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The object it to block with the flat and strike with the edge.
If done this way swords last longer. People that use swords for sport
don't seem to treasure swords like our ancestors did. For them it's just a toy to help them play their sport.
The guys that H&T my swords can accurately get the 57 which is great for spring steel. I'm experimenting with a heating tool that will allow me to do a differential temper, without using Hrisoulas clays mixtures.
More on that later.
Regards Charles P.S. I do H&T my smaller blades, I consider blades small when they are less than 16" :-)
Martin H. Eastburn wrote:

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Chilla wrote:

snippage
Cable is really nice steel. Around here, it's usually 1095 draw wire from oil drilling rigs. When the patch went bust in the early 80s, the drillers just left great huge piles of it in the fields. The farmers are glad to have you come out and chop it up and haul it off, so their cows won't get hung up in it. It welds easy, forms like butter at bright orange, works like mild steel cold, hardens up to about a Rc 65 in water, Rc 61 in oil. And... you never get the same pattern twice, it's always a surprize. Fold it a couple of times and the wires lay up like cord in a bias ply tire and it gets really stiff. Inch and a half 7x19 'extra flexible' makes a billet just under an inch and three quarters wide at .300" thick after the first pass, so it's a great starting point for swords.

Sounds gorgeous, but how does it heat treat? 1600 degrees is pretty close to the flow point for brass, I'd hate to invest all that time and have it drip off in the tank. I've had good results with nickel 300 folded into the mix, polishes up silver-white and resists blueing and other post HT surface treatments.

Chalk that one up to 'barbaric Colonials'. The cops don't seem to see a sword vs a Tek-9 as anything other than self defense against a superior weapon. Besides, I didn't threaten "them", I trimmed a branch off my tree. The fact that the branch was about the size of a femur wasn't lost on the spectators though, nor was the ability to count the rings in the cut end afterwards. Just a lazy backhand stroke... click, thud. Hell, I wasn't even trying. There's no doubt in my mind that if I ever had to swing one in earnest, the target would be 'beside himself' after the first stroke. We have a "Make my day" law here, it's okay to defend your life and property against freelance Socialists bent on sharing your wealth.
Happy Whacking,
Charly
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Charly the Bastard wrote:

I got a book recently "Blades Guide to Making Knives", this contains some of the most technical damascus I've ever seen, these guys at the top of the game.
Not all are aesthetically pleasing (less is more sometimes), but I was blown away with a damascus blade with pictures of the Alamo embedded in the patterns within the blade.

The guy makes the brass and steel cable damascus for bolsters not for edges, it wouldn't hold up. It's just decorative so no heat treating.

Most of our law and legislations are throw backs from being a penal colony, except the crooks run the country these days, but they like to call themselves politicians ;-). I can't get too nasty though I don't want to be charged with sedition.
Yeah the right to bare arms as part of the constitution does help a little I guess. If we hurt someone in self defense we end up having to support their family.
A while back a gent shot a burglar crawling in through his window, he felt in fear of his life. The media beat it up as "aw the poor criminal... look what the nasty man has done to you". The criminal stated that the gent had ruined his life... shucks :-|
A sword related incident happened to a late friend of mine, he was driving along the pacific highway, a man jumped out (obviously road raged) and proceeded to beat the daylights out of his bonnet with a crook-lock. My friend got out said something along the lines of "that's nothing" and hacked off the guys side mirror with a sword, was arrested, sentenced to prison, got addicted to drugs and is no longer with us.
Life is not fair is it?
Regards Charles
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Chilla wrote:

I remember that, "Blade" called it 'tile damascus'. You lay up a billet out of rod stock, weld it together, then slice tiles off the end like a salami and face weld the tiles to a substrate. There were some pretty amazing examples in the article. Definitely too much work for me; I'm an engineer, not an artiste.

