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1  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: My day with the Power Hammer issues: on: February 16, 2018, 04:58:42 PM
ahhhh...thats better!

I got the new die this afternoon...
I got it into position, and I tested it.

It seemed to be right, so I fired up my gas forge and found some steel to test it on.

What a dream!

Oh how I have suffered for years with a power hammer that did more harm that good/.
I think I got the Little Giant with what must be homemade cutting die on the upper, because I have wrecked a lot of steel attempting to use it as it was.

But my test was a dream....moving steel and not just chopping it....

Tomorrow I will have the first fun with the hammer since I got it!
2  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / My day with the Power Hammer issues: on: February 15, 2018, 12:35:56 PM
My day with the Power Hammer issues:

I have owned my 50lb Little Giant power hammer for about 4 years now, but when I got it I learned later setting it up there were 2 issues.

The first was that rather than the upper die being flat enough to use to move hot steel and made knife with it seemed to be a very pointed cutting die.

The other issue was that the foot bar near the bottom was located too close to the floor and you cant push it down far enough to really get the power hammer going correctly.

My guess is that the previous owner  must have had this power hammer positioned up on some high wood blocks.
This caused him to remove the foot control bar, cut it into smaller sections, and weld it up with some new bends that lower the height of the bar closer to his floor level.

anyway,,,To fix things , starting on this last Monday i removed the upper die and ordered a new one ( $220)

I also decided to removed the foot control bar and fix it as well.

My plan was to take the bent bar over to my coal forge, heat the bends one at a time, and hammer them straight.

It was a simple plan...

I got the forge going nice and hot.
I took the removed foot control bar over to the forge and put the first bend into the heat.

I allowed it to get nice and red hot before I took it over to the anvil.
I was confidant that this job of straighten the bar would go fast and I also had other plans for that day so I wanted to get this job finished.

I started to strike the first bend.

Suddenly every 50 year old weld on this bent foot control bar failed at the same  time!

I was left holding a small section in my hand while about 6 small curved sections of the bar lay around me.

Well, thats when I knew I had better change my afternoon plans for that day....
3  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Little Giant top die question on: February 14, 2018, 03:31:08 PM
I called and ordered the part I needed.

I also spent the whole day today working on the foot bar so its at a higher height.

Now I can push it down and it works,,,
4  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Little Giant top die question on: February 10, 2018, 08:58:47 PM
Right now Im thinking that I could take the die I removed up to a welding shop and have them make the type I need.
But Im not really sure what the thing should look like?Huh?
5  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Little Giant top die question on: February 10, 2018, 01:50:09 PM
I also need to know what type of upper die to order?
6  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Little Giant top die question on: February 10, 2018, 01:40:56 PM
I have a 50lb little giant power hammer.

The top die has always been the problem.
Its very, very pointed, almost like it was designed to cut steel.

I have now removed the die and wish to order a flat one.

What do I do now?
7  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / a question about the quench curve on: May 14, 2016, 09:20:35 AM
Im forging a katana out of 5160 steel.

I want the blade to be fully-hardened and so there was no use of any clay.

I needed the blade to end up with a curve that matches a curve on a sword I already own so I can use its parts and saya.

I forged the blade with the needed curve before the quench.

I was told that the oil quench will not change the curve.

But that is not what happened!!!!

My blade came out of the quench straight.


How did I get a matching curve?
8  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Finished a Semnar this morning on: September 04, 2015, 04:10:52 AM

My own story about the time when I picked up my Little Giant is a bit odd to tell.

The short version is that I had never actually seen a trip hammer in person before so I did not know for sure what they looked like?
Then one day I was working out of town and we drove by a building on the way to get something and I saw something sitting outside a business.
We never stopped but I tried to remember where I was for later.
But I never returned and so I forgot about it.
Then one day I was playing on the computer with GOOGLE MAPS and I was able to find a street view of that same business, get the name and phone number of the sign out front, and call them up.

