Bird's beak/fishmouth weld in a gas forge?
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by Leon Husock
1d ago
I've only ever seen this done in coal. Is trying to do it in gas a recipe for disaster ..read more
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Cert's for Alpha's L6?
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by Kentucky
2d ago
Just curious does anyone have the certs for Alpha knife supplies L6? Normally I would just call them but phones out for a couple days and Im working on a steel order.. Main thing I'm wondering is if their L6 is like Champalloy with Moly or like Carpenter without..thanks ..read more
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Wood stabilization
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by GRapp
2d ago
Do you stabilize your own? Do you have a service that does it? Do you just buy it? I've got property in E. Texas and have been eyeballing some trees which possibly have interesting grain. I haven't ruled out doing it myself but I read from Ed Caffery on ABS that it's nearly impossible to match the quality done professionally ..read more
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Question about making a feather damascus knife
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by mihaelx
3d ago
Hey guys, i was thinking about making a damascus hunter knife with a feather pattern, as it seems easy enough to do with my tools. It would be my first damascus. I would be using 1075 with 15N20 steel. My question is how much steel am i gonna be needing in order to create a 4-5 inch blade with hidden tang. These are the dimensions i can get: 1075 - 6x40x250 mm (15/64" x 1.5748" x 10") 15N20 - 2x40x250 mm (1/16" x 1.5748" x 10") Would one of each be enough? Best way to cut them? Oh and... Read more ..read more
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Pommel Nuts?
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by SolarStorm50
5d ago
One of my pains is making the pommel nuts for my takedown blades. I do not have a milling machine or a lathe, so looking for ideas on how to make this an easier task. I am on try number 3 for the nut for this blade ..read more
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Carbon diffusion question
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by Alex Topfer
5d ago
Hey I was poking around looking at knife designs, and came across this quote: "The blade has been made from a Dark San Mai billet handforged by [smith] from 80crv2 and 1080+ with a sandwiched nickel shim to prevent carbon migration" Carbon migration/diffusion is just a diffusion process that occurs when the steel is hot enough that carbon is able to move through it, right? Specifically an atomic diffusion process So it seems to me that you wouldn't need to worry about carbon diffusion between... Read more ..read more
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Why does scale form on heat treated blades?
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by William2112
5d ago
I just heat treated my first knife today in my new paragon oven. The blade material is 1095 and I didn't have any tool wrap to wrap it in so I cooked it naked. It's no surprise that after it came out of the oven and was quenched it had a ton of scale on it. It then dawned on me that I don't have a truly scientific understanding on why this phenomenon takes place. Could someone please explain to me in the simplest of terms why this happens when a blade is not wrapped up but dose not happen... Read more ..read more
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Best quenching process for khukris
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by APS89
5d ago
What's the best quenching process to produce strong khukris which can cut nails without damaging the edge ..read more
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A complicated guard for a fulltang dagger
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by Stormbringerser
6d ago
Hi everybody, I have a fulltang custom made M390 dagger which I love but from the start I would have really wanted to have a guard on it. Do you have any ideas if it would be possible or how to add any kind of guard on this knife? How can I attach the guard? Welding would most likely ruin the temper. I'm attaching a few pictures. Thank you all for your help! Images: https://photos.app.goo.gl/jii26F865CSp8nq9A https://photos.app.goo.gl/LC5oTEyr14AwukQx7 ..read more
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GRINDER THREAD - All about the GRINDERS available
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by Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith
1w ago
There is one constant question asked in Shop Talk - What grinder should I get. Everyone has a favorite and reasons why they like it. This thread is for posting about the grinder(s) that you have personal experience using. If you just got it, use it a while before adding info here. Don't post about what you have read or heard in other threads. To be clear - This is for posting about what you do and don't like and why you recommend your... Read more ..read more
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