metaldrms

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  1. metaldrms

    What did you do in the shop today?

    I finally got my first hammer head done. I don't have a scale so I am guessing it is 1-1.5 pounds. I don't have any fullers so I didn't get to put that nice design on it but I am happy with it. I heat treated and dropped from 1 inch on my anvil and has almost 100% rebound if that is a good test. I tempered it to 550 degrees and the file grabs a tiny tiny bit. I file tested a hammer that I bought and this hammer and this hammer is a little bit harder. Tomorrow i'm going to get a handle.
  2. metaldrms

    Anvil ID

    Thanks, Frosty you just gave me an idea to weld a piece of square tubing to the side of my anvil for a hardy hole. Yes, I talked to my parents and they said that I should save for the cavalry too. So hopefully I can get that soon. drms
  3. metaldrms

    What did you do in the shop today?

    I finally decided to start making a hammer and yesterday I got the eye punched (not finished have to forge more today and tomorrow). It doesn't look nice and it's off center but I'm happy for my first hammer head eye. Thanks to my dad that swung the sledge a lot for me while I held it. My family and I went to cut fire wood today and we stopped to eat lunch and I noticed someone had hung a deer with a thick stick being held up on a nail and PUNCH. I saw the punch in the tree and it looked like a perfect tong punch so I got my hatchet out of the truck (still eating my sandwich) and I cut out the punch so now I don't need to buy a tong punch.
  4. metaldrms

    Anvil ID

    Yeah, frosty that is great advice I didn't ask him how old it was I was to busy trying not to laugh my face off. I was looking at NC anvils and on centaur forge there is a new one that is a 70lb "knifemakers anvil" for $310. I actually have a 135# drive shaft on end as an anvil right now It is pretty soft and there is no horn obviously so that's why I have been looking at anvils. I think if I was to spend $310 on a 70# anvil I might as well pay the extra cash for 112# calvary anvil at around $450 so I would not have to worry about the weight.
  5. metaldrms

    Anvil ID

    Ok, I called the guy and he said that it is a mouse hole anvil and it weighs 88#...HE WANTS $900 FOR IT. It was made before 1860 I think he is out of his mind on the price. He also has a 100# vulcan with a plate welded on top (looks really bad) for $175. So that is a no-go wish me luck to find another one that is closer.
  6. metaldrms

    Anvil ID

    Ok I looked it up I think I'm going to talk to my neighbor and see if he has or knows of one for sale. And I'm going to talk to the guy selling the anvil tonight to see his updated price..and maybe talk him down.
  7. metaldrms

    Anvil ID

    Ok, I will talk to my mom and dad to see what they think too, I don't know what tpaaat is Thomas. I mostly would need a regular anvil because the ASO I have now doesn't have a horn and it's not hard on the surface. But maybe I can convince him of a trade like das said or just go down in price like I said he hasn't sold it and it's been a while.
  8. metaldrms

    Anvil ID

    Yeah, I might wait a little bit and see if I sell something on etsy. (I knapp and sell obsidian knives on etsy.) (that is how I paid for all of my tools and stuff.) Are mouse hole anvils worth that much? would it be worth it to try and get this one? I have never bought an anvil before. Thanks for all of the help drms
  9. metaldrms

    Anvil ID

    Craigslist, 83 pounds is not convincing yes hopefully sell knives and other things.
  10. metaldrms

    Anvil ID

    Well, the drive will probably cost $100+ and I might have to save a bit because i am just saving for a car. I do know I just talked to the guys wife and she said he has a nice one that he uses and one for sale which I'm guessing is this one but she said to call at 6pm because he might be back in the house. I hope it is more than a 100# because the drive shaft anvil I have right now is 135# I bought at a machine shop down the road. I mostly plan to forge tongs, knives, maybe some decorations for my mom, but nothing over 1in. It has probably been 3-4 months so maybe he will go down in price especially because he already has another anvil. I pulled the picture up on a program and have it zoomed and is pretty obvious that it says "armitage" at the top and "hole forge" at the bottom of text. And the numbers look like 0.2.27
  11. metaldrms

    Anvil ID

    Hi, I need an anvil because all I have right now is just a drive shaft standing up on a log and I saw this one on craigslist. I can't get much information about it because the sellers are an old couple and the guy is not in the house right now. Anyway I think it is a mousehole and it might weight 180-200# I called a long time ago and he said it was 150$ but it would be a long drive so I'm going to have to pay the gas for my mom and dad (I'm 14). I live in Idaho and the anvil is in oregon about 3 hours drive. Any pricing tips especially ID would help out thanks.
  12. metaldrms

    Knife won't harden.

    Yes, Du I did do that but I figured too that the edge would be hard but I have a softish anvil and lightly TAPPED the edge on the corner of the anvil and it dented the edge so I got another manufactured 1095 knife (kabar) that I have and HIT it on the corner of the anvil and the kabar cut my anvil instead of the edge of the blade. Anyway I tried to dunk the entire knife in water to quench and ended up cracking in three places. I do think I had a thick layer of decarb and I didn't try to grind through it so I will do that next time I have no experience so I am not disappointed I just learned a ton in a couple of days.
  13. metaldrms

    What did you do in the shop today?

    I haven't been on the forum for a few days, on tuesday I finally just stuck my leaf spring knife in water to heat treat and I had to go to town so I quickly put the knife in the vise with the tip pointing out and hammered it. It snapped right off and I was pretty excited (because I had tried time and time again to harden this knife but didn't harden) so I asked my dad if he could put it in the oven for me since I was gonna be gone and when I got back he showed me the blade had cracked three times (very large). I am not really that disappointed because I got to learn a lot from this experience. Yesterday I started forging some tongs out of some of the spring steel I got and got one half done and the other one just needs the reins drawn out. They are just flat bit tongs. Also my dad is starting to fix up lapidary (rock) saws for some extra cash and a bar on one of them is the wrong size and doesn't work well so I am forging that for him. I will post pictures of my tongs when they are done I think I'm going to buy some rivets off blacksmith depot because I am not very good at doing it with just a bar. sorry for the long post.
  14. metaldrms

    Knife won't harden.

    Yes Thomas I tried too harden and another piece of this same steel but it has been forged a little bit before I quench the in water and the file skates right across the surface. I think I will just dump the entire thing in water real quick and if that doesn't harden it I don't think it will be able to be Hardened. Thanks for the help guys
  15. metaldrms

    Belt Grinder

    We have a family friend that sells a lot of tools to us and I got a 3x64 from him for 600$ it also has a stone grinding wheel. He's really cool guy, he is letting me make payments on it.