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About nc_cooter

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    Grover, NC
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    Knife making
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  1. I sort of eased into blacksmithing through my knife making. I started grinding knives about 16 years ago. Built a propane forge for heat treating. It didn't take long to begin looking into forging knives. My first anvil was a piece of RR rail. Lots of trials and many errors. Sometimes self teaching sucks. Finally scored a couple of anvils and moved up on the learning curve. It didn't take long to discover that 5 min. on the anvil saved 20 min. on the grinder. I also reduced the number of sizes of stock I had to buy. As word got out in my area that I had a forge, people would ask about about
  2. red, at least we have sun over here and not a dim glow a few days a year.
  3. red, I hope you get all the regulations that you want and maybe a few extra for good measure. Even controlling the type of paper you wipe with. In the future, as that island sinks under the weight of those regulations, maybe you will remember the good old days. PS: I didn't know you had nads over there. Maybe they should be regulated.
  4. bigred, having first hand experience with your country's' trade unions in 1980 and 1981 while working under contract with the government over there, I can say that there is no guarantee of quality because of the system. Decisions are made by committee and if one person is not in attendance, nothing gets done. My work took me to your town as well as Lands End and Greenwich gas works. I am not saying that I didn't meet some well qualified people. It was the system that was the primary problem. The more the schedule slipped, the slower the decisions came. I am talking about basic engineering bas
  5. Thanks. Pug the punches were not hardened. I just keep them cooled down in the quench tank. Mike
  6. I made some tools this week. The hot cut and 1/2" slitter are W1. The punches are mild steel. This is my first try at forging this type of tools. Used the slitter and square punch on some scrap pieces. Ended up making a cross from my first square punched hole. Punched a second hole in some wrought iron for a base. Thanks for looking, Mike
  7. I have heard that kitty litter can be used to protect forge lining from welding flux. If this is true, I would like to know what brand is suitable. Thanks
  8. I have some nerve damage in my left hand and cannot grip well. I use hose clamps. They are adjustable and cheap.
  9. Since I don't drive, I don't get out much. I have checked the local scrap yard with no luck. What size stock should I look for?
  10. I need to make some hand tools and will have to order some stock as only mild steel is locally available. I will be working on mild steel only to begin with. Sizes will be 3/4" to 1/4". I am considering 4140 but am open to suggestions. Price is a concern. What size stock should I order?
  11. Wayne, I didn't have enough of either product on hand for a final coat, so I mixed what I had. I would guess 60/40 mix ITC 100/ Plistix. The only thing I noticed was the mix seemed easier to apply than either product straight. I used a foam brush to apply the mix. It worked better than a bristle brush. I will let you know how it holds up. This project was somewhat of an experiment to see what I could build with the leftover material I had. I knew the single sidearm burner would be a push for the volume. Adding a bit of air let me get welding heat at 2psi propane with a neutral flame. I can ho
  12. I built my first gas forge for knife making almost 10 years ago and it's still going. I have been doing more smithing projects and the small forge was really limiting me. Been having to use my O/A rosebud way too much. When I built my knife forge, I used 2 burners and soon found out that was overkill. I removed one and plugged the hole, so I had a burner. I had an old 11gal. air tank with a pin hole leak, so I had a body. Scrap metal shelving to make the ends. I have helped 3 other guys build gas forges and kept all the leftover material. The 1" Inswool was 6" to 8" wide and about 24" long p
  13. Our living history group at Kings Mountain National Park has one Trades and Crafts event each year in May. This is the only one I attend for selling. I make cook fire sets, trammels, trivets, blow tubes, various hooks, and knives. I keep my prices below on line listings for the same items. This year I sold out by Sunday afternoon. I even sold the cook fire set and trammel I was using. I only live 2 miles from the park and have had 3 additional sales resulting from the event. Sitting around the fire Saturday night, one vendor told me my prices were too low and I was hurting others. I did no
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