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Old 10-28-2007, 05:44 PM
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I got all inspired by Bowie's Hammer-In I guess.. I welded up an old Wrought Iron barn door hinge to consolidate and clean it up. I have never had much luck forge welding WI in the past, but this went well. I folded it long-long ways and it welded shut nicely, then I folded it long ways and it welded up solid. Hmmm. My arm was getting tired, so I came back the next day and started forging it down edge-ways to a more square cross-section bar. Wonders! It didn't come apart. I was able to forge it down square and then draw it out with-out having to weld-up up but one or two superficial cold shuts. The finished rough forged bar is shown above in the followng thumb nail. The WI is for the guard for the rough forged blade below that.

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Old 10-28-2007, 07:39 PM
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Looks good Richard. Sounds like you did a little iron refining :P I can't wait to see what you do with it.


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Old 10-28-2007, 10:03 PM
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Looking forward to seeing it done.
What are you aiming at for the finished piece?


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Old 10-28-2007, 10:38 PM
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Nice wrought iron Richard!

That should make some great fittings.

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Old 10-29-2007, 11:48 AM
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Lookin' good so far! That must've been some clean iron.
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Old 10-30-2007, 08:32 PM
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Wi & 1085

Actually, I thought it was kinda crappy WI. On the first fold, it split apart along the fold like rotten rope. It did lose a noticable amount of mass though, so all that went somewhere. It did seem cleaned up by the time I finished. It is going to have a faceted maple handle with a ferrule and s-guard. 'little pommel cap with a peened tang. 'maybe a little file work and a swage.


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Old 11-11-2007, 07:59 PM
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I ground the previous rough-forged blade and finally hardened it today. I edge quenched to to see if we could get some activity, don't look for much more than a two tone effect. I also forged another blade from a large file. (I have several big ones I have been saving to make CSA side-knives.) I didn't intend to get this far, but all this needs a tweak or two in the tang-al area and a careful smithing (I want to keep grinding to a minimum) and it will be ready to grind. (This kind of blade needs to be ground on a large round wheel in my opinion. Note: make big wheel grndr.)
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Old 11-12-2007, 06:34 AM
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Nice looking blades. I like using files for blades. You should be able to get some nice quench lines.

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Old 11-12-2007, 06:46 AM
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Nice blades.Keep us updated


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Old 11-12-2007, 11:33 AM
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Richard, nice blades - those old files work well and if treated right they can show a good quench line (Todd got one thats a beauty). Sounds like you do it like I do--by hand. It can take awhile to "beat" the impurities out of a bit of wrought--but you managed to get it welded (i'm still working on that), and it make some nice guards.
The buffalo hide i got is not as heavy/thick as i thought it might be--think it was a young cow that was culled from the herd (came to me indirect, from a ranch in New Mexico)---- it is nice though and cant wait to use it. azmike
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