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  1. Stormcrow

    Material suggestions for a hatchet

    Full tang I presume? 5160, 4140, or if you can heat treat with a digital furnace, 80CrV2. Properly heat treated and proper geometry in any of those alloys will make a darn good axe/tomahawk/hatchet.
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    Forge-finished finery, bush swords, etc.

    Austin - The New Jersey Steel Baron.
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    Forge-finished finery, bush swords, etc.

    Justin W - The two biggest things I can advise on sheaths is to use the Xtreme Form foam from KnifeKits.com for your molding press, and a T-shirt press for your heat source. One of the best tooling investments I've made in general.
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    Doc Holliday Bowie

    That is all kinds of gorgeous!
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    Forge-finished finery, bush swords, etc.

    Thanks, Ted! It's been a busy year, and I'm working on making it busier! :D
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    Forge-finished finery, bush swords, etc.

    Thank y'all! Raymond - Smallish. 5"-6". I don't make smaller than 4". MikeL- Here is the basic technique on the wrap.
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    Forge-finished finery, bush swords, etc.

    Been busy banging out bodadacious blades. Here are some recents. 80CrV2 steel, cord wraps, and Boltaron sheaths all around. A biohazard outbreak reaction bush sword and smaller utility knife that went to a repeat customer in Canada. The bush sword has scorched hemp for the main wrap and...
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    Forge-finished finery, bush swords, etc.

    Been busy banging out bodadacious blades. Here are some recents. 80CrV2 steel, cord wraps, and Boltaron sheaths all around. A biohazard outbreak reaction bush sword and smaller utility knife that went to a repeat customer in Canada. The bush sword has scorched hemp for the main wrap and...
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    Massive picture post: whole lotta forged blades

    It's been a very busy last several months, and while I have produced a good number of blades, I haven't been as active online to post them. So here's most of them from recent months. :D Everything is 80CrV2 steel, with various combinations of paracord and hemp wrapped handles, and Boltaron...
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    Massive picture post: whole lotta forged blades

    It's been a very busy last several months, and while I have produced a good number of blades, I haven't been as active online to post them. So here's most of them from recent months. :D Everything is 80CrV2 steel, with various combinations of paracord and hemp wrapped handles, and Boltaron...
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    Leather wrapped handle help

    I apply the epoxy after the wrap. I've never used leather for wrapping, so I have no idea how well it would absorb the epoxy.
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    Lamb splitter and carcass splitter

    Thank y'all! :)
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    Lamb splitter and carcass splitter

    A couple of new big blades that got shipped out earlier this month. Two firsts on these: the cord-wrapped one is the heaviest I've made, and the slab handle on the lamb splitter is the longest slab I've ever made. Both of them are forged from 80CrV2 steel with Boltaron sheaths. The wrapped...
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    Lamb splitter and carcass splitter

    A couple of new big blades that got shipped out earlier this month. Two firsts on these: the cord-wrapped one is the heaviest I've made, and the slab handle on the lamb splitter is the longest slab I've ever made. Both of them are forged from 80CrV2 steel with Boltaron sheaths. The wrapped...
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    80CrV2 and wood charcoal...what was I thinking?

    Too much heat for too long grows grain size. There may be more factors I don't know about, but if you are properly thermal cycling, you are essentially rebooting the steel to a good starting point for hardening. So thermal cycling should not be growing your grain.
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    80CrV2 and wood charcoal...what was I thinking?

    With the addition of a digital furnace some years ago, I have swapped to a single quench and have had good results. Being able to set a specific temperature makes life easier. Three normalization cycles and three 1 hour or two 2 hour temper cycles are not going away, though. :)
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    80CrV2 and wood charcoal...what was I thinking?

    I wouldn't necessarily say you can't get a good heat treatment out of 80CrV2 with an eyeball heat treatment, but it is going to be harder to be consistent, and you won't be getting the most out of the steel without being able to soak at a set temperature. I eyeball heat treated for years...
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    "Knife or Death" Ronin War Sword

    Thanks, Raymond! I'd like to take a crack at it, but didn't get past the initial questionnaire when I applied. I'm at the point where I'm equally ok with going back on TV or not. Got a lot on the knifemaking front regardless, and I get some vicarious fun because I know a number of people...
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