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Hunter Copelin

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  1. Are we talking about hammer size, Or arm size now? Hahaha
  2. A friend of mine bought me a beautiful billet for Christmas. It is a ton of metal! This thing is 3/16 thick, 2.25” wide and 10” long. Honestly, if this was 1095 I would think I had conservatively 3 knives worth of steel here, but this thing already has the pattern perfectly made out on it. If I Forge this into a couple knives will I ruin the raindrop effect? Or could I potentially make it into an interesting smashed down personalized raindrop billet? Ooorrrr would anyone advise I just draw a full tang 10” knife on it and hit the grinder?
  3. Bryson: I did the grinding and gave them to him. I ground them and then used electrical tape to show him where I wanted them. The only thing between them should have been some sharpie labeling them with 1’s and 2’s Thomas: Hahaha guess he drove around in more of a submarine than a car at that point eh? To everyone else that helped, apparently I did get the billet welded up! I think my blows were more focused on the center, where I could see would cause the edges to curl up and away from each other, even microscopically! Forge welding is definitely one of the coolest things I’
  4. If that is just a little bit of edge delamination, should I try to fix it, in your opinion, Or just grind it off? I will I’ll be working on a door too. That’s great advise.
  5. Wow. I had no idea. I almost always forge outside, and stand upwind because I didn’t want to breathe the propane fumes, but I have a solid insulator that I used to build my cast iron sink coal forge. i recon when I get home I’ll be getting rid of that stuff pretty quickly. I sure appreciate that!
  6. So we aren’t thinking a little single burner propane forge doesn’t get hot enough? Or is there no way to tell without someone standing there?
  7. I have a hard time truly knowing what my temperture is in the forge. Surely that’s my biggest problem. What do you use to tell the temp of your forge? Experience? Haha
  8. There is a group called the salt fork craftsmen in Oklahoma here, and I was thinking of going to one of their meetings and seeing if someone wanted to show me a thing or two, but I would hate to show up and impose my problems upon them... maybe I’m just a little shy haha
  9. Believe it or not, my very first attempt at hand making some Damascus didn’t work perfectly. So here I am looking for someone to help me through this! So I’m using a single burner propane forge, one side is blocked off by a half inch thick metal plate and the other side is slightly contained by some red house bricks. (I’m wondering if that’s my problem over all) 1.) Had a buddy weld together together a few pieces of 1080 and 15n20 2.) Got things to roughly 1600 degrees, and applied 20 mule team borax to the sides with the edges. 3.) Back in the forge to what I would hones
  10. Heavy equipment trailers use these to help you lift the door on the tongue of the trailer, up at the front. They’re tucked up in there but there could be 2 to 4 on a trailer!
  11. I hadn’t thought about the fact that if I change the diameter on a pulley all of the measurements would be off. Why did you choose to do it that way instead of just being able to correct it with the tentioner?
  12. Pardon my 1 year later question, but when you put in a step pulley, you have to be able to track it side to side right, so that you can line things up closely? Its not like the chain on a bicycle that can just be off to the side a little as you change gears, right?
  13. Lucky for me I do find reading (not all but)a lot of these threads to be slightly more entertaining than rolling a rock up a hill! Haha
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