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Old 08-06-2017, 06:01 PM
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Another knife: Ramping up skill set..

It's funny how as I revisit all these different facets of forging just how much I have forgotten..

Initially I forgot to pre shape the blade when doing more agressive shapes..

Because I like the colonial style of knives and spent so much time around that mentality i also struggle to move away from that style..

So, I made a bowie knife which cracked in hardening.. (not a big deal, was my own fault as I had it to hot on quench.. = different color in trailer vs old shop means adjustments)..

Really its ok as I have been pounding these out to get in better shape for knife making.. Why you might ask.. Its a secret.

This blade started life as 3/8X2.5X9" piece IIRC.. i drew the blade out to 14" the first time but didn't like how heavy the tip was.(I like a balanced knife) so cut the tip off 2" and reforged it.. I also cut off a section of the handle and put a lanyard hole in and punched it for pins.. Overall 20"

These are some pictures of before hardening and still have a little bit more to file, then straighten it, then harden it..

I will be hardening in water again but this time I did a thorough investigation on the material and temper so it should be safe.. If I was in the old shop I still have a 40 gallon drum with oil in it and would use that, but hey. one does what they can..
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Old 08-08-2017, 08:20 PM
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Looks good, thats a lot more pounding than most folks realize to make a blade that size.

Pre-form took me awhile to wrap my head around and I still don't always anticipate correctly how much or little is needed. I keep a scrap of (wood) 4x4 in the shop to smack the banana shape out of a blade once in awhile. If you have it good and hot, and hit it with a heavy piece of wood you can straighten a blade without deforming the edge as bad as you would with a hammer.I have also seen people swing the bar and slap the back of blade on the anvil to achieve this. That may not be appreciated in a group setting though, especially if you're holding it with tongs
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Old 08-08-2017, 11:11 PM
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Its a secret.
Going on that knife competition show?

Good luck! We'll be rooting for ya!
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Old 08-09-2017, 05:29 AM
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Old 08-09-2017, 08:23 AM
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We like secrets. Keeps us guessing!!!!
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Old 08-10-2017, 01:59 PM
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I was going to ask how to identify you, but saw your name at the bottom of your post. I hope you are going to be on Forged with Fire, do well. They have gotten pretty sneaky with what challenges they are throwing at the people. Will look for you. Hammer work is amazing how it can kill an arm and wrist. Have never tried a set of mechanics gloves, but the shock absorption and better grip may help in the long run. Good luck!!
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Old 08-16-2017, 11:25 AM
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Ok, so the secret is out.. Yes it's "Forged in Fire".. I have had my online interview and have sent in my background check info (this might be tough as I got into a lot of trouble at 18/19)..

I also received the contract papers and there is stuff in there that has me hesitant.. Dealing with time, appearances and such..

On that note I did get the Chopper finished up or at least as finished as this one will be. It's still not up to standards but the skill set is coming along..

This was also a completely hand made and polished knife other than the aluminum grommet which was turned on the lathe..

The pins are damascus 10 layers which is extremely hard to see other than the Nickel.. It was 1018, wrought iron, 15n20, and 1085..

The guard is wrought iron and has some really nice striations in it..
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Old 08-16-2017, 12:26 PM
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AWESOME, best of luck to you.
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Old 08-16-2017, 01:24 PM
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Just so you know, Jennifer is not both upside down and naked in that second picture.
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Ok, so the secret is out.. Yes it's "Forged in Fire".. I have had my online interview and have sent in my background check info (this might be tough as I got into a lot of trouble at 18/19)..

I also received the contract papers and there is stuff in there that has me hesitant.. Dealing with time, appearances and such..

On that note I did get the Chopper finished up or at least as finished as this one will be. It's still not up to standards but the skill set is coming along..

This was also a completely hand made and polished knife other than the aluminum grommet which was turned on the lathe..

The pins are damascus 10 layers which is extremely hard to see other than the Nickel.. It was 1018, wrought iron, 15n20, and 1085..

The guard is wrought iron and has some really nice striations in it..
is that knife for sale very nice !!!!!!!!!!
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