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    Lapidary, microscopy, silverwork.

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  1. My second knife and seventh thing I've made from ferrous metal. Just a basic kitchen knife. This was my old plaster file - lost in a leaky shed for years and well on it's way to becoming a concretion. Managed to get down to just over a mm on the edge by hammer, it's ever so slightly serrated. The wood is Leyland cypress - I think I have a new favourite, it's easy to work, comes out a treat with shellac and thanks to jerks illegally dumping, there's plenty sat there ready seasoned. Bolster's horn.
  2. Working through the replies - I've been carding (even if I didn't know the name), I didnt know about picking through the teeth with something hard - that's made a difference. I was taught proper filing action as a child to stop me ruining my grandfather's stuff! Half rounds - I just like them, I have others but it's my first choice I'm filing freehand most of the time and like the versatility. The brand I can't remember - small relatively local engineering firm,( that stocked saw sets last time I looked! ) they're meant for metal. Definitely going to try the chalk. Hot filing I'll
  3. Just made a hefty box for both pieces, just need to get some sand. The end of the the large piece is really rough, I'll see if I can slice off a useful piece when I tidy that - looks like it'd make a really good small eye hoe if I bent the flats round to form the eye. If it works it'd be worth buying a section for the purpose - I can bribe the allotment committee into letting me set up down there...
  4. They've not been crusted in scale - cleaned before annealing but then I set to with the file, maybe I should wire brush first. Getting a couple of grit files would let me file in both directions though
  5. I do most of my stock removal with a set of 12 inch half round steel files (good quality ones - none of the case hardened cheap stuff) . They're not lasting well since I started on ferrous - the smooth is a bit smoother than I'd like after five pieces. I'm thinking I should get some grit files but I've not found they last well (because I bought cheap ones), any suggestions for a good set?
  6. That is a beautiful knife Latticino, that's what I'm aspiring to. I know I'm not ready for that yet - my forge welding is virtually non existent, scrub the virtually I have a 50% sucess rate - 2 attempts. For the moment I'm going to straighten up the stock I have, and aside from offcuts leave it alone. I might play with a couple of the rivets, I need a shed hasp and staple - I like the look of splayed and heavily etched wrought iron so I I'll hammer one out for the plate and go over the edges a little cold, draw the other out for the staple and give them a dip. These forums are amaz
  7. That's the route I was going down, I don't know what they look like in the rough, I presume they retain some of the slag. I've just acquired some modern pandrol clips which I know is a manganese steel. I'm thinking it might be nice to layer those two together, would that be a foolish idea for someone just starting out?
  8. Duly acquired though the magic of the interweb and flipped through. That'll make good commute reading. Thanks for the tip.
  9. A quick go with a file, it's harder than mild or wrought but not as hard as the spring, it had gone a bit cold before quenching - all I was thinking of was getting the crud of. I wonder if the stench was from the concretion formed in a polluted river. I'm in half a mind to just go for it with this piece and make a small veg knife - all I've got to loose is time.
  10. Please don't give me a grilling over the cheesy piece. I've done some more playing - sparks longer than a bit of the wrought flat but less than a suspension spring, heated and water quenched it goes ting when hit, the wrought goes clack. So some grade of steel? I suppose the thing to do is straighten it, draw off a piece and test it
  11. That'll keep me in lime wood once it's seasoned. And I wonder why I need a hip replacement..
  12. The discs a little worn but relatively short, some of them with a little fork at the end
  13. Couldn't resist giving it a quick grind. Looks like mozzarella.
  14. I saw your post on that - sent me down some rabbit holes holes! when you say pipe, how thick? I presume treacle tin would just burn up but there's a length of steel tube security fencing in the river - I'd need get the zinc off first. I've no idea how to judge wi quantity but the rail clip looks like bent wood and made cough inducing sulphur fumes when I heated it, smelt like brown coal - my spidey sense is tingling... or is my lungs?
  15. I've been wondering about that myself. I've got my eye on a couple of rail clips next time I'm walking the dog that way - modern ones, wonder if they're the same steel.
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