Recent content by Eddie Mullins

  1. Eddie Mullins

    Paragon E9AX used value / reviews

    Thanks. My wife does jewelry also so that made it a little more tempting, but we decided to pass.
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    Paragon E9AX used value / reviews

    I just found a use Paragon E9AX for $225, looks like new but is loser model and missing thermocouple. Just looking for feedback on cost and suitability for small HT oven.
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    New Welding Forge WIP

    Thanks! I plan to build at some point soon and debating blown vs aspirated, this seems like a very straight forward, design.
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    New Welding Forge WIP

    Thanks for the detailed build info and pics! I was wondering if you could provide more detail on the 3" concentric pipes in the burner. Just eyeballing , it looks like about a 1 inch and 3/8 inch pipe with 1/4 inch spacers inside of the 1 1/2" burner pipe?
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    A Couple New Mousers

    Those look great. Thanks for sharing your techniques.
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    Notice: VA Associated Training Programs

    Wow that's a shame, but not too surprising. They probably had to hire more people to keep up with the additional paperwork too. Thanks for supporting the veterans!
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    Hardness tester - use and accuracy on forged blades?

    Ed - Thanks for the reply, you took this where I was hoping you would. I agree that performance is the ultimate goal. I think hardness testing is simply an instant measure of one attribute, that makers and buyers can use as a point of comparison. There isn't a standard performance measure for...
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    Hardness tester - use and accuracy on forged blades?

    That seems to be the consensus from all sources. So unless I am missing something, this basically renders the test useless on a forged blade. What then should a blade smith do for evaluating their blade? performance/cutting tests? hardness test files?
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    Hardness tester - use and accuracy on forged blades?

    Thanks, I have looked at them also, but my question isn't so much about which tester to buy, but are hardness tests accurate for forged bevels since they are not flat? For those who are looking to buy, Enco has 25% off and free shipping sales occasionally, they had one yesterday, so to your...
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    Hardness tester - use and accuracy on forged blades?

    I am considering buying a hardness tester at some point, but as I primarily forge blades, I am wondering if it is even a worthwhile investment. From what I can understand, the reading is only accurate on flat surfaces. As I will forge in the initial bevel, I am wondering if I could even test the...
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    Knives from band saw blades

    I got a couple of industrial metal band saw blades to see if they would make decent knives. I did an oil quench and they broke like glass, across the full width of the blade. I like to forge but they are just too thin, about .045 and .035 if I recall correctly. They do however grind so easily I...
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    First frame handle - 21 inch Bowie

    Thanks to those that replied to my earlier post. This is the end result, a 21" OAL frontier style bowie, left rusting looking per customer request. It was forged from 5160, 15 1/2" blade, mild steel...
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    How many of you guys use a coal forge?

    I have and use coal forges. I do more general blacksmithing than bladesmithing but do forge knives. I started with coal for many of the reasons you mentioned, I am a member of BOA by the way, just in the other corner of the state. At some point I plan to add a gas forge because propane does have...
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    Acraglas Instructions