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Joe here, after not being able to find any new knives I liked I was forced to make my own.  I started with stock removal and looking forward to experiment with some damasacus.  Im looking forward to a lot reading and maybe sharing some of my pieces both the good and bad.  I have a bad habit of trying to reinvent the wheel and sometimes its better, most times worse. ;)   I made my own forge already and still have some tweaking to do to get er up to welding heat.  Currently bright orange ish.  Managed to get to white/bright yellow by adding pure oxygen......So almost there :)  looking forward to chatting with folks here.

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Good Morning,

Only in Canada eh, Pity!!!

I don't want to upset your Apple-Cart, but, Learn how to make your own Blacksmith Tools, first. Then think about making, "That's No Knife".

When playing Baseball, 1st base, 2nd base, 3rd base. Sometimes you make it it home, sometimes you are out. Sometimes, but rarely, "You knock it out of the Park". Some people "Knock it out of the Park" on the first day, then try for years to duplicate the Trick. Just trying to be realistic. I am trying to politely ask you to understand the process before making piles of "Bish" (ru-BISH). Unless you are living in an area that has lots of Pigs, You probably don't need a Trick "Pig-Sticker".

This Journey has no "Index Page", nor does it have "The End". Enjoy the Journey!! There is no End!! Whatever keeps the smile on your face, is the correct thing to do. Some like to think there is a 'Rule Book'. There is, it is called "Be Safe, Don't hurt yourself or anyone else". Spectacles, Hear-stacles, Breathe-stacles, Heart-stacles, MUST BE TAKEN CARE OF FIRST!!!!



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Its my first attempt and just a quick one at that.  I will definately be able to use it for heat treating and will probably do some more cutting and hacking to "tweak it" .  Main body is 8" with 2"-21/2" of thermolite castable refractory.  The inside diameter is approximately 5-6"  wasn't perfect with the refractory casting.  Course I'm not perfect either at least that's what the missus says lol.  It's the best pic I have with me at this moment.  The burner's are 1" piping approximately 8-10" long before hitting a 3" reducer.  It's not pretty but so far the total cost is $35 for an old bag of refractory, everything else has been salvaged from the dumpster at work.  It's approximately 24" long.


Swedefiddle my apple cart was upset a long time ago lol.  I understand the advice your giving and was planning on making my own tools.  I want to be able to get the forge up to white heat first though.  Then start making my tongs and such.  I work refurbishing heavy equipement so straightening metal with high heat is something I'm no stranger to.  However welding 2 pieces of metal together using technique and high heat.....That's a whole other ball of wax.


Thanks Guys


Oh and the refractory is thermolite from clayburn, and rated for 2500 degrees

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This was my last knife.  O1 tool steel and zebra wood handle.  Not sure on the RC, but it holds the edge forever.  It is a bit on the brittle side however being a skinner edge retention was more important to me then toughness.




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