Jason Fry

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    Knifemaking, hunting, fishing, kids

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  1. I have written down a few things based on my rusty Hammer build from April into May. Is there anybody in this forum who would be willing to review it for accuracy before I publish it? Send me an PM email address removed I’ve had quite a few folks asked me to develop plans, or whatever, and this is about as close as I’m going to get. How do you make a plan for building a race car out of a giant tub of Legos? It’s all about hunting and finding the right parts, and there’s no real plan for that.
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    bending jig for blacksmith knives?

    Great idea with the pipe, Thomas. I see it, makes good sense.
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    bending jig for blacksmith knives?

    I've done five of these knives so far. Using the vise jaws, the horn, a hammer, and pliers, I can get them done to my satisfaction. What I'm thinking more about is a jig to make the process faster and more repeatable. If I end up doing classes, I'd like to have a jig to help someone with limited skills come up with a usable knife that doesn't suck. I came at this hobby from trial and error. There's a lot I haven't seen, that's why I ask.
  4. I'm thinking about building a bending jig to help with setting the handles on a rat tail blacksmith knife. Maybe a piece of 3/4 round stock at the end, with a couple of pieces of 1/8" mild welded into a wedge. Anybody ever built similar, or seen one? Ideas?
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    My turn on the knifemaking TV show

    Everybody in the episode did good work. Ryan got eliminated for bad welds, but the core of his blade was fine. Rob got eliminated for that chip, but that test was ridiculous. I lost because of a bend, but our weapons didn't break. If you've watched lately, four or five episodes in a row have had catastrophic failure. I can say that the contest was fair and consistent. My weapon was better in every way, except the one that counted. I lost fair and square. It is super hot in that studio. They don't tell you that, and you can't tell from TV. I'd say 95 degrees or so minimum back there in the forging area. 25 ft away at the judging table it was nearly 90.
  6. I'm finally able to share that I will be on Forged in Fire Tuesday, September 4th. Hope some of y'all can watch. "Come see a mediocre smith turn junk into a knife!"
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    Rusty hammer build along

    Update. Installed a stiffer spring on the spring pack, and lengthened the push arm. In this video I was forging some 3/8” square down a little further on the tail end of a blacksmith knife. Hammer was hitting so hard I had to slip the clutch a little. Was too smashy https://youtu.be/q3ZXB4kiT8Y Here’s what I ended up with.
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    Ball peen to spike hawk

    Finished the hawk and a blacksmith knife today.
  9. Started from a ball peen about 16 oz, USA stamped. Forgot that my phone was plugged in, but I got a few pics later in the process. Here it is after some of the Blade was beginning to be forged out, right before I started drifting the eye. A bit more forging... Forged to shape all but the spike end. Time for a little profile cleanup on the grinder. Drifted the eye out larger to fit a regular hammer handle. Got it close to finished. After this I normalized in the oven and then did a bit of finish grinding. May heat treat tomorrow.
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    Is epoxy really needed

    Try a different or longer setting epoxy. Try inletting the tang with a broach instead of burning it in. Or, as you say, try a butt cap and peening over the tang. If your knife is mechanically fastened, great. Even if it is, epoxy's not a bad idea.
  11. Good thoughts. Mine were similar. Pure economics, I spent so much time on mine I should’ve just bought one. On the other hand, I make tools, and I learned a lot about fabrication and welding from this project. Great hammer!
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    Failed 1084 blade

    Water quench from tempering temps makes no difference. I would suspect either quenching from too hot of a heat, or too many cycles. Could just be decarb along the edge?
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    San Mai Bowie

    You guys got may have seen my recent thread about my power hammer build. Before I built that, I welded this three layer billet by hand. 15n20 outside over a 1084 core. This small Bowie is just shy of 11 inches overall. The handle is ringed gidgee from Australia.
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    Rusty hammer build along

    Ran it hard for three days with no major malfunctions. The way I had the dies set up to be interchangeable isn't going to work. It also hit much harder with a bit less space between the dies, but I was out of adjustment range, so I added a block of steel under the bottom die plate. I'll eventually need to lengthen the push arm to make up the adjustment. The weld between the bottom die and die plate cracked a little, and the bolt between the hammer shaft and top dies showed some pretty good wear. Looks like for the short term I'll have to weld up the interchangeable die parts to something more permanent, or at least change how the dies interchange. No structural failures or damage.
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    huffing at high temp?

    I'll try and capture a flame pic. Also have a couple of different sizes of mig tips around, may try a smaller and see how it goes. I am 100% sure part of it is wind, as I've observed that on multiple occasions. Still, seems to do it even when it's not windy.