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Nathan Kraft

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  1. I just realized that what I asked didn’t really cOnvey what I meant, though I thank you all for the detailed answers as I got a bunch of good ideas I wouldn’t have thought of otherwise more specifically, I meant how do I access the scraps, like do I just go in and ask or is there a better way to get them to say yes? Also would smaller places be better than large companies, since large companies (I think) would have specific rules for where the scrap goes?
  2. Alright, I was confused from previous posts on a36. Thanks for clarifying it for me. If I want to use scrap, what places should I look besides machine/fab shops? Also, it turns out I don’t have a ride today, so I will be going tomorrow if they’re open, and Monday if not.
  3. I meant that with the variation I’ve heard that at times a36 can be really hard to work with certain pours. Also thanks for explaining what 4140 would be for, I was confused. I’ve looked at the ABANA chapter, but the calendar is quite confusing so I’m not really sure when/where the meetings are. LOL I’m a bit dumb. I hadn’t even thought about contacting smiths from there. You’re right that Texarkana isn’t really far, but I still probably couldn’t get a ride anytime soon.
  4. Isn’t a36 generally much more annoying to work with? Also how would I go about finding classes in my area? I’ve looked around and as far as google shows, there aren’t many forges near me and those that exist don’t have classes available I think(?).
  5. Thank you very much, I think now I’ll get one length of 3/8 and one of 5/8 square stock of mild steel. I’m very glad I thought to ask before I bought a lot of expensive steel and ruined it. To clarify, is there any specific type of chisel or punch I should buy? Also what kind of tongs would be a good first pair to make?
  6. Thanks for sparing me that loss frosty. Would the mild steel work for tongs also?
  7. I am planning to hit up the steel yard tomorrow, and I had a couple questions before I go. I am planning to get two lengths of stock (one each of two different alloys- probably 1018 and 4140). From my googling it seems as though EMJ would be the best place here for me to go, but if anyone else in the Tulsa area has better places, please tell me. I am planning to do lots of beginner projects (punches, chisels, a set of tongs, etc. with the 4140 and hooks etc with the 1018) I was wondering what size of stock I should buy in each, and should I get square or round stock? Also any suggestions of better projects, alloys, etc. are fully welcomed. Thanks!
  8. Thanks for the help y’all. Due to your help I was able to get my forge going and do my first ever forge work (I was heat treating and accidentally melted the tip of my knife. I had to hammer in a rough tip and then clean it up in the grinder.) I plan to do some more forging over this week of “coronacation” lol. Sorry that this is kinda unrelated, but what kind of beginner projects would y’all suggest I start with to help me learn some hammer control?
  9. UPDATE: Over the course of the week, I have finished my knife. During the heat treat I melted the tip off (this was my first time lighting my forge and I wasn’t sure where the hot spot was). I ran and grabbed my anvil, and did my first ever forging putting in a rough tip. I then regroups it to shape. I opted not to do a high grit finish (I’m pretty Rough on my knives so it would be scratched up anyway). I used some scrap 1x4 for my handle and finished it with a burned oil finish (idk if that’s what it’s called lol). I have a pretty steep blade angle, and was unable to get to to shaving sharp, but it will roughly push cut paper. I messed up the handle as I forgot to profile the front of the scales before I epoxied it, but I was able to carve it down to a usable shape.
  10. As some of you may remember, I built my first forge a while ago. Today I was going to light it for the first time. I got a roaring fire going with wood, then put coal on it and the wood burned off but the coal didn’t light. I am using anthracite coal in a side blast jabod forge. Anyone have ideas/suggestions of what could be wrong?
  11. UPDATE: I have finished my bevel on both sides to the point of being ready for heat treat. I would fire up my forge and do the ht, but it’s a jabod and it’s raining outside (this would be my first time lighting my forge too) so I’m going to wait until tomorrow.
  12. I’m almost to the point of pre heat treat sanding. Where do y’all get your sandpaper (I’m pretty low budget so cheaper options are better).
  13. I am going to be using it as a hunting and general camp knife. I still am going to extend the bevel to about 2-2.5x what it is now. It will still be pretty steep angle, as I am working with some pretty beefy stock (1/4 in- I got it for christmas, and my parents weren't quite sure what to buy lol).
  14. Today I finished my filing jig and started the bevel on one side. I would’ve kept working, but my parents said I had to go eat lol. What do y’all think? Also, I remember that I am supposed to have round, not square, plunge lines. But I’m not sure how to do that? Thank y’all for all the help! Also, I still need to get the blower for my forge, so once I get the gross grinding on my bevels done, I probably can’t do more work besides drilling the pin holes until this weekend. Thanks for any critique or suggestions! Clarification: I have not finished this side’s bevel, I’m about half as far as I would like to be, and am cutting this down to the width of a dime until the heat treat
  15. Well this discussion took a turn lol. I’m planning to do the filing on my bevels tomorrow after school. What types of wood would y’all recommend. Also, I’m wondering if y’all have any tips on matching the handle scales to the blade pattern if I use a mustard patina? I am wanting to use wood scales with pretty stark contrast grain and the grain going down the length of it.
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