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I finished with my Spring event schedule two weeks ago and wont start back until late summer so I have some time to "play" in the shop. Last Sunday night I fell asleep watching the HBO mini series "Rome" and this is what came off the anvil on Monday. I forged a different style crossguard and after I got it fitted I shifted e gears and started playing with the copper. Couldn't stop thinking about those Roman daggers.

Blade is 7 3/4", forged 1095, annealed and draw filed, hand sanded to #600 and hardened in canola. Tempered for two two hour cycles at 450f. All the fittings are forged copper. Handle is canvas Micarta and the scabbard is Ash.

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Thank You. No, it's turning almost black but I can always buff and seal it. I like the way it's ageing but I have the wax on standby if I change my mind!

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Very cool. I like it how it is but I am thinking how cool the metal guard would have looked. Either way nice work. 

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Thanks Das! When I fitted that guard up it was just a little too large for the blade. It overpowered it but I think I can still make it work on something in the 12"-14" blade range. It's sitting on the cool off table with about a hundred other "works in progress". I was anxious to do something with the copper. I got a couple hundred feet of 1/4" x 2" copper in aprox 10' sections. It was live rails from a buss bar system in a local machine shop remodel so this is going to be the summer of learning to forge copper! It hot forges like chewed bubble gum and is really a lot of fun. Heat it and quench it and it cold forges ok but I discovered that hitting it hot will cause it to MOVE!

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What you made suits it great. I also just like the first idea too but can see how it would be a bit large on it.  I never forged or worked much copper. Thanks for the insight. 

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I have a friend down on the coast who forges a lot of copper and silver. He's a great blacksmith too but his copper jewelry is pretty awesome. Part of that is having an eye for aesthetics but forging non ferrous metals is a whole other skill set. If you have time to play and take some notes it's fun for sure. It's familiar yet totally new.

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Looks good. When you say copper bus the first thing that comes to my mind is beryllium copper and seriously dangerous alloy to work, especially with abrasives.

No need to quench copper to anneal if you're going to be forging it, just take it from the forge and go to work on it. Copper is a lot of fun to forge, when you cold work it take it as far as you can with the first 3 blows, it'll REALLY move. After that copper alloys work harden abruptly so pay close attention, work it hard and it wants to break up.

Copper forge welds easily, clean it up and a LIGHT dusting of flux, soldering paste wax works even. Gentle blows when you start to see mid red or above.

Frosty The Lucky.

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All of the copper buss I have seen was silver plated copper. The cost of BeCu makes it pretty prohibitive to use ($23 a pound). BeCu is also a lot different in color. More like a brassy bronze from the mill, and a dead ringer for gold when polished. We literally ran through tons of it in the last machine shop I worked at.  With proper precautions it is a wonderful alloy for certain applications.

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19 hours ago, Frosty said:

Looks good. When you say copper bus the first thing that comes to my mind is beryllium copper

thats buss bar not bus bar  Just FYI

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