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Nathan Kraft

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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. 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).
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. Is stabilization necessary if I use wood scales? Or will oil suffice?
  10. Also wondering what I can use for handle scales. More specifically can I just use a piece of scrap wood or do I need specific types of wood or wood prepared in specific ways? Is it best to just order scales online?
  11. I am planning to just hand sand to high grit. I'm not sure what else i could do to it with my current resources.
  12. I am working with 1084 steel. I am going to grind the bevels (specifically file with a jig). Also, the order is drill handle + scales, grind bevels, heat treat, finishing sanding and such, attach handle,scales, finish handle and put finish on blade right? Lastly, I know heat treat for 1084 is pretty simple, but if I'm using my coal forge rather than a propane forge does that change it at all? And how do you heat the oil for the quench?
  13. Any modifications you would make/things that look weird? Also should I do bevels first or quench first?
  14. Not sure if this is the right site to post this (it not being forged) so sorry if this is the wrong place. I started my first knife today; my own design (by which I mean I didn’t copy something off the internet- obviously it is influenced by common knife shaped and such). I only finished the blank, but what do y’all think of the profile so far?
  15. Thanks for that! If I hadn’t read that I would’ve made tons of mistakes. I’m even more excited to be able to afford a membership to Saltfork Craftsmen So I can have a good source of bituminous coal
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