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About chuckster2.0

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    Broomfield, Colorado
  • Biography
    I've just finished my Lively forge and need all the tips I can get on bladesmithing
  • Interests
    martial arts, woodworking, science.
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    nothing permanent
  1. Here are some videos that show the tapering of a knife blade 1:06-1:51 notice how he brings the tip to the edge of the anvil as it gets closer to a point this is to allow the hammer the ability to angle the steel without damaging the anvil surface 0:12-0:29
  2. The candle holder was a culmination of various skills learned over the course of 3 days. First, we learned to taper to a square point. We the learned to taper to a round point. We then took those points and learned to bend them in to the hooks seen below. After this we learned to flatten with a visible step. This was incorporated into the hooks. The flatten portion was tapered. After this, we made a fork which I chose not to post since one of the tines on mine broke. We then made this candle holder in order to learn creativity. Originally it was supposed to have a round dish on the top but I suggested making it square instead. This was thought of very highly and several others adopted this style in their design. Being a bladesmith, I could not resist putting a knife of some sort on the piece so I made the feet knives. I twisted the metal into each bend and used a torch to create the spiral. Your critique is welcomed and I hope you like the piece because I had a tremendous amount of fun making it!
  3. Welcome to iforgeiron! This is a great site with a lot of experience to learn from so good luck!
  4. I think one of those has a micarta-like pattern. Very nice!
  5. working slowly but surely

  6. I anneal by heating the blade to critical, let it soak, and then turn off the blower to my forge. I then compact the ashes together. The next day, the blade is still warm.
  7. I suggest you start with railroad spikes, leaf spring, or coil spring, not cable. It takes a certain amount of experience to forge a cable knife.
  8. That what I'm planning on.
  9. I think that bowie is the perfect size
  10. I forge this from a part of a car which spark tested as high carbon so I'm guessing it is 5160. I'll start the finishing process after Christmas when I have a few more tools
  11. I think that if you want to be a a knife maker that is a good philosophy to have. But If you want to be a bladesmith (someone that forges the knife to shape in order to eliminate grinding and polishing) than it is a poor philosophy to have. If good knives are only made from hear treatment a finishing than why bother forging at all, why not make stock removal knives and call it a day. There is a chapter about tribal knives in that book. Read it, it might change your perspective
  12. Keep reading! If you have a question, make sure it hasn't already been asked by using the search feature at the top of the page. I recommend you go to this site Technical Links to give you a head start in further reading. When you do build your forge I recommend forging as much as possible because there is no better teacher than experience and that you make progress steadily. Also, listen to what others have to say on this site because they have a lot more experience than you.
  13. Great knife! You did really well on the flat grind and the finish on bolster and butt cap really do make the knife look tough!
  14. You are actually willing to part with such a masterpiece? Shame on you! In all seriousness that is now tied for the number one most beautiful knives I've ever seen. By the way I am from Colorado too.
  15. There are only a few blue prints on tong making in the tutorials but I think there needs to be a whole bunch of links to tutorials on how to make tongs. While I just ordered gs flat tongs, I still think that making tongs is a valuable skill to have and will improve your forging prowess. If you can make good looking, functional tongs, what else can you make?
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