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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 3:26 pm 
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Got anvil Fri night. Decided to day to push myself and attempt a Kukri. It's a Nepali blade in origin. Carried by both the British and
the Gurkha in the old days. I am attempting to make this without any grinding except for a minimal amount to give it the final "sharp".
Starting from a 3/16ths thick and 1 1/4" steel, I must hammer it to widen it and curve it, giving a finished width of just over 1 1/2" at it's
widest. (using my less expensive steel for this learning episode) Likely, will not polish it much, leaving the hand hammered finish, just
to get used to stretching and moving the steel under the hammer.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kukri#/me ... _kukri.jpg

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 Post subject: Re: First forging
PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 3:41 pm 
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Ex_ISP wrote:
Got anvil Fri night. Decided to day to push myself and attempt a Kukri. It's a Nepali blade in origin. Carried by both the British and
the Gurkha in the old days. I am attempting to make this without any grinding except for a minimal amount to give it the final "sharp".
Starting from a 3/16ths thick and 1 1/4" steel, I must hammer it to widen it and curve it, giving a finished width of just over 1 1/2" at it's
widest. (using my less expensive steel for this learning episode) Likely, will not polish it much, leaving the hand hammered finish, just
to get used to stretching and moving the steel under the hammer.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kukri#/me ... _kukri.jpg


Well, you experienced the amount of work required in the class you took, so I suspect you must have gotten a power hammer (?). Hand hammering isn't hard actually if the anvil is still alive. A dead anvil will work you to death too. :? And all anvils are NOT created equal. A heavier anvil will have a more lively feel and work your arms less. 100lbs minimum. More is better. I have a rivet forge that I might consider getting rid of. 100% cast iron 20" (?) bowl, steel tri-legs, working hand blower, no windshield, no tray and 100lbs of forge coal. Of course, your neighbors might object to the smell of coal fumes. I love them myself. No real better way to introduce carbon into your work except with sugar. I know, I know, your modern ways trump the old ways...brainwashed is what you are I tell ya, brainwashed! ;)

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Randy wrote:
Ex_ISP wrote:
Got anvil Fri night. Decided to day to push myself and attempt a Kukri. It's a Nepali blade in origin. Carried by both the British and
the Gurkha in the old days. I am attempting to make this without any grinding except for a minimal amount to give it the final "sharp".
Starting from a 3/16ths thick and 1 1/4" steel, I must hammer it to widen it and curve it, giving a finished width of just over 1 1/2" at it's
widest. (using my less expensive steel for this learning episode) Likely, will not polish it much, leaving the hand hammered finish, just
to get used to stretching and moving the steel under the hammer.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kukri#/me ... _kukri.jpg


Well, you experienced the amount of work required in the class you took, so I suspect you must have gotten a power hammer (?). Hand hammering isn't hard actually if the anvil is still alive. A dead anvil will work you to death too. :? And all anvils are NOT created equal. A heavier anvil will have a more lively feel and work your arms less. 100lbs minimum. More is better. I have a rivet forge that I might consider getting rid of. 100% cast iron 20" (?) bowl, steel tri-legs, working hand blower, no windshield, no tray and 100lbs of forge coal. Of course, your neighbors might object to the smell of coal fumes. I love them myself. No real better way to introduce carbon into your work except with sugar. I know, I know, your modern ways trump the old ways...brainwashed is what you are I tell ya, brainwashed! ;)


Class did not cover this at all actually. Class was ONLY on making Damascus billet. Got a used 75 pounder form my "sensei". Not even on a stand yet... will be on a section of tree trunk, about 18" diameter and about 30" tall.

For carbon retention or to prevent decarburizing, there are special coatings that seal in the steel during heat treat. But you are spot on Randy! Lots of guys like the coal forge just for that reason. Could not use one here though. Shop is two car garage. Not enough ventilation and it would permeate the house eventually. Propane is my only option.

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"Is my HP my favorite gun? No... Is it the BEST value? Very likely. Will it work when you need it to go bang? I'd bet my life on it."
Attributed to Ex and he'll take credit for anything he can get!

"All it takes for evil to flourish is for good men to stand by and do nothing."
Attributed to Edmund Burke, though it's source cannot be proven.

"Those who stand for nothing, fall for anything"
Alexander Hamilton

Sorry to see you go Dean. Never enough time and it makes
us all realize just what being mortal is. You have been a true friend to me
and I will miss you every day.



"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government
from wasting the labors of the people under the pretence of taking care of
them."

Thomas Jefferson

Not having Windows on your computer is like
not having bricks tied to your dogs collar.

http://linuxmint.com

The shin bone is a device for finding furniture in a dark room.

If the mentally deficient are not allowed to own guns then why should they be allowed to make gun laws?


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