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    Mystery Steel

    Agreed! Thanks for the feedback.
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    Mystery Steel

    I think you are right about it probably being wrought iron. Just performed the water quench test Chris suggested. Not much of a difference, meaning low carbon content. It does seem to be hard and sharp, based on my chopping and slicing exercises, but with low carbon, it may not hold the...
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    Mystery Steel

    Great suggestion. The easier it is to break, the more carbon content? Thanks for the encouragement.
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    Mystery Steel

    That's what I was thinking, but I've been looking at other knives on the web made from wrought iron that shows the same wavy lines. Those also had some serious pitting on the blade, which mine surprisingly do not have. I've tested the edge by chopping and hacking through 2x4's and there's no...
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    Mystery Steel

    Thanks! Yes, I agree with the risks of using mystery steel in knife-making, but every now and then I like to experiment with old steels just for the nostalgic value of taking something from history and transforming it into something new.
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    Mystery Steel

    Interesting. Could high tensile steel produce those markings? The plow is probably over a hundred years old. A tree had literally grown around and through parts of the plow!
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    Mystery Steel

    I forged this blade from part of an old plow I found out in the woods. Not sure what type of steel it is, though it produced a fair amount of sparks while grinding. After etching, I ended up with this curious pattern similar to Damascus though there wasn’t any other forge welding done. Anybody...
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    Mystery Steel

    I forged this blade from part of an old plow I found out in the woods. Not sure what type of steel it is, though it produced a fair amount of sparks while grinding. After etching, I ended up with this curious pattern similar to Damascus though there wasn’t any other forge welding done. Anybody...
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    Attach Contact Wheel

    Did an initial install on the tooling arm with spacers to align with drive wheel. I need to bring the wheel over 1/4” to align properly so will add some washers to bring it over. Still need to add shim to the bushing and trim the end down, but a very successful dry run!
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    Attach Contact Wheel

    Excellent idea on the foil. I’m attaching some photos of the bushing and wheel with and without 1/2” bolt. You can see the bushing extends through the wheel just a bit, but I can sand that down flush to wheel no problem. I still need to attach to tooling arm and align with drive wheel, but from...
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    Attach Contact Wheel

    Hey John, The bushings came right on schedule. One is a tad loose in it's fitting in the wheel, and the other is a tad tight exactly as you had designed. You talked about shaving the one down to fit, but what about wrapping a few layers of plumber's teflon around the smaller one first just to...
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    Thanks again!

    Thanks again!
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    John, here is my address: John Spice. 44 Theodore Dr. Bella Vista, AR. 72715. As a token of my...

    John, here is my address: John Spice. 44 Theodore Dr. Bella Vista, AR. 72715. As a token of my appreciation, may I PayPal you for the postage at least? Thanks So Much!
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    Attach Contact Wheel

    John, you are incredible! I can’t thank you enough. Your generosity leaves me speechless and most grateful!
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    Attach Contact Wheel

    The wheel came with bearings, with an ID of 30mm.
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