I forged this guy much thinner than the other blade and it has a distal taper from about 5/32 of and inch to about a 1/16 of an inch on the blade portion.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
It's the kick off to the first weekend of the Moose Lake Arena Flea Market in Moose Lake, MN. HBI will be in the arena in the back (same as last year) from 9ish until 1pm. Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
|Before the etch.|
My partner has gotten his BIG 2 burner forge up and running. It can reach welding temp so he has been experimenting with damascus billets made of cable and various types of high carbon steel. The billet for the knife above is cable damascus and 5160 spring steel. He folded the billet several times so it has over 200 layers, Your humble narrator then forged the blade to shape.
|After the 5 minute etch.|
|After about 2 hours in the etchant.|
|The finished knife ready for a sheath|
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
This is one of the odd jobs that keep things from getting too mundane. A gentleman was doing some upgrades to his home and wanted something that wouldn't rust and would hold 100 pound icicles. After getting a quote for painting and powder coat it was clear that stainless steel was the cost effective way to go. 3/8 in by 1 in 304 stainless was the choice because the customer wanted stout and no worries. I learned that if you plan on drilling holes you shouldn't quench the stainless unless you really like the idea of squealing, squalling and disagreeable metal.
Monday, May 9, 2016
Knife making, keeping the tables full and custom orders are making sure the shop is busy. I think we're gonna need a bigger anvil!
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
I'm looking forward to seeing all my friends in Mahtowa and I can't wait for a grilled bratwurst from TJ's corner store.
It's supposed to be a nice day so take mum to breakfast and then stop by to see us.
|Random cute puppy picture|