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  1. I tried to create a San Mai knife so I prepared the low carbon(scrap pieces) and the high carbon(file steel). Ground them clean, tag welded them together. All simple so far. I'm not sure if that's an issue but I only have simple borax not the anhydrous(I could bake it but I'm just not sure if it would make any difference). Before forge welding I brought it up to red heat, brushed off the scale from the sides and covered it with borax(though it felt like none of the borax could get between the layers). I forge welded it 3 times to make sure it's done(waited until the first sparks appeared and hammered it lightly), Though I couldn't see any borax spraying out between the layers(again it felt like the borax was not even there). After it cooled down I started bending it a couple times in a wise and the layers got seperated. Any advise how to improve my procedure?
  2. Hi, New to this forum and new to blacksmithing, Nice site appreciate the work you did and do. If I may ask a question - Is there something like borax that can wash out the gunk from say cable rope in the same way like borax. Did use sand, clay and also WD40 but my understanding so far is that they exclude air only not clean out the impurities. On my third forge weld attempt had great success with WD40 as a flux. Here is a pic. BTW are those decarb lines or delamination cracks. Would help me a lot to know. Thanks again, David.
  3. I've seen a few recommendations for baking regular laundry borax to make it anhydrous (or at least olihydrous), with the consensus being an hour or two on a pan in the oven. I have two questions: 1. Will this produce any fumes that will jeopardize the health and safety of my family and my dogs? 2. Will this damage the pan? I suspect that the answer to both of these is NO, but would rather be on the safe side.
  4. I've got a bladesmithing book," The Complete Bladesmith: Forging your way to Perfection", and in this book it says that I can use borax as a flux material. I know that it can be used but the book said I have to melt it down, then once it hardens into a dark glassy material just grind it down it into a powder and then I can use it. Is that really necessary? I looked around a little on the Alchemy, Formulas, Fluxes, etc but have only read that I can just use the borax out of the box.