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  1. Ok, well thank you. I’ll take this to the ABS member forum, where terminology won’t be an issue and the process is better understood. As an FYI, the process is done via oxy/acet torch only along the edge, in order to raise only that portion above critical. Not the entire blade, as you claim, in my lack of understanding of “how to do it.” It was taught to me by a master smith, and has been an invaluable tool in my arsenal of hardening techniques, along with countless other smiths Thank you all the same, and much respect. Mike
  2. My apologies. You are correct. I took for granted that in a knife section, folks would interpret the phrase “heat treating” as what we do in any series of heats above critical leading to a quench (in whatever medium the Smith is using) in order to harden and make a blade. If my terminology was unclear, I apologize. As I said, I took for granted that in a knife section, folks would know the reference, as is the norm in the ABS or ABANA. As for your final comment, I hope I’m not misreading it, but it sounded snarky. Differential heat treats are commonplace in knife making, where only the e
  3. Hmm...I thought I was pretty specific. I figured the term “heat treat” was pretty specific in the knife world, as it refers to austentizing and conversion to martensite- ie heating and quenching. Let me try again. I want to do a differential heat treat on 1095, opposed to a full heat treat of the metal. So...that is heating only the edge of the blade to the appropriate temp, versus placing the entire piece in my forge. 1095 must “soak” at above critical temps (multiple times) in order to allow grain conversion and stress redux before quenching, so I’m trying to identify the best p
  4. Hi folks. I wondered if anyone on here has tried a differential heat treat with 1095, and if so, what was your process? I forged a small skinner (8.5” OAL, 3” blade, 1/8” thick) from 1095. I’ve worked with 1095 many times and the HT can be tricky. Well, tricky when compared to 1084. Suffice it to say that I understand the (correct) standard HT process for 1095. With this current blade, I have file work along the spine, and while I could use whiteout and do a standard HT, the thought of doing it differentially came to mind, thus eliminating any scale on the spine. I also would
  5. I’m going to try it both ways. I’ll start by using it without calk. If I feel there is a need, then yes...I’ll calk it. Maybe I’ll shoot a couple 30 sec videos of the comparison, if I go that route. Anybody know if IFI can handle short vid clips, or is it a bad idea in general, since not everybody has high speed interwebs? Thanks for all the ideas and responses.
  6. Interesting. I might need to consider this, especially since caulk can be removed with relative ease. Thanks man.
  7. That’s why I ask. Using caulk is much different than using a straight adhesive. Do you smear it on the entire under-surface, or just a bead? I would think it would need the entire under-surface in order to prevent gapping, which would render the technique moot to me. Cheers.
  8. I saw that shortly after I posted. I like that solution a lot better. I’ll try it both ways and see if there is a noticeable difference in rebound. Thanks for the heads up.
  9. Indeed. I don’t want any gack on the anvil. It will have a chain for the ring as well as forged flat-bar over the feet. Thanks man. Do you find that the rubber mat changes the rebound at all? It would be slight, if any, but curious.
  10. My new anvil stand. It’s a simple design. Cut 4x4’s, glued and clamped five rows of four, routed, filed, and 1/4” flat stock forged braces (which are not affixed to the stand, but laid in 1/8” routed grooves). No more tree stumps for either anvil!!! This is for my 155lb Peter Wright. Opinions from folks with similar builds, or in the know: - should I use calking compound between the anvil and stand, or leave it as-is? I would much prefer to have nothing there, but I’ve read differing opinions on this and would appreciate thoughts. The routed anvil groove is very flat, and the
