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    Propane forge questions

    Please forgive the noob questions, and searching the forum is difficult (at best) from the app on my phone, but my home internet is down, so here goes... I see 2 basic designs in the shape of the forge body itself. Most of what appear to be home-built forges seem to use the tubular, 'grill...
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    Anvils

    First off, I'm just a hobby type person, so I know that I don't need great tools, etc. I know that most knifemaking tasks can be accomplished by fairly primitive means with enough elbow grease and ingenuity. I'm also dealing with a fairly limited budget, largely self-imposed, but none the...
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    Looking for some advice.

    I'm hoping to actually break down and order some real blade steel here soon. I'd like to do a few smaller EDC/utility style knives, as well as maybe a hunter or 2 in say the 4-5" range. I've got a couple of questions though, particularly more along the EDC lines. I've never carried a fixxed...
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    First handle question

    So I'm working at my first handle, and its a little slow going without a grinder, but I'm learnin, so thats cool. My question is this. What grit should I sand the inside of the scales to? They're natural maple. I took them to 150g on what I'm using for a surface plate right now, but...
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    Copper foil??

    I happened to think about it today, so I thought I'd ask... During one of the operations we do at my job, we end up with long scrap pieces of copper shielding foil. It's about 2-1/4" wide, and doesn't appear to have any coating on it, though it doesn't seem to corrode either. Because it's...
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    Grinder design / build

    So I figured that I would start a new thread, instead of clogging up the other one. I've come to the conclusion that my best option is to build myself a 2x72, as the smaller gringers I could afford will only lead to frustration, and I simply don't have 2k laying around at this point. After...
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    "Concave" edge grinding

    So as I often do, I get lots and lots of ideas all the time, and usually they don't make it a whole lot further than maybe a scribble on a sheet of paper, but anyhow... I'm tossing around the idea of making a trainer karambit, just because I can, and it seems like it could be a fun toy to boot...
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    Peters Heat Treat

    I know some here have/do deal with this company. I've seen and heard good things about them, but I do have a couple of questions that I didn't see answers to on their website. Are their rates different depending on the steel you send them? Or is it pretty much just dependant on oil vs air...
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    Forge positioning safety

    I've got a few questions to ask that hopefully some of you that have some more experience can help me with. I have concerns about where I can/should set up my coal forge. I do most of my work either in my attached garage,(actually under the bedrooms) or in/on the driveway right outside it...
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    First time questions

    I'm getting reasonably close to being ready to ht my first blade. I have a few general question that I'd like some advice on though. First off, I will be heating with a brake drum (ish) forge, it's what I have, and I know it can work, as long as I do the right things. 1. Should I heat from...
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    G10 with carbon fiber pins?

    I've been thinking a project or 2 ahead, and was thinking of trying to do something with g10 bolsters. I was wondering if anyone has done the CF pins in black g10, and how well they blended? I know they won't blend as well as peened like metals, but I'm curious. Thanks
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    Another new guy question

    So I'm about ready to set up and start filing on my bevels. But that, as with most things it seems, leads me to a question. How thin should I go on the edge? I've seen alot of answers, everything from about .015, up to .030 or more. Given that im working without a grinder, I'd really like...
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    How do you know...

    Working my way on my first project, and I'm finding myself in a bit of a quandary. I see mistakes I've made already, and I'm doing my best to catch and correct as I go. I also know that I am very critical of my own work, and honestly will someday probably drive myself crazy if I don't keep it...
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    Steel question

    First of, I didn't listen, and I'm using mystery steel on this (my first ) project. I'm definitely not going to do it again, but I'm learning enough that I'm at least satisfied in that regard. Anyhow, I noticed today while working on filing in my swedge bevels, that im getting some uneven...
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    Thoughts on the craft, from a newb perspective

    I thought I would take a few minutes and share a few thoughts from the perspective of someone just dipping their feet into learning this craft... First off, I will say that i got bit by the bug thanks to the Forged in Fire show. I've always kinda liked knives, but never really been a...
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    Handle material question

    So, I'm working on my very first knife, and the shape has developed a bit different than I originally intended. I've got a small 'nub'/guard area on the bottom of the handle that I'm concerned will be very prone to chipping if I use natural wood as I had originally planned. (Probably oak or...
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    First knife WIP

    I finally got to cutting metal this morning before work. At least it's a knife shaped object at this point... My calipers seem to have gone missing, but by a ruler the stock is about 7/32" thick. 12" OAL Blade about 7" Actually made from a flat HF pry bar. I know I'm taking a chance on the...
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    Car rim forge

    Ok, since I actually started building this, I figured I'd start a new thread, so I could show pics, and get feedback, comments, advice, etc. First off, let me say that I'm building this with the intent of using it primarily to anneal and heat treat, at least as if first get started, though given...
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    Anyone ever tried...

    I know most are using some sort of propane forge, but I'm a beginner, and honestly gonna use it more for backyard heat-treat and such more than actually trying to forge blades as of yet, and then there's that budget thing... So anyhow, I'm building one out of an old steel car rim I had...
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    New Guy, SW Pa

    Ok, been lurking for a little, picking up bits of info where I can and such... I've always been the sort that's got a gift for making things, but that kinda comes naturally when your family are farmers, and builders. Actually, my grandfather was a smith, and now I really wish I had tried to...
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