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    Another use for quench plates!

    A few nights ago we were fixing to grill some steaks and lo and behold we forgot to pull the steaks from the freezer. Then I had a brain fart, those big fat quench plates are used for quenching precisely because they are such great thermal conductors. Of course copper, silver and gold are better...
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    My forge build.....WIP......it's going to take a while!

    Trying to do a WIP of my new forge build. It's going to be a 30# propane tank with a blown single burner. I bought a near new but decommissioned 30# propane tank from a propane dealer. He said it had some issues, I told him that would be fine as I also have issues. $20 The paint was new or...
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    Hook of the week! Woo hoo!

    This is from John Switzer's YouTube channel , one of my favorites. He checks out my RR spike hook I made during his Hook of the week series.... Kinda of trivial for you real blacksmiths but it's kinda cool for me! Edited this as I misspelled John's last name!
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    New compressor air lines...

    So while awaiting parts to build my new forge I ran into some issues in the shop. My old (7 yr old) PVC airlines continued to crap out at an unacceptable rate. My compressor went from kicking on once per hour to 4 times an hour, I was chasing leaks like crazy. Finally decided to scrap all the...
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    Pyrometer

    Can anybody recommend a decent pyrometer please? TIA Joe
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    failed canister Damascus..

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/h5z36eouSGs7pmbX9
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    Tempering in oil?

    Hello, Haven't been on in a while, had some health issues and ended up retiring a bit early. Also some plumbing issues which required re-plumbing the whole house which I'm only about 60% finished. But we recently acquired a new toy linked below which while made for cooking gave me an idea on...
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    WIP - new quench tank

    Probably not the most exciting work in progress, but just writing it up helps me solidify my plans and allows for input and criticisms before I get too far along. So I needed/wanted a bigger quench tank. Parks 50 comes in a 5 gallon bucket so that was my goal. I wanted one that I could...
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    Johnny Stout classes info?

    I will be heading to Texas for Thanksgiving and was possibly considering fitting in a Johnny Stout Basic Bladesmithing class. Can anybody give any feedback on his classes? All thoughts are appreciated! Joe
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    Help with 1084 heat treat.....

    So working on nailing my heat treat process with 1084. I 'know' it is supposed to be easy but apparently I'm doing something majorly wrong. My process..... I cut 3 coupons blanks from fresh Steel Baron steel. Supposedly shipped annealed. I drilled a hole in each corner, notched 2 coupons for...
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    Hardness tester help please......

    A little help please.... I bought this tester and was working on getting it setup. I was planning on mounting this tester on a heavy tool box caddy and now I find I need a 90 mm hole through the 'table' top for the lifting screw. Can anyone tell me how deep this hole has to go? I assume it's...
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    52100 heat treat questions

    I have just heat treated my first (using stock removal) blank, 52100. I only have the Rockwell files, but it seems to come out fine except for some warping. As hardened the 65 file would barely scratch it, and after tempering it is somewhere between 55 and 60 rockwell. I quenched in canola oil...
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    My new oven!

    So just to share I got my new oven today, an Evenheat kf225 TAP. Pretty nice I think. I went with the 22.5" cause I'd rather be too big than too small and I don't really see myself making anything bigger than a machete. Over all.... Tap controller...... Model...... Plug... My...
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    My knife vise build.......

    So new to the hobby, still (impatiently) waiting on my Pheer grinder, so after reading Ed Caffrey's thread (Thank you Ed!) I thought I'd build a knife vise this weekend. So I started tonight Friday, May 6 and I got the 3.5"x3.5"x3/16" steel tubing cut to 8 inches. Guessing my measurements off of...
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    Where to find???

    Hello! I'm new here, looking to get into knife making. I have a Pheer 454 on order, still waiting for 3-4 weeks. But I've really been thinking a surface type grinder would be very useful. So while browsing YouTube videos I came across the video below. Can anyone tell me where to find a similar...
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    Hello from Arizona!

    New guy here, just starting to get my feet wet in knifemaking. Made a few kit knifes and liked it! Just ordered a 2 hp, 12" Pheer 454, and if I crap out at knifemaking I've been welding and fabricating for most of my life so the grinder will still be put to good use. Nice forum you have here...
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