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Grease, sweat, and blood [Feb. 10th, 2003|03:48 am]
Doug Ayen
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Spent some time today working on finishing up some grinding.

Brought the three tantos I posted about yesterday to A6, or about .5 micron, grit. Decided to try some stuff called "Belt Grease" on the trizac belts. The results are pretty amazing -- the grease kept the blades cool enough to avoid distempering the hardened steel, and seems to make the scratches from the belts smaller. Overall, this is a win -- all I have to do for the tantos, for example, is finish the edges, making them fully sharp, and do a once-over with fingerstones to bring out the hamons fully. A bit of final darkening with the nugui, then it's time to do the fitting of the furniture and I'll finally be done with these. It's only been what, five years since I started these knives?

The seax has also been brought to a major milestone -- I've brought it to the final grind before heat-treat, with an A65 grit belt. I'm planning on doing final heatreat tomorrow on this one, as well as the chef's knife I'm working on, and the wrought experiment I recovered yesterday. All save the wrought experiment have been brought to the A65 grit polish, and I should have the W.E. to that grit before too long.

This brings me to the question of what to do with the blades once I'm done with them. I think it's time to bring up a web site to start selling knives and such under the "Blackanvil Forge" name. Next step here is to find someone who will create such a website either cheaply or in exchange for a knife or sword. Oh, and I'll need to actually get those pictures developed of the knives I've made. We'll see.

Tomorrow: some cleanup work, but mostly heat-treat time. I'll try to get the heat-treat oven firing at a good temperature, last time I tried to use it it was running very slowly -- rising at about 10 degrees a minute. Not good when you need temperatures in the ~1500 degree range. I may have to replace the regulator to get what I want -- too bad, as the current regulator has some nice features. If I can get to it, I'll also form the tsubas for the tantos, and start on the handles and sheathes.

Not much luck on the job search. I'm thinking I'll have to end up moving to get a job I can live with. If so, I hope I'll be able to find a place that I can set up a workshop in -- if not, I don't know how I'll keep my sanity.

cheers.

--doug
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