We struck an deal, and I that next weekend I traveled several hundred miles to get the hammer.
Getting it into the truck with the loader was easy, but getting it off the truck with just some friends to lift it?.....that got real tricky.
The thing weighs a ton, and it got stuck in the little chain we used to try to lift it out of my pickup.
I had to call in another friend who is a big guy to help push down on the trick bed so I could drive out from under the Little Giant and leave it hanging in mid air by a small chain in my shop.
Took a lot of thinking, and several more beers all around before we came up with a way to get it down.....

9  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Sheephorn Knife # 2 on: August 30, 2015, 09:40:39 AM

had a great time last night with members of my sword class.
Evening started out around my little coal forge and we got that going and started to forge a few ball bearings.
There were two new girls in our class and it was fun to show them how to work the steel under the Little Giant  Power hammer.

later we had a nice little Beer testing where we sampled a few cold ones, then after dinner we took out the sharp steel and did some cutting on target mats with our Katana.

Very cool way to spend a hot Saturday night...
10  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Sheephorn Knife # 2 on: August 29, 2015, 09:13:28 PM
Had a bit of a get together tonight with a few members of my sword class...
11  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Sheephorn Knife # 2 on: August 29, 2015, 09:08:00 AM
thanks Ed.

as far as how Im doing with this 2nd knife?....its been a lot more trouble from the start.
The tang issue I hope to get past today.
Im just about finished with drilling and fileing the brass guard.
I hope to solder that into place in an hour then start working on the sheep horn.

we shall see how it goes....
12  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Sheephorn Knife # 2 on: August 28, 2015, 01:34:59 PM
a Problem....

I was grinding away at the tang area, when I discovered a flaw...a crack in the tang, and before I knew it, some of the tang fell off.

I have 3 "inches of tang left on the knife, but Im not really sure how long is needed?

Until now I always have made a long tang and then cut it to fit the handle material.
On the first knife I remember the tang was not all that long going into the sheep horn.....But I never took out a ruler and learned just how long things were end to end???

I have 3" inches and a 1/16 of tang left, stretching from where the brass guard hits the blade to the tip of the tang....

that sould like enough?
13  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Sheephorn Knife # 2 on: August 23, 2015, 06:01:48 PM
I bit of bad news...

The local place where I have gotten leather for the knife sheaths has closed!

This is the worst news....

I have no idea where I can find leather now of the thickness I need?Huh?

The hobby store in town has thin stuff only...

14  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Re: Sheephorn Knife # 2 on: August 23, 2015, 04:44:52 PM
I did some work on the knife today with the belt grinder, and then took it to my shop to do the heat-treatment.
(I have my grinder set up in my car garage so I can get WiFi and listen to the internet while I grind blades.)

I did 2  full heat-treatments today on the blade.
I also do a through-hard quench and not the type of HT that Ed Fowler does when he heats only the cutting edge to harden it.
Im going for a whole blade that is hard, and only have the tang that is not hard when Im done.

15  KNIFE TALK / General Discussion / Sheephorn Knife # 2 on: August 23, 2015, 04:40:19 PM
and so it begins....

I know the rest of you guys have made knives numbering in the hundreds.....
Im on number #2.

The steel is a ball bearing I got from work.
I have saved them for about 10 years getting ready for this day.
I welded it to steel rod and then started to forge it.,

My forge is a friend's grandfather's forge dated around 1938.
I heat the forge with charcoal that I get at the store in town....actually my wife picks up the charcoal as she always has the hope of a barbecue with our friends, and I just know where she hides it.

My Little Giant trip hammer is really taking my knife making to a new level.
I remember before I got it that just getting a ball bearing flat was an all-night battle with a sledgehammer.
Now Im able to finish all the forge work in one sitting .

I will be posting a few photos of the new blade as things go on, but its the sameold-same oldmostly right now.

I have had an issue with the tang on this blade however.
For some reason I did not forge the tang where I want....AGAIN! )*&^(&%*%$

This same thing happened as I remember on the 1st knife I made too.
I got to learn how to center the tang more I guess as I forge the blade.

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