Ed's Editorial

CAUTION…… A PLEAD TO ALL BEGINNERS!

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During this past week, I have fielded several phone calls & emails, most dealing with an individual telling me they wanted to purchase a forge, and asking my advice.  In ALL cases the individuals first consideration was to find the cheapest forge they could, which is understandable, but it’s also DANGEROUS when that is the main consideration.  Several of the emails sent me a link to a “new” outfit that is selling forges.   Not having heard of them, I followed the link to their site.  OMG!!  Are you kidding me?!?!  Besides the fact that these forges are VERY poorly designed, they had copper tubing and a needle valve affixed directly to the exterior of the forge body!  If you have even a fraction of knowledge that propane ignites at around 900F, and that doesn’t scare the poop outta you, then you need to look something else besides forging to do….. you’ll likely live a lot longer!

In another email, an individual asked me what I used to etch damascus, and told me that he was using Muriatic acid MIXED with Clorox Bleach!   I asked him why, and who’d told him to do that.  His response was….. “I saw it on YouTube”.     Again…. OMG!!  This is a sure way to kill yourself!  DON’T DO IT!!!!

FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE!  IF YOU DON’T KNOW OF WHAT YOU’RE DEALING WITH, DON’T DO IT UNTIL YOU GET ADVICE FROM SOMEONE WITH EXPERIENCE…. OR AT LEAST SOMEONE WITH A FEW BRAIN CELLS!

Mark my words…… we are going to start hearing about home/shop/garage explosions, and/or people dying from doing stupid things like these!   I’ve already been made aware of 2 incidents where somebody watched Forged in Fire, and decided “I can do that”…… and burned their houses to the ground!

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A “slice” off the billet produced in the upcoming video “Canister Welded Damascus”

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I love it when a plan comes together!   This is a “slice” off the billet I produced in the upcoming video “Canister Welded Damascus”   The video was taken pre-heat treat, at a 220 grit finish.  It’s gona look killer when finished out to 1200 grit!   Look for the video to be available in the near future on the sale page.  And look for this blade, and others from the same steel at the Blade Show in Atlanta, GA, June 1-2, 2018!

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New Video on Canister Welding coming!

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Tim and I have been filming a COMPLETE video on Canister or “Can” Welded Damascus.  This will be as complete a video as we can offer…. from the type and size of “can” to use, to what goes inside, as well as tips and “tricks” to help you be successful.  Here’s a short clip of a “slice” that I sawed off the finished billet…..  This piece is fully annealed….so the high carbon steel have a “frosty” look.  Once heat treated, those areas will be very dark/black.     Look for the complete video to be available on KnifeMakerTraining soon.  (Tim has a LOT of editing to do on this one, so it might be a couple weeks) 🙂

 

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5 Minutes With The Mastersmith

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One of the things we want to do is help people get to know our amazing Mastersmith Ed a little better. The time and patience he dedicates to making our videos. We want to inspire as many people to check out his amazing workmanship and point them in the direction to where they can purchase his knives. So we start by asking some random questions with our Mastersmith in a new series called “5 Minutes With The Mastersmith”.