You realize that legislation is not 'cast in concrete'. Enough folks want something changed, it gets changed. The crooks run our country too, but they're called Corporate CEOs and Special Interest Groups.

Fair? Don't believe I ever heard the word. It's the Golden Rule here; he who has the gold makes the rules. Finest government that money can buy. I'm surprized that we haven't dug up our Founders and strapped magnets to their corpses and wrapped the coffins with wire. We coiuld be harvesting industrial amounts of electricity considering the velocity that they're spinning.
Charly

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Charly the Bastard wrote:

Well it is concrete now as sedition laws pretty much silence people. :-( Charles
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Chilla wrote:

Well then, maybe it's time for you to consider moving to a country with a freer speech. When the going gets tough, the tough get going, to where the going is easier.
Charly
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Charly the Bastard wrote:

I wonder where I'd go? I did like Venice that was a cool place, all glass blowers there, no cutlers like us :-)
I wouldn't go to America, north or south, north has a lot of cutlers, and south... I don't want to talk about south... nice place to visit.
A nice secluded place with a good postal service and net access would suit me fine, oh and weather on the cold side.
Regards Charles
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Chilla wrote:

I have the same problem. In the past, the percecuted could 'escape to the West' but now there's no more West to escape to. While I can still type with relative impunity, I fear those days are soon to end even here. It seem like every day more of my civil liberties are being sacrificed to the bloody altar of 'national security' by our paranoid leaders and their Corporate Masters. I remember the words of Ben Franklin, who stated that 'those who are willing to sacrifice freedom for security deserve neither freedom nor security'. How quickly they forget. I hear there's always a need for good blacksmiths in Valhalla...
Charly
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Charly the Bastard wrote:

Two thinks wrong with that.
You have to be killed by Odin, so if you see a bearded man wearing a dark cloak, a black floppy hat with two ravens on his shoulders hi-tail it the other way.
The other is that the smiths in Valhalla don't always forge metal, sometimes they forge hair... could you imagine the smell. Peee-u!
:-)
Charles
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Chilla wrote:

Actually, all you have to do is die in battle with your sword in your hand. If the odds against you were high enough, the Valkeries will take you to Asgard. Kevlar is just so much cloth aganst a good sharp sword. Besides, there's beer and ham hocks. Then there's the metalurgical improvments you could introduce to the weapons room, like Bessemer steel and all those wonderful alloying agents like chrome and vanadium and cobalt. That would give those pesky frost giants a nasty surprize at Ragnarok. eh? As to the 'odor', ever been to a pulp mill? Hair is nothing compared to that stench.
Charly
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Charly the Bastard wrote:

No but I have been to a tannery when the slaughter cart came around, a decomposing cow is nothing to be sniffed at (tee hee).
Charles
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Charly, thats a great state, I visited there last year, I have a cousin in OK city. I like the sound of your job, but I don't know about the "Museum of Sharp Pointy Objects" Can you tell me some more? Thats an achievement, a 4" oak.... if you ever come out this way we might pit you against our good o'l Ironbark, known to make a shape axe cringe in fear :-) I aspire to make such edged toys, but to date it has been just small stuff, knives and tools for the farm, the odd pig sticker. I look forward to seeing some photos of your work. Regards Rusty_iron
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:)
That's plenty cool enough IMO. :)

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Beats the crap out of those websites with all the ads flashing at you etc, IMO.

Alvin in SE AZ
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Rusty_iron wrote:

The Museum of Sharp Pointy Objects came from a "Rocko's Modern Life' cartoon. It was too good a bit to pass up. There was also a reference in one of those terribly overdone twister movies, which one escapes me at the moment.

Bear is a Large Lad. He makes me look positively petite. He outmasses me by a good 100 pounds. MY personal best was an A pillar on an old burned out Chevy, and it damn near dislocated my shoulder in the process.

Wish I had some way to get fotos into the web, but digital cameras co$t Big Bux, and the bills come first. Maybe someday...
Charly
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