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  1. Thanks for the insight Thomas. I have to say it feels like a quality piece of work. It's old and rusted but the edge is SHARP and the whole thing feels extremely professional and well finished out. I think I may go ahead and rehandle this one, I don't have a timber slick, but honestly they're just kinda neat.
  2. I found these in my mom's attic during thanksgiving. They were used on my great grandfathers farm in Dayton, Ohio. The draw knife looks home forged and says S. Warner on it. Warner is my mother's maiden name. It is potentially from the early 1800s. The Timber slick says, T Benjamin. Cast Steel. Dayton, Ohio. I'll be keeping the draw knife for sentimental reasons, but I'm not sure what to do with the Timber slick. Anybody happen to know anything about cast Steel timber slicks from Ohio?
  3. That's awesome to hear, I really want to get some 1045 and a bunch of mild in different sizes. I'll give them a call next week. Thanks for the tip!
  4. I have a single burner firebrick forge I built. I'm not sure if it gets hot enough to forge weld, but I figure I am a few steps away from welding anyways, so I haven't even checked. Regarding pics I will get some added soon. Leaving for Dallas shortly and the garage is full of cars. I take them out before I forge, and the forge itself is on a welding table with wheels, so I can move it around. These are good tips, fabricators and recyclers are all over.
  5. Dang! 39 years! I'm trying to figure out right now how to get decent amounts of steel to play with. W1 seemed simple enough for forging and for heat treat that I can learn the ropes with it. I could try to see if I can source coil springs, but I have no problem paying for new steel. It seems more difficult than I expected to source steel.
  6. I bought some W1 1/2 Drill rod, and have been using it to make some punches. I wanted something water hardening, that I would need to practice heat treating on. I actually just finished my first 2 punches, they are pretty rough but seem to be about the right hardness(to my untrained eyes) after temper. I got them to a cherry red, then quenched them in a brine solution at roughly 180 degrees. I tempered at 400 for an hour, two cycles. I do not have any specific reasoning for W1 other than it was available, and I didn't need to buy oil for it.
  7. Hi there, Nice to meet everyone! I'm Oso and have gotten my shop set up in the last couple months. I took a class a couple years ago in blacksmithing as a gift from my wife and fell in love, but it took a while to get the space to build a small shop. Primary interest in smithing is tool making right now, working on building basic hand tools right now like punches, slitters and drifts. I really have a fascination with hammers and am looking forward to trying to make a couple. Long term I'd like to do some bladesmithing, but I'm in no rush. I've never been a knife guy, in fact I have carried the same Spyderco Native for 10 years. My primary interest is to make useful tools that I can give to friends and family that will enrich their lives and hobbies. I've started smithing because I like making things. I worked in the firearms industry for about 10 years as a gunsmith, salesman, designer, etc. I build rifles still for fun, and have a few rifle projects still in process, but I am slowing down on that side. I work in the tech world now, and sit in front of a screen all day. I'm thankful for the job I have and the ability to provide for my family, but I miss working with my hands and being able to look at something I created at the end of the day. Blacksmithing is one of my outlets for that lack, I am excited for how much I'll learn here, and the journey I'll take improving my skill as a craftsman. I look forward to learning from everyone here.
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