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  1. billyO

    Mosaic Damascus folder w/ inlays

    Yeah, that's gorgeous! Nicely done.
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    Anvil mounting height

    I set my height to keep the stock flat on the anvil when holding it between my legs. Basically about knuckle height.
  3. billyO

    I am still waiting for my Jen-Ken VAB 16

    This will depend on how many knives you are planning on doing at one time. If you are going to do batches, you will need to account for the fact that the quench medium will get warmer with each blade you quench. IIRC, Parks 50 works best at room temp up to ~150F. So when doing multiple...
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    I am still waiting for my Jen-Ken VAB 16

    My 5 gallons of Parks50 came in a metal 5 gallon can, perfect for quenching my kitchen knives. No you don't need specific tongs, just something other than your fingers. Not really. Quench mediums (oils) are rated by the speed of cooling. Different steels require different cooling rates...
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    Calculating steel

    I believe he's referring to the scientific wild ass guess...
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    Calculating steel

    Volume = Length x Width x Height. So if your knife is 1" tall, 8" long and 1/8" thick, you will need at least 1 cubic inch of steel to make this final blade (well, actually more because you will lose some material in the forging process). But it would be a lot easier to forge out the blade...
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    Japanese knife construction

    I think I found it
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    Japanese knife construction

    Is the mild steel rolled into a taco shape or do you just almost split a thick enough bar deep enough v-notch and shape the tool steel into a wedge that you weld into it, making effectively the same thing as the taco when the blade is forged from there? When i get to my computer tomorrow I'll...
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    Here's some I've been working on for a little while

    Yeah those are real nice
  10. billyO

    Camera info for knife photography

    Hello ikefinnell, welcome. Fyi, if you look at the dates, this thread is a year and a half old, so not sure how useful the response is to the original question . On some forums, chiming in with a random response to an old thread isn't really appreciated...
  11. billyO

    San Mia mistake

    This would be great for a woodworking chisel. IIRC this is called Ni-mai steel.
  12. billyO

    Salutations!

    which is why I appreciate the Ignore button....
  13. billyO

    Salutations!

    I'll chime in with a hesitant welcome, VeraX. I look forward to seeing pics of your work. But in the interest of full disclosure I agree with the replies posted by Steve, Daniel and vlegski, so I'll wait to see if you're not just another internet troll before adding some warmth to the welcome.
  14. billyO

    What do you recon this metal is?

    I noticed you were careful enough to add 'normally' which is different than 'always'. As such, I'd be leery about putting this in my forge.
  15. billyO

    My first feather pattern Damascus attempt

    unfortunately, the picture is a bit out of focus because it looks like he did some really nice vine file work on the spine. Ornamental.
  16. billyO

    My first feather pattern Damascus attempt

    Agreed! Nice job.
  17. billyO

    Rolling Some 420SS and 52100

    Thanks.
  18. billyO

    Rolling Some 420SS and 52100

    Was that Grant Sarver?
  19. billyO

    Rolling Some 420SS and 52100

    Me too!!!!
  20. billyO

    Rolling Some 420SS and 52100

    That might not be true.... This might be though..
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