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First blades.....

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by P.B.Walsh, Apr 6, 2013.

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  1. kim breed

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    good work for your first try. when you can spend time your finish will improve. but I like them the way they are now. frontier.
     
  2. P.B.Walsh

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    I pretty excited, I now have a summer job (currently in college) that can let me afford to buy the stuff I need! First is to build a propane forge, does this look right: http://www.zoellerforge.com/simplegasforge.html

    Then to buy a bench grinder, then the other stuff. As far as an anvil, what I have will do until I can trade for a railroad one.....
     
  3. TimboKhan

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    Dude, you just got a compliment from Kim Breed. Being familiar with Kim's work by merit of having a Breed knife about three feet from me right now, I can assure you that you should be giggling like a baby being tickled by grandpa. High praise indeed.
     
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    Slap me slilly.... I just realized that that was Kim Breed (on my phone I only see the text). Thank you Mr. Breed, high comlliments indeed!
     
  5. OH_Spartan

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    My first knife was one that only a father could love, so I gave it to him for Christmas.
     
  6. P.B.Walsh

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    Thats funny, tried making a kydex sheath but the spine of the knife is a bit twisted because my strikes did not give a straight spine. Therefore, it takes way too much force to take in and out of the sheath. So I guess I'll have to use an older leather sheath.

    Any thoughts on the forge link?
     
  7. Sam1911

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    That's a very nice little forge! I should probably bite the bullet and make something like that myself.

    Here's what I use for now:

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    Coal fired, with a perforated pipe at the bottom fed from the blower side of a shop-vac.

    It's done all I could ask so far. I've had fabulous heat-treat results with 5160, W2, and 1095. I leave anything more exotic to the professionals. :)
     
  8. P.B.Walsh

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    I plan on using 5160 as my primary steel. Are those bricks as the walls?
     
  9. Sam1911

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    Yes, those are the refractory bricks sold as woodstove lining.
     
  10. P.B.Walsh

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    You know, if I had a good source of coal, I might would do that setup, looks much more simple than building a propane one... or maybe I am over thinking it.
     
  11. Sam1911

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    Most makers say they're much more comfortable working with a gas forge as it's a whole lot easier to see what you're doing, control temps, and its just a lot simpler to make go.

    Having used a coal forge for my stuff, I'm inclined to agree strongly! :)
     
  12. P.B.Walsh

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    It is easier to work with, and I did not get any "sparks" from getting the steel too hot, which I did with the coal one.

    Just gotta get my mind wrapped around the propane forge building, I am not too mechanically inclined.
     
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