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  1. That's the kind of work I'd like to turn out some day. (mabe 100 years from now )
  2. If it's truly dual voltage 110/220, there will be an indication of the proper wiring somewhere on the device. Check to be certian how it's wired internally, (either for 110, or 220) Then replace the existing plug with the proper one to fit the proper outlet.
  3. Yes, I just disassembled a front hub from a 2010 Chevy van. I was after the bearing races. The outer race, and housing, are monolithic. One chunk of low carbon steel, with bearing surface carburized. But the inner race is a seperate part, and I believe it to be 52100.
  4. Serviced my tractor, and bushhog, in preparation for the up comming season.
  5. I purchased a blade many years ago from a bladesmith in Henrietta Tx. It was sold to me as being Damascus. When I got it, it was not smooth at all, but rough textured. Almost as if the softer steel was eaten away by the etch, leaving only the hard steel. What I see in photographs seems to be smooth and only different colors.
  6. I soaked it for a good long time at several hundred degrees above non-magnetic, and kept it that way with my rosebud, all the way to the quench in cold water. Oh well. I decided to make a wall hanger out of it, so spent better part of today fitting handle. Guard is 6061T6, handle is mahogany, and pommel is lugnut from a TR7. Rivet is 1/8" 6013 welding rod. Still have sanding, and polishing to do, and rivet the handle.
  7. Les, the cowboys are cool as all get-out. Virusds, Blade is coming along nicely. I like the hair gizmos, I'm gonna have to try one myself. I also enjoy playing with "mystery metal". But in this case, I was sorely dissapointed. I decided to go ahead and finish it, so I spent better part of the day hunting for handle components. Guard is 6061T6, handle is Mahogany, and pommel is a lugnut from a TR7. Still have sanding, and polishing to do, and pin the handle.
  8. Got it to non-magnetic, plus a few 100 degrees. Held it there for a bit then into the dunking tank. That process has served me well in the past.
  9. Thanx, Too bad it's junk steel. It won't harden. Who'da thunkit? A kingpin being low carbon. Even cold water quench, still soft.
  10. Well it's been nearly two years, so I guess it's time to resurrect this thread. Thinking I wanted to forge a sword is what got me started in smithing. Well, I had to gather up the tools for the job, so I built a forge, then I needed an anvil, so I made one. While the forge was quite adequate, the anvil was only ok for a tinsmith, but not enough mass for blacksmith. I managed my first blade on that anvil. A nice letter opener made from an old bearing race. Since, I've made another forge, and a way better anvil. I needed a way to hold onto hot steel, and a way to tend the fire. So, I made a poker, and rake, and tongs. Then I needed a way to cut stock, so I made a hot cut. Wanting to leave my good body hammer in the shop, and needing a light crosspeen at the forge, I made one. Well, I needed to make a handle hole in the new hammer, so I hadda make a punch, and drift. I've spent so much time making the tools to forge a sword, that I haven't had time to forge a sword. (probably a good thing too) I found out the other day that I need a holdfast, a spring fuller, and a swage block. So those will be happening next time I fire up the forge. Oh, I also need a rivet header as well. mabe, one of these days, I'll get around to making a sword of some sort. But I'm having too much fun making tools of the trade, and learning how to tend a coal fired forge. As to kids wanting to build a sword, I say go for it. But do it properly. I once wanted to fly airplanes. So I found someone willing to show me how. On my sixteenth birthday, I guess I'd scared him enough that he got out of the airplane and told me to go make 3 landings and come back. When I got back, he said "go fly awhile". That was 1979, I've been flying ever since.
  11. What I learned is this: What you would think is steel with a reasonable carbon content (60+) turns out to be 30 or less. I had a kingpin from my old Ford that I forged into a dagger. It wasn't untill heat treat that I found it to not be hardenable. (at least by the techniques that I have on hand) So I learned that Kingpins make better drifts, and punches than blades. Here's the blade I forged
  12. Yes it sure is. And the hardy hole has been a life saver. A hot cut hardy is the only way I have to cut stock at the forge. Got the tang drawn out and blade filed down, ready for heat treat. Tang is a bit too long, but I figure it would be easier to shorten, than to lengthen.
  13. In some instances, whether the OP comes back or not is immaterial to me. The answer to the question posed, is what I'm after, and haven't been dissapointed yet. Thanx for the help. And I didn't need to ask, it was already answered. :D
  14. That sir, is a set of tongs! :D Nice work on the hammers. I spent a few hours Forming the jaws on my new tongs to do a specific task. Then used those tongs to forge out a rough dagger shape. I still need to draw out the tang, and fine tune the blade. It started life as an old kingpin from my old Ford pickup.