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« on: February 02, 2009, 06:37:29 PM »

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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2009, 09:58:28 AM »

Very nice work and the presentation is more than entertaining.
Thanks for sharing!!
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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2009, 10:25:09 AM »

That was fun!

One could be lead to believe that is the same spirit you work your craft at?

If I may thank you, you inspired me on a long forgotten project, one that I will toss in the forge sometime this week.

Short story

For years my family has been hunting an area of Northern Minnesota called the Prisoner of War area.

The US Army built a light rail-road into a remote area of Minnesota's back country and set up  camp. The idea was to place German prisoners there as you would not have to guard them much, the closest settlements would be Norwegian and if anything, you would have to protect the prisoners from the locals!

Sitting by the campfire one eve, complaining, in fun, about how I have never found any of the prison camp remains, my Uncle/God-Father tossed me a rail-road spike with the claim that I can now shut-up about it!

I hope to give him back that memorabilia as a spike-knife by Easter!

Thanks for the inspiration, if I may, I will post a picture here!

Thanks
Kevin

(Just from the hip, could we assume that RR-spikes are about 1050 steel and water quench them? Or is this a candidate for some surface hardening treatment?  )

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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2009, 11:27:37 AM »

thanks for watching this ,i made my first brakedrum forge late last fall and the weather hasnt been good around here to do any forgeing lately ,the wind seems to allways be blowing to hard and i dont want to burn anything up .ive made about a dozen of theses so far and the last few i satarted geting into thetempering aspect of them and ive been geting them cherry red and then dipping them in motor oil or transmition fluid it gets them pretty hard but not great. i found out there are some spikes harder than others it has to do with the letters and numbers on the top i foget excatly ill go check wich ones they were anyway that forge finally lets me feel like a true knife maker not just puting handles on stuff its great ,,thaks again ,,,jason b aka webbcityglassman
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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2009, 10:30:08 AM »

I could never get a RR spike to cut well, but novel and beautiful they are. Joe made a tomahawk for me out of one during his visit to the willow bow, I will try to photograph it and post it up,

Brownell's tough quench oil is a fast oil and seems to work on lower carbon steel pretty well. You can get a gallon from Brownell's Inc, they have a web site. I tempered mine at 350 f.

Somewhere I have a Penzoil Damascus RR spike knife, a little oil on the surface of your ferric chloride etching solution will coat parts of the blade as you dip it and leave a wow pattern on the steel.

They are a lot of fun to make!
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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2011, 12:19:21 PM »

great video glass man, i do a lot of rail road spike knives an tomahawks, i wonder do u have a problem with the "orange peel" look on yours? i seem to get that look even with a mirror polish, takes a couple of weeks to come thru but it always comes thru, always right b4 the natural patina appears.

as far as heat treating, i have found what work for me is i only use spike marked "HC" i do 2 quenches the first in my quenching medium of choice, mineral oil with a lil jet dry added to it, yes i said jet dry, it works. then the second i use super quench, i only edge quench then temper using a torch in 3 steps. taking the edge to a bronze color, there not a heavy use knife but they make great skinning knife an utility knifes. an the tomahawks are great for throwing, an my customers seem to love the "orange peel" look.
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« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2011, 04:51:02 AM »

The video was simply great...And also it was much entertaining..
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« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2011, 10:04:38 AM »

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