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    San Angelo, Tx.
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    Metal fabrication, hot rods, race cars, guns, shooting, 3 gun, knives, swords, axes, spears, armor

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  1. The ergonomics look tip top, and that burl!!! I love burl that has high contrast eyes and veins! Did you stabilize yourself?, and is it cactus juice?
  2. Excellent. Cardboard and cloth very doable. I will read more about F stops. I am starting from absolute ignorance regarding photography. Thank you both!
  3. Why not 1095 and 15n20? Both are inexpensive, and buying from a good supplier removes those variables. Just a thought. Also, boiling an acid only speeds up the reaction. Ferric chloride is a proven way to get results. Look at the contrast from some of the beautiful blades showcased here and note the alloy choices and etchant used.. there's your road map.
  4. So hold the point of focus so that little yellow flowers are thirty feet behind it? It's rare enough to find grass that's green instead of yellow here.. I suppose I could sneak onto a well-to-do's lawn and quickly start taking pictures of a sword
  5. T.Powers, your suggestion is helpful. I did not think of that. The tang is approximately 6in long, maybe 6.5in.. I don't remember. I was actually a little confused about the appropriate length. It was tempered past the blues/purples. Frosty San, I wish I would have thought of the grass!!! That's brilliant. The white tile I thought would help the eye see the lines better. Thank you both for your kind words; to be validated by fine smiths is greatly rewarding.
  6. To clarify the term organic material, I mean watermelons, cantaloupe, tree branches, etc...
  7. I agreed to make a large knife for a coworker, and a second for his father for Christmas. A seax was desired, so I began researching them. The more I read, the more I felt the seax should be a short sword. If my understanding is adequate, the sword decided upon and produced is a 9th century Anglo-Saxon seax-inspired blade. American 5160 @ .25in thick was the starting point. The blade was forged, re-annealed, ground a bit, heat-cycled x3, and heat-treated (quench was done in warmed veg oil 130ish°). The pseudo fuller was cut on our big verticle mill. The guard and pommel were shaped out of a (very expensive) .75in thick piece of brass stock. These two pieces were powder-coated black chrome, and the raw brass stripes were turned in my ancient lathe. I cut and stabilized the ebony. This got chopped for the brass flourishes and shaped on the tang. The tang extends into the pommel. The "customer" (only charge coworkers for materials/consumables) wanted a black color scheme, so the brass stripes were just for visual happiness for me mostly. Epoxy was applied, and final sanding was done. Chrome buffer was used on all parts including blade, which was final sanded to 2000. Aim for the blade was 56 hardness after temper, so it should be very robust. I dont remember what the final blade length was.. I want to say a touch over 20inches. I am happy with the distal taper and the blade profile. I am mostly happy with the ebony, and moderately happyish with my grinding. I am disappointed in how the join of the ebony and brass pieces turned out. I am also disappointed in my strategy during polishing close to my powder-coating. Overall I am happy with the product, but will not make another sword for a long while... unless someone agrees to pay a large sum of money, I will then. This was super high stress, and very unforgiving compared to a knife. Making sure it is safe to use in the hands of a quasi lunatic like my friend and coworker was the main factor. I am confident in my heat-treat and blade geometry, so I rated it as safe to use on organic material. This blade represents my accumulated skill to date, and forced some growth. Now I am going to make the customer matching knives for he and his father. Thanks for looking, pictures to come.
  8. From what I read so far, the melting temperature can be as low as 1800° and as high as 3200° depending on what other minerals are mixed in. Satanite is rated up to 3200° I'm reading. My thought was the dense tile would reradiate well due to the glassy-ness of the fine particles. I'm seeing that there are too many variables based on what all could be in the tile. I'll give it a go anyway because its leftover powder and it'll be a fun learning experience. Me thinks to fire a square of it and then lay a little flat stock 50% on it and compare which end gets yellow first.
  9. I am remodeling a bathroom at my lair, and I got some nice porcelain tile from lowes for the shower and floor. As I have been cutting tile, I have acquired a quantity of super-fine porcelain.. silt? My thought was to mix it with satanite and test it on a small square. Does anyone know if this has already been tried, or have an opinion to share?
  10. MCalvert

    Forge help

    If you follow the recommendations given so far you will 110% be welding your heart out; I speak from experience. Plistix is amazing stuff, don't forget about that reradiating coat. Also, thank you for serving. To clarify, my experience is with welding heat and not pattern welding. I dont pattern weld. (Yet)
  11. I used tapered crayons in my blown ribbon burner. My forge performs well, but I'm not sure the tapered outlets had any profound effect. I would postulate that the tapered outlets may be of more benefit in the NARB design. With a gun burner it doesn't seem to matter much.
  12. Electroplating will cost almost nothing, as it can be done with scrounged bits. You will, however; have to do a bit of reading. You can get a grinder from Eastwood pretty cheap, harbor freight for super cheap..
  13. I would consider putting the itc100 on ebay for 10-15 dollars less than what you purchased it for. Cut the loss and order the Plistix.. the re-radiators are WELL worth the money in my opinion. I think I paid around $15 for the West Systems 406 on amazon, much much cheaper than done-up rigidizer. If money is not as much of an issue, then I offer apologies for prattling on about cost/benefit details.. Looking forward to seeing a hot forge.
  14. West systems 406 (I believe) mixed with water and cake coloring makes a nice rigidizer at a very economical cost, comparitively. Fyi. Plistix and matrikote were available on amazon and ebay last time a checked, been a couple months though.
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