page 12 of this thread now seem inaccessible? It just says “loading” indefinitely both on my phone and my computer.
  9. Fisher

    Indeed. There she is. I’ve been working every day since I picked it up, so I haven’t had a chance to clean it up, but when I do (hopefully this weekend), I put up some new pics on here.
  10. Fisher

    Wow, that's gorgeous! I'm all into Fishers now because I just scored a nice 173-ish pound one (1938 or '39, can't quite tell) that is in excellent condition.
  11. Why is my leaf spring steel cracking?

    Oh I got the reference (well, not sure of exact time frame, but I knew what you were talking about). Mine was an OIF (2003)
  12. Why is my leaf spring steel cracking?

    Not intentionally, of course, as I am an animal lover, but such is the problem with area-effect systems.
  13. Iron Hand , a single edged norse sword.

    What I MEANT to say was: WOW! That's gorgeous!
  14. help me with anvil id

    It looks like some more numbers to the right of the "Z", maybe a 3 and a 5 or 6?
  15. Why is my leaf spring steel cracking?

    Ha! I may have smoked a camel or two after my 10,000 mile flight back in '03.