  11. A very steam-punk remeniscient creation. Man...I really dig this. Well done.
  12. Hey folks. As a newbie to this forum, I mentioned in my intro that my son has decided to take up bladesmithing, and since I used to do wood and metal work as a pretty obsessive hobby, I decided to get my chops warmed up again and start with an easy project. Please forgive what appears to be imbalanced sides...I took the picture, forgetting I had a clamp stuck underneath. The main (four-sided) pillar of the scale has the metal curls on each of the four sides. The picture doesn’t do a good job illustrating that. Those were simple, once I made a jig. The tip is forged and shaped, then
  13. But seriously...I was able to extract good ideas from every single one of your responses. For a six sigma guy, those are great numbers! I’m appreciative to each of you for taking the time to respond, and offer your thoughts freely. I’m nearly 50, so starting something new (bladesmithing, not metal work) is daunting, but in a positive way. Be well. Mike “Little Mountain” Tausig
  14. Thank you all for the responses. As noted, I recognize the variables on this are largely contingent on ME, but figured I would at least ask about a “rule of thumb.” As mother always used to say, “if you don’t ask, you won’t know.” mike
  15. Hello all. I have read through every word of all the knife making classes, searched the forum using the actual search function, and gone through every page & thread in the knifemaking topic only to come up empty handed. The only discussions I found regarding steel type and choice do not involve SIZE of the initial bar in relationship to the end product, only using weight - which doesn’t make sense to me until after the project is finished. The question I am trying to answer is one I’m hoping their might be a rule of thumb for, or some other derivative means in order to “know”
  16. I used the basketball hoop for tongs, until I acquired too many, and I figured out it was easier (for my need to organize by size & style) for me to keep tools linearly opposed to circular. Just make sure to hit the net holders of the hoop with a grinder so you’ll be left with smooth tubing all 360 degrees.
  17. Looks nice. What is the final thickness of the blade? Looks like it could have easily accommodated another fold. Well done.
  18. Ultimately, whatever helps YOU be at your most efficient is therefore a winner. For me, I’ve found that The Pareto Principle is close to true - I use approx 15-20% of my tools roughly 80-85% of the time (could be closer to 90-10 in truth). THOSE are the tools I keep readil at hand & available. Building new units (like you’ve done, to solve a problem in a way that works for you) is not something I am fond of, as it adds one more footprint on the shop floor - or rather, leaves me with that much less working space - something I don’t have an unlimited supply of. My efficiencies typically go
  19. Excellent approach for a short burner. Standard, or long, might necessitate a baffle. Thank you for posting with images. That is greatly appreciated. And for my edification, since you mentioned spinning the air, is this burner interchangeable with the forge you built from the air canister, or is it merely an example of what could have been used with it (and others)? Thanks.
  20. First, let me say that I appreciate the time and effort you took in crafting this thread complete with pictures. Very nice, and informative. As for the forge, it’s a beaut. I bet it outperforms some entry level retail rigs. I wish I had the know-how to do this. Cheers.
  21. Thanks for the idea. I’ll check into something like that. We live in an unincorporated area, so I’m not concerned about decibel level - I make him wear cupped cans on the noggin. ...and while it’s essentially the same thing, it’s H-beam, which has expandable sealer sprayed (and expanded) under the flanges as a dampener (both aurally & striking). But yeh...I understand what you mean. Cheers. Mike
  22. Thanks for the notes folks, and I appreciate the tips. As I’m just setting up the work area, no photos yet. I have a fairly decent selection of wood working machines, but just now acquiring the metal stuff. I got a 90 LB H-beam with 8” flange (16” length) that will be used as an “anvil” until I can determine whether he’s into it enough to warrant the investment of an anvil. As noted above, finding a used anvil is a challenge. Rather, finding them is not hard, but paying less than $10/LB is. Ive read through all the forge ideas here and am aware of the JABOD and other “homemade” idea
  23. Greetings folks, A quick intro for ya. I’ve been lurking and reading info on the site for a few months, then finally registered about a month ago. Knowing how most sites work, I held off on my first post until I read every single sticky on the site - in all general areas. Lots of info, so it took a while to make my first post. 45 year old single dad, currently living in Hemet, CA - about 40 minutes from Palm Springs (for the older folks), or 50 minutes from Coachella (for the younger folks). Math nerd, numismatics, music & vinyl geek, Grateful Dead fan and concert taper, outdoor
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