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    Dog head hammer

    My wife bought me the handled version of this for Christmas. She creeped me on a FB blacksmithing group and asked another member, and he recommended this. It does indeed need cleaned up. Which makes it like every other hammer I have. But it seems to be as hard as a hammer needs to be with no...
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    Destructive Testing 80CrV2

    I really appreciate the comments. I've put a lot of time and effort (and $$$) into getting one single steel (80CrV2) to perform to its max, and while I'm sure there's always a bit more to get, I feel like I'm getting pretty near it.
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    Destructive Testing 80CrV2

    That's why I was miffed. I had assumed that if the edge held up, I was good to go. I really didn't really know what to expect from (as Kevin pointed out) a prying test. When you phrase it like that, I really don't expect a knife to pry much at all, though a game knife should survive some level...
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    Destructive Testing 80CrV2

    Thanks Kevin! I did leave out the test I did prior to the mild rod. I hacked the beegees out of a whitetail antler, carved it all up and hammered it through to the extent that I felt as though the antler was not sufficient to induce a failure of any kind.
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    Destructive Testing 80CrV2

    Good evening, folks. I have a bit of a convoluted question concerning the outcome of some destructive testing I did on a knife today. This was my fourth knife I made about this time a year ago. Forge heat treat, 130F canola quench, 400F temper in 2, one hour cycles. The spine of the the blade...
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    A new toy

    Must be that time of year. I just picked up an '84 Buffalo that seems mechanically perfect so far. Needs a little clean up.
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    Leather wrapped handle help

    No idea. I tried to replicate some of the paracord wraps I've seen.
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    Leather wrapped handle help

    I've wrapped a few like this, no knots.
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    One of “those” purchases...

    *Note to self: Get some Trizacts.
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    Recovering a wheel

    I've dealt with a company for industrial wheels, Acorn Industries. Medium/high durometer.
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    One of “those” purchases...

    What was it?
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    Check your platen

    I can neither confirm nor deny this is the cause, but Norton Abrasives notes that under-tensioned belts kind of stack right above the work. It seems a reasonable speculation that any belt even if properly tensioned may have the same stacking to some degree, and would account for that type of...
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    Damascus & checkered ironwood folder

    I never, ever, ever thought I'd be interested in building folders. Then I saw a "J. Doyle" folder. Absolutely magnificent, every one of them. I hope to someday have half the eye for proportions.
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    Question on this Quenchant

    Awesome. I'll definitely try the Medium-2, and maybe once the weather warms a bit the Enquench. I'm not a pro but if the price is right I can do simple hardness tests on some common stuff and share here.
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    Question on this Quenchant

    I really appreciate the info. I mentioned this to my guy and he offered this slower oil.
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    Question on this Quenchant

    Thanks! That really answers my questions about!
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    Question on this Quenchant

    Thanks, Kevin! Does this look useful for 80CrV2?
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    Question on this Quenchant

    I was hoping that some of you might be able to look at this data sheet and confirm this is worth a try. The manufacturer calls this a 9-11 second oil. Any thoughts welcome.
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