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Old 07-24-2013, 12:53 AM   #51
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Well I found another hc spike in the metal bucket. So I did a full length twist then forged the blade ruff shape. I hope to grind these two out tomorrow and heat treat them. Then finish them this weekend

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This spike got one more full twist and a half before I forged it

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After reading KimberFan's posts, I want to head to a " Hammer In " if I can find one in the area. I really enjoyed watching the bladesmiths and other forgers work their talents,, they are a lesson in metallurgy and also a display of history and a dying art. Thanks for jarring my memory.
I'm a member of the Northwest Blacksmith Assoc. and we have them often, they're VERY informative and a great place to share "like minds". Check your local area for a club and attend one. I've seen some remarkable work/craftsmanship come from these and the people are top notch on sharing their knowledge.
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I took these at Fort Gaines, Dauphin Island, AL:
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The smith was a nice fella, putting up with my barrage of questions He explained that blacksmiths were a close knit group and that they have monthly meets and help each other out any way they can. It is a fascinating craft. I just don't have the time to devote to it.


Ahhh...love it, that's "Old School" right there. One thing I noticed that made me smile is you can tell by the colors that his anvil has been "warmed up" many times. I've barked at more than one of those who apprenticed under me to heat up their anvil before working steel. Nothing will draw heat out of your work than a cold anvil. Use a torch and just take the coldness off it. You get about 15 seconds of good hammer time before you go blue steel. After that, you're just wasting muscle and ruining trip hammer dies. Thanks for the pictures!
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Well I'm gonna heat treat these tonight. So we shall see how they turn out.

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Thermo cycled and ready to clean up and heat treat then finish grind and acid etch and polish
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All finished up. Sharp and ready to try out.
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Man griffin, this is a real treat to see your knives take shape. Lookin good! I forgot to include the picture that shows the rather large bellows for the forge. Thats it, just over his left shoulder in the background:
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Thank you. I love the pictures of the old blacksmith shop. It's awesome to see guys still doing traditional work with traditional tools.
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Back to topic:

Some douchetard crackheads got it in their

minds that manhole covers would be a great

SOI for drugs. So they pulled up a bunch of

manholes out of the street, of a busy city,

and sold them

at the local scrap yard. Needless to say,

this little stunt passed muster ONCE.


Somebody else torched a bronze statue for

the few hundred bucks of scrap. I'm proud to say

they got caught, and now have to ante up @ 45,000$

to replace the edifice.

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We had something similar happen a guy broke into a factories storage warehouse and sold a bunch of dies for $5000 cost of replacing 3 to 4 mil.
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