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  1. Chris Railey

    Tempering question I have often pondered

    It may sound like a dumb question but I am curious on this one. Let’s say I am working with X steel and my HT is shooting for an as quenched hardness of 65. Lets say my temper recipe is shooting for 61. Now if, for some reason I only got to 63 on my quench. Will my temper draw 4 points of...
  2. Chris Railey

    Heat treating a 4" wide cleaver that won't fit vertically in the oven- what are my best options?

    Could you remove the burner from the forge and temporarily safely mount it in a way that you could use it like a torch just moving the blade back and forward in the flame?
  3. Chris Railey

    How do you display your knives?

    Thanks Ed. The store is 10 minutes up the road so I will remove some of the knives. The owner of the store is a friend. He has a fall festival every year at his store and a few years ago he asked me to come and do some Blacksmith demos to help draw people to the festival. In return he let me...
  4. Chris Railey

    Shop Music Thread- what are you listening to today?

    If you guys want to hear a cover band that is just as solid as they come go to youtube and search “Foxes and Fossils”. Musically they are as solid as people get and their vocal harmony is out of this world. They cover a lot of really great songs. Just one example:
  5. Chris Railey

    How do you display your knives?

    I have a small lockable display case. I made some stands today. They will do
  6. Chris Railey

    New folder- light, slim design

    THAT IS AWESOME. I did the mustard thing on a sword I made once but it did not look as good as yours.
  7. Chris Railey

    New folder- light, slim design

    hahahahaha French's etch...
  8. Chris Railey

    New folder- light, slim design

    That is a keeper John.
  9. Chris Railey

    How do you display your knives?

    Never heard of that one Bruce, but I may be able to work with the limb idea.
  10. Chris Railey

    Best way to learn for beginners

    Good for you for wanting to learn about steel. Knowing about steel types and general knife construction will really help you when buying knives. For instance, one current trending thing is Damascus knives. So much so that unscrupulous people have started selling "Damascus" knives made from...
  11. Chris Railey

    All black/dark knife question

    I use Super Blue for that but it will change the color of some un-stabilized woods.
  12. Chris Railey

    Best way to learn for beginners

    100% I would start right here. You can trust what this man says. https://cashenblades.com/bladesmithing-information/ When you are ready for more I would read this book. I am in the middle of it and I have learned a lot.
  13. Chris Railey

    How do you display your knives?

    I was thinking on something like that. Made from wood and simple. My first thought was to forge some cool ones out of steel (Man I had a great design) but I really do not want the knives put in and out of a steel holder several times for fear of scratches and stuff. It will only be store...
  14. Chris Railey

    How do you display your knives?

    An awesome local store wants me to put a small display case and some blacksmith items (including a few knives) in their store which is very kind of them. Its a great opportunity for some exposure but I want the display to look decent not "rednecked up" like I tend to do other things. Does...
  15. Chris Railey

    well, I Finally Decided....

    +1
  16. Chris Railey

    well, I Finally Decided....

    I am happy for you Bruce. Good deal.
  17. Chris Railey

    Handle question

    Sounds like I would be right at home...
  18. Chris Railey

    Handle question

    I found a picture which illustrates what @EdCaffreyMS was saying earlier.
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