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Chad J.

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    Woodwork, Metalwork, Beginning bladesmithing, fishing, outdoors activities in all seasons

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  1. I can't say myself, at this point I'd likely grab a paint scraper, respirator, and a shop vac and see if any elbow grease will help it along but I am not recommending anything. I'm more curious about your stock, is there a possibility that it's wrought iron and not mild steel? Have you checked that out yet? I'm not sure how the others would feel but If likely spend a bit more time on it if it's wrought.
  2. I was speaking of a gladious. My phone and fingers had a disagreement in which the phone usually makes a fool of my sausage fingers. Though I am one for fairly flowery speech.
  3. When I was a teen, I carved a gladiolus from a 2 x 4, I said when I was a young Marine I wanted to learn how to make knives, even tried to cut one out while I was in Japan. I knew absolutely nothing about the process or even where to look to get started. It wasn't until FIF that I got the initial push. I looked at it as a starting point. I payed close attention to more of the technical aspects and started researching. For me a knife is the physical form of reliabilty. It does what you need it to do, no batteries, no charging, no loading. It's form is deceptively simple yet open to endless variety of design. That's what it is for me. Though other aspects of Smith do appeal, a blade is a tool that will be used. Decorative stuff in general doesn't appeal as much since I'm a spartan living kinda person.
  4. Hondo, if you have a 4 x 36 I may have some 36 grit belts I can send your way.
  5. So I started this a couple weeks ago and I've already identified one annoying mistake. My steel was too big so its been some extra work. Currently the blade is forged and I brought it down to a reasonable weight prior to heat treating. I'm holding off on that until I get a tempering oven made or located big enough to handle this blade. I got into this because I was making a dagger and thought, what this is the side weapon without the primary. Anyway here's what I've managed to accomplish. I started out with a piece of 5160 26 inches long, 3 inches wide and tried to get it down to 2.25 inches. My thought process was I wanted to make sure I had enough material in case I screwed up. Next time same length but I'll start at 2 inches wide, 1/2 inch thick. I'm at 5/16ths at the base and 1/4 3 inches from the tip. It's weight is about 3 maybe 4 pounds so it has more weight to lose.
  6. Made my first split cross out of a rail spike today, it was much easier than I expected but I need to tweak the stand I made. Knocked out a new knife, normalized it 3 times and gave it a nice quench. I have a piece of antler that I think will fit this nicely. Made a couple Butchers and took some 1 1/8 inch round stock and made 2 and 2.5 inch medallion pommels to go with the guards for the dagger and Arming sword. Oh and a punch to stimulate a hidden tang.
  7. Forget the puns, you've got an Old Rasputin? I haven't even seen one of those in months, that's my favorite energy drink! You keep it at a critical temp and it'll still draw like a magnet.
  8. Sorry Thomas. I meant that as a follow up joke to your's and JHCC's banter and make light of my own shortcomings but it obviously came across totally wrong. Not what I intended. Every chance I get, I go to functions, we have UMBA here but they cover a very large area. I am working to develop contacts in my area to learn from and go to for resources. That has been a bigger challenge for me here than anything else and why I try to follow this forum so closely. There are many articles and discussions on here that I read that lead me to delving into many other aspects or I see something I want to try. Jennifer posting her competition piece made me want to try it and with the related pictures I was able to get some semblance of it for a first attempt. Other articles leave me totally perplexed and oddly enough I am reluctant to ask questions because everyone else seems to completely understand it. The articles on the states of crystallization of the iron atoms and being carbon centered, face centered, or whatever the third was is a fine example. One thing I can tell you is that I learn best by doing, observing, and asking.
  9. I somehow seem to get the impression that I have upset you when I misspoke and want Ashmore to clearly articulate my question and thoughts, my apologies. The process of learning is always a bit rough, but as much as one may read of the process, the nomenclature, and the techniques one must eventually kick the training wheels off and, as has been said in so many times, just do it. It may seem I'm stumbling in blindly but the questions I ask are about things I am having genuine difficulty locating the answers to and thought best to ask. What better way to learn than asking in a location that has huge amounts of experience? To me this is a progression, I've been working on more daggers of late and have vastly improved my abilities at hammering in bevels, heat treating, balancing, drawing out the steel, and guard designs. I have a strong desire to push myself hard on developing my abilities.
  10. I'm actually doing this as an extra credit assignment for my history class in high school. I've just been procrastinating for 28 years. This darn ADD.
  11. I do plenty of that as well. I'm in the shop 4 days a week making mistakes. I've got a very nice start on a dagger that made me think I needed the matching blade. That one I was smart enough to start with the correct width. To answer your earlier question I plan on being about a quarter inch at the base of the blade droping to a hair under an 8th 3 inches from the tip. Width at the base is going to be 2 and a quarter and narrowing 4 inches down for a very aggressive point on the blade. Unlike my little short sword I made, I have a much clearer plan of what I want to do here.
  12. I have not read the book, I'll try to find it on that place that they named a river after. I have a smaller spring filter I had made but the truth is I started with s piece b of v steel that is way too wide and I'm working it down to the width I wanted. Part of this was intentional so that I could get a nice ridge and pay off it was born of inexperience when it comes to estimating material needs. I know that this blade, much like me, needs to lose a (lot) bit of weight and grinding in a fuller in this case will help me meet the goal. On my next blade I will go with narrower starting stock so I don't work as hard.
  13. Pardon me JHCC, terminology is the trickiest part of this hobby for me so far. So I was planning on normalizing 3 times before I quench the blade, which will be tricky enough, but if I plan on claying the blade to help keep the central ridge of the blade soft. But I do plan on grinding in a fuller so is that a waste of time and effort?
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