Last time I talked to Howard Clark he just got a large order of L6
in 20 foot, 3/4" round rods. (it's the cheapest way to get it?)
Sounds right to me. :)
Talking about cheesy blades...
Just saw The Alamo with Billy Bob;) and Jason Patric as Jim Bowie
the knife and actor was cheesy as anything! :)
Foley people made it sound like a big piece of plain sheet metal
which would plain ol' grate on my nerves everytime it was taken
Jason Patric's "The Beast" is a cool movie tho. :)
Alvin in AZ
Nice! Where did he purchase it? And yes, if Admiral's prices on the 52100
is an indicator, then we're talking around 25% of the flat stock prices. I
ain't skeered 'o no 3/4 round. Its that 1 inch square stuff that beat me up
Ya wouldna wanta be trustin' ol Slingblade with a real knife now wouldya?
Well, part of a sword's strength comes from the shape (cross section).
The most common failure other than bad heat treatment is shear failure at
the shoulder, where the cross section changes dramaticly. You see this a
LOT in imports and wallhangers, designed in for insurance purposes. My
5160 swords test out at 38 tons before shear failure at Rc53-55, which is
more than any human can muster in 'normal' use. The only thing I won't
warranty is laying the sword on a train track and waiting for the Pacific
Flyer to come by at 60 mph or so. I have had swords run over repeatedly
by tanks and SP artillary vehicles with no effect other than cosmetic
scratching of the mild steel hardware. Fancy alloys are no substitute
for good design. Considering that real mideval swords test out at 1040
to 1060, any modern high strength alloy will make a superior product to
'the real thing'. I use 5160 because it's cheap, available locally, easy
to work, easy to heat treat, will take and hold a razor edge and a mirror
finish. I have yet to have one come back for anything other than routine
maintenance. My customers have used them for machettes, crowbars,
building demolition, car scrapping, brush clearing, firewood chopping,
bread slicing, butchering, and defense. The worst notch I 've seen came
from a 3/4" grade 8 bolt, max depth .053". The bolt failed. YMMV.
The other thing that produces the transverse failure at the tang is that a
lot of smiths don't bother to radius the shoulder. That leaves a stress point
and you either have to compensate by making the tang thicker and broader, or
you'll have a failure there.
As you say, fancy hardware is no substitute for good design.
Well, that depends on where you work, now doesn't it. Some of the places I've
'worked' you were naked without one, and that four pound razor blade can give
you a certain feeling of confidence in 'social situations'. The cops are
afraid of my swords, because they know that their vests are just another
quilted waistcoat up against them. Not that I'd carve up a cop, mind you, but
it's nice to be on an even playing field up close. Respected equal, that's the
Problem with that is you are NEVER on an even playing field with cops, only
individuals. I'm mildly curious about what kind of work it would come in
handy with. I figure swords as a last ditch defense, as is a gun. Very
rarely occasionally necessary and if at all possible, don't get caught.
They do have the advantage of scaring off poorly armed rowdies. Again,
don't get caught.
Try vending at a gathering of about 5000 rowdy drunks armed with wallhangers,
commonly known as an SCA War. Incidents, while not common, have been known to
happen. "Mine's bigger' is an effective intimidator, the pistol is the Last
Resort, and has yet to be 'displayed'. You never know what a drunk is going to
do, alcohol tends to cut off the circulation to the brain.
Now there is a situation I can imagine ;-) Having the better sword would
have a more inspiring affect there - Not to mention knowing how to use it.
Snapping a wall hanger in half sounds like a lot of fun.
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