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I Forge Iron

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  1. In Eastern Europe (where both he and I are from) the word for spicy and sharp and more or less the same. It's a pun. He's putting the peppers (spicy) into the steel for the blade to make it sharp(sounds the same as the word for spicy). I'm not sure if I've communicated it well but that's what's going on.
  2. So, my question is: Could you melt and cast metals such as copper, brass, that sort of thing, using a side draft kiln running on wood. I saw a video online of a guy in the bush building a crossdraft kiln from earth clay and it got pretty hot inside while running on no special fuel, just bush wood. It was hot enough that the clay ceramic pot he had put inside was glowing. Would a construction like that be able to reach hot enough temperatures to melt metal?
  3. Hello all, I'm looking for pieces of literature, imagery, art or anything that shows blacksmiths of the medieval and ancient worlds, particularly about their forging practices and just any general information anyone may have. Anything is appreciated. Thanks - Novak
  4. This is some very valuable advice. I haven't been directly affected by the increase of steel prices, however there have been steel shortages in a few local hardware stores.
  5. As the title suggests. I have a bunch of wrought iron (and yes I know it's wrought, not mystery metal or mild, it has grain). which I got from a friend's property when they were talking down an old shed. I've had a few attempts at forging with it, however it tends to split on me. I know you need to work it at very high temperatures compared to other forms of steel, but does anyone have any extra tips to make using it easier, and also how to forge weld it? Thanks in advance. -Novak
  6. So, I'm looking to get a relatively small induction furnace to melt and cast copper for making bars and other things from scrap. I'm looking online but all I find are those $300 induction ones and I don't overly trust them. Does anyone know where I can find a decent induction furnace for less than $500 AUD, and yeah I live in Australia so if it ships there, that would be great. I'm not too concerned at the size, 1KG will be enough.
  7. So I have a knife I'm making (what a shock) and I plan to use some red wood that I found to make the handle. I don't have the equipment to stabilized the wood and I know that moisture and such will cause the wood to warp if it's not stabilized. My question is, if I use linseed oil on the wood, will it protect the wood from absorbing excess moisture and warping? Alternatively, is there any way that I can stabilize the wood without having to make some elaborate vacuum chamber? Please let me know what you think. Thanks for reading. - Novak
  8. That's fair. The first ever attempt I had at making one was horrible. It's really up to personal preference, and different tools have different uses
  9. It's been a while since I've looked at this thread, but for anyone wondering, I've found that using a sen knife has made it very easy to get the bevel formed.
  10. I've tried hot rasping a few times, but I'm very cautious of accidentally burning myself on the hot metal. Also I find that I have sometimes accidentally bend the work piece from putting too much pressure on the filing strokes.
  11. It's a bit of a long video and mainly focuses on the making of a sen, but this video has some stuff in it:
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