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  1. That's one bottle opener forged and tested. Might be a bit rough here and there, but it was good fun and I'm quite happy with it at the end of the day. Managed to do brassing this time as well. Just needed to put a bit more force behind the brushing.
  2. Figured I'd better practice some tapering and drawing out in the hope that I might be able to do it without fishmouthing. (And also Christmas is coming up too quickly and I'm coming up short on ideas for presents). With any luck there will be bottle openers for everyone! Though I do wish I had an anvil with a horn for this bit... The beer fridge has also been filled in anticipation of the oh so necessary testing phase.
  3. Decided to restart my nutcracker project from scratch. Slowly and deliberately...
  4. Well Frosty. I've got this new material made from the breath of a fish, the spittle of a bird, the beard of a woman, the sound of a cat's footsteps, the sinews of a bear and the roots of a mountain. Seems quite promising. In all seriousness though, it was the body of my spokeshave that broke in half and that was cast iron. I seem to be more likely to have too soft blades than too brittle ones so far. You're not wrong Frazer. Any throw you make is by definition orbit around the centre of the earth. The only problem being that the rest of the earth gets in the way before the orb
  5. And here's me drawknife at last. It's been a long journey.
  6. Yes that's true. I just don't like wasting anything that can be salvaged (or going shopping for that matter) I think it should be an easy fix, but if it doesn't work out I'll definitely go and buy a new file card. In other news I was finishing up my drawknife yesterday and decided to take the blade out of my spokeshave to sharpen it. Bad idea, as I never managed to set it properly again afterwards and left terrible chatter on my handles. Banged the drawknife onto the table in frustration (not even particularly hard)... And promptly snapped it in half... After that the spokeshave took a fl
  7. That's for sure. I've got a broken file card lying around somewhere. I think I'd better fix that. My steel brush clearly didn't get everything.
  8. Righto. Done whinging about welding, though it is the cranky season for me. More practice I guess. Did manage to weld some rebar onto a piece of leaf spring as a temporary handle and I've done some more work on my kitchen knife. Managed to marr my knife with a piece of steel that got stuck in my fine file shortly before finishing. Annoying...
  9. I won some money and thought I'd buy myself a welder. Should have saved the money and bought some wood glue. That'd make for better metal bonding as well as my welds stick together...
  10. Bit of progress on my kitchen knife. The heel is a tiny bit out of alignment so I'm going to put it back in the fire and correct that before I do anything else.
  11. That sounds like a grat idea. Yes I'm working at welding temps. I was trying to follow along with Jennifer on this sites video of forging a wrought iron chisel, so I'm cooling parts of it in water and clamping it in the vise before hammering it from the top. (I only have a bench vise, but my old joplin is actually made of steel rather than cast iron, so it can handle a lot of abuse). I seem to be missing something though. Probably skill
  12. Here's a couple of failures I'm currently having. And I'm frankly not sure where I'm going wrong. First up I seem entirely incapable of making the part of this wrought iron chisel thicker on the part directly before the tang. I can kinda stretch it, or it'll sort of fold over, but I haven't even been able to upsett it, and that's a bit upsetting. My nutcracker is crook as, and no matter where I try to twist and hammer, it comes out equally crook every time, and now it's starting to get a bit too thin for my liking... I am working on a couple of knives too, but so far I at least feel
  13. Those leaf spring sure makes for heavy blades! But as long as the recipient is happy, I guess that's all that really matters. Also not to mention they seem rather opposed to being shaped, so there's so much hammering involved. I guess I might be lazy, but I think I'll step away from leaf spring for blade purposes for the most part. Any savings in cost I make up for in expenditure on gas! As for work as of late; A friend of mine have just given me a whole tank ammo crate worth of tools, including ten hammers! I've been testing them out and marred my soft stump anvil with a four pound
  14. I suppose so, but this one is a bit much forward in my opinion. Pretty sure my wrist would get tired well quickly but then again, my brush blade of choice is a leuku, and that is certainly on the light side for those kinds of blades. When I showed my colleague the initial dimensions of the knife I got the impression that he thought it a bit too small, so I made it both slightly wider and longer. And hey! He loves it, so what do I know? As long as he's happy that's all that really matters!
  15. Nevertheless. I fear such force is still too much for my frame to bear. Perhaps I'll consider the other suggestion once my other mode of transport bites the dust. Aah, to be a child again and be able to make medieval weaponry without (too many) side-wards glances. Speaking of which. The patang is finally finished. To be honest, it is much too heavy and balanced too far towards the front for my tastes, but my colleague loves it. He says it makes him feel like home, and I don't think I can get a better compliment than that. That really warmed my heart.
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