It has occured to me that just making stuff like pattern welded steel and
Mokume stock has more dollar per hour value than making knives. I'm
guessing it would feel more like plain work after a short time though. Not
something you'd want to do for a business without a big machine hammer
either. It'd be worth your time to make extra if you were gonna do it
though, even if retail is not your intent.
Could you explain? It sounds like a water bottling factory which uses
activated charcoal. If this is so, I'd want to know if the used charcoal
has a higher than usual content of heavy metals and other nasties which
were removed from the water.
"Keep your ass behind you"
vladimir a t mad scientist com
A water bottling outfit will have a carbon filter, before the water
softener, before the reverse osmosis unit, all to protect the "RO
Ask them if they've added anything to the charcoal. :) They will
know. They sometimes do too. Cu and Zn are the two they add around
here sometimes. Cu is bad if very much of it ends up in the steel.
Forging wouldn't matter I guess, since they claim boron from the
borax doesn't get in the steel enough to matter. Or so it's said.
Whatever is in the water that gets caught by the filter should be
ok unless the carbon ends up with Cu in it from copper water lines.
Don't know nothin' about that yet. The carbon filter grabs on to
the chlorine real well is the only one I'm sure of.
The plan is to make some iron and get it tested right away to find
out if my iron-sand-source is high in Mn or other stuff (P, S, Cu)
that would interfere with a high quality, high carbon steel.
A water-softener is nothing more than a filter, but is a reactive
filter in that its media "zeolite" actracts Ca and Mg carbonates.
It don't hold much before it's full tho. ;) So a "brine wash"
cleans it out good as new, after every so many gallons of water
Alvin in AZ
I belong to two clubs that sell it to members. The Badger Blacksmiths
in west central Wisconsin has coal in Glenwood City. The Guild of
Metalsmiths has coal in Ramsey, MN (northern suburb of Mpls).
The coal is very good blacksmithing coal.
The price is about $4.00 per 5 gallon pail. Sorry that I cant' find the
The Guild of Metalsmiths buys a 26 ton load about once a year. The
Badger club gets a ton or two at a time from the Guild.
Thanks 'again' Pete, I was looking on google (our friend) and found where I
asked you the very same question last year...I think senility sets in
quietly for sure!...
As for charcoal use in the forge, I entend to build a charcoal making set
up my self somewhere in the 50 gal. drum range, I much prefer the stuff for
forging but as was said before, it does take a lot more charcoal than
I am used to using anything that will burn really, as I don't forge weld
much and I make no blades except for plain ones out of car spings etc.
I have heard though that the use of charcoal in good blades is a no-no due
to the carbon content in the charcoal...I can't say one way or the other.
I do know that I am tired as all hell of buying propane for the 'Whisper
Daddy' and getting so little work for so much gas...I would say a 100 pound
cyl. would not last long trying to forge weld, three burners at 10 pounds
PSI is a lot of gas!..
That's just silly, IMHO. The coke that you make from coal in order to
forge with coal is also essentially pure carbon. Major difference is
that charcoal (actual, not briquets, which are mostly coal dust) is less
dense, and has no clinker type impurities.
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