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 on: April 17, 2018, 03:24:26 AM 
Started by Ed Fowler - Last post by Ed Fowler
This one with a man from Wyoming, a very good student, learning fast. Good times!

 on: March 19, 2018, 02:44:34 AM 
Started by Ed Fowler - Last post by mreich
Ed, I've been thinking this ever since you posted a picture of this blade, but I haven't said anything.

Really, those shiny spots look a lot like simple decarb to me. Yes, decarb goes deeper if you get something a little too warm, but I don't think it hurts the underlying steel at all.

You can see whether or not it's decarb even with low power magnification, like a 10X loupe. The surface will look kind of like a layer of shiny, teeny ball bearings. I don't know how else to describe it.

If you take the surface back down to 220 grit, then progress with the finish as normal, at least in my experience, those shiny areas will totally disappear with the subsequent etch.

I don't think it matters to the underlying steel. It's not like you can hold it at a high temp long enough to cause grain growth at all.

I'm just been thinking about it for a while, trying to imagine what could cause the shinier spots, and remembered that's happened to me.

You know, we had the spring rendezvous on the first of April last year, and Annie and I liked to spend our anniversary down there with our friends. Smiley

Also, I designed a new blade clamp for torque wrench attachment, and I'm eager to see what you think of it!

 on: March 10, 2018, 06:04:47 PM 
Started by Ed Fowler - Last post by Ed Fowler
You can have her after the test, maybe you could straighten her out and get some use out of her. Actually I have other blades on the way for you to chose from, handles and all!! But she will be here or with you, looking at her she really has quite a story to tell, I will try to get some better photos and post them up.

To be honest I kind of like her myself!!

 on: March 06, 2018, 11:22:25 PM 
Started by Ed Fowler - Last post by mreich
Ed, I can't delete this blade from my memory bank. It's just gorgeous. I love every curve she has, and the plunge line is.... well, it's better than a low cut blouse.

I totally understand what it feels like to accept something you've already rejected, so I can't ask for this blade. I would if I could though.

I realize it's probably just me, and I know you've made hundreds of "perfect" blades...

 on: February 16, 2018, 11:58:42 PM 
Started by Alan - Last post by Alan
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!

 on: February 16, 2018, 05:46:24 PM 
Started by Alan - Last post by Ed Fowler
Just relax and enjoy your experience with your Little Giant, it won't last forever!

 on: February 15, 2018, 07:35:56 PM 
Started by Alan - Last post by Alan
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....

 on: February 14, 2018, 10:31:08 PM 
Started by Alan - Last post by Alan
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,,,

 on: February 12, 2018, 05:35:24 PM 
Started by Alan - Last post by Ed Fowler
Call Little Giant in Nebraska City Nebraska. or you can call Little Giant at 402-873-6605. He sells brand new dies.

 on: February 11, 2018, 03:58:47 AM 
Started by Alan - Last post by Alan
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?

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