Gustav

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  1. Gustav

    Critique my first knife

    Hey! Really happy about my first knife! I've tried twice before but it was pretty much just practice ones on mild steel. This one is made from 5x40 mm O2 tool steel. It successfully hardened and tempered, but I'm not really happy about the sharpening. I went from 120 to 400 grit on our belt sander (the highest grit we had lol), tried honing but failed so it almost cuts paper. So there's a lot to improve and learn from. What do you think about it?
  2. I've experimented with some patters on my openers. I really don't like the zig-zag one, but what do you think? Are there any good looking patterns that are quick to cut with a chisel? The openers will be sold, so it can't be any over complicated ones that take a lot of time. (Any other thoughts on the openers are also appreciated! )
  3. Yes that's working out pretty well when it comes to learning this craft! I made another one today: This one fixed some of the problems I had with the "left one". It's much thicker, it has a smaller "hole" and a wider "tooth" (what's it called?) so it can grip underneath the caps easier. It also works, which is a good thing As for all the things I forge, there are always things to improve and as you said, learn from the recent tries!
  4. Just forged my first ever! Actually, it's two of the first things I have forged at all. They were forged from 14x14 mm bar and finished with boiled linseed oil. They turned out quite small but the "hole" was a bit too large. On top of that, only the one to the right worked (even if I burned it a bit) since the left one couldn't grip onto the cap with its tiny scroll. It also bent since the whole thing was too thin for an "open" loop. Anything to keep in mind when forging bottle openers? I could use a bit of help as you can see...
  5. Gustav

    Modifying my rim forge

    Well, turns out we have 2 welders!
  6. Gustav

    Modifying my rim forge

    What kind of clay would that be?
  7. Gustav

    Modifying my rim forge

    If I find some 10 mm sheet metal, what kind of welder is required? I have a "Micro-Mig" atm (with specs I don't have in my head). Will that do?
  8. Gustav

    Modifying my rim forge

    Thanks for the quick reply! I'll try to find some thicker plate. I suppose it doesn't matter what type of steel it is? As long as it's not galvanized or something like that. Mod note: don’t use the quote feature if you’re replying to the immediately preceding comment. It’s a waste of space and bandwidth.
  9. Gustav

    Modifying my rim forge

    Hey guys! It's time to upgrade my forge. The first picture is what it looks like ATM and the secound is what I want it to (sort of) look like: The plan is to weld sheet metal to make this a "table" and then cut out a round opening to make room for the rim forge. That way the forge I have now acts as a firepot. It will probably look like something like this: The things I am uncertain about are: 1. How large should the "table" be? 2. Should I weld some plates (like these: ) inside the rim to make it look more like the firepot from the picture I pasted? 3. How thick does the sheet metal have to be? Both for the table and the eventual plates for the firepot in question number 2 above. 4. Should I ditch the rim and make an entirely new firepot? This could be difficult since I'll have a hard time finding extremely thick sheetmetal. Just realized that this got picture heavy. Very thankful for all answers. // Eophex
  10. Gustav

    Questions about Gas Forges

    Thanks everyone for helping me with this hobby. Unfortunately there will not be a propane forge built nor bought. This is mainly because I already have a solid fuel forge (which might not be so good) and because I already have a virtually unlimited amount of coke. Investing in a propane forge, tank and propane would be too expensive compared to just continuing with the forge I already have. At the moment, I will propably just modify it with some sheet metal (another thread is possibly going to take care of that). However, I'm certain that I will build a propane forge in the future, when I move. When that time comes, I will have most of the knowledge of how to build one, thanks to you guys!
  11. Gustav

    Questions about Gas Forges

    Just found this on a swedish craigslist-type site: The guy wants $224 for it (2000 SEK). The interior is about 80x300 mm and I've asked for more pictures and wether anything else comes with the price (making sure I only have to buy a propane tank after this is a huge plus).
  12. Gustav

    Questions about Gas Forges

    Just want to let you guys know that I am actively looking for supplies to build any type of forge, even if it's tempting to buy one. I just don't know where to look. I mean, where can I find/buy an empty helium tank? I know it's difficult to be specific since I live in Sweden, but where are these things located generally?
  13. Gustav

    Questions about Gas Forges

    Oh, sorry. Forgot that. I'll PM the link to anyone that wants it. It's a single burner Devil Forge DFSW for $180 + free shipping. It comes with everything needed except for a propane tank.
  14. Gustav

    Questions about Gas Forges

    This guy?
  15. Hey I've been using coke as fuel for quite some time now. The problem is that the sizes range from 40 to 80 mm, which obviously is too large. I might be able to forge, but reducing the size would dramatically help. I've tried knocking them one by one on the anvil with my hammer but that's just inefficient, tedious and dirty. Sorting out the extremely big ones isn't either very effective. Is there an effective way of splitting large amounts coke into smaller pieces? I have a large amount of this coke which I would like to make use of instead of buying new sacks.