Jason Fry

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    Wolfforth, TX
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    Knifemaking, hunting, fishing, kids

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  1. Jason Fry

    Ball peen to spike hawk

    Finished the hawk and a blacksmith knife today.
  2. 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.
  3. Jason Fry

    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.
  4. 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!
  5. Jason Fry

    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?
  6. Jason Fry

    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.
  7. Jason Fry

    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.
  8. Jason Fry

    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.
  9. Jason Fry

    huffing at high temp?

    Could the position of the mig nozzle relative to the air intake impact this problem? I have slack to move the nozzle forward or back in the tube. Took it apart and verified no clogs or junk in the nozzle.
  10. Jason Fry

    huffing at high temp?

    Alright, forged about four hours today. Welded some Damascus also, very clean welds. Huffed intermittently all day running at 10 psi. Pulling the nozzle past the edge of the forge wall, further from the chamber, has no impact.
  11. Jason Fry

    Rusty hammer build along

    40 pound head. Tuned it up some More today. Hits plenty hard.
  12. Jason Fry

    Rusty hammer build along

    Tightened up a few more things after this, but I was able to forge a tapered socket mandrel from a piece of 1.25” round in about 5 heats. https://youtu.be/eTUtDKn1mmg
  13. Jason Fry

    Rusty hammer build along

    Here is a picture of the toggle linkage that lifts the motor up into the drive wheel. I revised this from a simple lever, and it works much better. Stepping down pulls the top bar forward, which lifts the motor. A couple of 90° joints and pivot points and it works pretty good.
  14. Jason Fry

    Rusty hammer build along

    Today’s the last day of my road trip. This hammer must absolutely be running by next Monday. Expect the finishing touches this weekend.
  15. Jason Fry

    Rusty hammer build along

    Final pic of the anvil assembly. 400 pounds. Linkage between the push rod and the spring pack. Final tire assembly