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Old 09-18-2010, 09:55 AM
Traok Traok is offline
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Christmas came early

Man I must be living right. Where I work they were doing a bit of house cleaning.The guys there know I make knives so as they were pitching stuff they set a bunch to the side for me.

A) 15 peices of solid aluminum 3/4" thick 10" wide and about 18" long
B) 25 peics of stainless steel 1/8" Thick 6"wide and about 4' long. (not blade steel i dont think. but Im thinking liners for folders.)
C) 4 boxes of kaolwool
D) Brand new rolls of 3/4" steel cable ( wasnt "prestretched" so they cant use it)
e) Large old air tank ( big enough to build a nice 4ft long smoker)
f) Large old saw blade This monster is HUGE

They had a bunch of large chain but with no forge and no know how on what to do with it .. it sadley went into the dumpster, what a waste.

Actually now that im thinking about it. Maybe I should look into building a forge

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Old 09-18-2010, 10:30 AM
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Ray Rogers Ray Rogers is offline
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Nice haul!

The aluminum would be great for making jigs and milling plates and other tools. It can be used for knife furniture too, of course, but after a while you'll realize it doesn't really look that good.

The stainless could be used in folders, a little heavy but not uncommon. Wou;d also be good for guards and ferrules.

Kaowool - yeah! Build that forge!

Steel cable - don't jump too fast on that. Most cable is no good for knives. Even if this is the right stuff, it takes considerable practice to successfully forge that stuff.

Ditto on the saw blade. Check to see if it has carbide cutters added on to the teeth. If so, it isn't likely to be blade material.

That air tank might be a forge body waiting to happen.

With good blade material so cheap to buy you really have to be motivated to convert salvaged steel into blades. It takes a bit of practice and expertise to pull it off (that, and a forge). My friends drag over a bunch of useless stuff too, God bless 'em, but yours did pretty good for you........


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Old 09-20-2010, 07:52 AM
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Wow, that is a REALLY good haul of stuff. Congrats!

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Old 09-21-2010, 01:45 PM
graveyard graveyard is offline
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its good to have others look out for you a god day agoo haul time to get going
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Old 09-22-2010, 08:53 PM
VaughnT VaughnT is offline
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Fantastic haul! I wish to god that I worked somewhere like that, but I have to make do with finds from construction sites.

If you have enough kaowool for two forges, holler at me. I'm sure I've got something worthwhile to trade.....

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